Archive for Author Ariana Castaneda

Colleges that Change Lives Virtual Exploration

Hello DVD Senior families,

This upcoming week Colleges That Change Lives will be hosting 4 days of presentations and information sessions with 42 Colleges That Change Lives. This is free for students and their parents. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these schools and attend information sessions on the college application process.

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. We support the goal of every student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college.

Students should register for each session that they want to attend. Once they register, they’ll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar.

The dates for these presentations are September 27-30, 2020.

The website with the registration links and the schedule can be found here. 


UCLA Virtual Fall Open House

Hello DVD families,

Here is some information on UCLA’s annual Fall Open House for prospective freshman and transfer students!

Virtually explore UCLA via social media and a series of live interactive events to include:

  • Freshman, Transfer & International Admission Sessions
  • Live Virtual Campus Tours (English & Spanish)
  • Financial Aid & Housing Presentations
  • Academic Departments & Progrms
  • Support Services & Live Student Panels

Recorded sessions will also be available to all registrants. Registration is required, so please secure your reservation using the link below:

For registration link click HERE

When: Monday-Saturday October 5-10, 2020

Monday-Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Saturday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Flyer: UCLA Virtual Fall Open House

Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Hello DVD families and students,

Here is some information on a website called, which helps California teens find volunteer opportunities. is a free service that lists more than 400 opportunities, including ones conducted in-person in the Los Angeles area and ones conducted virtually.

For more info please feel free to visit their website at



Laguna College of Art Design National Portfolio Day

Hello Designers!

100% free, online portfolio reviews!

Due to ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, the National Portfolio Day Association has made the decision to move all events online into a virtual event for the upcoming season.

Please feel free to visit the virtual Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) booth on November 15, 2020 from 9am-1pm (Pacific Time). 

All virtual NPDA events will be online at For more information about National Portfolio Day please visit



Fall 2020 El Camino College Virtual Classes

Hello DVD parents and students!  Here is some information on two college courses that students can take through El Camino College this fall.

Who: Juniors and Seniors from DVC, DVD, and DVS.

What: College courses at Da Vinci, through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for all Cal State and U.C. campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Why: Get a start on your college credits! It looks great on your college applications.

Cost: Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including textbook fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks from families that are able to are appreciated.

Where: Classes will be held virtually on El Camino College student portal due to COVID-19.

Ethnic studies – Asynchronous 

Music Appreciation – Monday & Wednesday 3:00 – 4:25pm 

If you are interested, make sure you apply to El Camino College Fall 2020 term and email the attached completed dual enrollment form with your confirmation application number to your school counselor by Friday, August 21, 2020 by 1:00pm. These classes begin Monday August 24, 2020. To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class the students need to pass all their academic classes, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a senior or junior student.


Here are some links that provide more information: 

Fall 2020 DVD El Camino Courses

Applying to El Camino College

Dual Enrollment Application

Thank you.

– The DVD Counseling Team

Headspace App Free for LA Country Residents

Hello DVD Parents and Students,

Headspace is a great resource for you and students during this time and they are offering its services for free to all LA County Residents. At Headspace, they like to think of meditation as exercise for the brain. Through meditation, we can build up areas of our brain and actually rewire it to enhance positive traits like focus and decision making and diminish the less positive ones like fear and stress. Most importantly, this means there is a possibility to change your brain for the better in a way that is long-lasting.

There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships, research shows mindfulness works. While the research on mindfulness, especially digital mindfulness programs, is still growing, there is evidence to support the use of mindfulness training for many outcomes.

Here is the link to get started:

Summer Programs at Seattle University

Hello DVD Students and Parents,

This year Seattle University Summer Programs is offering two pre-collegial summer programs for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The Albers Summer Business Institute (business entrepreneurship) provides 2 college credits for students who complete the required coursework. Seattle University AI4All (criminal justice and artificial intelligence) is a longer program that provides 3 college credits for students who complete the required coursework. Holistic Merit Scholarships are available to help cover the cost of tuition based on certain criteria. 

In response to safety and wellness concerns due to COVID-19, Seattle University Summer Programs has moved all courses to virtual learning. This includes their pre-collegial programs. Fortunately, Seattle University has over 10 years of experience in delivering high quality digital learning for students. Both pre-collegial programs will provide opportunities for self-paced learning, experiential projects and real-time engagement with our faculty and undergraduate program mentors.

With the change in learning platform to virtual learning, they are providing a general application deadline of May 30, 2020. The scholarship application is included with the general application materials online at:

For specific information check out this flyer: Seattle University Summer Programs

Johnstone Scholarship Application Deadline Extension

Hello DVD Parents and Students,

The Johnstone Scholarship application deadline has now been extended to April 13th!

The Johnstone Scholarship was created in 2018 in honor of Tom Johnstone, retiring Superintendent of Wiseburn Unified School District. Tom and his wife Terry, a retired WUSD teacher from Anza Elementary, dedicated their careers to delivering quality public education.

Three $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to graduating Seniors from Da Vinci Schools. All applicants must be currently enrolled at Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, Da Vinci RISE, or Da Vinci Science.

The online application cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting. Please prepare and save your question responses and essays in a word document for your records.



Kaplan Offering Full Access to SAT Prep On Demand for 1 Month, For Free!

Hello DVD families and students,

We know that during this time SAT plans may have changed but Kaplan is offering students full access to SAT prep for 1 month, for free! This free trial includes:

  • Instructional videos on test content, strategy, and more
  • Practice questions and explanations
  • Quizzes throughout each lesson
  • Full access for one month

We encourage students to utilize this opportunity to prepare for future SAT tests. You can start your prep trial here!