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Colleges that Change Lives Virtual Exploration

Hello DVD Senior families,

This upcoming week Colleges That Change Lives will be hosting 4 days of presentations and information sessions with 42 Colleges That Change Lives. This is free for students and their parents. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these schools and attend information sessions on the college application process.

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. We support the goal of every student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college.

Students should register for each session that they want to attend. Once they register, they’ll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar.

The dates for these presentations are September 27-30, 2020.

The website with the registration links and the schedule can be found here. 

 

UCLA Virtual Fall Open House

Hello DVD families,

Here is some information on UCLA’s annual Fall Open House for prospective freshman and transfer students!

Virtually explore UCLA via social media and a series of live interactive events to include:

  • Freshman, Transfer & International Admission Sessions
  • Live Virtual Campus Tours (English & Spanish)
  • Financial Aid & Housing Presentations
  • Academic Departments & Progrms
  • Support Services & Live Student Panels

Recorded sessions will also be available to all registrants. Registration is required, so please secure your reservation using the link below:

For registration link click HERE

When: Monday-Saturday October 5-10, 2020

Monday-Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Saturday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Flyer: UCLA Virtual Fall Open House

National Performing Arts College Fair

Hello Seniors!

We’re excited to let you know about an opportunity for music, dance and theatre students to connect with admission representatives from colleges across the country, including from the USC Thornton School of Music, Kaufman School of Dance, and School of Dramatic Arts.  The National Performing Arts College Fairs presented by the Music Admissions Roundtable is a series of five virtual college fairs (beginning on September 21) open to any prospective undergraduate student.  The fairs will be hosted virtually via Zoom on 5 different dates and times.  Registration is required to connect with schools but it’s free for students to attend!  Below are the 5 fair dates and attached is a flyer with more information.

  • Monday, September 21 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, October 8 | 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, October 25 | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, November 12 | 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. EST
  • Monday, November 23 | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST

 

Performing Arts Virtual College Fairs (Music Admission Roundtable)

Upcoming Virtual College Visits

Hello designers! This is a quick announcement to let you all know that we already have some virtual college rep visits lined up for Design!

Who: Seniors and Juniors

 

Please look below for a quick glance at some of the colleges and universities that will be visiting Design virtually! Students should be able to register for these visits via their Naviance homepage, on the day of the event students must then go back into their Naviance to find the appropriate Zoom link.

 

Virtual College Visits

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA, Wednesday September 9 11:40-12:10pm
Hult International Business School San Francisco, San Francisco CA, September 9 3:00-3:30pm
Dominican University of California, San Rafael CA, September 15 3:00-3:30pm
Smith College, North Hampton MA, Wednesday September 16 11:40-12:10pm ( women’s college)
University of California-Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara CA, Wednesday September 16 3:00-3:30pm
University of California-San Diego, San Diego CA, Thursday September 17 11:40-12:10pm
University of Redlands, Redlands CA, Thursday September 17 3:00-3:30pm
Chapman University, Orange CA, Monday September 21 11:40-12:10pm
Hawaii Pacific University. Honolulu HI. Monday September 21 12:30-1:00pm
Students! Please continue to check your Naviance accounts regularly as more colleges and universities will be added to the list as the weeks progress. Some of these visits are as soon as this coming week so don’t forget to sign up!

Fall 2020 El Camino College Virtual Classes

Hello DVD parents and students!  Here is some information on two college courses that students can take through El Camino College this fall.

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

What: College courses at Da Vinci, 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 on El Camino College student portal due to COVID-19.

Ethnic studies – Asynchronous 

Music Appreciation – Monday & Wednesday 3:00 – 4:25pm 

If you are interested, make sure you apply to El Camino College Fall 2020 term and email the attached completed dual enrollment form with your confirmation application number to your school counselor by Friday, August 21, 2020 by 1:00pm. These classes begin Monday August 24, 2020. To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class the students need to pass all their academic classes, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a senior or junior student.

 

Here are some links that provide more information: 

Fall 2020 DVD El Camino Courses

Applying to El Camino College

Dual Enrollment Application

Thank you.

– The DVD Counseling Team

Cal Grant Opt Out

Dear Rising Seniors & Parents,

A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent (private) and career colleges or technical schools in California.

To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 2, 2021 and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. There are three kinds of Cal Grants (A, B and C) but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA or CADAA responses, your verified high school Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more about the qualifications, please visit www.calgrants.org.

Da Vinci Design is required to submit your student’s verified GPA. By law you have the option to “opt out” of this process if you do not want Da Vinci Design to submit your student’s verified GPA. If you choose to “opt out”, this means your student will not be eligible to receive a Cal Grant. In order to “opt-out”, please complete the attached form and return to your Counselor no later than August 28, 2020.

If you do not return the “opt-out” form, Da Vinci Design will submit your student’s verified GPA to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to determine your student’s Cal Grant eligibility. Click links below to obtain the opt out form in either English or Spanish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s counselor.

Thank you,

Da Vinci Design

 

Cal Grant gpa letter

Cal-Grant-Opt-Out-form-English

Cal-Grant-Opt-Out-form-Spanish

Requesting final transcripts – Parchment: Digital Credential Services

Hello Srs!

Da Vinci schools is now partnering with Parchment: Digital Credential Services.

Parchment provides you with the ability to request official transcripts online and have them sent electronically and securely to the colleges, universities, or scholarship programs that you select. Soon you will receive an email with your registration code and instructions on how to create your online account with Parchment. Once you create your account, you will have the opportunity to request your official high school transcript be sent to the college you select. After you make your request, your official (and final) high school transcript will be processed after your final semester grades have been added into PowerSchool. When your request has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation.

Please click here for more information on ordering through Parchment.

If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

Thank you,

DVD Counseling Team

Headspace App Free for LA Country Residents

Hello DVD Parents and Students,

Headspace is a great resource for you and students during this time and they are offering its services for free to all LA County Residents. At Headspace, they like to think of meditation as exercise for the brain. Through meditation, we can build up areas of our brain and actually rewire it to enhance positive traits like focus and decision making and diminish the less positive ones like fear and stress. Most importantly, this means there is a possibility to change your brain for the better in a way that is long-lasting.

There are thousands of studies that have shown mindfulness meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships, research shows mindfulness works. While the research on mindfulness, especially digital mindfulness programs, is still growing, there is evidence to support the use of mindfulness training for many outcomes.

Here is the link to get started: https://www.headspace.com/lacounty

Virtual College Exploration Week

Hello Jrs,

As you are using your time at home to get ahead of the college application process before Sr year, here is a great week of college exploration to assist you in your search for colleges that are a good fit for you.

Strive Virtual College Exploration Week

Monday, April 20 – Thursday, April 23, 2020

300+ colleges from 44 states and 10 countries
96 sessions over 4 days
Day and evening options
Panel presentations on a range of topics for juniors and underclassmen
Free and open to students nationwide
Registration for students and parents is now live.

Click here or use the link below:

www.strivescan.com/virtual

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