DAVINCI SCHOOL CULTURE
DAVINCI HONOR CODE focuses on three pillars:
RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and INTEGRITY.
Students having RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and INTEGRITY will demonstrate it
through honesty, equality, accountability, excellence, self-control, courage,
fairness, trust, loyalty, caring, humor, civility, justice, and tolerance. Honorable
conduct is expected of all students at all times. Avoiding academic dishonesty
is particularly important in the education process.
DaVinci believes that education fosters critical thinking, develops personal
integrity and accountability, promotes self-esteem and respect for others, and
stimulates stu- dents’ desire for lifelong learning. Learning and scholarship
depend on an atmosphere of trust based on a code of academic integrity. Cheating,
plagiarism, and dishonesty violate this code and defeat the purposes of learning.These
practices place the value of grades over learning and run counter to DaVinci's
philosophy and practice of pro- moting academic excellence.
Academic Integrity includes:
- Honest submission of one’s own work, that is the result of one’s own
- Holding others accountable for submitting their own work.
- Valuing one’s education and learning above the value of grades
- Promoting academic excellence within the classroom, with peers, and
- Abiding by a code of integrity when testing, studying, researching,
writing and learning.
Violating the honor code is grounds for expulsion
Students are expected to attend school 90% of the time. In a 45 day quarter,
a student can have no more than 4 absences in any given class. An absence is
deﬁned as not at- tending class at all or being more than 10 minutes late. Less
than 90% attendance in a class may result in an NG (no grade) for the course.
Attendance: Students should be in class unless excused by parent veriﬁcation
for the following reasons:
- Illness, hospitalization,or dental/medical appointments
- Death and funeral services of family members or friends
- Travel approved in advance by administration
- Home or personal emergency limited to serious situations.
- Observance of religious holidays
Absences due to medical appointments (with a doctor’s note), death of a family
mem- ber, or a pre-approved family activity may be excused through the school
Students are expected to be on time and prepared for each class. Being in
full dress code and having IDs and class materials are part of being on time
Tardies and absences affect student learning.
We admonish parents to take care to support students in attending class,
being on time and prepared. Parent involvement in this issue is crucial for
Student Citizenship credit will be affected by absences and tardies. All
absences and tardies should be remedied before the end of the term by attending
Citizenship Class and paying ﬁnes.Tardies can often be settled by working with
Attendance issues that are not remedied before the end of the term will become
part of the student’s permanent transcript and additional Citizenship Classes
and higher ﬁnes will be required to make up the lost credit.
Truancy (“Slufﬁng”): Truancy is deliberate absence from school without the
knowledge and consent of a parent/guardian. One truancy will result in the loss
of citizenship credit for the quarter.
Absences: Four or more absences during a term may result in a ‘U’.
Tardiness: Two tardies result in an ‘N’ and three tardies per quarter result
in a ‘U’ and in the loss citizenship credit. Tardiness may be excused only by
school staff members or due to a medical appointment.
Behavior: Two documented incidents of negative behavior (ISS) will result
in the loss of citizenship credit. However, a teacher may give a “U” as the
result of one serious inci- dent of negative behavior.
Students must have 40 Citizenship Credits in order to graduate at DaVinci.
Students earn .25 credits per class per quarter including Advisory Classes.
Students can only lose one credit per year, which means students can have a
U in no more than 2 classes per year and still graduate. Citizenship School
is DaVinci’s opportunity to make-up lost citi- zenship credit.
The school or teachers may refer students to Citizenship School due to in-school
sus- pensions (ISS), excessive absences or tardies and other negative behavior.
Students may refer themselves to Citizenship School in order to make up tardies
CITIZENSHIP MAKE-UP FEE SCHEDULE:
After Citizenship grades become part of a student’s permanent transcript,
U’s must be made-up within Citizenship Class and for the following costs:
each U thereafter an additional $20 each
or 5 hours community service for each U
Students are strongly encouraged to make-up lost Citizenship credit before
it becomes posted on student transcripts with posting to report cards.
DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts and the Board of Directors recognize
that standards of proper dress and grooming affect the behavior of students
attending school and promotes the successful operation of our educational system.
The general princi- ples of our dress code are that clothing must be 1) modest,
and 2)non-disruptive. Please see the full dress code in the student handbook.
- DaVinci Student ID on lanyard around the neck at all times while on
campus and on school-related activities
- Natural human hair colors only . . . non distractive styles that does
not block the eyes
- Two earrings worn per ear and no other piercings at school or at school
- Clean clothing with no rips, tears, or holes
- Shirts or blouses with no screen-printing or logos larger than your
hand, including sweater-style shirts worn in a manner that underclothing
is covered at all times
- Skirts and short must touch the knee while standing
- Off-campus activities require regular dress code or DaVinci shirts
- Shoes or sandals must be worn at all times. No bare,stocking feet, slippers
or high heels
- No head wear may be worn, including, but not limited to hats, hoods,
- PE classes require gym shoes, socks, dark shorts and the school regulation
- Sunglasses may not be worn during school hours
The school reserves the right to prohibit any item of clothing which may
cause a distur- bance to an orderly school environment, i.e., any jewelry item,
body alteration, non- medical eye wear, or accessories that are disruptive or
might be a safety concern.
- NO electronic items in school between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00
PM. This in- cludes cell phones, MP3 players, calculators (not in math class),
PDA devices, comput- ers (without teacher permission), etc. LEAVE THESE
ITEMS IN LOCKERS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.
- First offense, device is conﬁscated and returned to parent after school
- Second offense, device is conﬁscated and will be returned to parent
upon payment of a ﬁfteen dollar ﬁne or 5 hours of community service.
Exceptions to these policies (for medical or other reasons) must be approved
in advance through the administration.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND FORMS
In addition to this packet, all students will also need to ﬁll out an application
for Free/ Reduced School Lunch (we receive funding for each form completed regardless
of eligi- bility or acceptance) .
Students will complete a course request sheet, indicating classes they wish
DaVinci will also distribute parent and student surveys from time to time
in order to check and monitor the success of different programs and the school
If you have speciﬁc questions or concerns that are not addressed in this
packet, please use the following space to voice them.
If you have speciﬁc questions or concerns that are not addressed in this packet, please use the following space to voice them.