In November 2010, Wiseburn voters approved yet another school construction bond for $87 million to build Wiseburn High School. This was the first time in California history that an elementary district approved bonds to build a high school. After seven years of working with local, county and state entities, Wiseburn High School, Home of the Da Vinci high schools was opened in November 2017. A four decade community dream was realized!
There is a well deserved reputation for educational excellence within the Wiseburn Unified School District. Both parents and others perceive the District as successfully offering a personalized learning process focused on mastery of basic and 21st Century skills within a safe, positive, and orderly learning environment. Acquisition of skills needed to compete in a global economy is a major thrust. Staff members are highly committed and students achieve. The staff is dedicated to maintaining high academic standards for students and continuing the tradition of pride in the District.
To complement the strong academic tradition, Wiseburn is an Arts for All District! Since 2006, Wiseburn has proudly participated in Arts for All. This Los Angeles County-wide initiative is focused on providing high quality arts education for every public school student. As a Public School Arts (P.S. Arts) District, we believe that the arts are a vital and indispensable part of the comprehensive education of every student.
In August 2009, Wiseburn opened two 9-12 Charter Schools, Da Vinci Science and Da Vinci Design, to offer Wiseburn families a high school option for the first time in our 121-year history. In addition, in August 2011, the Da Vinci Innovation Academy (DVIA) was launched. DVIA is the K-8 component of the Da Vinci Charters and is a two-day per week project-based program that serves children who are home schooled. In August 2013, Da Vinci Communications, a third Da Vinci high school option, was launched, and in 2017 we added a fourth Da Vinci high school, Da Vinci RISE to serve homeless and out of school youth in the South Bay and greater Los Angeles County. The Da Vinci Schools excel academically using project-based learning and strong support from the local aerospace corporations and other business partners. Over their first eight years, the Da Vinci schools have evolved and developed into one of the finest and most highly sought after high school options in the South Bay. The Wiseburn Unified School District and the Da Vinci Schools enjoy a highly unique yet extremely productive and collaborative relationship. The four Da Vinci high schools, Communications, Design, Science, and RISE share the Wiseburn High School facility and compete together in CIF sports as Wiseburn-Da Vinci. Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci Communications and Da Vinci Science serve as Wiseburn Unified School District's "home" high schools and Wiseburn residents are guaranteed a placement at one of the schools.
In June 2013, Wiseburn launched its own Preschool Program and Wiseburn Child Development Center (WCDC). The preschool offers two classes at Anza and two at Cabrillo for our three and four year-olds. The before and after school programs offer outstanding child care from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. while the children are not in class.
On November 5, 2013, Wiseburn voters resoundingly approved the formation of Wiseburn Unified School District. For the first time in our 121-year history, Wiseburn offered a seamless and well articulated K-12 program for the Wiseburn and greater South Bay community. The partnership between Wiseburn Unified School District and Da Vinci Schools represents a creative approach to providing an articulated K-12 program. The four charter high school option provides the "best of both worlds". By maintaining small learning communities, like Wiseburn K-8 schools, where students are known by name and valued for their unique contributions, Da Vinci students benefit from a culture where students cannot easily "fall through the cracks." By thoughtfully adding programs available to all high school students such as CIF sports, dances/prom, music, visual and performing arts, Da Vinci students can also receive many of the more traditional high school experiences found at much larger high schools. Most large comprehensive high schools are re-thinking the effectiveness of that structure and are breaking themselves apart into "academies" and "schools within a school". At Da Vinci, our Wiseburn students already have a successful small learning community, and now a state-of-the-art building to house it all.