Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children

Be sure to register early for our Parent Workshop on Effective Communication Strategies for Gifted Children- Saturday, April 25th at the beautiful Grandview Pavilion in Alameda.   Keynote speaker:  Dr. Daniel Peters from Summit Center, and two fabulous workshop leaders: Dr. Beth Walters on Green Language, and Katie Baer on Non-Violent Communication (NVC).  Continental breakfast and free entry into our spring raffle to win an Ipad Air included!  Click on the registration form below and pay via Paypal or by check.  We look forward to seeing you there.

The Da Vinci Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to serving gifted children and their families, and to promoting community education about gifted learners.


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. 

On the Ferry 

Our February field trip was to the Exploratorium in San Francisco.  We took the ferry - an awesome way to commute!

Observation deck at the Exploratorium. 

Cow eyeball dissection 

 Our class was invited to participate in the Chain Reaction build!

We saw America's Cup boat Oracle being towed. 

Whole group at ferry dock after an amazing day. 

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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.

Donations: thank you so much for your valuable tax deductible donation to Da Vinci Foundation, a non-profit serving gifted children and their families.

Parents and Community Members:   Click on the "pay now" button below to easily pay for tuition, enrichment classes, workshops or other Da Vinci events!


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-four 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
(510) 219-9410

Ms. Catherine and her students studying Astronomy