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
Welcome to Spring
It’s been a very busy and fun month here at Academie Da Vinci. We started out February with the exciting Bike Rodeo. We held Sibling registration for 2015-2016 and completed the Lottery on February 16. Applications are going strong and the waitlist continues to increase. All acceptance letters have gone out and our incoming Kindergarten class is full.
This month we welcomed Ms. Pitman back to us. She is enjoying her time in second grade and happy to be back at Academie Da Vinci. We also welcomed Joanne Warner as our new part-time Bookkeeper. Joanne will be working with all the ADV accounts, including lunch funds, field trips, pizza, T shirts, Yearbook, Adopt –a-Class, and all other fundraising efforts. She also will cover the front desk and lunch duty. Stop by and meet her mornings, Monday through Thursday.
We hosted a small but enthusiastic recognition event for our 9 students and their families who entered the PTA Reflections Art competition. We have 4 students whose work has been selected to go to the state level so are waiting to hear their results. We are so proud of all of the creative entries into Reflections this year.
This month we saw a number of classes earn their rewards for reaching the goal of 35 Da Vinci dollars. We had free dress down days and other celebrations. Also, many students earned certificates for perfect attendance for February, those certificates were given out the first week of March.
Our new Drama Club had a successful start last week- roles are being assigned this week and we are looking forward to the show in May, which will be held the same day as the Dance Club Show.
The final exciting event of the month was the Book Fair and the wonderful Spring Festival. When ADV says “rain or shine” we really mean it! Huge thanks go out to Colleen Spiegel and all the PTA volunteers for getting the Spring Festival organized and so successful. I want to especially thank Tara Turpen and Emily Cantin for their incredible work at the Book Fair. The Book Fair was a huge success and featured beautiful posters and visuals representing the ocean theme. I understand they even exceeded their own fundraising goal which will benefit all of the ADV students and teachers. Thanks so much, Tara and Emily!
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