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Leonardo Da Vinci High School

Public | 9-12 | 388 students

 
 

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Posted March 15, 2011

I am a graduate from Davinci high school class 2007. The education I received was excellent. The faculty and teachers are fantastic and provide a welcoming environment. After graduation I attended Niagara University, one of the most high ranking private universities in the area. davinci students are always encouraged to strive for the best. Thank you to all of the key people who pushed me to achieve a better me and a better future. Dedicated to Mrs. McKenzie. You will always be in the hearts of the students you took under your wing.


Posted March 2, 2011

This school is second to none. I am proud to say that my daughter graduated from this school and I also have a son who is now a sophmore here. A couple years ago the City of Buffalo proposed a merger of Da Vinci with Grover Cleveland High School and the students, faculty, parents, and alumni joined forces and were able to stop the merger. Once again the Board is proposing the same thing and once again we are all joining together to stop the merger. This is a small school yes, but, one with a BIG HEART. It has a graduation rate of over 90% it has gotten National Recognition as one of the best High Schools in the Country. I am VERY PROUD to be a Da Vinci parent!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

this school gets over 500 applicaions a year but only selects 65-85 students. Grades are not the only criteria to get in . The school gives an education in values and morals and has one of the most creative teachings around, i am proud that my child will be a graduate this year 2010. so to the great teachers i say thank you you all are awesome .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2009

Da Vinci is really amazing. I am now a Sophomore and I am dying to go back to school! We are all so close; we're family. We all build strong relationships with the teachers and the teachers care about us. I am so glad that I left private school for Leonardo daVinci. I strongly recommend sending your child here! It's safe, and you can't even tell it's a public school. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2009

Davinci is a great place! were not just all friends, were family. the teachers there, are not out teachers, there our friends. we love everyone there, even if they are new to the school. yea theres the 1-2 we dont like, but you know what. we deal with it as a group. we all stand together as a team. the school might be small, but it really opens our eyes, and we make the best of it. we all get along, and we all learn to live a good life with everyone we meat. it teaches us the way to be mature while having fun, it proves to us that no color or race matter in life. It makes us wonder why everyhting happens for a reason, yea we have drama and alot of it. but as a team and a family we help each other threw. we love davinci..
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2009

I am a current student at Leonardo da Vinci. The building is extremely small, however the environment is amazing. Teachers have some issues, however, everyone is different. The faculty tries their best to give you an education, and they do it well. So well, test grades are abnormally high. This school was listed as a bronze winner in the Nationwide top schools. This included over 60% of the schools in the U.S. The corriculum is very prestigeous and advanced. You must have nearly 4 years of all courses, with given college courses at D'Youville college if your scores are high enough. Great overall school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

Im a current sophomore at da vinci and I would just like to say its an awesome school you learn alot but thats not all you also have alot of fun too ! if you like to play sports or do year book editing stuff like that da vinci definitly has clubs for you you meet alot of people(mainly because the school is so small it makes you even closer to everyone there literally! )but the best part of daVinci is the friends you make these types of friends last a life time
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2008

I might only be a freshman at Da Vinci, but i've already met the most amazing people i could ever meet. Da vinci may have a tiny building, but it in one way or the other makes all of us closer, more than just in our cramped hallways. The teachers are great. We all have our moments, but all together, Da Vinci definitely was great for me as my first choice high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2007

During my time in da Vinci the main complaint I had besides the small building was the lack of extracurricular activities for boys. Because of the small amount of males in the school there were little to no male sports available.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 19, 2007

I'm currently a student at Leonardo DaVinci High School and I have to say that it is one of the best schools that I've ever attended. I'm going into my Sophmore year and I cant wait to spend the next 3 years at DaVinci. You make great friends there and you have great teachers! So I definitly recommend attending DaVinci!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 15, 2007

I graduated about one month ago (Class of 2007), and I can honestly say that I went to an amazing school! Maybe our principal is a bit strict, and maybe we don't have the best sport teams, etc., but I wouldn't trade my high school experience for the world. The college courses taken through D'youville College come in handy too. I am entering college as a second semester freshman with 12 credits. The teachers are AMAZING. They are always there to lend a hand whenever you need them, and they really care about you. I will really miss and cherish the 4 amazing years that I spent at da Vinci.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2007

I had the privilege of subbing at DaVinci. The students, faculty, and staff are second to none. True, the extracurricular activities lack, no thanks to the lask of funding from the school board. Despite this, the teachers (and students!) seem to do as much as they can to improve the situation. I have been in teaching situations where the school parking lot is empty by 2:35. Not at DaVinci. I wish more parents and students knew how many dedicated people work At Da Vinci. The faculty and staff truly are doing their best to provide their students with an educational experience to remember. Some feel that the principal is too tough. She's strict, but supportive to all who come to her desk. I can't even begin to tell you how much I learned from her. I believe she is an unsung hero of the Buffalo Public Schools, as is Da Vinci.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 6, 2007

I am a current student of Da Vinci HS and to tell you the truth at first I dint like it because I thought it was boring but now that I am a junior I love my school and couldn't have picked a better one. we don't have many extracurricular activities, but programs such as college course really helps in the long run. The teachers at Da Vinci really wants us all to succeed in life. They really push us to take that extra step to become someone.The students are great. Mostly all of us get along, and I don't know how my life would be today if I hadn't met the people that I've met.Yeah we're a small school but we're a loving and safe school I really recommend Leonardo Da Vinci
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2006

My son is a sophmore at daVinci. I think the faculty is hard working, but the communication piece is missing. The teachers do not have email access and as a woking parent, I find it hard to communicate my concerns and get the feedback I need. The band program is fading fast, although Mr. P is terrific. I believe the conncetion to the college has great potential and is under utilized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2006

Excellent School! The parent-teacher involvement is second to none. After school programs give students the teamwork and dedication that they will need in the working environment. I believe that this is the best in the city. Small classes with attentive teachers for help. Great!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 7, 2005

I am part of Davinci's class of 2000, and I have to be really honest. When I first attended the school, I did not really like it. When I graduated, I actually see the benefits of going there. This school actually does prep you for college. As far as taking math for 4 years, It will help you in college a whole lot. You should all take the Math A and Math B because then you wont have to take that much math when you are in classes. Doing this will give you more time to concentrate on other classes. Davinci is great, too bad Mr. Russo isn't there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 7, 2005

As a former student of this school, With it being based on a college campus, it is a great resource to prepare you to get ready for college. The teachers were always very accomodating, willing to take the time with you and stay after if need be.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

As the parent of 2 DaVinci students I am very happy with the quality of eduational instruction my children are receiving at the school. The principal is generally responsive to any complaints. The extracurriculars are limited due to budget constraints. My worry is that the school board is not as supportive of the program as it should be. And the administration of the district is patronizing and dismissive of parent concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
6%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
89%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students24%
Female25%
Male23%
African American20%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant24%

Chemistry

All Students47%
Female46%
Malen/a
African American36%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Non-migrant47%

Earth Science

All Students59%
Female53%
Male68%
African American65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities26%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%

English

All Students89%
Female91%
Male83%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%

Geometry

All Students52%
Female46%
Male64%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%

Global History and Geography

All Students78%
Female81%
Male74%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities30%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%

Integrated Algebra

All Students60%
Female63%
Male53%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities38%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%

Living Environment

All Students87%
Female90%
Male81%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities53%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%

Physics

All Students40%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Non-migrant40%

U.S. History and Government

All Students92%
Female90%
Male96%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 40% 48%
Black 2 38% 19%
Hispanic 2 19% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 255%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 23%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 4%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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