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March Madness: A Big Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in March College Madness, March 12-23!  The DVD Marching Band kicked everything off with college fight songs during lunch.  Congrats to Seshah Eshete and Kamille Perry for winning the DVD boys vs girls 3 point basketball shootout.  Congrats to Cari Werz’s 9th grade advisory for winning the college door decorating contest—pizza is on the way! 

Honorable mention to all who wore college apparel on the designated day.  Students were engaged as they sat in on presentations from UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television Department of Theater, Sci Arc and the ArtCenter of Pasadena. 

The DVD Counseling Team took 9th, 10th and 11th grade students to visit UCs, Cal States, and the Claremont McKenna Colleges (rain or shine)—-we thank teachers and academic coaches for helping us. 

And, lastly we ended the two weeks of activities with DVD alumni talking with students about their college experiences.  Here are some pictures for your viewing enjoyment!

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Thank you,

The DVD Counseling Team

DVD celebrates March Madness: 3.12-3.23

Dear DVD Students and Families:

Starting this week and up to March 23rd, Da Vinci Design is celebrating March Madness! These next couple of weeks will be filled with exciting activities that provide necessary information regarding college, with guest speakers and other college prep activities.

Throughout this time, students will also be attending field trips to college campuses to expose them to life on a college campus. See below for more information on activities, including dates:

March Madness Schedule

March Madness Schedule

For students interested in hearing from SCI-Arc, UCLA Theatre, or Art Center-Pasadena on March 20th during lunch, please email to reserve a spot.


LMU’s Pre-College Summer Program: Apply By March 15th!

Dear DVD Families,

LMU’s Pre-College Summer Programs are open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors and offer college credit courses. This program provides students with an opportunity to learn more about life in college and better prepare for college level course work. Programs vary from screenwriting classes to history and science courses.

To apply and for more program information, including fees, please visit:

Go to Summer Camp with Grammy Pros at Grammy Camp

Interested in the music industry? Apply to Grammy Camp by March 31st!

GRAMMY Camp is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Hosted on the campus of USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, students from across the country apply for one of the eight offered career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career.

Financial assistance is available for students. 

Get Hands on Career Training and Learn from Industry Experts!

For more information on necessary materials to submit an application, possible career tracks, and to apply, visit:

Summer Pre-College Program at Adelphi University: Apply Today!

DVD Families,

This summer, students can experience Adelphi University’s personalized approach to education through our Pre-College Program. The program invites rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to spend two weeks living and learning on Adelphi’s beautiful college campus in Garden City, NY.

Subjects to explore include:

Art and Design

Business and Entrepreneurship,

Digital Media Production


Video Game Programming, and more!

Dates: July 22nd-August 2, 2018.

Earn 3 transferable college credits!

For more information and to apply, visit or email the Director at

Apply Now to UCLA Summer Scholars Support Scholarships

UCLA Summer Sessions offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships to California high school students participating in academic courses or Precollege Summer Institutes.
Summer Scholars Support is awarded based on academic ability (and artistic ability, if applicable) and financial need. Priority is given to those without any comparable experience. This year, $100,000 is available to support 40-50 partial or full scholarships.
In order to apply for Summer Scholars Support, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Must be registered and attending a high school in the state of California
  • Have not received any Summer Scholars Support in the past
  • Must be a continuing high school student in Fall 2018 (seniors graduating in 2018 are ineligible)
  • Must be enrolled in 2018 UCLA Summer Sessions, either an academic course or an eligible Precollege Summer Institute
  • Have a family annual adjusted gross income of $115,000 or less
How to Apply
  1. Complete registration for Summer Institutes or academic courses and pay the non-refundable deposit ($150)
  2. Complete the Summer Scholars Support Online Application by April 1 at 4 p.m.
  3. Mail the following Supporting Materials in ONE packet:
    • An official copy of the student’s most recent High School Transcript
    • A recent copy of W2s and 2017 Federal Income Tax Form (1040) of parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
    • A completed and signed recommendation form from a teacher or school counselor
All supplemental documents are due to the Summer Sessions office by April 2 at 4 p.m. 

For more information on the scholarship application, please visit 
Summer Scholars Support or contact us at

Summer Programs Spotlight

Dear DVD Families,

Here is a list of a few Summer Programs your student may be interested in. Summer Programs are an opportunity to experience life on a college campus or career-related field while updating your resume. Application due dates are listed and other information can be found using the program’s website:

UCLA’s Summer Math and Science Honors Program, SMASH (Application due March 1st):

Program Cost: Free

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a free of cost, STEM-intensive college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color.SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer, fully residential STEM enrichment program which provides access to STEM coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color.


UCLA’s Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program (Application due March 2nd):

Program Fee: $500

The Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program is an intense, one-week, primarily educational program incorporating medical guest speakers and hospital-related tours and activities giving the Summer Scholar an involved sense of working within the field of medicine. This is not a “summer camp-like” program and housing accommodations are not included.


Girls Who Code (Application due March 16th): 

Cost: Free

Free 7-Week Summer Programs For Current 10th and 11th Grade Girls to Learn Coding and Get Exposure to Tech Jobs


SCI-Arc’s Design Immersion (Application due May 15th)

Need based Scholarships are available.

SCI-Arc’s Design Immersion Days (DID) is an immersive four-week summer program that introduces high school sophomores and juniors of varying backgrounds to the academic and professional world of design and architecture.



For other activities, check out this information sheet:  Miscellaneous Summer Activities


The College Counseling Team

Coffee and Chat with the DVD College Counseling Team: March 1st

Dear Parents,

You are invited to the DVD College Counseling Team’s monthly Coffee and ChatThis is a great opportunity to drop by and talk with your student’s college counselor, discuss college preparation, summer opportunities, extra curricular activities, and more!

Who: All DVD Parents

When: The first Thursday of every month from 8-9 AM

Where: Da Vinci Design, Lunch Room on the 1st Floor

You're Invited (2)

We look forward to seeing you there,

The Counseling Team

Pam Baker (A-GL), Rachel Fusco (GO-O), Erin Knott (P-Z)

Find the College that’s Right for You: Attend a NACAC College Fair

Dear DVD Students and Families,

It’s never too early to plan for college. Start your college search for free at a NACAC National College Fair!

Free and open to the public, NACAC fairs connect you to hundred of colleges and universities in one location. 

To find a NACAC College Fair in your area, check out the flyer below and register for free at

Flyer: NACAC College Fair Flyer


You’re invited: Families Connected Speaker Series- Issues on the Minds of Teens, March 20th

DVD Families,

Wondering what’s on the minds of teens and how we as parents can help them cope with today’s pressures? Then please register today for our March 20th Families Connected Speaker Series production, Issues on the Minds of Teens, featuring a teen panel moderated by Leah Niehaus, LCSW, and Adam O’Neil, Mindset Coach.

Details and Registration
The event is provided in partnership by South Bay Families Connected and Beach Cities Health District, and is co-sponsored by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, The Redondo Union Unified School District, and the Hermosa Beach City Unified School District. All South Bay parents are invited to this free event. Space is limited, so please register today.


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