Message From The Principal


Principal Marla Bowen

It brings me great joy to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year.  This is my second year at PrinciPAL, 5th year with Da Vinci Charter Academy, and my 27th year in Education. I sincerely love my job so much, even after more than a quarter of a century in education!  

Da Vinci Charter Academy is celebrating our 20th year of existence this year—twenty years of project-based learning (PBL), collaboration, and supporting students to take charge of their learning and future and become their best selves.  What an excellent adventure and worthy journey.  Whether you have joined our Panda/Dino family or you are still considering joining, when you enter our campus, you are in the company of scholars, both teachers and students, progressive and innovating in their approach to learning

This year, as a district, we had the exciting opportunity to receive Universal Design for Learning training.  Through this training, we will explore additional ways to teach students to take ownership of their own learning and school experience by finding their learning styles and new ways to express knowledge.  We don’t ask anything of students we are unwilling to do ourselves.  This means that if we expect students to learn, grow, and improve, we are also ready for growth and learning.  This symbiotic relationship between teachers and students makes Da Vinci unique.  

I send a wish of confidence to all of our Da Vinci Charter Academy 7 through 12 students for a wonderful year of adventures as we grow together.