The bright child asks the questions.
The gifted child questions the answers.
Designing Clay Figures for Stop Motion Animation Class
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.
Da Vinci has launched our Spring Raffle Fundraiser!!!!!!
Win a new iPad 4.......and more....
1st Prize: Apple iPad 4 with Retina Display, 16 GB and Wifi
2nd Prize: Cut and Color with Jillian of Salon 1500
3rd Prize: $50 in cash
Tickets are $10/draw is May 31st For tickets Call 510-219-9410
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 opening a new school location to accommodate our full time and part time private school programs for fall 2013. We also offer a wide variety of gifted enrichment classes on weekends (the schedule is under General Information), 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 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, individual tutoring or 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 2013, ages 5 and up. There are part time places as well. Please contact me to set up an intake interview to see if Da Vinci is the right fit for your gifted child.
Catherine Cook, MSEd
Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children