“When I went to the
interview for Da Vinci,
I felt an instant connection.
Da Vinci was the only school that was willing to give my child the possibility to excel. I felt my child was in very trusting hands and he is now two years ahead for his age. I love the student teacher ratio and that every individual student has a curriculum made to fit their educational growth”.
Top 5 reasons why parents are choosing Da Vinci International School
1. Winner of the International Emerging Leaders Award in Education 2017
ACEI, the Association for Children Education International (a leading institution that has set the course of education since the year 1867 in Washington D.C.) has awarded Da Vinci International School from Okinawa, Japan; for its innovative proposal and the amazing improvements of their students. Our program is internationally regarded as one solution to educate the next generation.
2. Knowing what goes on inside an elementary school student’s brain.
Da Vinci International School understands your child. Elementary school students demand more freedom because they are growing. Their brains are expanding in power, thus assuming more control, greater independence, and a better capacity to plan ahead. We use all this potential to encourage them to become an active part of their own learning process, manage the pace of their own studies, and set their own goals for the end of each quarter. We tailor a curriculum according the grade level and pace of your child.
At Da Vinci, your child will be able to progress academically, and perhaps -as many of our
students have done- complete two grade levels in one school year.
3. Zero bullying
The latest research in Neuroscience indicate that students need to feel relaxed and emotionally secure for their brains to learn best. Da Vinci International School offers a healthy environment where your child can build up their unique "self", discover how to fit in the world, and learn the necessary social skills to face group pressure, cliques, competition, possessiveness, and jealousy. On top of that, the teacher student ratio along with the special training of our teachers made it possible for us to reach the goal of “zero bullying” in the whole school.
4. No homework policy
Da Vinci International School uses the time your child is at school very wisely. We believe that six hours of school work per day is enough to complete the requirements for each school year, so there is no need for homework. Children need to play outside, spend quality with their families, and exercise after school. These activities build the brain’s infrastructure, family time strengthen the bonds necessary for their age, and exercise releases a protein also called "Miracle-Gro for the brain". Sport clubs like Soccer, Swimming, Taiko, and Karate are outstanding brain-boosters, and excellent social skill builders, that make children perform much better at school.
5. Teacher-student ratio 1:8
Combining education and fun without the need for homework is possible. At Da Vinci International School, we limit the number of students to 8, and we don’t hesitate to reduce it to 6 or 4 if necessary to reach this ambitious goal. All our teachers are well trained in Coaching and Tutoring through our Training Program. These skills permit them to work with your child one-on-one whenever they need to complete tasks without stress, and without sacrificing their free time after school in doing homework. As the US Center of Public Education concluded after 4 years of research on the optimum class size: “Smaller classes in the early grades can boost student academic achievement”. These findings are a key element of our educational system.
What parents say about the school
This is the opinion of Christen M., a mother of one of our students who attended in First Grade, three years ago:
“Jack has attended Da Vinci International since September 2014. He began as a first grader after completing Kindergarten at a Montessori Preschool. Having been in a nontraditional school, Jack had some holes to fill. He was also very nervous to start a new school and very shy. We are very proud of the incredible progress Jack has made this year. He is enrolled in the Bilingual Program so he spends 3 hours a day studying English and 3 hours a day with the Japanese teacher. Despite only being with the English teacher for half a day, Jack completed the Catch Up Program and both the first and second grade curriculum this year. He has worked very hard and has obviously learned a lot. Many subjects come easily to him, but writing, for example, is something he does not like. His teacher insisted that he take this subject as seriously as the ones he prefers, and I am happy to say I can now read his handwriting! Jack is excited to go to school every day and proud of his new knowledge and skills, and that’s the highest praise I can offer Da Vinci International: it has nurtured Jack’s love of learning and kept his curiosity alive rather than squashing it as so often happens. Socially Jack has flourished as well. He went from telling me daily that he doesn’t play with anyone to being confident and secure with his classmates. Living in Japan, I am also very thankful of the opportunity for Jack to study the language. He has made a lot of progress this year, and I’m so excited for him to continue to do so next year. Asano sensei, Jack's Japanese Teacher, does a great job making the language fun and accessible for the kids. Thank you Da Vinci International for providing such a wonderful environment for Jack to grow and learn!" - Christen M.
This is the opinion of Jaime V., a mother of one of our students who started in Pre-first Grade, five years ago:
“Da Vinci is a wonderful school. The environment is very comforting and the staff consists of loving and caring people. When I was first looking for schools to enroll my son in, I really didn't feel that any fit my child's potential. When I went to the interview for Da Vinci, I felt an instant connection. Da Vinci was the only school that was willing to give my child the chance to excel. I felt my child was in very trusting hands and he is now currently two grades more advanced for age. I love the student to teacher ratio and that every individual student has a curriculum made to fit their educational growth. I feel this provides for more improvement and a thorough understanding of their studies.
I would highly recommend Da Vinci to anyone who is looking for a school to enroll their child. I am extremely grateful for everything this school has done to mould my child into the child he is today. Having a child who actually loves going to school says a lot. I can not wait to see how my second child will benefit from going there. Thank you for everything and for the years that are yet to come."
Da Vinci International happily welcomes anyone to try out our program without the need of withdrawing him from his or her current school program (public school, private school, or homeschool).
・ If you have been considering Da Vinci International as a valid option for your child’s education, but weren’t sure enough as to take him or her off from his or her current school program, you have the option of trying out Da Vinci out and seeing first-hand why so many parents are enthusiastic with their children’s school progress, without affecting your child’s current school.
・ Coming in for a couple of trial days (tryout can be one or two days while our school program can be few days a week or full week program), your child can have a complete placement test and a pre-evaluation of his or her learning capabilities/challenges.1
・ You have a chance to meet and talk with other Da Vinci International parents to get information from a parental perspective.
・ The number of students per class, including those students under this Tryout Program, won’t exceed our teacher/student ratio of 1:8 or 2:12.
・ The cost for our “two-day full immersion” program is highly affordable and can be paid via credit card.2
1.The placement test includes Math, Language, Reading and Writing.
2.The payment can be done through PayPal using any international credit card. You don’t need to have a PayPal account to submit a payment.