The da Vinci Project, unique to Barcroft, is a school-wide, staff-written curriculum designed using the principles of Understanding by Design. At each grade level, essential questions and enduring understandings provide the framework of the unit. The six-eight week units are interdisciplinary and address Virginia Standards of Learning.
The units are delivered by classroom teachers and specialists. They include all-school enrichment in studio art and writing facilitated by the art teacher and a writing specialist. Each grade-level unit culminates with a da Vinci fair, where students display and demonstrate their learning with a variety of products.