Archive for College Counseling

College Commitment date is Monday, May 1st


Don’t forget that Monday, May 1st at midnight is the date that you have to say ‘yes’ to a four year college in order for them to hold your spot for you.  Most colleges usually want you to complete an online form and pay a deposit as well. Here are a few things to remember:

  • You must ONLY commit to one college. If you commit to more than one college, and the other one finds out that you have, each of them has the right to rescind your offer as they consider this ‘dishonest’.
  • Before you say ‘yes’, please be sure to look at your financial aid award letter to make sure that you have been granted enough money to attend
    • If you don’t understand what it says, please see your counselor. You want to know what your grants and scholarships are (free money) and what your loans are (have to be repaid) before you say yes
  • Just because you have been accepted and have committed, it doesn’t mean that the student’s job is done.  Students must keep up their grades. Why?
    • Counselors send a final transcript to the colleges in June. If a college that has accepted you, sees a big drop in grades, they can take back your offer of acceptance (and it does happen)
  • Attached is a list of some other decisions and questions that students and parents need to think about after you’ve made your decision.
  • Although not necessary, you should contact the colleges that you won’t be attending to let them know that you will not be attending. Why?
    • There are students who are ‘waitlisted’ at a college where you have been accepted, and if you let the college know now, they can release those slots to the other students.  It’s out of consideration for other students

Link to ” You’ve Made Your College Choice: What’s Next ?


Save the date–Thursday April 27, 2017

College Knowledge Night – Thursday-April 27
Parents and students of all grades! Reminder that our annual College Knowledge Night event (sponsored by Da Vinci Design and Communications) will take place Thursday, April 27  from 5:30-7:30pm.

Parents: Have any burning questions about what it takes to get into a California State University? University of California? Out of state college? Community college? Are you wondering how much college really costs and how are you going to be able to pay for it?

Students: Wondering how to create the best college essay that will get the attention of your dream college? Not sure if you should take the SAT or ACT? Or how important is it to take these tests and how much does it count for admissions?

College admissions representatives, test prep companies, college access organizations (Year Up, Riordan Scholars) and recently graduated students will be here to present on all of these topics and more!

There will also be two special workshops for seniors only 

  • What I wish I had known before I went to college (presented by a DVD Class of 2013 graduate)
  • Tips for students and parents on getting ready for college (presented by a DV college counselor)

Date: Thursday, April 27
Time: 5:30-7:30pm (choice of four 25 minute rotating workshops) – Come when you can and take one, two or four workshops!
Location: Da Vinci Design/Communications Campus, 12501 Isis Ave, Hawthorne,Ca 90250

Please RSVP your attendance here:

College Knowledge nightflyer2017



Riordan SBI Meeting reminder-Saturday March 25, 2017

Riordan SBI Meeting Reminder


Ninth and tenth grade students who are a part of the Riordan SBI program—This is a reminder that your 3rd meeting of the year (one more to go) will be held this upcoming Saturday. Details are listed below:

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017

When:  9am – 1pm

Where: Room 205-Ms. Heidi Jones classroom (Da Vinci Design)

What:  Meeting/mentors

Mentors will provide a snack, but you may also want to bring a few snacks and/or lunch since the meeting will not end until 1pm.  All students who are a  part of the program are expected to attend.

All students should have received an email and should RSVP to Ms. KGB to let her know that they are attending.


El Camino College FAFSA and Dream Act workshops!

Still need help completing and submitting your FAFSA or Dream Act application? El Camino College is hosting several FAFSA and Dream Act application workshops this Spring you can attend! Remember, either the FAFSA or Dream Act needs to be submitted in order for your Senior to receive the best financial aid package possible! Click on the link below for the flyer and more info:

ECC FAFSA and Dream Act workshop flyer

El Camino College also has a Financial Aid Lab on campus to assist you with many different financial aid services, such as making corrections to your FAFSA/Dream Act or accessing the Cal Grant website. Click on the link below for their flyer and more info:

ECC Financial Aid lab services flyer

Congratulations to the qualifying CSF Members for Fall 2016


2020 2019 2018 2017
Ashanti Bracken Crystal Aguilera Katelyn Bautista Maria Campos
Alana Faust Elena Antonio Jacqueline Bolanos Omari Groves
Mikayla KIdd Ashley Ayala Jesse Ca Cody Nakagawa
Jashae Lattie Roberta Banks Karina Cardenas Lauryn Newsome
Elliot Menzies Dylan Delaney Hannah Davis
Adelle Shaw Nathalie Gonzalez Ieshia Domingo
Lauryn Hill Alysson Distor
Vivian Huynh Bianca Esquivias
Daniela Iniguez Ariana Galvan
Henry Lee Guadalupe Galvan
Sophia Maglabe Natalie Galvan
Tommy Medina Karen Galvez
Ashley Mendoza Alexa Ghilardi-Ali
Paris Merriner Guillermo Gonzalez
Lauren Miller Jannely Haro
William Modster Rechelle Ann Jimenez
Anisah Moutra Emily Leon
Liliana Salvatierra Valerie Marquez
Claire Stebbings Joselyne Mendez
Natalie Zamudio Tatyana Peters
Catherine Rodas
Marta Reyes-Diaz
Samantha Rodriguez
Jackelyn Rubio
Cristina Salvatierra
Alexandra Thompson
Austin Wakefield
Ana Yanez
Moises Yanez

Still time to apply to summer programs! Some deadlines quickly approaching!

Freshman,sophomores and juniors!  When you complete your college applications, how will you answer the following question:

-Please list the summer programs and activities that you have participated in during your summers of high school

There is still time to apply to programs for the summer–some of which exhibited at our Summer Enrichment Programs Fair in February and many of them offer scholarships and/or financial aid!

Listed below are some of the programs that are still accepting applications.  Flyers are attached with additional information. Please see your counselor if you have questions.


SummerPrograms2017   –several attached

Questbridge College Prep


-Questbridge Scholars

-Institute for Educational Advancement/Explore

-College for Creative Studies

-Syracuse Pre-College

-Johnson & Wales





Junior Reminders

Juniors! Don’t forget that you should test at least once this Spring for the ACT and/or the SAT!

Click on this link to create an account and register for the ACT:

Remaining ACT dates: June 10 (must register by May 5)

Click on this link to create and account and register for the SAT:

Remaining SAT dates: May 6 (must register by April 7)

June 3 (must register by May 9)

Fee waivers are available for those students who are on Free and Reduced Lunch, just see your counselor! Haven’t applied yet? Click on this link and follow the directions:

Don’t forget to use Naviance to research colleges and to build your college list!

Also, keep up those grades! This is your last semester that will be calculated into your CSU/UC GPA, and the last one colleges will see final grades for when you apply in the Fall as a Senior.

As always, see you counselor with any questions!

IEP/504/transfer students= Nicole Cabalar

last names A-K= Karen Grace-Baker

last names L-Z= Erin Knott


Summer Enrichment Program Fair-flyers, applications, etc.


Many of you have been inquiring about summer program opportunities for your students. Attached are photos of the Summer Enrichment Programs Fair held on our campus last month.

We have also attached some of the flyers, applications and scholarship/financial aid deadlines for these  programs.  Many have scholarships and financial aid available and deadlines are approaching in March and April, so there’s still time left to apply!

Please have your student contact their counselor if they need additional information.


SEP Fair SEP Fair3 SEP Fair4 SEPFair SEPFair2 SEPFair4

2016 Recruitment Poster/Emma Bowen Foundation

General Information Emma Bowen General Flyer

Emma Bowen Foundation http://www.emmabowenfoundtioncom/application_info

SummerPrograms2017 (several)

Explore Postcard 2017

Girls who code –

Scholarship opportunity –Female senior students-South Bay area-March 15 deadline!


The South Bay Panhellenic Foundation is offering an opportunity for our female senior students to apply for a scholarship.  The eligibility criteria:

-Female resident of the South Bay

-Attend participating high school in South Bay area

-Have a minimum GPA of 3.5

-Plan to attend a four year college

-Financial need

The application is attached, and the deadline for receipt of all materials is March 15, 2017.



ECC Placement Test

Dear Da Vinci Design Senior Students,

On Wednesday, March 9th the El Camino College Placement Test will be held at 9 a.m. on the Da Vinci Design Campus. If you have not yet applied to El Camino College for Fall 2017, please see your college counselor to apply before the exam. In addition, if you have a computer available, please bring one to complete the test. Please make sure to arrive on time and come prepared to take the exam. We encourage you to prepare before the test using the links below:

Websites for Math Review:

El Camino College students have access to My Math Test, an online program, which has practice tests and creates an individualized study program specifically for the ECC Math Placement Test. For instructions on how to access this free service, go to the above website. My Math Test is highly recommended by the Math Division. Please note–there is no charge if you use the aforementioned web address. If you go directly to, there is a fee.

Review for Math; divided into separate math subjects (e.g. Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Trigonometry, etc.)

Websites/Apps for English and Math Review:


The ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App features practice tests in Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College-Level Math. Does not include an ESL practice test.  For computer, tablet, and Smartphone.  The Study App site includes the following features:

  • “Learn As You Go” tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses
  • Sample Tests help you experience what a real test may be like on test day
  • Save your work and process, and resume practicing at a later time
  • Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weaknesses
  • 6 months of access to the ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App

This link takes students to a complete ACCUPLACER English and Math Placement Test with accompanying answers. This one includes both the ESL Reading Skills Test and the College-Level Math Test.

Please Visit for more information.

Thank you.

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