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California Higher Education Leaders present Black Student Success Week

Hello Designers!

We would like to share an opportunity for Senior students to participate in Black Student Success Week, were presenters will share insights and innovative approaches for improving success among Black and African American students at California Community Colleges.

During the week of April 26-30th from 12pm-1pm, The Black Hour will address the following topics:

Monday, April 26 – Follow the Money: Unapologetically Supporting Black Students
Tuesday, April 27 – The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Journey for African American Students
Wednesday, April 28 – Black Leadership in Higher Education
Thursday, April 29 – Legislative Briefing and Advocacy Day
Friday, April 30 – Faculty Diversity

For registration click here

For more information and updates Black Student Success Week, you can follow @cablackstudents on Twitter and Instagram

Career Fair Volunteers Needed

Calling all Da Vinci Parents,

Da Vinci is looking for volunteer panel speakers to share their careers and experiences with our students.  Below you’ll find more detailed information.

To be a Career Fair presenter, please sign up here.


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FREE SAT/ACT Practice Testing

Hello Designers,

If you are interested in registering for the FREE full length practice SAT and practice ACT (administered by The Princeton Review) for Da Vinci Schools, please sign up in advance here for the SAT and here for the ACT.



Tuesday, March 30th SAT practice test at 3:30pm

Tuesday, April 20th SAT practice test at 3:30 pm

Tuesday, May 18th SAT practice test at 3:30pm


Thursday, April 1st ACT practice test at 3:00pm

Thursday, April 22nd ACT practice test at 3:00pm

Thursday, May 20th ACT practice test at 3:00pm


Practice exams will be scored by The Princeton Review.  They will not be official scores and will not impact college applications.  Although, many colleges/universities have opted to be Test Optional, that may change. These exams are purely for practice and exposure.

All students are invited to participate.

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National School Counseling Week

Hello Designers,

This week is National School Counseling Week.  To celebrate, your DVD counselors have recorded PSAs (Public Service Announcements) for students.  The PSAs will be played in designated classes throughout the week.  The focus for the week is on PERSERVERANCE.  Parents, if you would like to view the recordings or if your student misses out on seeing the recordings, the links will be added daily for each PSA below:


PSA – Monday, February 1st – click here

PSA – Tuesday, February 2nd – click here

PSA – Wednesday, February 3rd – click here

PSA – Thursday, February 4th – click here

Friday, February 5th – no school

From Miss Pam, Nicole and Mr. G — Happy National School Counseling Week!



Circle image for Natl School Counseling wk

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Sign Up Now for NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Thinking about college? Here’s your chance to hear firsthand from those-in-the-know at hundreds of colleges and universities nearby, across the country, and around the world.

How? Attend a NACAC Virtual College Fair!

More than 500 colleges and universities will be online to talk with high school juniors and seniors on each of these days:

Sunday, Jan. 31: 1-7 p.m. ET
Sunday, Feb. 28: 1-7 p.m. ET
Sunday, Mar. 7: 1-5 p.m. ET – STEM
Tuesday, Mar. 16: 4-8 p.m. ET – Performing & Visual Arts
Sunday, Mar. 21: 1-7 p.m. ET
Saturday, Apr. 10: 3-7 p.m. ET – Western US
Tuesday, Apr. 20: 3-7 p.m. ET – Southeastern US
Sunday, May 2: 1-7 p.m. ET
Each virtual fair is a free, one-day event. Attend as many as you’d like. Families invited, too.

Sign up now at Select which colleges you’re interested in and set a reminder to attend their live Zoom sessions.

Sessions cover topics such as how to apply, financial aid, student life, and more. You can watch, learn, and get your questions answered about academics, athletics, diversity, study abroad, and other topics. You can also text chat or meet one-on-one with a college’s admission counselor by selecting a virtual meeting date and time.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, connect, ask questions, and discover your best college fit!

NACAC Virtual College Fairs are offered by the association that has represented counselors and admission officers worldwide since 1937. NACAC and its members are dedicated to ethical and inclusive service to students as they make choices about their higher education future.


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El Camino – College Night

Hello Srs,

El Camino College presents “College Night”.  Click here to be directed to their website.


College Night
January 20, 2021

Join us for virtual College Night!

College Night at El Camino College is an open house event showcasing everything ECC has to offer! Come learn about programs and resources at our resource fair, attend workshops, enjoy donuts with the deans, chat with counselors, and take a twilight campus tour.

All prospective students, parents, adult learners, educators, and community members are invited to attend.


All activities take place online via zoom. You must register for each session that you wish to attend.

Please note that sessions starting at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM are concurrent. A recording of each of the sessions will be posted on this page after the event is over.



Registration Link

5:30 – 6:00 PM Welcome Session Sign up for this session

Workshop Session 1
6:00 – 6:50 PM Career Education Sign up for this session
  Dual Enrollment Sign up for this session
ECC Information Sessions & Campus Tour Sign up for this session

Workshop Session 2
7:00 – 7:50 PM Transfer Strategies Sign up for this session
Financial Aid 101 Sign up for this session
Special Resource Center Sign up for this session

Workshop Descriptions

Career Education

Get from Where You Are to Where You Want To Be
Career Education at El Camino College prepares students for employment (Entry Pathway) or for future education (Skilled and Professional Pathways) in a career major or concentration.

Dual Enrollment

Save Time, Money, Explore, and Get Ahead!
This workshop will teach current high school students and parents how they can successfully enroll in courses at El Camino College while still enrolled in high school for free.

Financial Aid 101

What Students and Families Need to Know
This workshop will address why it is important to apply for financial aid and how students can remain in good standing.

Transfer Strategies

This workshop will address the many transfer opportunities that students have when they enroll at El Camino College. It’s never too early to start thinking about the future.


Spring 2021 El Camino College Dual Enrollment College Courses

Hey Designers!

Spring 2021 El Camino College Dual Enrollment College Courses

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

What: College courses at Da Vinci Schools 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 and are asynchronous on Canvas, the El Camino College student portal due to COVID-19.

To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class the student needs to pass all their academic classes, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a Senior or Junior student.

If you are interested in applying, make sure you apply to El Camino College Spring 2021 term and email the completed dual enrollment form (located below) with your confirmation application number and/or ECC ID number to your school counselor by Friday, January 15, 2021 by 12:00pm. After you submit your completed form, your counselor will discuss next steps on how to register for the class; classes start on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Click here to view the classes we are offering for the Spring 2021 term. Please note, to ensure the equity of student enrollment, the maximum number of dual enrollment classes through Da Vinci Schools is 2 classes.

Applying to El Camino College

All students must complete (or have recently completed) an El Camino College application for admission.

Never applied?

Submit an application for admission for Spring 2021 to El Camino College by clicking here

Need Help?

Follow along screen-by-screen by clicking the following link:

Help to Complete the Application for Admission

After submitting, you will receive your Welcome email (with El Camino College ID #) within 1-3 business days at the personal email address given on your application.  If you do not receive your Welcome email after 3 business days, please email El Camino’s Dual Enrollment office at

Previously applied?

Your application is in good standing if you applied for either Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Winter 2021 – or if you dual enrolled in a Fall 2020 or Spring 2020 course.
Not Sure if you Need to Apply Again?  Click here

Your El Camino College ID # is the same as previous terms and is 7-digits (no letters)
If you do not know your El Camino College ID #, please email El Camino College’s Dual Enrollment Office at

Dual Enrollment Application

All students must submit a completed Dual Enrollment Application for Spring 2021 to be registered in their 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.

Download the Dual Enrollment Application PDF

Click Help to Complete the Dual Enrollment Application using Fill & Sign tools in Acrobat Reader or by printing and scanning


NOTE: El Camino College Admissions Office will not accept 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.



MyECC is El Camino College’s secure online portal where you view your 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 your MyECC portal for the first time.


NOTE: El Camino College recently updated MyECC password requirements. Passwords must include at least 10 characters, 1 capital letter, and 1 number (and number cannot be at the end or beginning of password).


Log into MyECC – this link can also be found at the top of every webpage
If you are unable to log into your MyECC portal, please email El Camino’s Dual Enrollment office at


Registered students will have access to their class(es) in Canvas, our online course management system, when instructors publish them around the start of the term. You will need to use your MyECC login information to access Canvas.

Learn more about Canvas and find Canvas Login Page by clicking on El Camino College Canvas Resource Webpage

Dropping a Class

Registered students who wish to drop the class must perform this action themselves in MyECC by the drop deadlines. (If you are not sure what this means, please reach out to your DVD counselor for explanation).  How to Drop a Class webpage

El Camino College Academic Calendar with Last Day to Drop without Notation on college transcript and Last Day to Drop with a “W” that will appear on your college transcript.

Assistance is Available!

Dual Enrollment offers Drop-In Assistance 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 form.

Please join El Camino by using the link below for additional online help – no sign up necessary:

Link to Dual Enrollment Online Help & Events webpage or you can also email dual enrollment at


If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact your school counselor via email.

Thank you,

DVD Counseling Team

California Black College Expo 2021

Calling all Srs!

Black College Expo California

Virtually you can GET:
– Accepted to colleges on The Spot
– College Application Fees Waived
– Scholarships on the Spot
– Informative Seminars and Workshops


For more information:

Black College Expo


Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Black College Expo will be hosted LIVE virtually until we can continue back to physical events. The Virtual California Black College Expo a 2-Day event is an ONLINE Experience for students to get access to colleges, highlighting HBCUs, historically black colleges and universities, and other educational programs.

Students can get ACCEPTED on the SPOT! College Application FEES Waived, and get SCHOLARSHIPS on the spot! It was developed due the impact COVID-19 pandemic that has affected students and families, especially when it comes to college access. This event will help high school seniors looking for a college home and college transfer students looking to transfer to a four year college.

This event also serves as a bridge to help college recruiters connect with students looking to go to college. It is also an opportunity for future high school seniors to get connected to a college and get their application fees waived.

Black College Expo is helping students with access to higher education for over 20 years. This event truly helps students connect to college, careers & beyond! The event is produced by National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization. NCRF has helped over 500,000 students get into college, and helped students connect with over 1 billion dollars in scholarships and grants.


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