DaVinci Charter Agreement

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DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts
Est. September 15, 2003

 

Exhibit “A”

No portions of Exhibit “A” may be changed unless amended pursuant to Charter Agreement Section 5.3

  1. Name: The name of the Charter School shall be DaVinci Academy.

 

  1. Applicant: A Charter Agreement is granted to DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts, which applied on October 21, 2004. An agreement was originally granted to Riverside Technology High School.

 

  1. Location: The charter school shall be established in Ogden, Utah, located within the Ogden City School District, which is material to its authorization.

 

  1. Mission Statement: DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts is dedicated to developing competent, inventive, and ethical, thinkers who apply their knowledge, skills, leadership and problem-solving abilities to become productive members of a dynamic society. We accomplish this mission by:

 

  • Offering innovative, onsite, distance, online programs, and internships opportunities that promote enthusiasm, exploration, and academic excellence.
  • Emphasizing a rigorous science and arts foundation.

Vision Statement: “To create an academic institution where students can learn, develop their talents, acquire social and cognitive skills, master their academic goals, and be prepared for any college or career.”

 

  1. Purpose(s) of the charter school: The Charter School purposes consistent with U.C.A.

§53G-5-104 include:

  • Improve student learning through a stimulating and challenging environment that encourages and refines critical thinking processes, nurtures an appreciation for math and sciences and their applicability to real work environments, and by social responsibility, professionalism and teamwork.
  • Encourage innovative teaching methods through small class size to ensure that every student can interact with the teacher and other students in a positive and constructive way and to provide an environment in which students can closely interact with industry leaders and innovators while applying skills learned in class.
  • Increase choice of learning opportunities for students by providing a quality educational alternative for families, regardless of their income level, race, religion, or abilities.
  • Provide opportunities for greater parental involvement in all aspects of their child’s education.

 

  1. Key elements of the charter school: The key elements of the Charter School, as set forth in the application, are programs and processes that make this school unique. They will be included in the State Charter School Board annual review as assurances and included in the School Accountability Framework Comprehensive reviews.

 

DaVinci Academy

 

 

  1. Provides a solid liberal arts foundation in addition to a rigorous curriculum of science and math for low to moderate-income families of Ogden City/Weber County.
  2. Teaches with the student in mind and culminates in the student’s senior projects, which is a focused research project in an area of interest for the student.
  3. Offers intensive academic assistance; tutoring and courses will be offered to those students requiring remediation, especially in math.
  4. Expects students to participate in programs which explore different careers, both professional and technical, with staff acting as mentors.

 

  1. Opening School Year: 2004-2005

 

DaVinci Academy

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Grade levels and maximum enrollment:

School Year

Enrollment by grade band

Total Enrollment

K

1-6

7-8

9-12

2004-2005

0

0

0

250

250

2005-2006

0

0

0

375

375

2006-2010

0

0

0

500

500

2010-2011

0

50

250

500

800

2011-2012

50

150

250

500

950

2012-2018

100

550

150

300

1100

2018-ongoing

100

550

200

350

1250

 

  1. Enrollment preferences permitted by board policy and 53G-6-502:
    • Children of current employees
    • Siblings of enrolled students
    • Weber State University Charter Students

 

  1. Structure of governing board:
    • Number of board members: Between 7-12 as outlined in DaVinci’s Articles of Incorporation
    • Appointment of board members: One half of the board positions will be made up of parents of DaVinci students, and the other half of the board members will be made up of community members.
    • Board members’ terms of office: Board member serve 2-year terms but not more than 3 consecutive terms. Rotation of board members guided by bylaws.
    • Meetings: Board meetings set each year in August board retreat

 

  1. Administrative rules waived (if applicable): None

 

  1. Additional school specific standards used to assess School Achievement in the Charter School Accountability Framework: SEE NOTE FROM EMAIL- School grade criteria for college and career ready--

Post Secondary Readiness--This measure illustrates how well-prepared students are for the the transition from high school to college and career after graduation. The indicators of postsecondary readiness include the percentages of students earning an ACT composite score of 18 or higher, graduating on time with a high school diploma, and successfully completing college or career readiness coursework. Select 'View Details' to see comparisons to the district and/or state, and how student groups performed in each area.

So our indicators for measuring post-secondary readiness compared with the State of Utah include the following metrics: ACT composite score, graduation rate, and successfully completing college or career readiness coursework.

 

DaVinci Academy

 

 

 

 

Measure

 

 

Metric

Targets

Exceeds

Meets

Does Not Meet

Falls Far Below

 

Percentage of

 

 

 

 

 

Students in high

 

 

 

 

 

school (10-12

 

 

 

 

 

grade) who have

 

 

 

 

 

participated in

 

 

 

 

Mission

programs which

 

 

 

 

Specific –

Class Sizes

explore different

careers, both

100%

80%

<80%

<70%

 

professional and

 

 

 

 

 

technical, with

 

 

 

 

 

staff acting as

 

 

 

 

 

mentors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduating

 

 

 

 

 

seniors

 

 

 

Mission Specific – Science Credits

meeting Davinci Academy’s graduation

requirement of

 

 

100%

 

 

<100%

 

 

<80%

 

4 years of

 

 

 

 

science and

 

 

 

 

math credits

 

 

 

 

Relative Academic Performance

- Proficiency on state accountability exams

 

Percentage of students who are Post Secondary Ready compared to the State of Utah

 

% is greater in all three of the measured areas by the State.

% is equal to or greater than two of the three measured areas by the State.

 

% is equal to or greater than one of the measured areas.

 

% less in all three of the tested areas.

Student

School MGP on state mandated end- of-level exam score meets or exceeds State median.

 

 

 

 

Academic Gain

 

 

 

 

- Progress on state accountability

exams as

All three tested areas.

Two of the three tested areas.

One of the three tested areas.

None of the tested areas.

measured by

 

 

 

 

post-secondary

 

 

 

 

readiness.

 

 

 

 

 

DaVinci Academy

 

 

  1. State Accountability: As defined by statute and implemented by the Utah State Board of Education by rule or Federal plan.
  2. Student Engagement, Financial, and Governance Measures: Defined by the SCSB, as required by rule and statute. School will be held to the approved Charter School Accountability Framework (subject to update and revision).