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Prom Gown and Tuxedo giveaway

Hello DVD Seniors!

Please click the photo below for information on the Prom Gown and Tuxedo Giveaway!  Additionally, if any families have slightly used or new dresses, tuxedos or suits that you want to donate, please contact The Glass Slipper Foundation by using the following email:


National School Counseling Week

Happy National School Counseling week Designers!

National School Counseling Week 2024 (#NSCW24) is Feb. 5-9, 2024, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. The 2024 theme is “School Counseling: Standards-Based, Student-Focused.”



DVD Counseling Team!

Los Angeles Black College Expo 2024

Hey Da Vinci Design Seniors….



Date: February 10, 2024

Hours: 10:00am to 5pm


Meet with over 50 colleges.

Get answers right on the spot. Get Educational Resources. EVERYONE is Welcome…it’s for Students of ALL Ages… Plus…Get Accepted on the SPOT, students you must bring your transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores (12th graders and some colleges may accept 11th graders). College Transfer Students this is a great opportunity for you to get accepted on the spot! Bring your transcripts from all colleges that you have attended.  FREE for College Students just show your ID.

Applications fees save hundreds $$$Scholarships on the SPOT! and giving away CASH at the STAGE…

Everyone has the opportunity to win CASH and prizes!!!






El Camino Dual Enrollment Spring 2024

Hello DVD Juniors and Seniors,

This upcoming Spring semester, Da Vinci Schools is offering three dual enrollment courses. Two of these courses are asynchronous online, and one is in-person at our Da Vinci Schools 201 Campus (Room # TBD) on Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:00 pm- 4:25 pm. Course details are listed below:


COMS 100- Public Speaking


(Asynchronous, Online)

BUS 101- Introduction to Business


(Asynchronous, Online)

FILM 110- Film Appreciation


(Synchronous, In-Person)

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

Transfer CSU, UC

*meets graduation requirements at most CSUs

Start Date: Monday, February 12th, 2024

This course is a survey of organization and management factors influencing the establishment, location, and operation of businesses. This course emphasizes the functional area of accounting as well as the legal framework within which business activities are conducted. The course also emphasizes the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) in a multicultural and globalized environment.



3 units

Transfer CSU, UC

Start Date: Monday, February 12th, 2024

In this course, students will investigate the origins and aesthetics of cinema including the classic Hollywood narrative film and its alternatives. By analyzing representative films as unique cultural products, the student will be introduced to various methods of interpreting and evaluating motion pictures within their socio-political context.






3 units; 2.5 hour lecture

Transfer CSU, UC

Tuesdays/Thursdays  3:00-4:25

Start Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

Who: Juniors and Seniors from DVC, DVD, and DVS. Based on academic performance and review, 10th grade students will need El Camino dean approval.

What: College courses at Da Vinci Schools, 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 start on your college credits! It looks great on your college applications.

Cost: Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including textbook fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks from families that can are appreciated.

Where: Classes will be held virtually on the El Camino College student portal (Canvas & MyECC), or they will be in-person in a DVC/DVD/DVS classroom.

To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class, the student will need to pass all their academic classes from first semester, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a junior or senior student. Space is limited and we are accepting forms on a first come first serve basis!

For more information click on the following links:

Applying to El Camino College

Application for Admission Help

Dual Enrollment Application

Dual Enrollment form and DV Sponsored Dual Enrollment Supplemental Form must be completed and submitted to counselors by Friday, February 2nd, 2024 at 3:30pm

El Camino College is closed December 22-January 1 for the Winter Break. The El Camino Dual Enrollment Office will return on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. Dual Enrollment support will resume after our respective Winter Breaks.


DVD Counselors

CSS Profile

Hello DVD Seniors!

The CSS Profile is an application for institutional financial aid required by more than 300 colleges, universities and scholarship organizations. If you are applying to a college that requires the CSS Profile, please complete this form as soon as possible. The financial information that is provided by completing the CSS profile will allow colleges to create an estimated award offer if you are accepted to their institution. As we wait for the FAFSA to open sometime in December, we are also anticipating that processing of the FAFSA may take longer than expected. However, the estimated award as a result of the CSS profile, will more than likely be the actual award you will receive.

  • The CSS Profile is mostly for private schools.  Here is the list of participating institutions
  • Students that applied EA/ED may have an CSS Profile deadline in November or December.  Please check deadline on the respective university websites
  • The UCs and the CSUs do not require the CSS Profile, only the FAFSA or the CADAA
  • Priority FAFSA or the CADAA deadline for the UCs is March 2nd
  • Priority FAFSA or the CADAA deadline for the CSUs is April 2nd

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

Thank you,

DVD Counselors

Riordan Saturday Business Institute

Hello Designers,

The Riordan Programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management is proud to provide learning experiences in business to and shape the lives of Los Angeles’ next great leaders.  Many students at DVD have participated and benefited from all that Riordan programs have to offer.

The program

  • Is cost-free!
  • Is virtual; one in-person session in mid-April 2024
  • Requires a two (2) hour commitment per session

Students will 

  • Receive introductory business lessons led by UCLA Anderson MBA Students and Riordan MBA Fellows 
  • Learn about careers through diverse panels 
  • Learn about early college planning  
  • Visit to UCLA Anderson campus 


  • 9th or 10th-grade standing by Fall 2023 
  • Must attend a high school in Los Angeles 
  • Minimum GPA requirement: 2.9 
  • Must be able to attend student orientation and all five (5) sessions  



Dual Enrollment: Summer and Fall 2023 Classes

Hello Designers,


Dual Enrollment classes are a great way to be competitive in the college application process by taking community college courses over the summer break and during the Fall 2023 semester.  Below you will find helpful information on the Dual Enrollment process.


A message from the Dual Enrollment Office at El Camino College.

Please read the following completely and carefully:

Summer 2023 & Fall 2023

• The Class Schedules for Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 are available online: View Class Schedules

• Registration for Summer 2023 classes is scheduled to begin May 18 for K-12 students. Registration for Fall 2023 classes is scheduled to begin May 25 for K-12 students.
K-12 students must complete Steps 1-3 of the Steps for Dual Enrollment before they can Register for Classes (Step 4).Emailing us your Dual Enrollment Application Form? At this time, we are prioritizing forms for Summer 2023, regularly processed within 2-3 business days. Forms for Fall 2023 are processed within 3-5 business days. Please read below to ensure your form is complete and can be processed.

• Please make sure Sections I, II, and III are complete, including Semester and Year (e.g. Summer 2023), Grade Level, and High School Graduating Class year.

• Student, Parent, and High School Authorized Signatures must be drawn (they cannot be typed) in order to be accepted by our Admissions & Records Office.

• Students in Grades K-10 must also include Division Dean Approval on their Dual Enrollment Application form.

• Make sure you have emailed your form to us as an attachment to allow Dual Enrollment and Admissions Office staff to access your form.  You will not receive an email notification when your Dual Enrollment Application form is processed. Instead, students can check the MyECC portal: after your form has been processed, all K-12 Form notifications and error messages will disappear, and the course(s) listed on your form will appear under Petitions & Waivers.  See Page 5 of How to Register for Classes


Next Steps to Register:

Please refer to the Steps for Dual Enrollment on our website for support to complete Steps 3-4.
• Step 3. Clear any Prerequisites – Students are responsible for clearing any prerequisites prior to registering for classes.
• Step 4. Register for Classes – This is the last step to save your seat in El Camino College classes!

After You Register
Please read After You Register to discover how to:
• Check your registered classes
• Check your account balance
• Look up and purchase required textbooks and course materials
• Access Canvas and your email address
• Learn important dates for the term

More Information & Help
Complete steps and support for each step of the dual enrollment process can be found on our website:

Ask us anything! Dual Enrollment Zoom Help is available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Helpful Links:
Tips for Dual Enrollment – NEW!
Read FAQs about Dual Enrollment – answers to common questions for K-12 students
• A list of Popular Courses for Dual Enrollment by grade level
Help & Events – Find online and on-campus support and upcoming and past events about Dual Enrollment

If you are a parent, know that we are unable to discuss a student’s application, dual enrollment, or registration status with anyone except the student who will be taking the class due to FERPA.

Job fair 2023!!


You are invited to participate in a Youth & Young Adult Job Fair on April 19, 2023, from 9 am to 1 pm at El Camino College (Flyer attached). Over 50 employers will be hiring that day. The South bay Workforce Investment Board is going to be providing us with a bus to transport 50 students from the 201 N Douglas campus.

We want to make sure that the students that participate are serious candidates. Some of the requirements are:

  • Be 16 – 24 years old
  • Have a resume ready (Ideally you’ll need to bring multiple copies with you to share)

Interested students must contact their counselor by Friday, March 17


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