Archive for October 7, 2022

Survey: Expanding our Arts and Languages Options

Dear Da Vinci Students and Families,

We are exploring adding additional language and arts offerings during Zero period (which will be approximately 7:25-8:35am) next semester. The goal is to make any additional offerings available to all high school students, regardless of school site.

Please complete the survey below by Friday, Oct. 14th to share your thoughts and ideas about what additional language and arts classes we should offer. There is also space on the survey to share any other thoughts or ideas you think we should know. There are two separate surveys — one for students and one for parents/guardians.

Student Survey Link:

Parent/Guardian Survey Link:

We thank you!

Reminder: Financial Aid Workshop Tonight

Hello Seniors Families,

Today, October 6th from 5pm – 6pm, the Da Vinci Counselors from Communications, Design, Science and Connect will be hosting a Financial Aid Workshop Night. All College applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) in order to qualify for financial aid (ex. grants, loans, scholarships). The FAFSA and the CADAA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges in California. Financial Aid deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary and we recommend that you check those school’s financial aid websites and apply early!

This ZOOM webinar event will allow counselors to present information on financial aid programs. There will be a Q&A in the chat feature on ZOOM. Please click on the link below to join the webinar:

We will be recording this webinar. Hope to see you there!

The DV Counseling Team

Cal Grant verification and Opt Out option

Dear 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 the deadline of March 2, 2023 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

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 October 3, 2022.

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.



Opt out English Form

Opt out Spanish Form

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

Thank you,

Da Vinci Design

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