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KidGuard Scholarship Opportunities for DVD students

Dear DVD students,

Interested in scholarship money? KidGuard Education is offering multiple essay scholarships ranging from $500-$1,000 for students at Da Vinci Schools!

Within the last two years, KidGuard Education has provided $8000 in scholarship to several students and classrooms. To see a list of past winners, check out the following link: 
This scholarship will now be an annual opportunity. The deadline is every year on Oct. 31.

This annual scholarship is provided to all students and can be used towards any education-related expenses (tuition, books, stationary etc).

For more information regarding scholarship types, application requirements, and to apply, please visit 


Ryman Art’s Application Day: Saturday, May 5th at CSUF

Dear 9th, 10th, and 11th grade DVD students,

You’re invited to Ryman Art’s Application Day on Saturday, May 5th at Cal State University, Fullerton!

Ryman Art’s is an art organization based in Los Angeles that offers intensive studio art instruction, college and career guidance, art supplies, and support services—all at no cost to the student. In the past, many DVD students have been admitted into the program.

The event will be a great opportunity to learn about the program as well as participate in a drawing workshop hosted by Ryman Art’s faculty. This free workshop is for current 8th – 11th grade students. Students can used the drawings created on that day for their application to the program. This event is a great way for students, families and educators to get a feeling for what Ryman Arts is really like.

This workshop is free and suitable for all skill levels, all supplies and materials are provided. Students can choose between a morning (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) or afternoon (1:00 pm – 4:30 pm) session. To sign up students must email their name, session time, grade and high school name to

There’s still plenty of space available for signups! Students or educators can drop off any applications on that day without participating in the event. The fall 2018 semester application deadline is May 18th. For more information on the application process, please visit the following link:

Financial Aid Workshop for Junior Families: May 15th, 2018

Dear 11th grade families,

It is our pleasure to announce that we will host a financial aid informational workshop presented by Stephanie Hancock the CollegeAidLady on

May 15, 2018 @ 4:30pm.

The workshop will take place in the Black Box Theatre on the first floor of Da Vinci High School. All 11th grade parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend to learn about the financial aid process. This informative presentation will allow you to begin thinking now about answers to “how do we pay for college” before the process begins in the fall. Please refer to the flyers below for more information.

Financial Aid 101 (English)Financial Aid 101 (Spanish)

Financial Aid 101_English + Spanish


-The DVD Counseling Team

FREE SAT & ACT Test Prep for Juniors

Announcing FREE online test prep for BOTH the SAT and ACT!

Is test prep appropriate for me / my student?


We encourage all JUNIORS who are considering a 4-year college to register and take at least one SAT/ACT by October of SENIOR year.

For 9th and 10th grade families, test prep is important to know about but – for now – the best way to maximize your student’s college opportunities is by helping them focus on maximizing their grades in school and building their resume with meaningful extracurricular, volunteer, or work activities.

Free Online ACT Test Prep:
Register for the ACT here:

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Free Online SAT Test Prep:
Register for the SAT here:

SAT ACT Dates_2018

** Students eligible for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers that allow them to register for 2 free SAT and ACT exams. Please talk to your counselor for more information. 

March Madness: A Big Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in March College Madness, March 12-23!  The DVD Marching Band kicked everything off with college fight songs during lunch.  Congrats to Seshah Eshete and Kamille Perry for winning the DVD boys vs girls 3 point basketball shootout.  Congrats to Cari Werz’s 9th grade advisory for winning the college door decorating contest—pizza is on the way! 

Honorable mention to all who wore college apparel on the designated day.  Students were engaged as they sat in on presentations from UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television Department of Theater, Sci Arc and the ArtCenter of Pasadena. 

The DVD Counseling Team took 9th, 10th and 11th grade students to visit UCs, Cal States, and the Claremont McKenna Colleges (rain or shine)—-we thank teachers and academic coaches for helping us. 

And, lastly we ended the two weeks of activities with DVD alumni talking with students about their college experiences.  Here are some pictures for your viewing enjoyment!

March Madnessdownload


Thank you,

The DVD Counseling Team

DVD celebrates March Madness: 3.12-3.23

Dear DVD Students and Families:

Starting this week and up to March 23rd, Da Vinci Design is celebrating March Madness! These next couple of weeks will be filled with exciting activities that provide necessary information regarding college, with guest speakers and other college prep activities.

Throughout this time, students will also be attending field trips to college campuses to expose them to life on a college campus. See below for more information on activities, including dates:

March Madness Schedule

March Madness Schedule

For students interested in hearing from SCI-Arc, UCLA Theatre, or Art Center-Pasadena on March 20th during lunch, please email to reserve a spot.


LMU’s Pre-College Summer Program: Apply By March 15th!

Dear DVD Families,

LMU’s Pre-College Summer Programs are open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors and offer college credit courses. This program provides students with an opportunity to learn more about life in college and better prepare for college level course work. Programs vary from screenwriting classes to history and science courses.

To apply and for more program information, including fees, please visit:

Scripps College Scholars – Summer 2018

Scripps College Academy (SCA) Scholars

Students are eligible to apply during spring of their 10th grade year. SCA is an intensive, multi-year, pre-college program for high- achieving young women with limited resources who seek to become the first generation in their families to attend college. Through a rigorous summer residential experience followed by monthly programming throughout high school, SCA Scholars develop the confidence and skills to be well-prepared college applicants, successful college students, and professionals who create positive, lasting change. Like all Scripps College Academy programs, the SCA Scholars experience is provided at no cost to the student or her family.

Applications due March 10:

Applications must be printed and placed in the mail (US Post Office) by Friday, March 9 in order to be postmarked by March 10, 2018. Download the application here:


The SCA Scholars program seeks to serve students who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and motivation. Students are eligible to be considered for the SCA Scholars program if they meet ONE or more of the following criteria:

  • Qualify for free or reduced priced lunch, or demonstrate financial need
  • Will be the first generation in their family to attend college (no parent graduated with a 4-year college degree)
  • Attend a Title 1 School

Summer Residential Program

SCA Scholars begin by attending the two-week Summer Residential Program which provides the opportunity to experience what it is like to live among their peers and study at a private, liberal arts institution. For many SCA Scholars, this is their first time on a college campus and their first experience living away from home. Students further their academic preparation by exploring issues of race, class, and gender through an interdisciplinary academic curriculum. Participants develop their writing, critical analysis, discussion, and presentation skills under the guidance of Scripps College professors, staff, and undergraduate mentors. In addition to the academic program, scholars attend fun and informative workshops, field trips, and participate in recreational athletic or art activities. Students are required to live on-campus for the full duration of the summer program. There is no cost for participation in the Scripps College Academy; Scripps College and program sponsors cover all expenses.

Year-Round Academic Enrichment

Following the Summer Residential Program, SCA Scholars take part in additional academic and college-preparatory programming throughout high school. These weekend activities include faculty-led book clubs, science research opportunities, SAT/ACT preparation classes, and field trips to museums and other cultural centers.

College Planning

Beginning in their junior year, SCA Scholars and their families receive individualized assistance in the college application and financial aid processes. Through home visits by SCA staff, workshops by admission and financial aid experts, and the mentorship of Scripps College students, Scholars are encouraged and supported in applying to a wide range of college and scholarship opportunities that fit their academic and personal goals.

Participant Success

Since the first graduating class in 2005, SCA Scholars have enrolled in more than 75 different colleges and universities across the United States.

Consistently, SCA Scholars graduate from high school with top academic honors and pursue higher education. Many earn prestigious national awards following high school, including the Gates Millennium and Posse Foundation Scholarships.

One hundred percent of the SCA Scholars high school class of 2016 will enroll in higher education within six months of graduation; 100% will matriculate directly into four-year institutions, with 55.3% attending a “selective” or “most selective” school.

Go to Summer Camp with Grammy Pros at Grammy Camp

Interested in the music industry? Apply to Grammy Camp by March 31st!

GRAMMY Camp is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Hosted on the campus of USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, students from across the country apply for one of the eight offered career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career.

Financial assistance is available for students. 

Get Hands on Career Training and Learn from Industry Experts!

For more information on necessary materials to submit an application, possible career tracks, and to apply, visit:

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