da Vinci Arts Middle School was conceived 20 years ago by a group of parents seeking an arts-focused educational opportunity for the middle-grades children of Portland. Embedded in the heart of this inspiration was a commitment to the loving cultivation of a warm home-away-from-home learning environment.
Maintaining our dedication to this central ideal requires partnering with our families in support of each student's artistic, academic, social, and emotional growth. We actively seek to be a school where students are championed and nurtured along their unique and complex adolescent journeys as they pursue artistic mastery, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and use multiple intelligences to identify, shape, and actualize who they want to be in the world.
Schools are like living things, shifting as their communities change and responding to the demands of an ever-changing world. At da Vinci, we continue to dedicate ourselves to providing an intentionally warm and nurturing environment with high expectations for rigorous learning. We seek to actively celebrate and embrace all kinds of differences among students, families, staff, and our broader community. We are constantly reflecting on and refining how we do what we do. We always welcome community collaboration, contribution, and sharing of multiple perspectives in support of our efforts to be the best we can be.
Multiple language versions of the current PPS Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook can be found at the bottom of the district department Equity & Partnerships webpage: https://www.pps.net/Page/1065. The District is collaborating with the Portland Association of Teachers to update this document to align with recent changes in State Law (SB 553). All schools are concurrently engaged in a process of creating school-specific School Climate Handbooks in collaboration with staff, students, families, and community partners to meet the unique needs of each school community.