RISE High is designed to meet students where they are. We have two campuses and hope to soon have a mobile classroom but the blended program provides our students with flexibility to learn at their own pace, time and place of choice.
Our biggest challenge was to create an authentic blended-learning experience with human interaction. We also have PowerSchool and other edtech platforms that don’t speak to each other, because we do project-based learning and mastery-based grading. With teachers and staff, we're trying to figure out how to get all of those platforms to seamlessly work together.
First, teacher-curated curriculum is so powerful for building relationships. It’s hard for students to learn from someone (or something) you don’t know or trust.
Second, the power of housing curriculum in one place. Teachers have the time and capability to differentiate rather than spending time creating and organizing content.
Our main areas of leadership are providing culturally relevant instruction and working with special populations (ELL, SPED, etc.) Our student population includes 27% SPED students. They are working at many different paces and levels, so teachers do a lot of differentiation. Teachers have created different pathways for each course. We have a SPED teacher on staff who focuses on developing and improving methods of differentation and remediative help.
All of our curriculum is developed by RISE High teachers, who create it with their students' unique circumstances and learning needs in mind. This also ensures consistency in the student's learning experience: whether a student is in class or studying remotely online, she is receiving instruction from her teacher, whom she trusts and respects.
Da Vinci RISE High seeks to create a highly responsive, holistic, and integrated model that meets students who are disconnected from school where they are, geographically, academically, socially and emotionally, and will open up clear pathways to college and career.
Da Vinci RISE High will show what is possible when a network of youth-development agencies, educators, municipalities and social-support centers break through silos to create a truly student-centered ecosystem.
School sites will be embedded within multiple social-service-provider locations in high need areas across Los Angeles to create a citywide campus allowing RISE students to master a real-world, project-based college- and career-ready curriculum in the ways, and at the places, that work best for them. These partnerships will give RISE students access to counseling, case management, tutoring, job readiness training, career pathways, internships, extracurricular opportunities, leadership development, and more.
If a student isn’t near a brick-and-mortar campus, RISE’s mobile center will drive to the students—so nothing can stop these students from becoming college-, career- and life-ready.
RISE High, incubated at Da Vinci Schools, was 1 of only 10 schools in the nation to win a prestigious ‘Super School’ grant to reimagine high school in connection with XQ: The Super School Project, funded by Laurene Powell Jobs. A non-classroom based independent study charter school, Da Vinci RISE High is the newest school in the Da Vinci Schools family. There is a small Da Vinci RISE High program serving about 30 students located in Hawthorne, CA. RISE High recently opened a second site in August 2017 at 2901 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90011.
Contact: Erin Whalen
Contact Title: Assistant Principal
Da Vinci RISE High
13500 Aviation Blvd
Telephone: (310) 725-5800