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 has launched!
Our first week was Electrical Engineering with daily labs and an electrical engineer guest speaker!
Student using magnifiers to examine inside of blood glucose meter created by an electrical engineer
Students made floating compasses and then experimented with whether they could make them spin!
An electrical engineer shares her process for creating a blood glucose meter
Using a magnet to propel a floating compass made at summer camp!
Brand New Summer Saturday Enrichment Class: Lego Engineering and Electrical Engineering Together!
4 Saturdays from 10-1, July 19, and 26 and August 2,9. Must register for whole series. Click on Enrichment tab to register.
How many batteries DOES it take to light up Christmas tree lights?
Students creating magnetic fields with iron filings
An iron filings monster!
So how does electricity get into the house?
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
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 fields. All 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 nine 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.
Catherine Cook, MSEd
Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children
Ms. Catherine and her students studying Astronomy