Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children


Da Vinci Center is a full service, fully licensed, small private school also offering weekend enrichment classes. We serve profoundly and exceptionally gifted children ages 4 to 17.


Community Care License#: 013421774

Alameda Business License#:306771


The bright child asks the questions.

The gifted child questions the answers. 

 Summer Camp 2014 includes Lego Engineering, Sustainable Art, Zoology, Stop Motion Animation/YouTube Videos/ Science Discovery and more!  Daily excursions:  park, Crab Cove, Ballena Bay and field trips to Lindsey Wildlife, Oakland Museum.  The world is our classroom.

Summer Camp is Now Full!

Brand New Summer Saturday Enrichment Class: Lego Engineering and Electrical Engineering Together!

4 Saturdays from 10-1, July 10, and 26 and August 2,9.  Must register for whole series. Click on Enrichment tab to register.  

Here’s to the crazy ones.

        The misfits.
            The rebels.
                The troublemakers.
                    The round pegs in the square holes.
                        The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing that you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.
    They invent.                They imagine.             They heal.
    They explore.             They create.               They inspire.

They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Apple Computer Advertisement 

Win the New Ipad AIR! 

Da Vinci has launched our Annual Spring Raffle:   1st Prize:  New Apple IPad Air with Retina Display, 16 GB, Wi-Fi, Black

2nd Prize:  2nd Prize: Apple IPod Nano, 16 GB, MP3 Player, 7th , Silver

3rd Prize:  $150 Gift Card for Toys R Us

Purchase through paypal and we will email your ticket stub!  Drawing is May 31st.  Tickets $10

Thanks for supporting us - good luck!

Recent Unit on Volcanoes!

Please note these were foaming lava volcanoes not exploding lava volcanoes, so safety glasses were not needed :) We completed this unit of geologic study and the design/formation/painting/eruption of volcanoes over a three week period.

Fall 2013 Semester Overview

The fall semester was a huge success at Da Vinci Center.  Students came together to form a wonderful community incorporating precepts of non-violent communication and illustrating great care and respect for others. 

Four children recently presented their semester-long cumulative research projects to parents and results were absolutely outstanding.  All presentations incorporated Powerpoint presentations, maps and geographical content, core research and study results, as well as a creative aspect which ranged from poetry to story writing to paintings to a three dimensional game.  Age ranges for these presentations was 5 years to 8 years old.  Gifted children are capable of so much when they are supported and able to pursue their true passions.

Students love to use mainpulatives for hands-on learning in Math. 

We develop 21st Century technology skills.

At Da Vinci Center kids stay connected to nature and touch something in the natural world every day. 

Students engage in many hands-on science experiments and labs. 

Ms. Catherine and her students at the San Francisco Zoo to do field research.

Sometimes we get up close and personal with natural elements :) Crab Cove, one of our favorite places, only a short walk away.

Plenty of art projects and all students engage in a creative aspect for their research presentations. 

Isn't wonder wonderful. 

Donate Today!

Da Vinci Center provides opportunities far beyond the norm of traditional schools.  We engage in high level scientific experiments, monthly  field trips for exploration, discovery and connection to nature, design and build intricate projects, as well as support low income families with gifted children who need a highly specialized environment.  Please donate today to help gifted children to succeed and to thrive.


Feel free to pay tuition (for school and enrichment classes) through PayPal by clicking the button below:


Letter from President/Founder Catherine Cook, MSEd


Our Wonderful Journey Serving Gifted Children:

Da Vinci Center began in 2009 in my home in Alameda as various members of the gifted community came together to design and create an environment that would truly serve gifted children.  Gifted children often have a difficult time integrating into "regular" school environments as they need teachers whom understand the highly unique needs of gifted children; they need high level intellectual stimulation, social-emotional support, individualized hands-on experiential learning, as well as exposure to multi-age gifted peers.

Da Vinci Center continues to evolve in different ways to meet the highly diverse needs of gifted children and their families, and we are located at 472 Taylor Avenue in beautiful Alameda for both our full time and part time private school programs.  We also offer a wide variety of gifted enrichment classes on weekends (our schedule is online), as well as one-on-one teaching, and small group instruction across multiple disciplines.

We hire only highly qualified, caring, credentialed teachers, or specialists who are experts in their fieldsAll have been fingerprinted and have a track record of success. Instructors offer hands-on learning opportunities with high engagement, fun, and appropriately challenging curricula and activities.  Our teachers are attuned and responsive to the social-emotional needs and varying levels of support required for the success of asynchronous gifted children, and non-violent communication and social success are a formalized part of our curricula.  There are only five full time children for every one certificated teacher - you will not find a better ratio in the Bay Area to ensure highly individualized programs and student success!

I have over twenty years of experience as a teacher and educational administrator, and I am also the mother of a profoundly gifted eight year old son.  I well know that the path of parenting a gifted child is both exhilarating and extremely challenging.  Da Vinci is here to help. 

Whether you are looking for a full time or part time gifted school, or socialization and enrichment classes, the Da Vinci Center team is here to meet the needs of your gifted child.  We look forward to serving your family.

We are currently enrolling for our full ]time gifted school in Alameda for fall 2014; we serve children 4 and up.  Please contact me to set up a free intake assessment to see if Da Vinci is the right fit for your gifted child.  

Catherine Cook, MSEd
Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children
(510) 219-9410

Ms. Catherine and her students studying Astronomy