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College Rep visits

Hello Seniors!

This is a quick announcement to let you all know that we have some virtual college rep visits lined up for you! 

Who: Seniors

Please look below for a quick glance at some of the colleges and universities that will be visiting Design virtually and in-person! Majority of visits will be virtual. Students can register for these visits via their Naviance homepage, on the day of the event students will report to the College and Career Readiness Class – Room 4304 at lunch. The visits that are in-person will show when you register on Naviance. 


University of Southern California Tue September 21, 2021 @ 12:45 PM

University of California-Santa Cruz Thu September 30, 2021 @ 12:35 PM

Art Center College of Design Tue October 5, 2021 @ 12:45 PM

University of New Mexico Fri October 8, 2021 @ 1:20 PM

Chapman University Fri October 1, 2021 @ 1:20 PM

Pacific Northwest College of Art Thu October 21, 2021 @ 12:35 PM

Emmanuel College  Thu October 28, 2021 @ 12:35 PM


All visits will be at lunch.


Virtual College Visits



Students! Please continue to check your Naviance accounts regularly as more colleges and universities will be added to the list as the weeks progress. Some of these visits are as soon as this coming week so don’t forget to sign up!

HBCU – Spelman College info session in Los Angeles

Hello Seniors,

Spelman College is a private, historically black, all female, liberal arts college located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Spelman was founded in 1881 and a most highly competitive college.

They are having a preview session here in Los Angeles.

Please see the flyer below for more information.



Summer School Transcripts

Hello DVD Parents,

If your student recovered classes during summer break at schools outside of Da Vinci Schools, please submit the transcript from that school to your student’s counselor by August 20th.

Thank you,


DVD Counseling Team

Ways to be productive during the summer

Hello Designers!

The following is a list of suggestions for things to do during the summer break to be productive:

  1. Watch educational videos on YouTube
  2. Watch documentaries
  3. Volunteer (find a cause you care about)
  4. Learn a new language
  5. Read (see how many books you can read over the summer)
  6. Take a dual enrollment college course
  7. Build or fix something (these are skills that will come in handy in the future)
  8. Visit museums
  9. Start a business (babysitting, dog-walking, pet-sitting, tutoring)
  10. Pick up a new hobby (gardening, dancing, playing an instrument, photography)
  11. Participate in summer sports
  12. Learn about a country or place you don’t know much about
  13. Improve your vocabulary (,
  14. Improve your writing skills
  15. Talk to as many adults as possible about career options
  16. Create a personal website
  17. Learn sign language
  18. Organize a fundraiser
  19. Organize a book club
  20. Write a book of poetry
  21. Create a blog – edit/post often
  22. Learn CPR
  23. Cook dinner for your family (each time learn a new dish – write your own recipes – create a cookbook)
  24. Clean parks and maintain hiking trails
  25. Plant trees
  26. Assist with summer reading programs
  27. Work with children at a summer camp

And most importantly, reconnect with friends and family.  This year was tough for everyone so make sure to relax and regroup.


DVD Counseling Team

Cal Grant Opt Out

Dear Rising Seniors & Parents – (this refers to current Juniors)

A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent (private) and career colleges or technical schools in California.

To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 2, 2022 and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. There are three kinds of Cal Grants (A, B and C) but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA or CADAA responses, your verified high school Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more about the qualifications, please visit

Da Vinci Design is required to submit your student’s verified GPA. By law you have the option to “opt out” of this process if you do not want Da Vinci Design to submit your student’s verified GPA. If you choose to “opt out”, this means your student will not be eligible to receive a Cal Grant. In order to “opt-out”, please complete the attached form and return to your Counselor no later than August 28, 2021.

If you do not return the “opt-out” form, Da Vinci Design will submit your student’s verified GPA to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to determine your student’s Cal Grant eligibility. Click links below to obtain the opt out form in either English or Spanish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s counselor.

Thank you,

Da Vinci Design





SAT/ACT anticipated test dates

Hello Juniors,

Even though many institutions have chosen to remain Test Optional for the Class of 2022 graduates, we want to make sure that you have all information available in order to make an informed decision for your needs.

The decision to test or not test is yours.  If you have questions or are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the test, please reach out to your counselor.

SAT Anticipated Test Dates – please always confirm changes by visiting

2021-22 SAT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline Online/Phone Late Registration Deadline Online Score Release
August 28, 2021 July 30, 2021 August 17, 2021 September 20, 2021
October 2, 2021 September 3, 2021 September 21, 2021 October 15, 2021
November 6, 2021 October 6, 2021 October 26, 2021 November 19, 2021
December 4, 2021 November 4, 2021 November 23, 2021 December 17, 2021
March 12, 2022 February 11, 2022 March 1, 2022 March 25, 2021
May 7, 2022 April 7, 2022 April 26, 2022 May 20, 2022
June 4, 2022 May 5, 2022 May 25, 2022 July 13, 2022

ACT anticipated dates for 2021-2022 – please always confirm changes by visiting

The chart below provide comprehensive information about the test dates, regular registration deadlines, late registration deadlines, and score release dates.

If you have questions or are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the test, please reach out to your counselor.

2021-22 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Estimated Score Release
June 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 21, 2021 June 22-August 6, 2021
July 17, 2021* June 18, 2021 June 25, 2021 July 27-September 10, 2021
September 11, 2021 August 6, 2021 August 20, 2021 September 27-November 5, 2021
October 23, 2021 September 17, 2021 October 1, 2021 November 9-December 30, 2021
December 11, 2021 November 5, 2021 November 19, 2021 December 21, 2021-February 4, 2022
February 12, 2022 January 7, 2022 January 21, 2022 February 25-April 7, 2022
April 2, 2022 February 25, 2022 March 11, 2022 April 12-June 23, 2022
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022 June 21-August 5, 2022
July 16, 2022* June 17, 2022 June 24, 2022 July 26-September 9, 2022


Thank you,

The DVD Counseling Team



Srs – How to request final official transcripts

Hello Srs!

Da Vinci schools is now partnering with Parchment: Digital Credential Services.

Parchment provides you with the ability to request your final official transcripts online and have them sent electronically and securely to the colleges, universities, or scholarship programs that you select. Soon you will receive an email with your registration code and instructions on how to create your online account with Parchment. Once you create your account, you will have the opportunity to request your official high school transcript be sent to the college you select. After you make your request, your official (and final) high school transcript will be processed after your final semester grades have been added into PowerSchool. When your request has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation.

Please click here for more information on ordering through Parchment.

If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

Thank you,

DVD Counseling Team

POSSE Foundation Scholarship for Juniors

Hello Juniors!  Are you a future POSSE Scholar?

Please join us on Thursday, May 20th from 2pm-3pm to learn more about the Posse Foundation Scholarships.  Each year, DVD nominates Juniors who demonstrate leadership and academic strength to participate in the running to receive a full-tuition scholarship at a Posse Foundation partner university.  Come learn about the nomination process, the scholarship and the Posse affiliated universities.  The ZOOM link will be sent to your DVD email shortly after you rsvp.  There are 30 spots available for this presentation.  We will create a waitlist once we reach capacity.  Click here to rsvp!


FAQs – Parent Guide (English) click here

FAQs – Parent Guide (Spanish) click here


Posse Outreach Flyer-1 image


Posse Outreach Flyer-2

Fall 2021 El Camino College Dual Enrollment class offering

Hello Designers,

Below you will find:  Fall 2021 El Camino College Dual Enrollment class offering

Who:   Rising 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 can are appreciated.

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

If you are interested, make sure you apply to El Camino College Fall 2021 term and email the completed dual enrollment form with your student ID number and/or the application confirmation number to your school counselor by Tuesday, May 25, 2021 by 3:00pm.


Class starts on Tuesday, August 31, 2021


To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class, students will need to pass all their academic classes, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a rising senior or junior student. Space is limited and we are accepting forms on a first come first serve basis!

For more information click on the following links:


Fall 2021 DVD-DVC-DVS College Course

Applying to El Camino College

Dual Enrollment Application


Dual Enrollment in High School Partnership Classes

 Applying to El Camino College

All students must have applied for admission to El Camino College.

Never applied?

Previously applied?

  • Your El Camino student account is still in good standing if you submitted an application for admission for Spring 2021 or Winter 2021 – or earlier, if you registered for either a Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 class.
  • Your El Camino College ID # is the same as previous terms and is 7-digits (no letters)

Dual Enrollment Application

All students must submit a separate, completed Dual Enrollment Application for each term they wish to be manually registered for class(es). Students, parents, and authorized high school signers can use Fill & Sign Tools in Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form and draw their signatures:

NOTE: Our Admissions Office cannot accept forms with typed signatures. All signatures need to be drawn using the above methods, either by pen, mouse, or touchscreen. This is the most common reason why a form cannot be processed and students will not be registered.


MyECC is El Camino College’s secure online portal where students view their registered classes, grades, unofficial transcripts, etc. Your MyECC username and password are included in your Welcome Email. You will be prompted to create a new password when you log into MyECC for the first time.

NOTE: El Camino College recently updated the Password Requirements for MyECC. Passwords must include at least 10 characters, 1 Capital letter, 1 number (number cannot be at end or beginning of password), and no repeated/consecutive characters. View Complete Password Complexity Requirements


Students will have access to Canvas, our online course management system, only after they are manually registered in an online class. You will need to use your MyECC login information to access Canvas.

Dropping a Class
Registered students who wish to drop the class must perform this action themselves in MyECC by the drop deadlines.

Help is Available!

Dual Enrollment offers Drop-In Help via Zoom every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to assist students one-on-one with questions they may have about their application for admission or Dual Enrollment Application.

Please join us using the links on this webpage – no sign up necessary!


California Student Mental Health Week — May 10th – May 14th

Hello Designers,

Children and youth mental health issues are real, widespread, and treatable. Latest studies indicate that one in five students have mental health issues and adverse childhood experiences have been shown to have lasting harmful impacts if not addressed. Tragically, suicide remains the second leading cause of death for adolescents. Researchers have found that the rate of mental health disorders in children and youth have steadily increased over the past two decades. One recent study linked the effects of the pandemic to a 91% increase in adolescent mental health crises.  Below are links to six free workshops for students and families:

Limited space. Register early.

● Not All Wounds are Visible: Race-Based Trauma and Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Practices. Monday, May 10. 2021, 4:00-5:30 PM Register

● Disrupting the Effects of Trauma: School-based Mental Health Supports for K-12 Students. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 4:00-4:30 PM Register

● Voices of Students: ACLU Youth Liberty Squad students exploring their thoughts and experiences on mental health in the era of COVID. Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 4:00-5:30 PM Register

● Wellness Wednesday! Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 6:00 PM Register

● Virtual Workshop for Caregivers/Parents: Understanding and Responding to your Child’s Mental Health Needs in the Time of COVID. Thursday, May 13, 2021, 4:00-5:30 PM Register

● Trust is the Antidote: Creating welcoming school atmospheres that allow healing and learning to happen naturally. Friday, May 14, 2021, 4:00-5:30 PM Register

Mental Health Virtual Spirit week

Please remember we are here for you!

DVD Counseling Team

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