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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Da Vinci Charter Academy is a top 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.

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
116 responses
Average ACT
29
38 responses
AP Enrollment
65%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
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
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Winter Feast!
    50%
  • Chili cookoff
    19%
  • Hail to The Chief Senior Project
    19%
  • Pep rallies
    6%
  • Trivia Night
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
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%
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$85,112
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.2%
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 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
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Da Vinci Charter Academy Reviews

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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 loved attending Da Vinci Charter Academy. The project-based learning style combined with it being a New-Tech school really allowed me to gain confidence in being an independent, hard-working student. The faculty and staff helped foster a supportive environment for students of all academic levels. I had personal relationships with all of my teachers and feel comfortable reaching out to them for support even now, 5 years after graduating.
I really like Da Vinci Charter Academy because of its project-based learning as well as the connections you make with the people. It's a generally small school of about 100 students per grade, so you really get to know everyone in your classes by the end of the year. I like how we get to work in groups and learn about collaboration skills that are useful for jobs. However, I wish our campus was bigger so more classes could be offered such as more sciences and language classes.