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Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts voted one of the best high schools in the Nation!

Da Vinci School for Science and the arts was voted by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation for the 3rd year in a row! The campus received a Silver award in 2013-2014 school year, a Bronze award in 2014-2015 school year, and Silver award for 2015-2016. Read about it at U.S. News & World Report.

Vista Del Futuro Nominated for National Blue Ribbon Honors!

Only one school in El Paso made the finalist for the National Blue Ribbon Honors. Our very own Vista del Futuro, headed by one of the best principals in the city and state. Mrs. Whitman has been cultivating the Vista del Futuro campus for the past four years to encompass the mission and vision of our founder, Ms. Iris Burnham. Mrs. Whitman has embedded a cross-curricular approach, while adding differentiation, data-driven decision making, and character building as a part of every student’s education. We want to thank Mrs. Whitman, the teachers, and the community for a wonderful job at Vista del Futuro. Read More at the Texas Education Agency website.

The Texas Education Agency Grants Burnham Wood Charter School District 10 more years

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded Burnham Wood Charter School District a second 10-year renewal contract and found no violation of fiduciary duty by the Board of Trustees in the 2006 purchase of a school campus.
Click HERE to view the full article.

trophyCongratulations! Two State Awards in One Week

Vista del Futuro Charter School, part of the El Paso Education Initiative, Inc. high performing charter schools, has received two prestigious recognitions this week from the Texas Education Agency.

Within a matter of days, TEA has announced that Vista del Futuro is one of seven schools across the state to participate in a best practices case study project. Vista del Futuro qualified to participate in the case study because it had been designated by TEA as a High Performing and High Progress Title I Reward School. The case study project – which will be carried out by representatives from TEA- will meet with members of each campus leadership team. In these meetings, field researchers will conduct interviews to learn more about a school’s improvement practices and successes.

The second recognition, announced by Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, is his nomination of Vista del Futuro to the U.S. Department of Education for national recognition as a 2016 Blue Ribbon School. The school qualified due to its exemplary high performance as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Announcements of the national award winners will be made in September 2016. Schools that receive the award are recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Vista del Futuro is the newest school to join the charter school family of three campus: Howard Burnham Elementary and Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts. Superintendent Iris Burnham exclaimed that “Now all three of our campuses have reached a high level of distinction for their dedication to teaching all children.”

All three schools are free to students living in El Paso County and are accepted each March by a lottery.

Updated 6.2016

  • Board of Directors Agenda (06.07.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (05.05.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (04.11.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (03.09.2016)
  • Board of Directors Agenda (02.10.2016)

trophyCongratulations Vista Del Futuro and Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts for being a TEA Rewards School!!

A high-performance reward school is identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance. Vista Del Futuro was recognized as one of two elementary schools in the Region 19 area to meet 6 out of 6 distinctions for 2014. Da Vinci was recognized as one out of five high schools in the Region 19 area to meet 6 out of 6 distinctions for 2014.

MISSION Our mission is to work in solid partnership with the family and community in order to prepare children to accept responsibility for their own learning. We offer students a framework that encourages lifelong learning through skills building, creativity, a sense of self-worth, and ethical values necessary to survive and grow in an ever-changing, diverse, global, society.

CURRICULUM We provide a rigorous, integrated curriculum with an Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focus. This model allows students the necessary time to develop intellectually, socially, and artistically. Classes are small and our teachers promote a personalized learning environment that advances our core values: respect, responsibility, quality of self and work. Instruction includes:

  • Phonics-Based Reading Program
  • Self-Paced and Mastery-Based Instruction
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Pre AP & Advanced Placement Courses in Middle School and High School
  • Optional Suzuki Violin and Piano lessons
  • Double Math Periods
  • Robotics and Engineering
  • Graphic Design and Media
  • Dual High School and College Credit
  • Community Service and Internships Performing Arts classes: guitar, strings, band, dance, choir
  • Visual Arts

Da Vinci Recieves U.S. News & World Report Recognition

DV News Award 2014 The Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts serves grades 5-12.This outstanding STEAM Academy(Emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts and math) has been recognized by U.S. News & World Reportas one of the top high schools in the nation for the 2013-2014 School Year! Da Vinci students share their success on Telemundo News Broadcast! To view the video click HERE!

“My eight year-old daughter has been playing the violin for three years now thanks to the Suzuki Violin program that the school offers starting in Kinder. It is so rewarding to see my daughter advancing academically and musically!” -Melodya Salaices

Board of Directors

  • Mr. Leonard Lidiak, Retired President Emeritus, State National Bank
  • Mr. Carlos Kaplan, Businessman and Parent
  • Ms. Amy A. Nichols, Attorney, Kubinski & Nichols, P.C. and Parent
  • Mr. Stanley Esparza, Technical Support Coordinator, TelerX and Parent
  • Mr. Eric Summer, Senior Software Engineer, Exelis, Inc. and Parent
  • Mr. Rogelio Chacon, Human Resources, Becton Dickinson and Parent
  • Ms. Iris Burnham, Founder & Superintendent Emeritus

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DVDrop-Off/Pick-Up Zone Changes

Please note that the drop-off/pick-up zone is now on Southwestern. Click HERE for a map.

Braden Aboud RaceBraden Aboud Race

On May 15th the Da Vinci Student Council participated in the 10th Annual Braden Aboud Run/Walk. Click HERE for the full article.

357Theatre Arts Company Proves to be True Professionals

From novice to pros, Da Vinci Drama displayed their worth at the exhibition of this year’s Spring Play. Click HERE for the full article and pictures.

IMG_30131st Annual Lynn Strelzin Pollock Drama & Poetry Competition

The top 10 finalists of the Lynn Strelzin Pollock Drama & Poetry Competition touched the hearts of judges, friends and family with their powerful displays of emotion. Click HERE for the full article and pictures.

Abopt_A_Highway_DVDV Student Council Adopts a Highway

After a lengthy application process the state of Texas granted the student council the stretch of highway based on merit and community engagement. Click HERE for the full article.

20160518_DVStuCoStudent Council Wins State Sweepstakes

Your Da Vinci Student Council achieved a feat that has only been accomplished a few times in the state of Texas. Click HERE for the full article.

French FlagFrench Contest Winners

Our students did a fine job representing Da Vinci in the National French Contest 2016. Click HERE for the full article and contest results.

IMG_1341Zumba for Uganda

In an effort to build a water well to alleviate a very serious water shortage in Uganda the Da Vinci student council hosted a Zumba Challenge fundraiser. Click HERE for the full article and pictures.

imageDa Vinci InSPIRESS Results are IN

For the third consecutive year the Da Vinci InSPIRESS teams have had outstanding performances. Click HERE for the full article and picture.

2642Da Vinci Student Council Makes History

This year the Da Vinci student council, unsatisfied, committed themselves to demonstrate the school’s philanthropic core values by volunteering at three different charities at once. Click HERE for the full article.

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Meet Our New Principal

Mr. Gallardo was born in Los Angeles, California but soon after moved to the El Paso, Texas area. Mr. Gallardo began his career in education in the Fort Hancock ISD in 2002. He continued his career as a Special Education Teacher in both the Socorro and the El Paso ISDs. Throughout his career, Mr. Gallardo has served as a Resource Teacher, an Inclusion Teacher, a Behavior Improvement Classroom teacher and more recently as a Special Education Instructional Coach in the El Paso ISD. He has also served in various committees developing curriculum and instruction programs at all of the districts he has worked for. Continue reading

POETRY-287x300Lynn Strelzin Pollock Poetry and Drama Competition

Howard Burnham Elementary school had its 1st Annual Lynn Strelzin Pollock Poetry and Drama competition on May 25th. Click HERE for the full article.

IMG_8158Chico visits our students! Click HERE to view more pictures.

You Should Know…

VDFMeet the Teacher!

Parents and students are invited to the Meet the Teacher event on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The schedule for this event is available in this month’s VDF newsletter. Click HERE to view it.

IMG_0374Ballroom Dance Expo

Vista del Futuro students demonstrated their groovy, modern and formal dancing skills on May 17th and 18th for their friends and family. Click HERE for pictures.

trophyCongratulations! Vista Del Futuro Charter School has earned recognition as a 2014-2015 Federal and TEA Reward School! Using data obtained from the 2013 Accountability Reports, the agency has generated a list of high-progress and high-performing schools based on statewide reading and mathematics assessments and graduation rates.To view the Region 19 video click HERE.

School Locations

Howard Burnham

7310 Bishop Flores El Paso, TX 79912

Phone: (915) 584-9499 Fax: (915) 585-8814

Da Vinci

785 Southwestern Dr El Paso, Texas 79912

Phone: (915) 584-4024 Fax: (915) 581-9840

Vista del Futuro

1671 Bob Hope Dr. El Paso, TX 79936

Phone: (915) 855-8143 Fax: (915) 855-8179