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Last Call: Application Deadline for New Families

The Priority Application Deadline for new K-12 families who wish to apply to Da Vinci Schools for the 2014-2015 school year is today at 4 pm. Interested families may complete an online application at:

Students applying for grades 10-12 must submit a transcript as part of the application process. Transcripts are used for grade level determination, not for admissions purposes. 9th grade applicants do not need to submit a transcript.

Questions?  Please contact the Enrollment Office at 310-331-8097 or


Baby Fever

Da Vinci Design Juniors are currently being put to the ultimate test: being teen moms and dads… (at least for three weeks).

Biology students are learning how to bond with their 5 pound sugar baby and learning how to share the responsibility with their “partner” as part of the 11th grade Sugar Baby project. Digging deeper into the project, students are realizing that genetics play a huge role in their baby’s phenotypes (physical features) and that there are dominant and recessive genotypes (genes) that determine those features as well as possible hereditary diseases.

Students are caring for their “baby” 24/7. Safety is a number one concern. To ensure the safety of the sugar babies, fellow Design students and teachers are serving as eyes and ears and reporting any “neglect” to the children. In some accidental instances, sugar babies have been left at skate parks or on bike baskets, but other responsible “parents” nearby  took the leadership of reporting it and making sure the babies were kept safe and sound.

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The project is supposed to teach students to be accountable and to be responsible for their baby and pay attention to them. At first the students were all excited, but as time has passed, the students are starting to realize that it is hard work to take care of a child.

– Ms. Adabale

   11th Grade Bio Teacher

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Baby Giovannii

“The project has shown me that you can’t just leave the baby anywhere. It’s showing me that you have to be responsible to be a parent.”

– Joanna A.

Partner: Jazmine S.

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Baby Antonio

“It’s a life learning experience. It shows me that I’m too young to have kids. I need to get my career and education first.”

– Genesis G.

 “It’s been time consuming. It takes a lot of mental and physical energy. You can’t just leave it out of sight. It gives me another reason to wait.”

– Henry G.


Baby Melvin

“It’s showing me that I need to be aware because someone might harm him. I need to keep an eye on it at all times to keep him safe. Even so, I know it’s nearly not as hard as the actual thing.”

– Ivan N.

Partner: Allan G.

Reported By: Kassandra Castellanos, Class of 2013

Alert: Lockdown Lifted

Dear Da Vinci Design Families,

Today at 11:55am at the request of the LA County Sheriff Southern California station, Da Vinci Design and Da Vinci Communications were put on lockdown due to a home burglary west of our location. At 12:15pm, the LA County Sheriff informed us that the suspect was in custody, and that the lockdown was no longer in effect.  The lockdown was precautionary, as there was never a threat or person on campus who posed a danger to our students. The day will continue as normally scheduled for today.

You’re Invited…

Don’t miss TEDx@Da Vinci Schools featuring 26 Ted Talks by our very own Da Vinci Communications and Da Vinci Design 9th grade students!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013 (tomorrow) @ Del Aire Park Gym – next door to DVC/DVD

Session 1:  9:30-10:40 am
Session 2: 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Session 3: 1:20-2:20 pm

(Please note:  Audience members may only enter at the start of each session and cannot leave until the end of the session.)

TEDxjpgA sampling of student topics:

  • What is Love?
  • The Power of Hello
  • The Gift of a Healthy Body
  • The Beginning of Greatness
  • Stop Negative Judgment
  • Listening to People’s Melodies
  • Cartoons Create Imagination
  • Thinking With Your Fat
  • Music and Conceptualization
  • … and many more!

Our students are hard at work preparing for tomorrow.  Please join us!

Important Request – Meal Applications

Dear Design Families,

This afternoon, every Da Vinci high school student received a meal application with instructions to turn it in on Monday in their first period class.

It is crucial that we receive a meal application from each and every family regardless of your family’s income or whether your student eats lunch at school.

The funding formula for schools has changed dramatically this year and is now closely tied to our number of free and reduced lunch applications. Literally, hundreds of thousands of state and federal dollars are at stake. We cannot impress upon you the importance that every family complete a meal application by Monday, September 30. You may complete the application online or turn in the print application. Only one application per family is needed.

Apply Online
Download a print application

Da Vinci team members will be calling, sending notes and e-mail blasts until we get every family to complete this application. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Sara Deulofeu at

Have a great weekend!

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