Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 12/12/2019 5:58 PM

How much does this program cost?

We are a free public charter school and as such, do not have any tuition costs for families. 

How do I apply?

Click here to apply 

Please note: Before you can be accepted you must do all of the following-

  • Complete the enrollment packet
  • Attend an information tour at one of our locations (sign up for a tour here)
  • Submit copies of birth certificates and immunization records to Carla Deuel at Carla.deuel@davinciacademy.org)

What if there is a curriculum I want to use that is not offered on your website?

We always want to stay on top of new curriculums and educational methods. Please talk with your educational specialist and they will get you a form to fill out for your request.

Can I use curriculum that isn't on your website that I purchase on my own?

Yes you can. Please note though that since we will not have run standards on those curriculums you choose to purchase and use on your own we cannot guarantee that they cover all grade level content for your student. Students much be able to show they are making progress, regardless of which curriculum they use at home. 

Can my student move on to the next level in their curriculum before the year ends?

Our school individualizes this program to fit your student's needs. You can move through levels as fast as you would like. When your student is nearing the end of one level, let your educational specialist know and they will order you the next one.

How do you track progress?

We try to make this process as simple and quick as possible for our families. We track progress in three ways:

  • Three times a year you will submit a digital form (the link will be emailed out you) showing the progress your student\s have made in each of their curriculums.
  • Each family is assigned an educational specialist (ES) who is a certified teacher. You will meet with your educational specialist two times a year. 
  • Students are benchmarked on-site through an online assessment three times a year, and the results are viewed only by family members and the ES.  

Do I have to submit calendars or logs of what I do each day and what happens if I don't meet the goals I set with my ES? 

No, you do not submit calendars or logs of everything you do. We are here to support each child individually. We assure progress is being made through the process outlined above. We know that goals sometimes have to be changed to accommodate specific needs that arise. We ask that you stay in regular contact with your educational specialist so that they can help you troubleshoot challenges as they arise and be aware of your student's progression.

I am worried about not knowing what they are doing in class?

We believe in having full transparency with our families about our on-site classes.

  • Elementary: We are working to get full scope and sequences posted on our website for each teacher\subject that is taught. In the mean time, please feel free to reach out to your student's teachers to discuss specifics of what they are teaching. They are always willing to share and discuss any concerns you might have.
  • Middle School: Teachers will have a scope and sequence posted to Canvas by the first day of school. (Parent training on Canvas will be provided at the back to school orientation each year.) All content will also be posted to Canvas so that if a student misses class for any reason they can find out what was learned. Parents are always welcome to ask questions about content as needed. 

Do field trips cost money?

We get grants for a lot of our field trips or are able to go at a very discounted rate. Many are free (or severely discounted) for enrolled students. There is usually a small cost, particularly for non-enrolled siblings and parents. 

Can I bring my whole family on field trips?

Yes, the entire immediate family is invited. Unless noted on the specific field trip, extended family such as grandparents or cousins are not allowed to come. 

How does lunch work?

Lunch is typically split into K-3 and 4-6, depending on location. Parent's pack their child's lunch from home. (Ogden location does serve lunch if parents would like to use that option they can pay our office manager in the front office.) 

How much is lunch in Ogden?

School lunch is offered at our Ogden location only, The cost is $2.60 per day and can be paid with cash or check at the office. You can also pay online here

Does my kindergartner have to stay the full school day?

We are happy to make individual accommodations for specific children's needs. That may include a half day if necessary, however, most students enjoy our hands-on, activity based approach so much that they want to come more not less! Speak with your educational specialist if you have any concerns.

Do I have to do specials day?

Specials day is optional.

Do I have to attend Davinci Day?

Davinci Day is where we cover all of the science and history standards; therefore, we strongly recommend that students attend this day. As always we consider a family's specific needs in all situations. Speak to your ES if you have any concerns. 

When do I start the enrollment process for my new Kindergartener\next school year?

The application process for the coming school year will begin in January each year.

Do we have to return the curriculum?

All non-consumable materials (teacher manuals and manipulatives) need to be returned when you are finished using them. Consumable items such as students manuals, etc. do not have to be returned. (Rule of thumb: If it has a Davinci barcode on the back, then it must be returned.) 

Which subjects are required to do at home?

Families are required to do Math and Language Arts at home. 

Do I have to do two online supplements?

No, all supplements are completely optional.

Does your school provide a laptop?

Yes, we provide laptops for each student that requests one. 

How does the lottery work? 

A lottery process is necessary when filed applications exceed the available admission openings. A waiting list will be generated by the lottery process, which is where completed student registration packets have been randomly drawn and assigned a numeric number based on the random drawing.  Random drawings occur on an as needed basis to ensure that all students wishing to enter DaVinci Academy have an opportunity to do so.  This waiting list is effective for the current school year only and will be re-generated yearly or on an as need basis.  

Do you enroll during the year?

Yes, we fill spots as soon as someone drops. Spots open and are filled all school year long.

What if only one of my children are accepted?

Once one child in a family is accepted the rest of the siblings get priority treatments. We cannot guarantee when all siblings will get spots as it varies from grade to grade with how much space there is, but we do enroll all year long and will do our best to find spots for all family members as quickly as possible. 
Can my student take outsourcing lessons from anywhere they want?

No, community partners must be contracted with. This process starts about 6 months prior to the beginning of each new school year. If you have a business you'd like to see our school contract with for next year have them fill out the form on our outsourcing page and return it to Preslee Cash at preslee.cash@davinciacademy.org.

Do you have IEP services for students who need additional academic help?

Yes, we have a full IEP department. If your student is coming from another school and has an IEP or 504 it will be transferred with them. If you suspect that your child has any struggles that might make learning difficult, speak with your educational specialist and they will walk you through the process to see if they might qualify for services.