Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children

Enrollment Status
Thank you to all of the wonderful families whom have expressed interest in our gifted school.  At this time we have two openings remaining for the 2018/2019 school year- one spot in Group 1 (ages 4-6),and one spot in Group 6 (Highly Advanced Studies where students are engaging in high school level curricula, ages 11-14).  If you feel your child would be a great fit for either of these spots please call Catherine Cook, Head of School, to book an intake interview: 510-219-9410.

Updated Monday, March 19th 

Our monthly field trip was to the outstanding UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens.  The docents are wonderful - incredibly knowledgeable, and kind and patient with the millions of questions from gifted learners!   
Lunch in the gorgeous Redwood Grove and Amphitheater.

For information about Da Vinci Center and enrollment options please contact Catherine Cook, Head of School, 510-219-9410 for an intake interview. We welcome gifted children ages 4 and up.

Thank you for your interest in our gifted community.


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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.

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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 who 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 2050 Lincoln Avenue in the heart of beautiful Alameda for both our full time and part time private school programs.  

We hire only highly qualified, caring, credentialed teachers, or specialists who are experts in their fieldsAll have been fingerprinted, back ground checked 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-five years of experience as a teacher and educational administrator, and I am also the mother of a profoundly gifted twelve 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, 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