New Parent Orientation
August 18th : 5 pm - 7 pm
Parents that are new to Academie Da Vinci for the 2015 - 2016 school year are invited to New Parent Orientation on August 18th from 5 to 7 pm.
Returning Families Meet the Teacher Night
August 20th : 5 pm - 7:30 pm
Families that are returning for the 2015 - 2016 school year are invited to "Meet the Teacher" night on Thursday, August 20th from 5 to 7:30 pm.
First Day of School
August 24th, Monday
Academie Da Vinci seeks an Extended Learning Program Assistant!
Part time position working in our after-care program on all scheduled school days for the 2015 - 2016 school year. Mondays - Fridays from 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Assist our students with their homework, guide and supervise indoor and outdoor arts and crafts activities and games.
Level II background check required, prefer experience with school after care or camp programs.
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Applications for openings in 4th and 5th grade will be accepted and tours will be scheduled beginning July 20th.
Give technology to a bunch of 9- and 10-year-olds who love to dance, draw, and sing and great things are bound to emerge.
Public schools across America are cutting arts programs, but at Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts (ADV) elementary school students enjoy art, music, and dance every week as part of their regular curriculum. Now, their 4th and 5th grade students will have the option of adding technology to the mix.
A new Technology Elective class will start in the fall, led by new-hire Amy Shuttleworth, who comes to ADV with a strong background in Elementary Reading, Math and Science, Advanced Math and Language Arts, and pre-Algebra. She previously worked with Right Reason Technologies in Pennsylvania, a company that focuses on improving educational outcomes through technology and training. Students in the Technology Elective will learn about and use technology in a hands-on environment, and see how it can be applied to academics and productivity, as well as creating art.
Conner Gaines, a 10-year-old incoming 5th grader, is excited about the Technology Elective. “I signed up for it because it’s new and I like technology,” he says. “I’m interested in learning more about computers and websites.”
ADV is also purchasing iPad Air 2 tablets for 4th and 5th grade students to use in the new school year. “The art and music that people are creating with iPads is amazing. We’re really excited to have these iPads for our students this year, and will have them loaded up with both educational and arts-related apps,” says Lucy Foran, ADV’s principal.
The school does have seats open for 4th and 5th graders for the 2015/16 school year. Interested families can call the school at (727) 298-2778 to set up a tour.
If you are a parent or teacher at Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts, you know what a wonderful student-centered school it is. We love our integrated arts-focused curriculum and our new focus on technology. We love our playground too!
Our side yard needs help, as we all know. We plan to build a large deck to provide the students and staff with a safe and above ground surface for outdoor education, student and family lunches and staff meeting space. The new deck will overlook our garden project and will be a great location for environmental education lessons as well. As part of this project we will also be putting sunshades on our existing playground, adding railings and steps down to the playground and adding native landscaping. If we raise enough money we will also add to our playground equipment. To date we have raised more than half of the funds needed! Please consider donating to the playground phase 2 fund! See our fundraising thermometer for progress toward our goal. Thanks! We’ll be adding a “donate now” button to the website very soon – in the meantime please send in your donation by check or money order or contact the school for additional donation information. Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts is a non-profit 501c(3) tax exempt organization.
Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts is a Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school located in Dunedin, Florida. We are the first charter school to be established in Pinellas County. Our school is part of the Pinellas County Schools and complies with the Pinellas County Schools curriculum. As stipulated in our state charter, we enhance that curriculum with a program of the arts. We also follow the county's school-year calendar. (See the calendar for the schedule of events.)
The school's two buildings house the school offices, 13 classrooms for grades K through 5, a Multi-Purpose room, and Music, Visual Art, and Dance Studios.
Our school hours are 8:30 - 3:00 for Kindergarten, First and Second Grades, and 8:30am - 3:15pm for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade. The school office is open from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Monday - Friday.
Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts
1060 Keene Road
Dunedin, Florida 34698
School Phone: (727) 298.2778
School Fax: (727) 502.6065
Principal: Lucy Foran
Academie Da Vinci has long been known as the premier Charter School for the Arts in Pinellas County. Our students excel in dance, including ballet, jazz and modern dance, music and art. Our students participate in several art events throughout the year and show off their music and dance talents in our winter and spring shows. In addition, Academie Da Vinci offers after school clubs in dance, drama, math, media and building. We also have a large program for Gifted students, which encourages creativity and advanced learning.
Recently we have decided to increase our focus on other kinds of arts, including the arts and sciences of engineering and technology. We know that our students' knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math are critical to their success in a competitive world. Therefore, in 2015-2016 and going forward, we will offer our 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to take a new course, "Introduction to Technology" as one of their elective courses. This course will be full of hands-on experiences in technology and engineering. The topics will connect students to what they're learning in their math and science curricula. We anticipate this course will help students prepare for challenging work in middle school. Class sizes will be kept small in all our elective choices too.
Lucy Foran, M.Ed., M.A., Principal