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Breeze: New Hawthorne charter schools stress project-based learning

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  • Brent Morgan
    They gathered on a square of blacktop in west Hawthorne this week and celebrated history. Da Vinci Science and Da Vinci Design, opened their doors to students
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 28, 2009
      They gathered on a square of blacktop in west Hawthorne this week and celebrated history.


      Da
      Vinci Science and Da Vinci Design, opened their doors to students on
      Tuesday. And with the fanfare and energy typically afforded to a rock
      concert or a festive party, classes were called to session.
      "It was one of the biggest days in the history of the
      district," said former Wiseburn superintendent Don Brann, who sits on
      the Da Vinci board of trustees and has worked for the last decade to
      establish a high school within district boundaries. "It's a huge
      opportunity for families of Dana Middle School graduates to attend high
      school right in their neighborhood, and that's never happened before."
      Wiseburn was first established as a district 114 years ago
      and the opening of the two schools caps an eight-year effort to bring a
      high school to the region, which includes areas of Hawthorne, El
      Segundo and unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County. The district
      feeds into the traditionally low-performing schools of the Centinela
      Valley Union High School District.
      Although Wiseburn officials have been looking to open a high school in the area for decades, the process officially
      began
      in the summer of 2001, when petitions began to circulate in the hopes
      of formally gaining unification and, ultimately, a new comprehensive
      high school. The two charter schools are open-enrollment, although students
      from the Wiseburn area are given preference in the case of an admission
      lottery. Administrators and teachers point to a unique curriculum model
      - one that doesn't include textbooks - as a blueprint for student
      achievement.


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