Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children

Stay tuned for the launch of our Home Learning Kits on endangered animals, starting with Gorillas, gorillas, gorillas!  You will be able to pre-order kits the second week of June.  15 Lessons in multiple subjects with all accompanying materials and supplies with no need for technology!!!!!  
If you would like information on enrollment, please email the Head of School, Dr. Catherine Cook, at ourgiftedchildren@yahoo.com or call 510-219-9410.  Thank you for your interest in our gifted community!                             
Reopening August 2020
We are of course monitoring Covid-19 data as well as all state, local and CDC recommendations for the reopening of schools.  We have polled our parents and responded to individual families' needs by offering 3 schooling options for the fall if circumstances are such that we are able to proceed:  on campus school, outdoor school, and online only where students join Zoom classes in session from their homes. 
Our 10,000 square foot building and very small class sizes easily allow us to provide ample space and safe distancing for students and faculty.  We provide Home Learning Kits for students learning from home so they have all of the supplies and materials necessary for success in classes.  Outdoor school consists of lessons focused on nature and the beautiful environment around us (science, botany, environmental engineering, field journals, found art, poetry etc.)

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; 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 enrichment classes, workshops or other Da Vinci events!


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 fourteen 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

Ms. Catherine and her students studying Astronomy in 2010