Topic Presenter Time
Board Election Results Terri Sheehan 5 minutes
& Charter Contract
2010 – 2011 in Review &
High School Planning
High School Coordinator
Questions/Closure Cory Klabunde 5 minutes
DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science will awaken a passion for learning
through an enriched and individualized approach to education. Students,
parents and teachers will work together to ensure positive character
development and build a strong foundation for higher education.
DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science will be known and respected for
providing a dynamic educational experience in which students become
lifelong learners with a sense of responsibility to society.
Arts and Science Focus
Enhanced Learning Experience
The Table below is a table identifies the number of students enrolled at DaVinci Academy during the
first four years of operation. Data is based on an October 1 average daily membership.
Our enrollment has increased each year and we are projecting an additional 50 students for next
year’s enrollment. We will be adding 9 th grade next year and our student population will be a
kindergarten through 9 th grade school.
Staffing has increased each year to accommodate this fantastic student growth.
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2008-09 34 33 18 28 20 25 12 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 170 N/A N/A
2009-10 50 47 50 25 25 25 21 20 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 263 35% 27.1%
2010-11 50 50 50 50 50 50 25 25 25 N/A N/A N/A N/A 375 30% 9.9%
2011-12 52 52 52 52 52 52 50 25 24 N/A N/A N/A N/A 411 9% 10.7%
54 52 52 52 52 52 52 50 25 18 N/A N/A N/A ~ 459 ~10% N/A
The Table below identifies the number of staff at DaVinci Academy
during the first four years of operation. We do have several contracted
services in special education, nursing, snow/lawn, busing, etc. which
affect our staffing numbers.
11.5 (13) 2.0 2.5 (3) 2.0 18.0 (20) N/A
15.3 (16) 3.5 (3) 3.6 (5) 2.0 24.4 (26) (23%)
23.3 (24) 8.8 (9) 4.1 (6) 3.0 39.2 (42) (38%)
25.4 (26) 12.0 4.6 (7) 5.0 47.0(50) (16%)
29.0 14.0 5.1 (7) 4.0 ~52.1 (54) (~7%)
* Parentheses indicates actual personnel.
New Enrollment Policy
K 3 18 N/A 18 54
1st 2 26 50 26 2
2nd 2 15 50 25 0
3rd 2 15 48 24 0
4th 2 15 47 23/24 0
5th 2 15 44 22 0
6th 2 26 42 26 10
7th 2 15 48 24 0
8th 1 15 23 23 0
9th 1 12 11 12 1
• Policy is effective starting with the 2012-13 school year.
• School board reviews enrollment policy annually.
• Targeted services from RTI, Title One, tutoring, homework help, and staff are
available to new students if needed.
• The enrollment policy is endorsed by our authorizer, Friends of Education, to be
implemented by the 2013-14 school year.
Friends of Education renewed our charter contract because the school met three required
o The school demonstrated improved student achievement;
o The school did not have significant unresolved fiscal deficiencies; and
o The school did not have significant unresolved compliance or operational issues.
Significant New Requirements
The contract is for three years; we will start the renewal process – September 2013
• State Assessment Tests (MCA)
• Meet or exceed proficiency standards
• Nationally Normed Assessment (NWEA/MAP)
• Steadily increase student percentile rankings.
• Data-Driven Instruction (DDI)
• Create and Implement
Significant New Requirements (Continued)
School Culture Goal
• Attendance – maintain 95% rate
• Satisfaction Surveys – Parents and Staff (80% overall satisfaction)
Enrollment policy – as discussed earlier
Maintain 35% fund balance
To review our current contract, please visit our school’s website.
DaVinci Academy focuses on the whole child, encouraging their
success through individualized learning plans as well as differentiated
instructional strategies. DaVinci Academy realizes that all children do
not learn uniformly, thus our school strives to meet the educational
needs of each child. We encourage each child to meet and exceed his
or her goals for education.
NWEA Results for Math and Reading
% of students meeting growth
grade level proficiency
2009 - 2010 2010 - 2011 2009 - 2010 2010 - 2011
Kindergarten 80.3% 86% 88.3% 88%
First Grade 64.5% 88% 68% 82%
Second Grade 87.5% 80% 83.5% 80%
Third Grade 90% 82% 81% 76%
Fourth Grade 75% 92% 76% 96%
Fifth Grade 74% 96% 68% 86%
Sixth Grade 82% 80% 86% 76%
Seventh Grade 76% 79% 72% 71%
Eighth Grade ---- 78% --- 77%
MCA II Reading Proficiency Results
Grade 2009 - 2010 2010 - 2011
3 92% 84%
4 83% 100% (74%)*
5 76% 100% (65.3%)*
6 84% 80%
7 60% 79.2%
8 --- 60%
*Addition of students new to DaVinci Academy
MCAIII Math Proficiency Results
Grade 2009 - 2010 2010 - 2011
3 92% 94%
4 88% 96% (86%)*
5 56% 96% (55.1%)*
6 54% 52%
7 36% 66.7%
8 --- 72%
*Addition of students new to DaVinci Academy
Program Successes and
Educational Best Practices
1. Data-driven assessments in math - Friends of Education provided
training on data-driven instruction and we have implemented
interim assessments in math. These assessments helped to ensure
that student performance was on the same level of rigor required by
state standards. Teachers were also able to see where students
were struggling and re-teach topics as needed.
2. Math and reading groups - In the areas of math and reading,
students are placed in ability groups rather than homeroom groups.
This ensures that students who need extra help are able to receive
that assistance and that students who need more of a challenge are
at a level equivalent to their abilities. Groups for reading and math
are kept as small as possible to allow for maximum academic
growth in these areas.
3. Continuation of Accelerated Reader Program - The Accelerated
Reader program was used in first through eighth grade. Students
read and took quizzes on books they read throughout the school
4. IXL Math - IXL assesses students' understanding as they practice,
and generates detailed performance reports to give valuable
insight into students' abilities. Reports can be generated by
teachers which include data on grade-level proficiency, trouble
spots, and even progress toward meeting state standards.
5. Mandatory Intersession – As a result of a later start to the school
year, we changed the winter intersession to a mandatory session.
This was very successful and was enjoyed by teachers and
6. Addition of iPads for classroom use –
Throughout the school year, we purchased
10 iPads to supplement classroom
instruction. Numerous educational
applications were added and this is
an area we continue to explore.
7. Homework Club - We have continued to implement homework club on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teachers stay after school on those days to
assist students who are struggling in classes or who have fallen
8. Regional and State Science Fair - Last year we had 6 students go on to
the Regional Science Fair in St. Cloud. We learned that there is
certainly a lot of paperwork involved in participating at that level! Two
of our students were chosen to participate in the state science fair
which was held in Bloomington. In the future, we hope to have many
more students qualify for the state event.
9. Expansion of Music Program - Last year we added band, orchestra
and choir. We were able to have winter and spring concerts in our
own gym. Approximately 65 students participated in the music
10. First School Play - Along with the first music concerts was the first
school play. This was a full-length play written and directed by Mr.
Cauley, our fourth grade teacher.
11. State Art Winners - During the Art in Minnesota week, two of our
students were chosen to display art at the state capitol.
12. State Basketball tournament - Our first boy’s basketball team
participated in the MYAS league and ended their season by winning
the Minnesota State Recreation Tournament.
• 40% Holdback ($1.3 million for 2011-12)
• 35% Fund Balance ($1.096 million at end of 2010-11)
• $50 Increase in General Education Aid, Literacy Aid (new for 2012-13)
and Permanent Land Endowment Funding (new)
• Clean Audit
• Pending Legislation (HF 1860) – This bill would require operating
referendum levies to follow resident students to charter schools. This
would amount to about an extra $300,000 for DaVinci Academy. We
strongly encourage you to contact your Representative and
Senator and encourage them to support this bill.
Town Meetings are taking place on a
monthly basis. Although attendance is not
large, valuable ideas and questions have
been exchanged. I am grateful for the
• Most questions have been related to college
credits in high school
• Will my child really be prepared for higher
• What kinds of elective options will exist?
8 th Grade Family Night is scheduled for
February 28 th at 6:00 PM. 8 th grade
families have been invited to come in to:
• Look at curriculum materials
• Get a real feel for the typical daily schedule for
their new 9 th grader
• Get answers to pressing questions
• BELIEVE in the high school happening
• And enjoy a snack
• Course catalog has been established and the
mechanism to coordinate the classes we will offer
with the Minnesota Common Course Catalog is in
• Curriculum alignment and maps through 11 th
grade are nearly finished and will be complete by
end of February 2012
• Approaches for college level credits selected and
programming designed to support that. (PSEO,
AP- level classes, College Level Exam Program
rigor in all classes
What’s done? (continued)
• Strategic schedule has been proposed to
maximize resources and minimize need for
expanded staffing for 2013 school year
• Proposed move to “paperless” design by using
Chromebooks or other technologies to highly
integrate technology in the classroom is being
explored in committee
Still to come?
• Report to board for long term planning and
predicted needs for facilities and staffing
• Development of the student/family handbook
incorporating expectations and opportunities for
DaVinci Academy families
• Exploration into extra-curricular programming
Still to come? (continued)
• Much more discussion and a plan of action for
• Strategic plan to maintain or grow DaVinci
Academy high school if significant attrition takes
place as students matriculate from middle school