About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Davinci Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Davinci Academy had 23 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Utah average is 23 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Davinci Academy Reviews
My daughter loves this school, and everyone from the office staff to the lunch people have been very kind to her. My daughter is a straight A student and very happy when i pick her up each day. We used to have her in a private school in Layton—what a joke. The teachers at Divinci are far better at teaching and have more education. Charter schools are doing a great job. The teachers truly love teaching and have the positions they have because they want to be there and can do the job.
My son just started his third year at DaVinci Academy and we couldn't be happier with the education he has received there. We have found the teachers and administration to be accessible and enthusiastic. They are the most passionate and intelligent group of educators I have ever worked with. The atmosphere in the school itself is open and accepting of non-traditional students. I recommend DaVinci to every parent I speak to who is looking for a school beyond the regular public system, and the parents who have kids in the regular system as well! We love this school.
My daughter loves this school and most of her teachers. She is a straight A student and the math coud be more challenging but my son faces this problem in a public school as well. The teachers are competent and the work they do is interesting. We ride the train in from Salt Lake in order for my daughter to attend this school because it is so enjoyable for her to attend. There are some problem children in this school but you find that everywhere. I am thrilled to see a school provide my daughter with so many enriching field trips - skiing, the Leanardo, cleaning a wild refuge, etc. The Drama department is excellent and it is well integrated with the engineering and art department with the children designing complex mechanical props and building costumes and sets. I am thrilled this school exists. Anyone complaining that the school is too expensive doesnt have their head on straight!
My name is went to DaVinci to start a new life with new people. It turned out pretty bad. This is my second year.. and Ive been thinking suicidal thoughts because of how everyone treats me at DaVinci. Im pretty much a loner because Im quiet and everyone just hates me because of it. True there are some amazing teachers... especially the math teachers but ever since this year... and the newly hired teachers.. davincis been a nightmare. The principals not even aware of it.. plus its lacking skills in art.. the orchestras suck and the theater as well. There is no stages.. costumes props d they call themselves a charter school of the arts?! Even tho Im not good at art, it should be mote advanced. The cafeteria ladies are grump and impatient, the perverted teachers that are starting to get on my nerves are soooo dirty minded especially the pe coach. the counselor doesnt care about my problems. Im a straight a student. I never get in trouble... but life is soo depressing for me I cant bear another school year at DaVinci. I would rather attend Mount Ogden where all my true friends are.
Sounds like the parent of a son had a bad exerience on Nov 23, 2011. I'm a substitute teacher at DaVinci. I know how hard the staff works to make this a great school and how far they've come since its beginning. It's still a fairly new school; its commitment to the students is very strong, including for the students with emotional and physical challenges. Personally, I've never seen a school with so few drug problems; none of that is tolerated. I heard of 3 boys who were caught with drugs last year, and are now permanently expelled. I help tutor after school on Mondays, too, teaching challenged students how to study better, how to make their time more beneficial. There is a camaraderie at DaVinci like none I've ever seen. The students are encouraged to treat each other with respect, sincerity and compassion, and it shows. These kids are like family to each other. I retired from the Federal Government, working with commanders in the Air Force. I know what discipline should be like. These students are getting good instruction and care by the leaders and teachers, who impress me to the point where I'll teach nowhere else. I love teaching these kids. However, it is evident that many of them do not have the parental support they need at home, with their studies, with their emotional and physical needs, to back up the the principal, counselors, and teachers. Things like teaching them proper manners and respect at home. Many parents do come in after school to encourage their kids with making up homework, bringing up their grades, etc. DaVinci's a good school that's getting better all the time. There are plenty of parents who have several of their kids going here. That wouldn't happen if they were unhappy with the results. Maybe the parent of Nov 23 should complain less, and get involved more.
DaVinci Academy has got to be one of the worst schools I have ever seen. They say they are about parent volunteers but the communication is very insufficient. They act like the kids don't have parents and fail to be organized in any event. They are solely about getting money and making those of us that are not struggling financially with paying for others. The school registration fees are 145% higher than any of those of regular schools. They opened a brand new gymnasium (which is nice) but then can't afford to get real athletics programs get off the ground. My child attended this school and I was appalled by the amount of drugs, violence and teachers' problems and drama of the PTSO. People go to this school in thinking that it might be better but let me tell you there is nothing advanced about there advanced classes, there is nothing great about their music program. They do have a drama program that is okay but don't have the funds for props, backdrops or costumes. They have a few amazing teachers but most of the teachers lack the attitude to help children succeed. My child ended up doing the teacher's job in most of his classes because they failed to challenge him. The teachers will state: I don't know how or I can't do this because I wasn't trained in such. Parents beware of this school.