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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

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:

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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Our community partner, South Bay Families Connected, offers our families a variety of youth wellness resources. For Mental Health Awareness Month, we feature their resource pages covering trending youth wellness topics on the minds of parents and caregivers:


Visit our own Da Vinci Families Connected page for more youth wellness resources from Da Vinci Schools and SBFC

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 8-12th


Greetings Da Vinci Design Families,

Next week (May 8th – May 12th) is Teacher Appreciation Week! Feel free to join us in appreciating our staff by helping to provide some treats for our staff this week. Sign up below to drop off some items on the morning on select days for the week of May 8-12th.

If you sign up to drop off a treat for teachers, thank you! Please mark the items “For DVD Teacher Appreciation” and bring it to the first floor reception area. The items will be sent up to the fourth floor from there.

Here are some DVD staff favorites:

  • Bagels
  • Donuts
  • Cookies / Brownies
  • Fruit
  • Sparkling Waters
  • Coffee
  • Chips

On behalf of the Da Vinci Design staff, thank you!


DVD Admin

Free Group Tennis Lessons – Limited Spots!

Free Tennis Lessons


Interested in a fun after school activity? The Da Vinci Tennis Club is offering free group tennis lessons with a professional coach to ten students! Lessons will be every Monday from May 1 to June 5 except Memorial Day. We’ll provide tennis racquets and balls, come ready to play. Email to sign up!

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