School Details

Da Vinci Science School

13500 Aviation Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 725-5800
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-12 591 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wiseburn Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wiseburn Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wiseburn Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wiseburn Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wiseburn Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wiseburn Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • This school in 2013
  • Wiseburn Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wiseburn Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Da Vinci Science School is a charter high school in Hawthorne. The principal of Da Vinci Science School is Matthew Wunder, whose e-mail is mwunder@davincischools.org. 591 children attend Da Vinci Science School and identify mostly as Asian, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 3% of the Da Vinci Science School students are "limited in English proficiency." 47% of the 591 students here have subsidized lunches. Da Vinci Design School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 3%
Hispanic 56% 49%
Multiracial 4% %
Filipino 2% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 16% 17%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 16%
Unspecified 1% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 3626%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 42%
Limited English proficiency 3% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I absolutely hate this school. It is tiny school filled with geeks and nerds(If that is your thing go for it). The school is in horrible condition there are empty spots in the ceiling the schools is crawling with bugs everywhere they need to repaint the whole because the walls have crack in the and the paint is falling the walls. Do not go here I have a 4.0 and I still hate attending the school. I warning you if you want to have a great high school experience go to a different school. I have been there for two years now and the only I still attend the school because my parents are forcing me to.

  • (6 months ago)

    I am an alumni from the class of 2013 and I have to say that this school is amazing. Sure the old campus may have a beat down look at some parts with the peeling paint and all but students who stay true to DV come from humble beginnings where some dust cracked walls or peeled paint won't faze them. The campus at this time is temporary anyway. As for work load it is far from traditional methods of learning and I personally believe that although it may be difficult it really pushes the student to be the best they can be. The DVS culture is passionate about learning and cares about the students both academically and emotionally. Procrastination gets the best of most students which is really the reason for the "pile-up" effect for all the projects. Although they may be due around the same date the students are given enough time to work on them sometimes they get class time as well! It's just about using the time effectively. Although the school is getting even more challenging as the years go by the close knit culture that is created by both students and staff has the power to overcome these challenges and see everything as a learning experience.

  • (8 months ago)

    My daughter has done extremely well in her Honors classes at Da Vinci Science and it is certainly better than our local public school. However the workload is absolutely ridiculous. Teachers will stress that students find more down-time to relax and get rest and then pile on the projects and assignments forcing students to work most nights until 1 2 even 3 o'clock in the morning. The pressure to perform well has taken a toll mentally and physically on an alarmingly high amount of students and something needs to be done. While the school does a fantastic job preparing the students for many of the challenges they will face in college and the work force it would be good if they re-evaluate the methods used.

  • (9 months ago)

    Our school motto is "This is home" but if it is really home why does it cause so much damage to the students? There is an absurd work load there. The teachers expect A LOT from the kids and it is kinda sad because it is getting to the point where most of the students are choosing their work over their health. All of the teachers expect so much from the students in such a short amount of time especially at the end of the year. Many students want to leave Da Vinci Science because the stress is starting to damage them emotionally and physically. If Da Vinci Science wants their students to stick around then it is about time they make a change.

  • (10 months ago)

    This is my second year at this school and I hate it. I used to go to public school and it was the worst experience of my life. Now I wish I could go back. The school is tiny and has the worst maintenance. Peeling paint stained windows and ants everywhere you look are just the start. And the homework! I promise that you will have at least 3 projects going at the same time. Not to mention POLs at the end of the semester. POLs are huge presentations to each of your teachers on one topic covered during the semester. There's a strict dress code that quickly becomes irritating and rude teachers that will embarrass you in the middle of class. Finally I just want to mention the project based learning. Basically we get a ton of projects to do in an insanely short amount of time plus regular homework worksheets. I am a top student and even I am up until at least midnight doing homework every night. I was one of those kids who got bullied a lot in public school and Da Vinci Science has made me want to go back.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is my third year at Da Vinci Science and with each year that passes by the school gets a lot better. Our principal works extremely hard to accommodate our needs as students especially when it comes to him looking for colleges that are willing to partner with us that would be able to offer us more challenging courses outside of Da Vinci. The teaching staff is made up of a group of outstanding teachers that not only care about our academic success but us as individuals as well. As our school is very small it gives both the students and teachers the opportunity to get to know each other very well which in my opinion creates a more comfortable learning environment. When it comes to academics in Da Vinci they teach in a way that you would not see in most high schools as they challenge us to think critically and to understand the content on a very deep level. They want us to learn the content for what it's worth not just for the grade. I believe that this method of teaching has made all of us much better thinkers and problem solvers and the teachers have accomplished their goal of giving us the skills that we need to do well in not only college but life after that.

  • (4 years ago)

    I got to this school the teachers are awesome and they are there when ever they can to help the students

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my son's second year at Da Vinci and he loves it! This school really promotes professionalism and is a safe enviroment for students to learn. Teachers at Da Vinci are truly the best. They really care about the students and their performance. Their academic programs are challenging and competitive. Great endeavors awaits Da Vinci students!

  • (4 years ago)

    A great school with amazing staff.. our kids are getting a private school education and college classes but there is no tuition....a truly great place for your kids to graduate. I have 2 kids theres one in 10th and one in 9th grades. They love it and have done great! Thank you Da Vinci staff!

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