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Week 26 Update

Designers, February flew! We are now entering March and week 26.

Congratulations to the Black Student Union for putting on an amazing Black History Month Community Dialogue today – it was full of amazing student performances and original work. We are so proud of you! Check out our Instagram page (@dvdig) to see a few pictures and videos from today.

We are excited to share that the RACC College Fair will be happening on campus during advisory from students in grades 9-11 (see special bell schedule below) on Thursday, March 7. Representatives from many regional colleges and universities will be in attendance.

SLCs – Student Led Conferences – will run from Monday, March 11 – Thursday, March 14. Please check in with your student about this ahead of time and be on the lookout for communication from the grade level team (many of you have likely received initial information!).

Have a great weekend!


Bell Schedule

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Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University

Granville, OH

Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Program Date: June 16th-23rd, 2019


Description: The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop is open to qualified students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school by June of the program year.  We do not admit current ninth graders/rising sophomores. The program fee for the workshop, including tuition, housing, and meals for the 8-day program, is $1,300. (On-campus residency is required.)


Financial Aid: Significant financial aid is available based on need thanks to the Reynolds Endowment.


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Summer of Art

Summer of Art

Los Angeles, CA

Application Deadline: April 27th, 2019

Program Dates: July 1st-26th, 2019

Description: This intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills, as well as students with limited art training, are invited to participate.

Financial Aid: Summer of Art scholarships are available to students who, for financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to attend. Awards are based on family financial information, portfolio, and grade point average. Due to limited funding, scholarships are only available for U.S. citizens. Unless otherwise stated, awards can be used toward tuition only and cannot be applied toward supplies or other expenses.


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Stanford Horizon Scholars

Stanford Horizon Scholars

Stanford, CA

Application Timeline: January 17th-April 3rd, 2019

Program Dates: June 23rd-August 18th, 2019


Description: Stanford Summer Session’s Horizon Scholars program is a residential scholarship opportunity for low-income, high-achieving rising high school seniors who reside in the state of California to attend the High School Summer College program at little to no cost.

Financial Aid: There is little-to-no cost.


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Pomona College Academy for Youth Success

Pomona College Academy for Youth Success

Claremont, CA

Application Timeline: November 9th, 2018-February 22nd, 2019

Program Dates: June 16th-July 12th, 2019


Description: The Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) enrolls up to 90 local high school students and seeks to support them in preparing for admission to selective and highly selective colleges and universities. PAYS participants engage in a thought-provoking combination of courses, cultural events, workshops, projects and field trips during the intensive 4-week, residential program as well as throughout the academic year. PAYS serves rising sophomores through rising seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education—students who are first in their family to attend college; from low income families; and are African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or part of other underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.


Financial Aid: There is no student cost.

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Penn State Honors Music Institute

Penn State Honors Music Institute

University Park, PA

Application Timeline: January 7th-May 1st, 2019

Program Dates: July 14th-20th, 2019

Description: The Penn State Honors Music Institute is an intensive, week long immersion in the art of music making for talented high school students. As one of the most exciting summer music camps, specific areas of study include chamber choir, jazz ensemble, piano and wind ensemble. Students entering ninth grade in the fall of 2019 through students who will graduate in the spring of 2019 are eligible to audition.

Financial Aid: Partial scholarships are available to qualified students upon acceptance to the institute. Scholarship Information will be sent with registration materials to accepted participants.

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Camino al Futuro

Camino al Futuro

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Date: June 30th-July 19th, 2019

Description: This summer scholarship program is for motivated high school juniors going into their senior year. The program cultivates leadership potential in students who want to shape the political, economic and social issues that affect Hispanic and Latin communities.

Financial Aid: This is a fully funded program; there is no cost to apply, as long as you select the “3-Week College Intensive” option and then choose “Caminos al Futuro.”


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Carleton College Summer Program

Carleton College Summer Program
Northfield, MN
Application Deadlines:
Feb. 15th, 2019 – First-round deadline for general and scholarship applicants and final deadline for international applicants

March 22nd, 2019 – Second-round deadline for general and scholarship applicants (this is the last day to apply for a scholarship for summer 2019)

Applications are accepted after March 22nd, but not for scholarship and on an available-space basis.

Program Dates: Varies, refer to the college’s website (link is above)

Liberal arts – Introduces black students to the strengths of a liberal arts education through a variety of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.

Quantitative reasoning institute – College-level experience in how social scientists think about the world. Students measure important variables of study, prepare research and present their findings.

Science institute – Learn how different areas of science link together. Students have the opportunity to complete a guided research project and earn college credit.

Writing program – High school juniors with strong reading and writing abilities, the program teaches students how to compose academic papers similar to those they will write in college

Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available for these programs. Each program has different qualifications for financial aid and scholarships, so check Carleton’s website for details. The liberal arts program is free for all accepted applicants.

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DVX Family Information Night – Feb. 28; Interest Form and Online Application Are Live

DVX Family Information Night – Feb. 28; Interest Form and Online Application Are Live

DVX is hosting a Family Information Night on February 28th at 6:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room at the high school campus, 201 N. Douglas St.  There will be an informational presentation and a Q&A session to learn more about Da Vinci’s college and career program. We hope you can join us!

The 2019-2020 Interest Form and Online Application are now live. You can access by clicking the following links:

*   DVX Interest Form – If you are considering DVX as one of your college options, please feel free to fill out this form. A DVX staff member will contact you to answer questions and discuss how the program fits your educational and career goals.

*   DVX Online Application – Once you submit the application, a DVX staff member will contact you to set up an in-person meeting.

Week 25 Update

Designers – your week 25 update!

Bell Schedule 2/25-3/1

Regular Week Bell Schedule 18-19


Student Led Conferences

March 11-14, 1:45-4:00

Grade level teams will be sharing information regarding time slots with families within the week! Please reach out should you have a specific scheduling need or request.


The 2019 Annual Fund Matching Challenge Is On!
Make your donation or pledge by April 30, 2019 and your gift will be doubled!!

Missed #GivingTuesday? We have another amazing opportunity to make a gift in support of Da Vinci Schools. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our industry and philanthropic partners (Chevron, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Pipkin Charitable Foundation, and The John H. and Cynthia Lee Smet Foundation), all donations to the Da Vinci Schools Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $75,000!!
This matching challenge is only available for a limited time. Make your donation or pledge by April 30, 2019 and your gift will be doubled!! All pledge payments must be received by June 30, 2019 to be eligible for the match.

Make An Impact. Give Now.

With your support, we will continue to provide an exceptional college and career-ready education for the next generation of innovators and creative problem solvers.

(P.S. There are many ways to support Da Vinci Schools. If you are interested in volunteering for the Annual Giving Campaign, please email our team at
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