If students aren’t learning the way we teach them, then, may be we should teach them the way they learn”. Ignacio Estrada

 

For years, the professional team of Da Vinci International School has worked on developing the best possible school setting for our middle schoolers. Combining  information from the fields of Education and Social Sciences with the latest research in Neuroscience, Da Vinci International built a program that responds not only to the requirements of the Department of Education, but more importantly to the needs and the reality of this generation of pre-teens and teenagers. While building this, the team has found that even small changes in the setting of the classrooms or small differences in the way we approach tutoring can make a big difference in the learning experience. The philosophy behind this setting is that a student who enjoys the school experience will get the most of it, and will perform well in the academics as well as in life, in and out of the school setting. A balanced and well thought program makes of Da Vinci International Jr. High School an excellent choice for your child’s education.

Our preteens and teenagers deserve the best we can offer…

Independence

There is a fundamental difference between the concept of “attending” school and  “advancing their own education”. In most schools, students attend classes believing that just for showing up they are “doing what is expected of them”. In Da Vinci International School we train our students to complete their tasks, set and reach their own goals; they soon learn that it’s not only about coming to class but about the time they spend “learning”.

 

Education & technology

Da Vinci International School combines an old fashioned textbook based education with the use of the latest technology available for learning. Video lectures, multimedia interactive lessons, digital e-books as well as a basic training on online research methods are some of the tools used in the classroom; however, reading and writing as well as organizing information and records on paper are also a vital part of our curriculum.

 

Teacher Student Ratio 1 to 8

Da Vinci International School places one teacher for every six to eight students. This low ratio is the way to get personal and individual support for all of our students. Each teacher spends the entirety of his or her time with the students, they start the day at 8:00 am., study, eat lunch, play board games or “outdoor”games, and read during breaks, enjoy hands-on learning activities, and close the day at 2:00 pm. in the company and under the supervision of the teacher.

 

Individualized Curriculum

Da Vinci International School understands that even though preteens and teenagers all have many things in common, each one of them is unique. Their curriculum is designed to get them from were they stand to were they need to be to cover the academic requirements for their age. Students who can perform at a faster pace can cover more content than what is required, so they can advance faster, or they can enrich their school work with foreign languages and other special courses based on level.

 

Art and Music

The journal Neurological Research published a study indicating that students who play instruments or get involved in singing or other music activities improve 27% higher on tests than teens who focus only on Math. At Da Vinci International School we consider Music to be of vital importance for students’ academic advancement. In the same way, art classes are part of the curriculum and not mere activities to fill up time or entertain the students.

 

No Homework policy

Six hours of intense work with personal tutoring is enough to cover all academic requirements, we foster our students’ involvement in extracurricular activities, physical activities, and specially family time after school.

 

Physical Activities

Da Vinci International School believes teenagers need time to socialize and exercise after school because those activities are important in the building of the brain’s infrastructure. Exercise improves the structure, function and connectivity of the brain. Aerobic sports programs like soccer, swimming, hockey and martial arts are outstanding brain-boosters. We encourage the parents to enroll their children either in our after school activities or in any other social setting that favors sports and physical education.

 

Zero bullying

Da Vinci International School values friendships. We teach our students to face peer group pressure, cliques, and bullying. Children at this stage need peers of the same age for bonding and build relationships, but this is not an easy thing to do in a classroom. For this reason, we set rules, make them clear and enforce them, and carefully explain the reasons behind. We talk about "respect" and what our expectations are as a school. We teach them that they are old enough to be responsible for their actions, and teach them to treat others the way they would like to be treated. The successful implementation of zero bullying polices is one of the reasons Da Vinci International School received an award in education.

 

 

 

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