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FAFSA Workshop: Monday, Dec. 11th at DVD

Come to DVD’s campus and get help filling out the FAFSA!

El Camino College financial aid representatives will be on campus assisting families with filling out the FAFSA. Come and leave having submitted your FAFSA!

When: December 11th from 5:00pm-6:30pm

Where: DVD – Patrick’s room (4107)

In order to fully submit the FAFSA, you must apply for an FSA ID first, and will need it to clear with the government. You can do that now at: and come to the workshop with this information and the FSA ID cleared.

Please arrive by 5:00 in order to get the most help and submit it by 6:30pm.

Bring your:

  • 2016 tax returns, W2, and record of money earned
  • Bring your and your student’s social security number

FAFSA 2017



Junior Families: Sign up for Group Family Meetings with your student’s college counselor

Dear Da Vinci Design Junior Families and Students,

From the end of November and through December, college counselors will be holding small family meetings with junior families and students from their caseloads. In these meetings, counselors will discuss:


  • How to build your college list
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • College entrance exams (SAT/ACT) and test prep
  • What to expect for 12th grade
  • Summer Experiences
  • Important college admission requirements
  • What to expect for life after high school
  • And much more! Individual questions will also be answered during this time

Families, sign-up to meet with your counselor via the provided link (make sure to sign up with your student’s appropriate college counselor) It is expected that all students sign up for a family meeting.


  1. Pam Baker: Students with Last Names A-GL:

  1. Rachel Fusco: Students with Last Names Go-O:

  1. Erin Knott: Students with Last Names P-Z:


Sign-up days and times are first come first served, so sign up early to get a time slot most convenient to you. Each meeting time is limited to a certain number of families. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. Below find our email addresses:


  1. Pam:
  2. Rachel:
  3. Erin:


El Camino College Open House (Wed, Nov. 15th)

Dear Da Vinci Design Student,

El Camino College will be hosting a festive and informative open house on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Stop by anytime between 5:30-8:30 p.m. and join ECC as they invite students to the El Camino College campus. The event will feature various information sessions, a resource fair, twilight campus tours, and all-around fun for students and parents alike.

Session topics include:

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Parent Workshop
  • Athletics
  • Transfer Strategies
  • Career and Technical Education

For more information and to RSVP, please visit:


Warning: Potential Cal Grant Phone Call Scam

Dear Families,

It has been brought to our attention that a student was notified via phone that they were awarded a Cal Grant. The student was directed to call another number and provide more information. Please note that this is NOT how the Cal Grant Awards are distributed to students. If you have any questions, please review the information provided from the California Student Aid Commission website:

“If you qualify [for a Cal Grant], you’ll receive an email or letter notification to complete the online Cal Grant C Supplement in Web Grants for Students by the deadline. Even though a GPA is not required to apply for a Cal Grant C, you’re still encouraged to submit yours because it can only help your chances of receiving an award.”

Read more about the Cal Grant here:

College Application season is a prime time for financial fraud situations. If you receive a phone call that feels suspicious, please do NOT provide personal information. If you need help determining if an opportunity is legitimate, please contact your counselor.

Counselor for Last Names A-GL: Pamela Baker (
Counselor for Last Names GO-O: Rachel Fusco (
Counselor for Last Names P-Z: Erin Knott (

Cal State Dominguez Hills – Super Saturday

Cal State Dominguez Hills will be hosting

Super Saturday – African American College and Career Summit

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 8:30am to 2pm

Loker Student Union

1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747

The purpose of the CSUDH African-American Initiative is to increase college preparation, enrollment, and graduation rates for African-American students.


• Informative, interactive, and inspiring seminars and workshops for students

• Assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NEW Cal State Admission Application on CALSTATE.EDU/Apply for Fall 2018 applicants (Must bring unofficial transcripts)

• Middle School, High School, and Community College connections • Community and education leaders Think Tank

• Parent information sessions


This is a FREE event.

Senior Families- Sign up for your Individual Senior Family Meetings with your student’s College Counselor!

Da Vinci Design’s College Counselors will be holding individual senior family meetings throughout the month of September. Sign up early to reserve a day/time most convenient for you. An informational handout will be given to your student.

In the meetings, your counselor will discuss with you and your student:

  • Post secondary plans
  • Refining college list
  • College Entrance Exams
  • Naviance
  • FAFSA/CSS Profile
  • Alternative post high school options as appropriate
  • Important dates/deadlines
  • College Applications
  • Any individual questions you may have

And more!

Click on the link below to sign up for your meeting via your counselor’s Sign Up Genius (Make sure you sign up for meetings with the appropriate counselor, caseload is divided based off last names).

Pamela Baker (Last names A-GL):

Rachel Fusco (Last names Go-O):

Erin Knott (Last names P-Z):

We look forward to meeting with you!

College Knowledge Night Update: Presentations

Thank you to all the parents and students who attended Da Vinci’s College Knowledge Night on April 27th. We hope Da Vinci families learned more about college applications, college types, and other information about finding the right college.

We had a great turnout from families, colleges, and organizations. College Knowledge Night 2017

College Knowledge Night 2017


Below you can find the presentations from some of the organizations and colleges that presented at our event:

Year Up Presentation 2017

What Art Colleges are Looking For (Otis Presentation 2017)

Helpful College Knowledge Books (Finding the Right College Fit Presentation)

Northern Arizona University (Out of State Colleges)

Transcript of the College Essay Prezi

Compass Testing Presentation

For more information on the SAT vs. ACT presentation, please visit:

If you are interested in learning more about the Community College Pathway presentation, contact:

Thank you again to the families that came to the event!



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 ?


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