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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Da Vinci Charter Academy is a highly rated, public, charter, magnet school located in Davis, CA. It has 595 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 74% in reading.
Address
1400 E Eighth St
Davis, CA 95616
Telephone
(530) 757-7154

Da Vinci Charter Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1290
100 responses
Average ACT
30
36 responses
AP Enrollment
65%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$63,071
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,377
National
$949
Median Home Value
$594,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Winter Feast!
    58%
  • Chili cookoff
    25%
  • Hail to The Chief Senior Project
    17%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
595
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$85,112
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.2%
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,139/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
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Da Vinci Charter Academy is technology and project-based learning community. Essentially this means that students have to make a lot of PowerPoints and learn how to make-up a presentation on the spot or face public humiliation. This school was extremely liberal in its teachings, and if you didn't align you'd have few to talk to. My experience at Da Vinci was heavily reliant on the groups that I ended up in. If I had a group who wanted to succeed, great! If not, that meant failure or severe overworking. Learning to work in a group, communicate, and present are all valuable skills. Da Vinci did a better job than most at teaching students relevant skills, but they were never purely academic. From an academic standpoint, the school was mediocre. There was a high teacher turn over, any subjects in science or math were below average, and projects seemed more focused on aesthetics than content.
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I enjoyed DaVinci due to it's unconventional style of teaching and learning. If you like applying yourself to projects, real world problems, and working in groups, this is the spot for you! It is great for learning to public speak and problem solve. I thank DaVinci all the time for preparing me so well for college and believe I have a leg up in my education because I went there. It taught me to love to learn. The campus deserves more money to have better facilities and I think some sports teams could benefit the school's spirit too. They change the curriculum every year to match each class better and better.
I had my Junior year in Da Vinci, and it's an experience that will always be remembered. In the beginning, I was kind of confused of the whole school system since it was my first charter school ever. Of course, it was project based, which meant that I got to meet tons of new people for every project's new group. I made tons of friends, because of how nice everyone was, and because of how inclusive and welcoming the community of Davis was. Teachers were one of the highlights of my year for sure. They supported me through out everything, literally. They made projects fun, and truly enjoyable and fully informative. I graduated a couple of months ago, but can't stop thinking of that school that kept a smile on my face for a whole year.