Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children

If you would like information on enrollment for the 2020/2021 school year, please email the Head of School, Dr. Catherine Cook, at ourgiftedchildren@yahoo.com or 
call 510-219-9410 

For student, family and faculty safety, we will begin the school year at the end of August with online instruction.  When it is deemed safe to return to school (when Alameda county has been taken off the monitor list) we plan on offering the following choices to meet every family's needs:
  • On site classes with very small class sizes (2-5 kids) in our 10,000 square foot facility where we may easily space children apart so they have their own learning and play zones.  
  • Online classes for families wanting to keep kids home another semester -these kids will join in via Zoom to partake in live classes on campus
  • Outdoor school - with all classes taught in the beautiful outdoors by the Bay!

They're Here!!!!    
The first of our much anticipated Home Learning Kits on Endangered Animals is now available for sale.  

Starting with Gorillas, Gorillas, Gorillas! there are three levels of gorilla kits available. Each has 15 Lesson Plans and all supplies/materials for kids to work independently, plus extras!

Kit A (gifted kids ages 4-6)
Kit B (gifted kids ages 7-10)
Kit C (gifted kids ages 11-14)

Take them camping, on vacation, or use the kit for home summer camp.  Perfect for homeschooling.
Best of all, no technology is needed!

Just fill out and email the order form below and pay via Paypal or check. We will personally deliver your kits free to your home in the Bay Area.
2 Reading and Writing Lessons
2 Math Lessons
2 Science Lessons
2 Art Lessons
2 Social Studies Lessons
1 Library Science Lesson
2 Spanish Lessons
2 NVC (nonviolent communication) Lessons

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$195 per kit.  Only $13 per lesson! 
(plus applicable sales tax)
Free delivery in Bay Area!
Samples of items in the Gorilla kits. Lessons and more items not pictured will be in the kits!
Da Vinci Students Working from Home!  
Thus far we have offered: pre-recorded lessons on Youtube; Home Learning Kits with extensive materials for each core class delivered to students' homes every two weeks; home learning lesson plans; individual Facetime sessions with teachers; live online lessons and live online social groups on Zoom.  We are trying to meet the needs of every family as we continue to diversify the gifted learning experience during shelter in place.
Group 2 home learning lessons - sidewalk paint to learn color theory, positive and negative space.
Group 5 working on essays analyzing characterization in Steinbeck's The Pearl.
Group 2 Science lesson and experiment on the captivating chemistry of coins!
Preparing Home Learning Kits with lessons and materials to deliver to our families.  We send new kits every 2 weeks so all students have the materials they need to participate in lessons :)
Group 4 creating Alexander Calder wire sculptures - at home learning art lesson on shape and form.
Group 3 Math lesson designing their own stores!  This student has created a pet store.  They practice setting up the store, selling, and making change.
Group 3 designing stories to demonstrate understanding and application of plot diagram.

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.

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 the Home Learning Kits: Gorillas, Gorillas, Gorillas!


Letter from President/Founder Dr. Catherine Cook, EdD.

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 fifteen 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.

Dr. Catherine Cook, Ed.D.
Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children
(510) 219-9410

Dr. Catherine and her students studying Astronomy in 2010