||Name: Sophia Prado
Age: 13 Grade: 8
I chose: Bear River Student Center
Why? To work at my own pace and
be challenged. I never get bored
because I can work ahead of my
own grade level.
Sophia says: “My math teacher has really helped me to understand math better. It is now my new favorite subject.” Her advice to new students is to have a good work ethic and to work hard.
Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci was more than just an amazing artist and scientist? He was also an educator/philosopher. His guide to thinking aligns with current brain research into teaching and learning. Our Menifee Da Vinci Academy (TK-8) provides a unique program of learning based on the 7 Da Vinci principles for creative thinking: Curiosity, Independent thinking, Sharpen your senses, Embrace ambiguity, Balance logic and imagination, Balance body and mind, and Make new connections. Here is a link to an article about these ideas.
River Springs Charter School’s Da Vinci Academy offers a unique small-school environment where everybody knows every student’s name. Creative projects, core mastery, and positive interpersonal skills are the focus of every grade. Core classroom days are offered 4 days per week with an optional 5th day.
News + Announcements
April 12, 2021
Samantha Clary, a 7th-grade student at the Bear River Student Center, is the May 2021 Student Artist of the Month. She is 12 years old and lives in Menifee.
August 5, 2020
In Springs’ Bear River Student Center staffing news, the school has a new program facilitator, Dontae Jelks
. Additionally, two ACEs, Erin Heredia
and Tom Fagot
, recently earned bachelor’s degrees, Ms. Heredia’s in psychology and Mr. Fagot’s in Applied Studies.
June 9, 2020
Chuka Rellias, 11, is a 6th-grade student at Springs’ Bear River Student Center who loves art and hopes to make a career of it. He said, “I am passionate about drawing and I can spend hours drawing cartoons and anime.”
June 4, 2020See All News
Three students at Springs’ Bear River Student Center have won PTSA Reflections Awards: Matthew Brown, 8th
grade, Award Of Merit: Visual Arts,
Gavin Dolan(pictured), 8th
grade, Award Of Merit: Film. and
Jaden Jackson, 8th
grade, Award Of Excellence: Photography
and Oma’s Choice Award For Photography.