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EDUCATION OPTIONS: Invitation to participate in DaVinci School’s focus groups re: An Alternative Model for K-8 Education

December 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting From Balance©

Hello Parents,

I wanted to pass this on to you, in case you hadn’t yet heard of Da Vinci’s newest endeavor: a K through 8 school, to be built in conjunction with TIDES (formerly Pacifica Charter), and UCLA.  (UCLA’s involvement was announced at our education department board meeting this month.  We discussed ways in which UCLA will be participating in this endeavor…)  A bond has already been passed to fund the construction of this school, and the charter has already been approved (since 2 years ago).   I am excited that this represents another FREE choice for families!

TIDES (as pacifica) was an NVC-based educational model, which, as such, I wholly support and am excited about!  And if this elementary school is created in the likeness of DaVinci HIgh School, it will also feature a constructivist curriculum (a learning/teaching approach that embraces multiple learning styles), which is also something appealing to many students and parents alike, given that it is a program that results in highly motivated learners.

Lots of Love,



Subject: RE: Invitation to participate in DaVinci School’s focus groups re: An Alternative Model for K-8 Education

Da Vinci Innovation Academy is bringing a new approach to K-8 education and is interested in learning from parents of current Pre-K to 4th grade students. We present an educational alternative to the traditional school model — a place where students can discover their passions and talents.

We are looking to learn from parents who want more for their children, possibly including:

• personalized learning

• academically rigorous

• enrichment opportunities based on your child’s interests

• parental participation

• a flexible schedule

• embedded gifted and talented education for all

• development of “the whole child”, and

• a program where children learn to navigate the world and to think independently and in groups..

If this sounds like you, then we would like to learn from you.

Subject to confirmation, you are cordially invited to attend one of our small focus group discussions in December.

The discussions will be held at a Playa Vista-area location (to be disclosed upon confirmation).

If you are interested in participating, please complete the focus group invitation questionnaire at:

Please reply promptly; the groups will be limited to 10 participants.  Please also note: only parents who receive confirmations will be able to participate.

We appreciate your interest in participating in this study, and hope you can join us.  Thank you.


Dr. Matthew Wunder

Executive Director

Da Vinci Schools


Matthew Wunder, Ed.D.

Executive Director

13500 Aviation Boulevard

Hawthorne, CA 90250


“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” Leonardo Da Vinci

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