Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

da Vinci Logo imageda Vinci Arts Middle School

Creative minds for
challenging times.

2508 NE Everett Street | Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 916-5356 | Fax: (503) 916-2721

Curriculum

Language Arts & Social Studies (Core)
Students receive academic instruction in Reading, Writing, and Social Studies with a mixed-age core group of about 30 students in a 146-minute class (called LA/SS or core). Students stay with the same core teacher for all three years building a relationship both with the teacher and their classmates. All core teachers are teaching the same history strand at the same time allowing for cross-curriculum collaboration.
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Science
Science is taught everyday for 46 minutes. We have 3 science teachers. One teachers Life Science to all 6th grade students. The other 2 alternate between teaching Physical Science & Earth/Space Science to classes of mixed 7th & 8th grade students. All students are expected to keep a Science notebook, do lab work and both individual and group assignments.
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Math
Math is taught everyday for 46 minutes. Math classes are grouped by readiness. Da Vinci offers 5 different levels of math instruction; 6th grade Math, 7th grade Math, 8th grade Math, Compacted Math I & Compacted Math II. All 6th grade students take 6th grade Math and depending on their performance in that class take either 7th grade Math or Compacted Math I in 7th grade. Students completing Compacted Math II by the end of 8th grade will enter high school with a HS Algebra credit and be ready for Geometry.
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The arts are often used in the core curriculum classes as a way of engaging students and reinforcing learning.
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Arts - We offer 4 main arts strands:  Visual Arts - Music - Dance - Drama
Students have two arts classes each day. One is a year-long focus arts class. The other period has a wheel of 3 12-week long arts exploratory classes. 7th & 8th grade students have the option of taking 2 year-long focus classes with no exploratory wheel.
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Visual Arts - year-long focus classes include Painting, Print Making, Ceramics, Textiles and Darkroom Photography. Exploratory classes include Drawing and Ceramics.
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Music - Year-long focus classes include Beginning Band, Advanced Band and Choir. Exploratory classes include African Drumming and Explore Music, a combination of singing, percussion and instruments.
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Dance - There are 4 levels of year-long Dance. Each features a blend of tap, jazz, modern and ballet. The exploratory dance class teaches tap, modern & jazz techniques.
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Drama - There are 3 levels of year-long drama classes, plus exploratory drama classes.