Week 19 Update

Hello Designers, we hope you had a wonderful first week back!

We start seminars on Monday 1/22, which you all had a chance to sign up for in advisory over the past couple of days.

Upcoming Events

  • RACC College Fair: Wednesday, Jan 31
  • Staff Development Day – no class – Friday, Feb 16

Athletics schedule and bell schedule for Week 19 below.  Have a nice weekend!

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Health Awareness Information – January 2018

Please see the letter below regarding lice identification and prevention. Please note that if students are found to have lice at home or at school, the school needs to be notified and then the school needs to re-check the student to allow them to return.

Lice Information DV

DVX Family Information Nights

Interested in learning more about Da Vinci Extension (DVX)? Please join us for one of our family information nights in the MPR room at 201 North Douglas:


January 24th, 6:00 PM

February 21st, 6:00 PM

February 28th, 6:00 PM



Da Vinci X’s college program, founded in 2015, builds upon the success of the Da Vinci Charter Schools and blends college, career and life to support students in their journey to becoming happy, healthy adults.

At DVX, students have the opportunity to complete a two-year associate’s degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or a one year GAP program that enables students to transfer to a four-year university. Each cohort of students meets in a blended format two evenings per week at a Da Vinci site through UCLA Extension, Southern New Hampshire University, and/or El Camino Community College. Students have access to tutoring, advising, and teacher/professor office hours at Da Vinci as they complete their college coursework. The program also focuses on holistic life skills through access to diverse supports and “adulting” classes in topics such as mental health, financial planning, and grit to support students’ transition into becoming lifelong learners. Students then leverage these tools by gaining exposure and access to real world opportunities through on-the-job work experience in high-skill, high-demand jobs through paid and unpaid internships, certificate programs, and strategic mentoring opportunities aligned with their personal interests.

Visit us at https://www.dvx.davincischools.org


Apply for our 2018-2019 cohorts now!


Applications are due on or before March 2nd.


Fill out the application online HERE

or at download https://tinyurl.com/DVXAPPLICATION and submit to the front office staff of DVS, DVC, DVD or DVRISE


For questions, please contact kmerritt@davincischools.org

CSF Application for Fall 2017 Grades

Dear DVD Families,

Congratulations on completing Semester 1. Now that your Fall 2017 grades are finalized, it’s time to apply for California Scholarship Federation (CSF) membership. CSF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize and encourage academic achievement and community service among middle and high school students in California.” CSF is an academic honor that can be added to college applications and resumes.

Students who have above a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. To apply, download an application (or get an application from your counselor) and submit an application by 2/9/18 to RACHEL FUSCO, CSF Advisor.

For students who want help with their application, we will be hosting a CSF Application Workshops for students during their Advisory classes on 2/7/18 and 2/8/18.

Week 18 Update

Designers, we hope you had a wonderful winter break. Our team was on campus last week and we are ready to start another amazing semester at DVD!

This semester’s classes begin on Tuesday 1/16. See bell schedule for this week below.

Sign-ups for spring sports take place this week. See flyer below for details with dates, times and coach information.

Live seminar sign-ups will take place this week and seminar classes will begin Monday 1/22. See a list of seminar descriptions here to review ahead of time: Seminar Description List Spring 2018 (2)

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!

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9th grade Families- Kaiser Permanente STD and Sex Ed/Health Advisory Cirriculum Permission Slip

On Friday January 19th, 9th grade Da Vinci Design High School students will have the opportunity to see a dramatic performance entitled “What Goes Around.” This performance is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Because the play involves sexual education, it is necessary that each parent know they can opt out. The play tells the story of five students and how their behavior and connections to each other also connect them to other people who are unknown to them. The play uses visual monitors, text messaging, cellular and computer technology to better reach its audience and to clearly illustrate its message: there are epidemic rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the high school age group.

“What Goes Around” provides health information about STDs in a topical way. Students hear the facts and myths about STDs and see how the choices they make have a lasting impact on the lives of other people. The 60 minute play is followed by a 15 minute talkback session in which the actor-educators answer audience questions about sexually transmitted diseases. The key message points of “What Goes Around” are:

1. The option of abstinence

2. The importance of testing

3. Prevention

Also happening in conjunction with this play is the sex ed-health lessons/curriculum that will be every happening every Thursday and Friday in your student’s advisory for the remainder of the semester. Because the play and the curriculum involves sexual education, it is necessary that each parent/guardian know they can opt out. Any student not attending the assembly and not attending advisory will report to a study hall for the duration of the play and advisory on Thursdays and Fridays.

For more information about the play you can visit their website: http://xnet.kp.org/etp/scal/std_prevention/index.html and/or view the Program information sheet: https://etsoutherncalifornia.kaiserpermanente.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-2018-STD-Prevention-Program-Info-Sheet.pdf

More info on the curriculum used in the advisories classes can be found here: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/locations/family-planning/education/FLASH/high-school.aspx

Click on the below link to access the permission slip, which is due to your student’s advisory teacher no later than Thursday January 18. 

Kaiser Play and Sex-Ed Health permission slip

Permission slips will also be handed out in your student’s advisory class on Tuesday January 16.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call your counselor at 310-725-5800, or email your student’s counselor:

Pam Baker, Last Names A-Gl, pbaker@davincischools.org

Rachel Fusco, Last Names Go-O, rfusco@davincischools.org

Erin Knott, Last Names P-Z, eknott@davincischools.org

Happy Holidays from Da Vinci Design!

DVD, thank you for a wonderful semester. You have made the transition into our new home seamless and so very successful! All students finished strong with POLs, and we want to give a special congratulations to all of our freshman on completing their first POLs. Have a great break, and we look forward to seeing you back at DVD on Tuesday, Jan 16th.

Monday 1/15

  • Martin Luther King Holiday (No School)

Tuesday 1/16

  • Semester 2 begins


Monday 1/22

  • Seminars begin for semester 2



Da Vinci Families!

Investing in a Da Vinci Education – Make a Year-End, Tax-Deductible Gift Today! 

Each year Da Vinci Schools rely on gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign to meet the immediate needs of our schools and programs. These gifts play a tremendous role in our ability to provide a real-world, college and career-ready education.

Make a year-end, tax-deductible gift today!! https://davincischools.networkforgood.com/

All gifts and pledges will be matched through April 30, 2018, up to $75,000.

All gifts $1-$365 will support the entire K-14 community. Contribution amounts over $365 may be directed to the school or program of your choice. We ask families and friends to consider a minimum gift of $365 per year (only $1 per day).

Every gift makes a difference!

Drop Off During POL Day Schedule

DVD Families,

As you may have noticed, during scheduled POL days we have experienced more of a backup on Douglas St. and El Segundo Blvd. This is due to all 3 schools having shared start and end times for each POL session.  To help alleviate this, we suggest the following:

  • avoiding the left-hand turn from Douglas into campus and instead approaching on Douglas from the north (for instance, from Imperial) to make a right-hand turn onto campus
  • carpooling
  • dropping off your students earlier in the morning (the MPR and our floor will be open to students at 7:30 the rest of the week)
  • picking up your students later in the day
  • encouraging your students to use public transportation
  • having students walk, ride bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc. to campus

We will also not be marking students tardy until 8:30.

We will remedy this next semester, but in the short term very much appreciate your patience and support these last few days!

Week 17 Update – Last Week of Semester 1

Designers, in our last week of semester 1, POLs and their corresponding schedule continue Monday through Thursday. Friday will be a minimum day, running from 9-1:30.

Winter Break runs from December 23-January 15. The first day of semester 2 is Tuesday, January 16th.

Report cards will be mailed out on Saturday, December 23. Please allow 2-3 business days for those to arrive at your home.

Have a wonderful holiday and winter break!

Winter Break SAT/ACT Prep Opportunity

Da Vinci is once again offering an ACT/SAT Prep course to its students through PJ Test Prep, a small Test Prep and Tutoring company based in the south bay. They have been in business since 2005 and have been offering SAT/ACT prep with Da Vinci for 3 years and they do a great job!

The course, open to all students from all DV high schools, will be 5 days over winter break from Monday, January 8th to Friday, January 12th, 2.5 hours per day. Students can sign up for either the AM session (10:00-12:30) or the PM session (1:15-3:45) and are expected to attend the same session for all 5 days. The course costs only $50 per student. Partial scholarships are available, so please don’t let the cost stop you from signing up!

Here’s the link to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/DVTestPrep2018

After signing up here, students must pay the $50 course fee to their school’s office. Please make checks out to “Da Vinci Schools” and write “Test Prep” on the memo line.

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POL Schedule Reminder

DVD Parents and Guardians,

POLs are upon us and we are very excited to see the students give presentations and show their growth and mastery from fall semester. Please be advised that if you plan on coming to campus watch your student’s presentation, you must check in at the front office on the bottom floor and receive a visitors pass. If you come to DVD’s floor without a visitors pass, you will be directed back to the bottom floor to obtain one.

POLs run from 12/14 through 12/21. Students are either in the morning (8:00-12:00) or afternoon (12:00-4:00) session and lunch is served between 11:30-12:30 so that students from both sessions have the opportunity to purchase lunch/ Below is the POL letter that was shared last week, with more detailed information regarding the POL days.

Friday 12/22 is a minimum day that runs from 9:00-1:30.

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Week 16 Update

Designers, we hope you had a great week and are gearing up for POLs, which start on Thursday 12/14!

If you have yet to see the new building, please join us at the Grand Opening Ceremony tomorrow, Saturday 12/9. There is a ceremony from 10:00-11:00 and an open house from 11:00-1:00.

Senior families, if you missed first the FAFSA & Dream Act Night, there is a another opportunity to attend. It will take place Monday, December 11th at 5:00 p.m. at DVD on the 4th floor in room 4107.

Da Vinci is offering ACT/SAT Prep courses over Winter Break. If you are interested please check out this previous post with information.

Have a nice weekend!

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