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About Us

Da Vinci International School (DVIS) is a nondenominational, international pre-school and elementary school that offers French and Spanish immersion programs for children aged 18 months until 5th Grade.  DVIS is a bilingual preschool and trilingual elementary school that is fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education.  

We are located on the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead, a natural haven within the city of Atlanta.  Our home provides an idyllic environment for your learner to explore, investigate and experience nature.  

Our school takes its name from the great Leonardo da Vinci, mathematician, engineer, anatomist, painter, sculptor, inventor, architect, botanist, musician, and writer.  Da Vinci International School embraces the da Vinci within each child and focuses on developing 21st century skills and a love for the process of learning.  

POSITIVE LEARNING

We give our teachers full flexibility to develop curriculum and routines that allow our learners to developing long-life learning practices. We recognize that students learn in different ways. Equipped with both an emotional and cognitive vocabulary, our little Da Vinci’s are well on their way to creating positive learning practices that will carry them through life.

It is ideal to start the Da Vinci program from an early age so that your learners are in a fully immersive environment in either French or Spanish. We have had successful introduction of non-speakers at the 4K level, however, parents must allow for a transitional period where extra attention is given to the learner and the learner may have to enroll in additional language support classes.

At the 4K level, the students begin English instruction at 25% and that increases to 45% at 5K and beyond. During 3rd grade, the learners will have an opportunity to learn a third language. The Da Vinci student will also be progressing in literacy, science, math, art and music at the developmental milestones set by the French Ministry of Education.Our approach to language-immersion and bi-lingual instruction is the need for strict association. French is spoken with the French teachers, English with the English teachers, and Spanish with the Spanish teachers. We have experienced positive results from this method. Our children have the ability to switch between languages effortlessly, which is the result of our effective language-immersion process.

PRESCHOOL

In the 2K, 3K, and 4K (Pre-K) programs, teachers focus on developing the social, emotional and physical cognition of the children in a full-immersion language setting. Children learn more effectively when they are nurtured in secure settings that prioritize observational and collective learning and engaged periods of guided play. Active instruction in literacy does commence at the earliest years, however, the focus is on developing the children in a way which promotes confidence, self-awareness and curiosity.

The day starts with free play which leads to circle time where themes, vocabulary words, concepts and songs set the tone for the day and tie into a relebaytcurrent theme. Time spent in nature, fine motor skill development, singing, dancing, playing games, cooking, art and early science experiments create an engaging flow balanced by rest periods. Children are immersed in a French or Spanish language environment their whole school day. DVIS offers early drop off as well as an engaging aftercare program from 1:00 to 5:00 PM for all preschool students. After-school enrichment programs are available starting as young as 3K.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

In the 5K (Kindergarten) through 5th Grade programs, classrooms are led in a way that promotes engagement by all students. The week is shared between the French and English program. Group-thinking and the collaborative process help teach confidence, the ability to investigate, troubleshoot and to share opinions and ideas in a warm and nurturing environment. A chosen set of themes are decided for the year and explored in a multi-disciplinary approach. Da Vinci’s curriculum exceeds standards in numeracy, literacy, S.T.E.A.M., design, art and must. The day begins around 8:00 A.M. and ends between 3:00 and 3:15 PM depending on the exact grade level. Our exciting variety of after-school enrichment programs run between 3:00 PM-5:00 PM.

DVIS BELIEVES IN LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR 21ST CENTURY SKILLS IN OUR THINKERS:
- PROBLEM SOLVING
- COLLABORATIVE
- COMMUNICATION
- CRITICAL THINKING
- CREATIVITY
- INFORMATION, MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY
- PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
- ETHICAL REASONING

Da Vinci thinkers develop a strong ability to manage themselves, their emotional worlds, how they engage with others and the world around them.

Our approach to education involves emotional literacy, cognitive development and scientific reasoning that is interwoven with nature, art and music. We teach our students to ask questions and to investigate the answers together as a class.

PROJECT - BASED LEARNING

Each year, DVIS participates in a world-wide competition run by the Ministry of Education in France. For instance, the topic in 2016 was for children to design a sustainable home form reclaimed materials. For first and second graders, this also required electricity that wasn’t battery powered. The children talked, wrote, drew, played, built, rebuilt and eventually created three-dimensional models about their ideas that included water-catchment systems, green roofs, different materials for insulation.

Projects like these inspire learning across many disciplines such as science, math, design, engineering and art. This sort of project-based learning experience fosters group learning, talking and troubleshooting solutions, where every child has a voice. Solving challenges together fosters community spirit and civic mindedness.

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

DVIS offers an array of stimulating after school enrichment programs in French, Spanish and English, as well as and engaging language immersive after care program, all between 1:00 to 5:00 PM. These programs are open to non-DVIS students between the approximate ages of 3 to 10 years. Many of our programs mix appropriate age ranges to allow for character building mentoring experiences. Offerings are chosen and announced before the start of each semester. Examples of current and past programs include; Animation, Arabic, Art, Circus Arts, Coding, Cooking, Dance, Maker/Thinker, Performing Arts, Piano, Puppetry, Robotics, S.T.E.A.M. and Tae Kwon Do.


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 Notre école doit son nom à Leonardo Da Vinci, un mathématicien, ingénieur, anatomiste, peintre, sculpteur, inventeur, architecte, botaniste, musicien et écrivain. Da Vinci International school s’efforce de trouver le petit « Da Vinci » présent en chaque enfant.

Nous accueillons les enfants de 2 à 9 ans pour le programme scolaire (de la toute petite section au CE1). Le programme périscolaire est destiné aux enfants de 5 ans et plus. Notre école se situe sur la réserve naturelle Blue Heron Nature Preserve, au coeur d'Atlanta. 

 

Nuestra escuela tiene el nombre del gran Leonardo Da Vinci, matemático, ingeniero, anatomista, pintor, escultor, inventor, arquitecto, botánico, músico y escritor. Da Vinci International School se esfuerza para que cada niño tenga un Da Vinci adentro.

Da Vinci Internacional School le da la bienvenida a niños de 2 hasta 9 años de edad para nuestro innovador programa de preescolar y primaria. En el programa de After –School  recibimos a niños de 5K hasta 8 grado.