In 2013, Wiseburn Unified School District, a community that crosses city boundaries, voted to become a unified K–12 school district, co-locating three independently run public charter schools in a single high school campus. The resulting Wiseburn USD and Da Vinci Schools transform a defunct office building to a personalized model for 21st-century creative learning. The reimagined building looks more like a creative workplace than a traditional high school — and that’s exactly the point. With the openness and flexibility typical of today’s inventive work environments, the school underscores the idea that learning happens at many more places than just the desk.
Three schools each occupy one floor of the four-story building: Da Vinci Science, Da Vinci Design, and Da Vinci Communications (the ground floor is a shared space for media arts, performing arts, and other programming, and houses both Wiseburn and Da Vinci administrative offices).