How we see Leonardo Da Vinci Academy of Arts & Sciences
How Leonardo Da Vinci Academy of Arts & Sciences sees itself
"Leonardo Da Vinci Academy is an independent school that has been serving children of discerning parents since 1984. LDVA provides exceptional schooling from preschool to Grade 8 and promotes whole brain thinking, independence, and self-esteem. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and Maria Montessori, LDVA's approach to education is to enable students to achieve their full potential and encourage a love for lifelong learning."
"Our unique curriculum combines Montessori and traditional education with a Da Vincian approach to learning. From our Casa Montessori and Scuola Materna Preschools, students progress to our Lower Elementary Montessori program for Grades 1 to 3. Our Upper Elementary program begins in Grade 4 and transitions students into a traditional classroom setting where they follow an enriched curriculum up to Grade 8. Across all levels, we foster a 'Thinking Like Leonardo' approach for lifelong learning."
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"From preschool to Grade 8 teachers of the Leonardo Da Vinci Academy employ “Seven Da Vincian Principles” to help students explore and cultivate their own creativity and thinking skills. By using strategies inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci children are encouraged to develop their full potential. Along with a heightened appreciation of the world, areas of development that are promoted include: problem solving, creative thinking, self-awareness, and the balancing of mind and body."
"1. Leonardo Da Vinci Academy was founded in 1983.
2. Scuola Materna is the only Italian immersion Preschool in Canada recognized by the Government of Italy.
3. Our unique curriculum fosters a love of learning through an approach inspired by Maria Montessori and Leonardo Da Vinci.
4. Most of the staff at LDVA has been there for over 10 years.
5. LDVA recently relocated to a newly renovated facility on the first floor of the Columbus Centre."
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Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Sal Ritacca, President & Co-Founder
Leonardo Da Vinci was an extraordinary example of the human mind and its capabilities. An intellect of universal proportions, Leonardo was master artist, scientist, inventor, engineer, and life-long learner. His relentless quest for knowledge, truth, and beauty, and his approach to these pursuits are an inspiration to many individuals. When we founded the Leonardo Da Vinci Academy in 1983 we could not imagine a more suitable name for the school we envisioned.
LDVA's unique “Thinking Like Leonardo” approach to living and learning encompasses both traditional and contemporary philosophies of education. Our Preschools and Primary grades are based on the teachings of Maria Montessori which are in perfect harmony with our school’s educational philosophy and the Da Vincian principles.
Now in its 40th year, LDVA continues to live up to its mission providing exceptional schooling for the formative years. Students at all levels are well served by a solid, continuous educational framework and an empowering approach to learning. We are most grateful to the hard working administrators for their commitment to the school's mission and purpose in the manner inspired by both Leonardo and Maria Montessori.
Anyone witnessing our children engaged in “Thinking Like Leonardo” will observe students leaning from their mistakes, children experiencing with all their senses, youngsters joyfully discovering their physical nature, individuals balancing their creative and logical sides, and young minds making meaningful connections with their world.
We wish to express our appreciation to all the parents and staff who have helped to keep the dream of our school alive.
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