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Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts and Technology is a Kindergarten through 8th grade 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 follows the Pinellas County Schools curriculum. We enhance that curriculum with a curriculum program called STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math. STEAM curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn new skills and information in multiple ways and to demonstrate their learning through projects and presentations. Academie Da Vinci follows the county's school-year calendar. (See the calendar for the schedule of events.)
The school's two buildings house the school offices, classrooms, a Multi-Purpose room, and Music, Visual Art, and Dance Studios. In 2016, the school renovated the previously vacant space in the building located at 1064 Keene Rd for the Middle School. We built classrooms for the middle school, a science lab, a large media center, a second multi-purpose room and administrative offices.
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. Middle School hours are 9am-3:50pm. The school office is open from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Monday - Friday.
Academie Da Vinci Charter School for the Arts
1060 Keene Road
Dunedin, Florida 34698
School Phone: (727) 298.2778
Principal: Lucy Foran
School Grade and Performance
The Florida Department of Education assigns a grade to each school, each academic year based on several factors: students' performance on the state FCAT tests, adequate yearly progress, attendance, and other factors.
Academie Da Vinci Grades:
2008-2009: No Grade**
**In our 4th and 5th grade classes, 28 students had FCAT histories and all showed progress. However, the state requires 30 students must show progress in order to receive a school grade.
Additional information can be found at The Florida Department of Education.
Curriculum and Instruction
Academie Da Vinci (ADV) follows the same academic curriculum followed within the Pinellas County Schools. We are obligated to meet the same State Standards and participate in the state testing each year.
What sets us apart from traditional public schools is our firm integration in the arts. In addition to the regular curriculum (i.e., Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, and Physical Education) our students also participate in integrated arts classes each week. These classes include general music with instruments, movement, chorus, visual arts, dance, and drama.
Arts are integrated into the curriculum in a variety of ways. For example, if students are studying Native Americans in class, they will also be doing Native American movement in dance, Native American music in music and chorus, and re-creating Native American artwork in visual arts. This integration is true in all grades throughout the year.
Our methods of instruction vary based on the subjects taught and styles of learning present within our student body. Our students work and study individually, one on one with a teacher, in pairs, in small groups, and as a whole class.
School Size and Programs
There are approximately 320 students enrolled in kindergarten through seventh grade (2 classes per grade). We provide a Gifted program for those students who qualify according to Pinellas County guidelines.
On campus, we have our own music room which hosts vocal and instrumental music. We have a large dance room for students to actively participate in movement. We also have a separate visual arts room.
All of our faculty are certified to teach by the State of Florida and are required to stay current with professional development. These professional educators are regularly available for parent meetings and conferences.
Every student enrolled at ADV takes part in music, dance, drama, and visual arts classes. All students participate in the student shows twice per year designed to showcase student learning.