DaVinci School for Science & the Arts Breaks Ground: Construction Begins on High School Building and Gymnasium

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The DaVinci School for Science & the Arts, a charter school that is able to break through and have a positive impact on the academic progress of its students, has broken ground on a construction project that will add a high school building and gymnasium to the School's campus.

The DaVinci School for Science & the Arts, a charter school that is able to break through and have a positive impact on the academic progress of its students, has broken ground on a construction project that will add a high school building and gymnasium to the School's campus.

Currently serving grades 6-9, the DaVinci School for Science & the Arts is operating under a plan to add one grade level per year and will graduate its first senior class in 2012.

"We are excited to begin the long anticipated construction on our high school building," 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. "Adding a high school facility will allow us to sustain the rigorous academic program with emphasis on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects that begins at the middle school level. We are also excited to being offering athletics programs with the addition of our gymnasium."

Since the State of Texas does not provide facilities funding for charter schools, the construction has been made possible by bond funds received from tax exempt revenue bonds issued in 2006 on behalf of the District. Since the bonds will not cover all construction expenses, private donations are also needed to help finance the project

Currently, a full gymnasium and cafeteria building is under construction, along with a high school building that will include three science labs, a media room/library, fine arts and music rooms, as well as classrooms. Upon completion, this building will accommodate grades 9th through 12th.

The science labs are designed to create a seamless transition from classroom instruction to laboratory work. Instructional space will be supported with electronic technology including: interactive white boards, projectors, and laptops. The new facilities are designed to offer students the space and resources for active engagement and expression. They are expected to be completed in Spring 2009.

The DaVinci School for Science & the Arts is a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Exemplary rated school offering a demanding college preparatory curriculum with emphasis on STEM subjects and the arts. DaVinci also holds five TEA Gold Performance Acknowledgements including attendance, reading, math, science and social studies and is ranked in the top 5.4% of middle schools in the State.

For more information on the school and its building project or to make a donation, 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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