The Da Vinci + Wiseburn USD Partnership
Who to contact with questions or concerns
- World Class Education, Right Here
- Learn more about the Wiseburn + Da Vinci Partnership
The Wiseburn Unified School District (Wiseburn) and Da Vinci Schools (Da Vinci) have a unique and collaborative district-charter partnership model that provides a world class education for all of the students and families we mutually serve. To strengthen that collaboration, we wanted to provide you with some background and history of our partnership and clarify who to contact if you have questions or concerns about any of Da Vinci’s schools (Communications, Connect, Design, and Science).
In most situations, questions or concerns can be directed to Da Vinci for resolution. Thank you for your continued support of our schools and community.
World Class Education, Right Here
When the Wiseburn community was looking to expand into high school, the Wiseburn Board of Trustees asked itself a not-so-simple question: how can we ensure that the education we provide now prepares our students for the jobs of the future?
From this, the Wiseburn + Da Vinci Schools partnership was born, with the creation of Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Science in 2009, partnering high-quality Wiseburn-operated K-8 schools with Da Vinci-operated high schools focused on college and career readiness. The result, 12 years later, is that the Wiseburn community (and students and families from 112 additional zip codes that Da Vinci serves) has an internationally-lauded TK-12+ program unlike anything else in the region.
96% of Da Vinci graduates complete the A-G subject requirements for UC/Cal State admission (the highest in the South Bay and 16% higher than the state average). 97.6% of Da Vinci parents say students are supported in a compassionate and caring learning community, and 88.5% report that they believe Da Vinci involves parents in decision-making.
With a focus on real-world ‘learning by doing’ in a personalized school culture, Da Vinci’s educational model has earned the attention of more than 3,000 visiting educators, policymakers, and change agents from six continents to study our signature practices and school models. Da Vinci has fundraised more than $80 million since inception, strengthening our schools and saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Both Wiseburn and Da Vinci are known for their dedicated faculty and staff and the quality of their small learning communities.
Partnership Roles & Responsibilities
From the beginning, Da Vinci Schools and the Wiseburn Unified School District agreed to a creative district-charter partnership that benefits students, staff, and the community. When the Wiseburn School District achieved unification in 2014, changing from a K-8 to a K-12 unified district, the Wiseburn Board decided to continue partnering with the then five-year-old Da Vinci Schools to deliver its high school program, rather than going through the arduous and costly process of starting its own high school from scratch.
The Da Vinci + Wiseburn partnership cultivated the success of Da Vinci’s high school programs, providing Wiseburn students and others with a college and career-ready model that aligns project-based, real-world learning with workforce needs at the center of a collaborative learning environment where each student’s unique abilities are known and valued.
Da Vinci Schools and Wiseburn USD are independently operated and each is governed by their own Board of Trustees. Da Vinci has an appointed Board of Trustees consisting of seven members, four of whom must be Wiseburn community members to ensure local community representation and transparency. Wiseburn USD has an elected Board of Trustees composed of five Wiseburn community members.
Brian Meath, currently the Da Vinci Schools Board Treasurer, previously served as an elected member of Wiseburn's Board of Trustees from 1997 through 2010, including serving as its President three times.