Handbook

Welcome to da Vinci School

da Vinci school is an alternative public school within the Toronto District School Board. We opened in September 2009. The school serves students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade Six.

The approach of the da Vinci school is inspired by Waldorf education, and follows many of the teachings of Rudolf Steiner.

We follow the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum, teaching through narrative, with a focus on art, music and nature. We use a thematic approach so children learn through themes, like Stewards of the Earth, Textiles, and Global Celebrations.

Childcare Information

There are several options for  before and after school childcare in the vicinity of da Vinci School. Da Vinci students currently attend childcare programs at St. Stephen’s Community House, University Settlement Recreation Centre, St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club, and Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre.

For more information on childcare in the area, we recommend to contact Toronto Children’s Services at: www.toronto.ca/children
416-392-KIDS (5437)

School Day Attire

Outdoor activities are also a key part of the da Vinci school experience, so children need to come to school with appropriate clothing for outdoor exploration in all seasons. A change of clothes to keep at school is also encouraged for the younger grades. Indoor shoes, to be worn in the classroom, as well as running shoes for indoor gym are also required for all grades.

Snacks and Lunch

Due to serious allegies, no nuts or nut products are allowed at school. As an Eco-School, we encourage children to always bring litterless snacks and lunches to school. We also encourage healthy food choices. With the support of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, we run a healthy snack program, following the Toronto Public Health guidelines and Canada’s Food Guide.

Preparing to Volunteer

Da Vinci School thrives with a high level of family involvement to help create a positive, creative and encouraging close-knit school culture. As an alternative school, parent and guardian volunteering is both welcomed and appreciated. There are many ways for parents and guardians to support the school by volunteering their time and skills. These include:

  • volunteering for school trips 
  • volunteering with handwork in the class room
  • attending school events, such as the parent talks series, festivals, and School Council meetings
  • running for a position on the School Council Executive
  • joining a School Council Committee
  • volunteering for position of Class Rep

If you wish to volunteer in the classroom or on school trips, the TDSB requires a Police Record Check to be completed.

Transportation

da Vinci School is accessible by TTC, on the following routes:

  • 510 Spadina streetcar
  • 506 Carlton (College) streetcar

Parking:

Note, there is no designated drop off zone at Lord Lansdowne/da Vinci school, and no guest parking on the premises.
The closest street parking is on Spadina Ave. north of Willcocks Street, and on College Street.
Please note Police ticket aggressively on Robert St and Russell St.