Portland Local Living: Da Vinci Arts Middle School
Da Vinci Arts Middle School
This public middle school, founded by a group of parents in 1996, serves 300 students who come from the entire metropolitan area. It’s an arts magnet, and students must apply to get in; classes are a mix of age groups. Besides special instruction in visual arts, dance, music, theater, and writing, the school requires rigorous academic classes infused with aesthetic principles.