Davinci Academy is located in Ogden, UT and is in Davinci Academy School District. It is a charter school that serves 378 students in grades 7-12.
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.
Davinci Academy made AYP in 2009. Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of Utah in terms of student performance and other accountability measures. See Davinci Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
WRebeccaMarcotte: 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.
Shairylann Lisonbee: 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!
by a Parent
on Apr 25, 2012
Gloria Merritt: 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 comittment 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 permently 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 comradery 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.
This 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 dont have parents and fail to be organized in any event. The are soley about getting money and making those of us that are not struggling finacially with paying for others. The school registration fees are 145% higher then any of those of regular schools. They opened a brand new gymnasium (which is nice) but then cant 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 dont 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 teachers job in most of his classes because they failed to challenged him. The teachers will state: I dont know how or I cant do this because I wasnt trained in such. Parents beware of this school. This school is absolutely horrible.
This school is meant for people who dont care about their child or their education.
by a Parent
on Nov 23, 2011
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In 2011, Davinci Academy had 39% of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch programs. Utah had 38% of eligible students for free or reduced price lunch programs. Eligibility for the National School Lunch Program is based on family income levels.
The Davinci Academy spends $4,650 per pupil in current expenditures. The district spends 58% on instruction, 37% on support services, 4% on other elementary and secondary expenditures. More about Davinci Academy District
In 2011, Davinci Academy had 23 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Utah average is 23 students per full-time equivalent teacher.