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FAFSA webinar recording and helpful links

Thank you to all Da Vincians who joined us on Thursday 10/6 for our Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Families.  In this workshop, we provided a general overview and explanation of the federal student financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) were explained along with grants, federal loans and scholarships.  The session was recorded and can be found HERE

Important Reminders and Resources on Financial Aid:


  • To complete and sign a FAFSA electronically, both the student and the parent need an FSA ID.  CLICK HERE for information/a helpful video on creating an FSA ID.


  • If you are applying to a private college, you many need to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.  The CSS Profile is used to assess the student for institutional aid, which may include merit-based aid.  Here is a list of colleges that requires the CSS Profile.


  • If you are an undocumented student, you may be eligible for the state aid and institutional aid.   Please complete the DREAM Act Applicationto apply for these funds. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.


  • If you are or were a foster youth, you may qualify for the CHAFEE Grant. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

As always, please reach out to your respective counselor if you have any questions.


  • The DV Counseling Team

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

Free Family Resources

Did you know that Da Vinci Schools are a South Bay Families Connected (SBFC) Partner District? SBFC is a youth mental health and social emotional wellness non-profit providing free online resources, support groups, educational videos and more to families at 115 schools in the South Bay. SBFC has resources, tips, articles, videos and more for both parents and teens regarding issues of stress management, depression, body image, substance abuse, social media and more. All Da Vinci Schools parents, guardians and teens are invited to visit our unique Da Vinci Schools Families Connected to access this resource, free of charge.

Free Scholarship Webinar presented El Camino College Financial Aid Office



This event is open to everyone (High School Students – Juniors & Seniors & College Students, U.S. Residents and Non-Residents, Undocumented Students, International Students), counselors, parents, and teachers and etc.

El Camino college financial Aid Presents

A Free scholarship Webinar

This free webinar will introduce you To the Sallie Mae scholarship database, provide key tips on applying for scholarships, how to create a winning scholarship essay, and more.

Select a Dates & Register in Advance:

Registar in Advance:

Welcome Back Designers!

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! We are excited to have you as a part of the Da Vinci Design community and are looking forward to a great year together.

We view your student’s mental health and well-being as a priority for their success at this school. In support of this, we have invested in several resources that you can access whenever you need help. Remember, you are not alone, and it is a true act of bravery and strength to seek help.

We encourage students to visit the on-campus resources and save the community resources so they can access them if they or someone they know needs help.

On campus:

  • Students can access help by visiting their school counselor. Students can stop by counselors office or email them to set up an appointment.
    • Pam Baker-Student last names A-Gl
    • Nicole Tafoya– students last names Go-O
    • Fabiola Martin– Students last names P-Z

In our community:

Da Vinci Schools has partnered with Care Solace to support our community’s mental health.

If you or a family member is looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can quickly find treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of the circumstance.

Care Solace’s care navigation services are confidential and complimentary to  Da Vinci Schools’s students, staff, and their families. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • See your school counselor OR
  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 OR
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

In an emergency:

  • Call 911 or and request a Crisis Intervention Trained (C.I.T.) response
  • Go to the closest emergency room for support
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or chat at
  • Text “Hello” or “Home” to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor
  • Trevor Lifeline LGBTQQ+ Crisis Support: 1-866-488-7386

2022/2023 Cheer Try Outs

WDV athletics is excited to welcome cheer as part of the program. If you’re interested in learning about the cheer program, there is a meeting on Friday Aug. 12 at 6pm in the skybox of the gym. This is a meeting for both parents and athletes.

Are you interested in trying out for the WDV cheer program? If you are, below are the dates, times and location.

All tryouts will take place in the WDV gym.

Tuesday Aug. 16th – 6pm to 8pm

Wednesday Aug. 17th – 6pm to 8pm

Thursday Aug. 18th – 6pm to 8pm

Friday Aug. 19th – 6pm to 8pm

Saturday Aug. 20th – 8am to 1pm (1 hour for lunch)

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