Archive for August 30, 2023

Virtual Senior Family Planning Presentation

What: Senior Family Planning Presentation (before Senior 1:1 meetings starting next week)

When: Thursday 8/31/23 at 5:00 p.m.



Please contact your counselor for questions.

Pam Baker: A-GL

Nicole Tafoya: Go-O

Omar Sanchez: P-Z

Announcements From Real World Learning Director (8.29.2023)

Driven by Design LA Youth – Creative Style Competition

Are you between 13-17 years old and passionate about fashion? Here’s your moment to shine! Transform your drawing into a stunning fashion style and bring it to life on the runway. Have a teen model showcase your creation and compete for fabulous prizes!

To participate in the Driven by Design LA Youth Style Competition, a registration fee of $35.00 will apply. Please note that registration is mandatory to participate. To register, click here.

Date and time:
Sunday, October 15, 2023 | 11:30am – 1pm PDT

Matte Argyle Runway Playa Vista
12775 West Millennium Los Angeles, CA 90094

This event celebrates cultural diversity and creativity, all while supporting our charitable foundation.


For more information, please contact Ms. Crissel Rodriguez, Director of Real World Learning, at

Week 3 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families!

It was a great second week of the school year at Design. We signed up for seminars, had time to connect each morning in Advisory classes, and many of us are getting ready for the Freshmen Overnighter next week! Seminars will begin next week, as well as Flex Block.

A big reminder that Picture Day is next week on Monday (8/28) and Tuesday (8/29)! Students should be ready to take their photos on whichever day they have English class. All 9th graders will take their photos in English class on Monday.

See below for the Week 3 bell schedule and other important upcoming dates:

Upcoming Events and Key Dates:

  • Week of Monday, 8/28: Seminars and Flex Block Begin
  • Monday, 8/28 & Tuesday, 8/29: Picture Day (during English classes)
  • Wednesday, 8/30: 9th graders leave for Overnighter @ 8:40am
  • Thursday, 8/31: 9th graders return from Overnighter @ 2:30pm
  • Friday, 9/1: 11th grade guest speaker event with Afro News LA
  • Monday, 9/4: No School – Labor Day
  • Thursday, 9/14: Back to School Night @ 5:30pm
  • Friday, 9/15: No School – Professional Development Day
  • Thursday, 9/21: DV Club Fair

South Bay Families Connected- Parent Chat

The Families Connected Parent Chat, established in 2017, will relaunch in September 2023 as a free monthly support group open to all South Bay parents and caregivers. Provided in partnership between South Bay Families Connected, Beach Cities Health District and Thelma McMillen Center, the Parent Chat offers its participants a confidential and supportive space to share their parenting challenges and successes. Dr. Moe Gelbart, Executive Director of the Thelma McMillen Recovery Center, is the lead moderator for the group and offers his professional insight and expertise on a variety of topics. He is joined by Laura Short McIntire, Founder of SBFC. Please note that the Parent Chat is not a therapeutic program, but rather a peer to peer support group with educational guidance from a mental health professional.

Join the Parent Chat the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Please join the next session September 12, 2023.  Click HERE for more information. 


SBFC’s parenting resources, videos and blogs are free and accessible to all. Below is a link to the resource pages:

Week 2 Updates (Campus is Open Today)

Good Morning Designers & Families,

We hope you all stayed safe and stayed dry this weekend! As was announced over the weekend by the Da Vinci School central office, Da Vinci Design (along with all of the schools at 201 N. Douglas) will be open for classes today. Depending on weather, we will likely do a “Plan B” rainy day lunch schedule today, allowing students to eat on the 4th floor. We will confirm and announce this in Advisory for students. Please drive to campus safely today, and we will see you soon.

Each week, you can expect to see a blog post here wrapping up the previous week (often with shout-outs, highlights and photos) and announcing the upcoming week’s bell schedule along with other important dates. Last week was a great week! A great way to kick-off the new school year. Day One started as it traditionally does, with teachers cheering in students and gathering together for an assembly, and then heading off to Advisory for games and introductions. See pictures below from our First Day of School!

This week, students will have a chance to select their Seminar classes. Seminars are classes at the end of the day where students may choose a class based on their interest like a sports/fitness seminar or a fun skill-building seminar like crochet or music appreciation. Student may also be enrolled in an academic support seminar to get extra help or tutoring. If you would like to see the seminar offerings for this semester, you can click the link here to see the Fall 2023 seminar listings.

Here is the bell schedule for DVD Week Two:

Upcoming Events and Key Dates:

  • Wednesday, 8/23: 12th & 11th graders sign-up for seminars
  • Thursday, 8/24: 10th & 9th graders sign-up for seminars
  • Week of Monday, 8/28: Seminars and Flex Block Begin
  • Monday, 8/28 & Tuesday, 8/29: Picture Day (during English classes)
  • Wednesday, 8/30: 9th graders leave for Overnighter @ 8:40am
  • Wednesday, 8/31: 9th graders return from Overnighter @ 2:30pm
  • Monday, 9/4: No School – Labor Day
  • Thursday, 9/14: Back to School Night @ 5:30pm
  • Friday, 9/15: No School – Professional Development Day
  • Thursday, 9/21: DV Club Fair

Week One Campus Highlight: Day One Welcome Celebration!


El Camino Dual Enrollment Opportunities: Fall 2023

Good Morning Junior and Senior Families,

We hope you had a restful summer break and are ready to take on your junior and senior year. This Fall semester, Da Vinci Schools is offering the following dual enrollment courses:

COMS 100- Public Speaking 

(Synchronous, In-Person)

CDEV 103- Early Childhood Growth & Development 

(Asynchronous, Online)

ART 101- Art/Visual Culture:  

A Global Perspective

(Asynchronous, Online)

In this course, students will compose, present, and evaluate original speeches. Emphasis is placed on audience analysis, topic selection, research, evidence, organization, delivery, and critical analysis of persuasive communication. Students are required to attend out-of-class speaking events. 

3 units; 3 hour lecture

Transfer CSU, UC


3:30 pm -5:00 pm

Start Date: Monday, August 28th, 2023

This course is an introduction to child development from conception through adolescence with an emphasis on the interaction between the maturational processes and environmental factors relating to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe and interview children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Also, the effect of cultural influences on development will be studied. 

3 units; 3 hour lecture

Transfer CSU, UC

Start Date: Monday, August 28th, 2023

This course is an introduction to art and visual culture across time and diverse cultures with a global perspective. Examining works of art through themes, theory, terminology and media, students acquire analytical and interpretive skills to develop visual literacy as well as an understanding of the role of art and visual culture in relation to contemporary life. This course explores how meaning is constructed, transmitted and negotiated in an increasingly visual world. 

3 units; 3 hour lecture

Transfer CSU, UC

Start Date: Monday, August 28th, 2023

Note: Some CSU/ UC transferable courses have credit limitations. For details, see a El Camino Counselor, the El Camino Transfer Center adviser, or Please note that these are college courses, taught by college instructors.  Students must abide by the college policies.


Who:   Juniors and Seniors

What: College courses through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for most Cal State and UC campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Why:   Get a jump on your college credits! If you do well, it also looks great on your college applications.

Cost:   Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including textbook fees.

Where: Classes will be held virtually and are asynchronous on Canvas, the El Camino College student portal.  Students will be responsible to complete the course on their own time.

Dual Enrollment form must be completed and submitted to your counselor by Wednesday, August 23rd at 3:30pm.

El Camino Dual Enrollment Form

Space is limited and we are accepting forms on a first come first serve basis!


Helpful Information on applying to El Camino and enrolling in a Dual Enrollment Course:

Applying to El Camino College

Application for Admission Help

Dual Enrollment Application


Never applied to El Camino?

  • Submit an application for admission for Fall 2023:
  • Students can follow along screen-by-screen with this link: Help to Complete the Application for Admission
  • After submitting, you will receive your Welcome Email (with 7-digit El Camino College ID #) in 1-3 business days at the personal email address given on your application.  If you do not receive your Welcome Email after 3 business days, please email

Previously applied to El Camino?

  • Your El Camino student account is still in good standing if you submitted an application for admission for Spring 2023 or Fall 2022. You don’t need to reapply if you took courses during the Spring 2023 or Fall 2022 semesters, you’ll just need to submit a dual enrollment form to your counselor.
  • Your El Camino College ID # is the same as previous terms and is 7-digits (no letters)
  • If you do not know your El Camino College ID #, please email

Dual Enrollment Application

All students must submit a separate, completed Dual Enrollment Application for each term they wish to be manually registered for class(es).

NOTE: ECC Admissions Office cannot accept forms with typed signatures. All signatures need to be drawn using the above methods, either by pen, mouse, or touchscreen. This is the most common reason why a form cannot be processed and students will not be registered.


MyECC is El Camino College’s secure online portal where students view their registered classes, grades, unofficial transcripts, etc. Your MyECC username and password are included in your Welcome Email. You will be prompted to create a new password when you log into MyECC for the first time.

NOTE: El Camino College recently updated the Password Requirements for MyECC. Passwords must include at least 10 characters, 1 Capital letter, 1 number (number cannot be at end or beginning of password), and no repeated/consecutive characters. View Complete Password Complexity Requirements

  • Log into MyECC – this link can also be found at the top of every webpage
  • If you are unable to into MyECC, please email us at

Dropping a Class

Registered students who wish to drop the class must perform this action themselves in MyECC by the drop deadlines.

Help is Available!

Dual Enrollment offers Drop-In Help via Zoom every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to assist students one-on-one with questions they may have about their application for admission or Dual Enrollment Application.

Please join us using the links on this webpage – no sign up necessary!

Please email your counselor with any questions

Pam Baker: Last names A-GL

Nicole Tafoya: Last names Go-O

  • Omar Sanchez: Last names P-Z

School Starts at 8:40am – and a New Drop-Off Location Update!

Welcome back Parents and Guardians to the 2023-2024 school year!

We have some exciting news to share with you!  In an effort to address the high volume of traffic that we experience during drop off and pick up of your students at the schools located at 201 N. Douglas (DV Communications, DV Science, and DV Design), the City of El Segundo along with the El Segundo Police Department Traffic Division have provided us the opportunity to test out an alternative drop off area to help in the morning – starting tomorrow! See a map and more details below. We are still working on alternatives for pick up in the afternoon and will communicate those to you as soon as we can establish them.

Remember: traffic during the first two weeks of school is busier than usual; we recommend you arrive in the parking lot at least 15 minutes before your  school start time to ensure your child makes it on time.

The [East] Grand Avenue Morning Drop Off Pilot Program begins on August 14, 2023 and will run through September 22, 2023 at which time we will assess its effectiveness.  Each school will be asked to only use the Grand Avenue drop off site for two weeks. In order for us to determine whether or not this will work as a long-term solution, we are asking for your cooperation during these six weeks of the Pilot Program.

Based on information provided to us by El Segundo Traffic Division and other sources, the decision was made to start with the school which has the middle start time (DVD), then the school with the earliest start time (DVC), and finally, the school with the latest start time (DVS).  As such, here is the calendar of when each school is being asked to use the alternative drop off site only for their designated two weeks:

  • Da Vinci Design                              8/14 – 8/25
  • Da Vinci Communications           8/28 – 9/8
  • Da Vinci Science                             9/11 – 9/22

Drop off will be from 7:30 – 9:00 am on regular schedule days and will be available until 9:30 am on late start days.  The pedestrian gate on the southwest corner of the gym will be closed at those times.  Any drop offs after those times during your designated two weeks will need to be done through the existing drop off area at the front of the school.

Your cooperation and assistance in this is crucial for us to gauge whether or not this will work as a permanent solution. As such please take note of the following guidelines and requests:

  • Please adhere to the schedule listed above and on the map (see below).
  • Only enter and exit following the route outlined in blue on the map.
  • Only drop off your students in the designated area shown in orange on the map (white painted area on the sidewalk).  Do not drop them off across the street or anywhere along Duley Road.
  • Remind your students to please stay on the designated pedestrian pathway in order to help maintain their safety as they enter the school campus through the pool parking area.
  • Remember, you don’t have to wait to get to the front of line of the drop off area to have your students exit the vehicle.  They should exit as soon as the vehicle has come to a safe, complete stop.  This will help to make sure the drop off area is used as efficiently as possible.
  • Students will not be allowed to enter or leave school through the gym or the pool deck at any time.

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we continue to look for new ways to safely improve our drop off and pick up systems at Da Vinci,

Vicente Bravo Chief Admin Officer/Assistant Superintendent & Glenn Noya, Lead Safety Officer

Welcome Back Designers! First Day of School on Aug. 14th!

Greetings Designers and Design Families!

Hope you all are enjoying the tail end of a fun, safe, and restful summer. We are officially just a few days away from the new school year, and we are so excited to be back! Our staff has been back on campus and hard at work preparing to welcome students back for an excellent year.

For important updates and reminders for the 2023-2024 school year, click here to check out the “DVD New School Year FAQs for Families” page. You can also find highlights of important upcoming dates below.

Welcome back families! We look forward to making this year the best one yet!

Russell Stoll
DVD Principal

(Note: updated info including the 2023-2024 calendar, our weekly schedule, and New Family Info can also be found in the “Resources” section to the right.)

The first day of school is Monday, August 14th, 2022. Students will first meet outside near the bike racks, then be welcomed into the Black Box theater, begin the day in Advisory, and will receive their class schedules in Advisory. PowerSchool access is temporarily locked while we upload student schedules – but will be accessible next week. This is the DVD Week One Bell Schedule:

For the 2023-2024 school year, the start time for Da Vinci Design will remain the same at 8:40am Monday-Thursday and the traditional “late start” for Friday is 9:45am. The end time for the school day in 3:45pm each day.

DVD Picture Day is happening during the third week of school in English classes on August 28th and 29th.More details to come.

For updates every week, keep checking back here at the DVD blog!

Audition for Pedro Play- TONIGHT 5:30-8:30pm

A new play with music, created with and about the San Pedro Community
-Open to all ages
-No experience necessary
-Nothing to prepare

Some audition dates have passed, but there are still auditions being held on 8/9 from 5:30-8:30pm at Rancho San Pedro Social Hall and 8/10 from 5:30-8:30pm at Angels Gate Cultural Center.

For more information, contact:
Paula Donnelly at
Michael Garcia at

Performances will take place in October 2023. See more information below. 

When Jessica is sent to San Pedro on a journalistic assignment, she finds much more than she bargained for. Traveling through Pedro’s rich and colorful past, present and future, Jessica finds a community in the midst of radical change. A romantic comedy with music, PEDRO PLAY explores the meaning of home and features members of the San Pedro community on stage in collaboration with Cornerstone Theater Company.

Cornerstone Theater Company is holding auditions for PEDRO PLAY.

Do you live or work or spend significant time in San Pedro?
Are you a former resident who left their heart in San Pedro?
Come audition for PEDRO PLAY!
No theater experience is necessary and there’s nothing to prepare.

If you’d like to be a part of making this San Pedro community play, but don’t want to be onstage, stop by auditions and introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you!

Rehearsals and performances take place this September and October in San Pedro.


Thursday, August 3, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
One San Pedro Office
The Arcade Building
479 West 6th Street, San Pedro, CA

Tuesday, August 8, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Grand Annex
434 W Sixth St, San Pedro, CA

Wednesday, August 9, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Rancho San Pedro Social Hall
275 W First St, San Pedro, CA

Thursday, August 10, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Angels Gate Cultural Center – Building H
3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA


Monday and Tuesday, August 28 and 29, 5:30pm – 8:30pm