SCHOOL OVERVIEW

EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOLING FOR THE FORMATIVE YEARS

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The Leonardo Da Vinci Academy (LDVA) was founded in 1983 and is a co-educational, independent school situated in central Etobicoke serving families in the Greater Toronto Area.

Sought after by discerning parents and offers exceptional programs from Preschool to Grade 8.

The Academy employs proven teaching methods and a challenging curriculum to promote a Da Vincian approach to learning. The school promotes academic excellence, independent thinking, and self-discipline within a healthy Catholic environment.
Dedicated professionals insure that the students are appropriately challenged and individual needs are met. More than that, from preschool to grade 8, students and parents at LDVA know that they are a part of a special family
Recognizing the importance of Early Childhood Education, the Academy offers two disctinct exceptional programs for children aged 2.5 to 6 years old: Casa Montessori and Scuola Materna. Casa Montessori is an accredited Montessori preschool which is also licenced by the Ontario Ministry. Scuola Materna is an authentic Italian immersion preschool for children aged 4 to 6 years old which is recognized by the Italian government and is also Montessori based.
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“A unique and nurturing environment inspired by one of the greatest minds in history.”

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For Grades 1 through 8, current Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines are adopted in teaching Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, French and other subjects from grades 1 to 8. The curriculum is enriched with classes in Italian, Art, Music, Computer Literacy, Religious Studies, Guidance, Physical & Health Education, and a variety of sports and other extra-curricular activities. In keeping with the 7 Da Vincian Principles, the overall programme at LDVA includes a well-balanced curriculum of studies in Sciences, Arts, and Humanities. A rich after-school programme of diverse clubs and sports serves to further enhance leaning, promote school spirit and develop social skills and responsibility.
The school’s motto “Virtutem Forma Decorat” (Beauty Adorns Virtue), inscribed on Leonardo’s own work, was the inspiration for the Academy’s mission statement:

“The Leonardo Da Vinci Academy aims to instill a love of learning and to challenge students to develop their whole potential in the manner inspired by Leonardo. The goal is to nurture the growth of responsible individuals who are rooted in their heritage, in balance with their world, and secure on the path to self-knowledge within a Catholic setting.”

APPROACH AND ACCREDITATIONS

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LDVA was founded in 1983, on principles inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and Maria Montessori. In keeping with the concept of Plato’s Academy, the school embraces the Montessori methodology and a unique “Thinking Like Leonardo” approach to learning. A rich and well-rounded program of studies along with a nurturing philosophy of education help to nurture the growth of lifelong learners and independent thinkers. Grade 8 graduates are well-prepared for high school and the future. LDVA features CCMA accredited Casa Montessori (a licensed preschool for 2.5 to 6 year olds) and Lower Elementary Montessori programs, and an authentic Italian immersion preschool.