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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

FAFSA Workshop Night- October 6th @ 5 pm

Hello Seniors and Families,

On Thursday, October 6th from 5pm – 6pm Da Vinci Counselors from Design, Communications, Science and Connect will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop.

All College applicants must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid (ex. grants, loans, scholarships). The FAFSA opens on October 1st and is due no later than March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges in California.

The FAFSA deadline for private and out-of-state colleges/universities vary. Please check those school’s financial aid websites and apply early!

This ZOOM webinar event will allow counselors to present step by step instructions on how to complete the FAFSA application. There will also be Q&A in the chat feature on ZOOM.


Please use the link below to join the webinar on October 6th.

To fully sign and submit the FAFSA, student and parent(s) must apply for their FSA ID and have it verified.  PLEASE CREATE YOUR FSA ID PRIOR TO THE FAFSA WORKSHOP.

CLICK ON THIS LINK for a helpful video that will walk you through the steps to apply for your FSA ID.  

Counselors will be recording this live webinar.

We hope to see you there!

The DV Counseling Team

DVD Summer School 2022

DVD Summer School 2022

This summer, Da Vinci Design will offer summer school courses for Da Vinci students. All students with any missing credits (grades of “I/F” in a course, or missing a course due to transferring into DVD) are encouraged to take a course this summer, and some students with multiple incomplete grades are required to take summer school in order to move onto the next grade level. 

Summer school forms were distributed to students this week.  Click here for additional information on summer school.  If your student received a summer school form, you must register for summer school.  Click here for the summer school registration form.

All summer school will be held in-person at 201 N. Douglas St. El Segundo, CA 90245
All summer school credit recovery is facilitated by a DVD staff member and offered through EdGenuity curriculum. Summer school will be offered over two sessions. Students will work at their own pace, but must complete courses by the end of each session to receive credit; each course completed will count for one semester of course credit.


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

Thank you.

Senior Class of 2022 – How to order your final official transcript

Hello Srs!

Da Vinci schools partners with Parchment: Digital Credential Services.

Parchment provides you with the ability to request your final official transcripts online and have them sent electronically and securely to the colleges, universities, or scholarship programs that you select.  An email with your registration code and instructions on how to create your online account with Parchment has already been sent to your DVD email. Once you create your account, you will have the opportunity to request your official high school transcript be sent to the college you select. After you make your request, your official (and final) high school transcript will be processed once your final semester grades have been added into PowerSchool. When your request has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation.

Please click here for more information on ordering through Parchment. Ordering transcripts is FREE of charge until August 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

Thank you,

DVD Counseling Team

Multi-Cultural Exhibition Fair

Hello Designers!

This week we celebrated the diversity on our campus with our Multi-Cultural Exhibition Fair hosted by the Diversity Council in partnership with BSU leaders, LatinX leaders and Pride Club leaders.  Thank you to our students and staff who brought items to display that represent their culture. Great way to end the year!  We are better together for sure!

Please enjoy the pictures below.





DVD Decision Day 2022

Today we celebrated our Seniors for College Decision Day 2022. Some of the schools our Seniors have committed to include: Berklee College of Music, UCLA, UC Irvine, Pratt, LMU, PACE University, San Diego State, CSUF, CSULB, CSUDH, Otis College or Art & Design, Morehouse, Spelman, Prairie View A&M, The Arts University of Bournemouth, University of Oregon, Santa Monica College, West Los Angeles College, El Camino College, Universal Technical Institute and DVX.

Below are some of our Seniors wearing their college swag on this celebratory day! We are proud of our Seniors!








DVD Multi-Cultural Exhibition Fair

Hello Designer and Parents,

The DVD Diversity Council along with BSU, LatinX and Pride Club will be hosting a Multi-Cultural exhibition fair on May 9th and May 10th, during advisory. Please help us out by answering a few questions. 

Click here for the survey.

Thank you!

March Madness College and Career

Hello Designers,

This week we celebrated March Madness College and Career.  On Monday all students participated in 3 rounds of College Kahoot, One Hand Cup Stacking and Trasketball.  Alumni Sydney Richardson c/o 2021, David Lopez c/o 2018, Alfonso Gonzalez c/o 2018, DeMondre Biddle c/o 2019, Sevilla Hawthorne  c/o 2020, Rachel Mitsch c/o 2015, Ariana Castenada c/o 2016, Cora Cuevas c/o 2016, Leah Gilner c/o 2018, Arcie Galvan c/o 2018 and Danitza Aguilar c/o 2018 helped to crown our 4 Swag Bags.  The winners were Noah Gilner, Natalia Torres, Amanda Walker and Nayeli Ortiz.  On Tuesday our alumni returned to participate in a college and career share out with industry professionals during advisory classes.   Thank you to the following industry professionals for taking the time to share valuable information with our students: Luis Renteria – LA County Dept of Public Health; Amber Baker – Kaiser Permanente; Anjuli Koentopp – Grades of Green; Sam Blake – Grades of Green; Bryant Lin – NinetyeightLA; Heidi Marks – Social Worker; Susana Franco-Rogan – City Planner; and Professor Rosalynde Loo – Loyola Marymount University.  Our alumni also voted on the best decorated advisory college doors — the winners were 10th grade advisory with Ms. Wood (Spanish 2),  12th grade advisory with Mr. Taylor (College and Career Readiness), 11th grade advisory with Ms. Cari (Art & Design) and 9th grade advisory with Mr. Placencia (Biology).  Fun pictures below!

Thank you all!

DVD Counseling Team










Happy National School Counseling Week — School Counseling: Better Together

National School Counseling Week 2022, “School Counseling: Better Together,” sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 7–11, 2022, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.


All Da Vinci Schools counselors work Better Together across all campuses.

DVD counselors work Better Together with our DVD Admin.

DVD counselors work Better Together with our DVD School Psychologist.

DVD counselors work Better Together with our DVD teachers.


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