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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 realtionship 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..ScienceScience is taught everyday for 46 minutes. We have 3 science teachers, each teaching one science strand: Life Science, Earth Science or Physical Science. Science classes are also taught in mixed age groupings. All students are expected to keep a Science notebook, do lab work and both individual and group assignments..MathMath is taught everyday for 46 minutes. Math classes are grouped by readiness. Da Vinci offers 5 different levels of math instruction; 6th grade General Math through high school level Geometry. Placement is done via, test scores, teacher recommendation and a da Vinci adminstered math assesment..The arts are often used in the core curriculum classes as a way of engaging students and reinforcing learning..
Arts - We offer 4 main arts strands: Visual Arts - Music - Dance - DramaStudents 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..Visual Arts - year-long focus classes include Painting, Print Media, Ceramics, Textiles, Year Book Design & Production and Darkroom Photography. Exploratory classes include Drawing and Ceramics..Music - Year-long focus classes include Beginning Band, Advanced Band, Intermediate Guitar and Choir. Exploratory classes include African Drumming and Explore Music, a combination of singing, percussion and instruments..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..Drama - There are 3 levels of year-long drama classes, plus exploratory drama classes.
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District Title VI & Title IX Contact: Greg Wolleck, HS Regional Administrator (503-916-3963)
District 504 Contact: Tara Vargas, Student Services (503-916-2000, x71016)
American Disabilities Act Contact: Human Resources Legal Counsel (503-916-3246)
Portland Public Schools
501 North Dixon Street
Portland, Oregon, 97227-1807 - USA