DaVinci School for Science & the Arts Achieves Exemplary Rating and Gold Performance Acknowledgements from Texas Education Agency

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The DaVinci School for Science & the Arts is a charter school that is able to break through and have a positive impact on the academic progress of its students, including low-income students and racial/ethnic subgroups as evidenced through test scores and an "exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

The DaVinci School for Science & the Arts is a charter school that is able to break through and have a positive impact on the academic progress of its students, including low-income students and racial/ethnic subgroups as evidenced through test scores and an "exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

In order for a school to achieve this rating, 90% of students must pass all the state assessments. Of the 1,621 middle schools in Texas, DaVinci is one of only 88 schools named exemplary, placing it in the top 5.4% of middle schools in the State. DaVinci is also the only middle school in El Paso rated exemplary. In addition to the exemplary rating, DaVinci was recognized with five TEA Gold Performance Acknowledgements including attendance, reading, math, science and social studies.

The school is part of a larger charter district - Burnham Wood Charter - which has implemented a consistent and proven educational model for success and has earned an exemplary rating as a district. Of the 1,229 districts in the State of Texas, 43 districts (3.5%) are rated "exemplary." DaVinci is focused on more effective, deeper education in the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and math.

DaVinci students have out-performed traditional public schools on statewide exams. The school has been recognized for its achievements by the Texas High School Project--a public/private partnership to increase high school student performance sponsored by the Texas Education Agency, the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (and other private foundations), along with an array of corporations interested in promoting STEM education.

"We have achieved this level of success at DaVinci through high expectations in academics, behavior, and character," said Iris Burnham, Superintendent and Founder of the Burnham Wood Charter School District and President of the El Paso Education Initiative, Inc., a non-profit organization which serves as charter holder for the district.

These high expectations also include: a demanding college preparatory curriculum with emphasis on the STEM subjects and the arts, created by professional educators with more than 25 years of experience running public and private schools at all grade levels; class size limited to 25 per class/100 per grade to provide individual attention in order to build relationships with each student; and challenging capstone projects of the type normally found only at exclusive private schools and magnet schools. All of these strategies are designed to foster a long-term love of learning.

Currently serving grades 6-9, the DaVinci School for Science & the Arts is expanding with a plan to add one grade level per year until it serves grades 6-12. For more information on the school and its building project, visit http://www.burnhamwood.org.

About DaVinci School for Science & the Arts
The DaVinci School for Science & the Arts is a charter school that is able to break through and have a positive impact on the academic progress of its students, including low-income students and racial/ethnic subgroups as evidenced through test scores and an "exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency. The school is part of a larger charter district - Burnham Wood Charter - which has implemented a consistent and proven educational model for success and has earned an exemplary rating as a district. In particular, DaVinci is focused on more effective, deeper education in the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and math. To learn more visit http://www.burnhamwood.org.

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