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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 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..ScienceScience is taught everyday for 46 minutes. We have 3 science teachers. One teaches 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..MathMath 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..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 4 9-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 Making, Ceramics, Textiles and Darkroom Photography. .Music - Year-long focus classes include Beginning Band, Advanced Band and Choir. .Dance - There are 4 levels of year-long Dance. Each features a blend of tap, jazz, modern and ballet. .Drama - There are 3 levels of year-long drama classes.
Nine-week exploratory arts classes include African Drumming, 2-d Visual Art, 3-d Visual Art, Term Dance, and Exploring Drama
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District Title VI & Title IX Contact: Greg Wolleck, HS Regional Administrator (503-916-3963)
District 504 Contact: Tammy Jackson, Director, Student Services (503-916-5460)
American Disabilities Act Contact: Human Resources (503-916-3544)
Portland Public Schools
501 North Dixon Street
Portland, Oregon, 97227-1807 - USA