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College Fair – Sunday 7/28/19 (for students entering grades 10-12)

Colleges That Change Lives College Fair

Sunday, July 28, 2019
11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

(The two programs are identical. Please plan to attend only one.)

Hilton Universal City Ballrooms A-D
555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 91608


This event begins with an enlightening 30-minute presentation on today’s college search process, followed immediately by a college fair that lasts for approximately 1.5 hours. Students and families are able to collect information from and speak directly with admission representatives from the colleges and universities that inspired the book Colleges That Change Lives.


The event is free of charge. Students and families are invited. This is a GREAT opportunity for rising 10-12th grade students to learn more about the college application process. Students are encouraged to register in advance (but you can also register at the event)

Report Cards – GPA Glitch

Dear Da Vinci Design Families & Students –
It has come to our attention that the Spring 2019 report cards list your Semester 1 GPA. To request a revised report card with the Semester 2 GPA, please fill out the form (see link below). All requests MUST be made by Tuesday 6/18. We will then process these requests and revised reports will be available for pick up on Thursday 6/20 between 8:30-11:30 am.
To request a revised report card with your Semester 2 grades, please complete this request form by Tuesday 6/18:

Awesome program for young women interested in film!

The AT&T Hello Sunshine filmmaker Lab will bring girls to Los Angeles to learn filmmaking from the pros like Reese Witherspoon! The program is FREE and open to teenage girls, transgender or gender non-conforming youth, ages 13-18 at the time of the submission. No previous experience is required.See Reese talk about the program and apply by June 10 here:


That’s why we want you to be part of the all-girl AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, produced by Fresh Films! This summer, 20 teenage girls will spend 8 days in Los Angeles filming a TV show under the guidance of mentors and professional creators, including some from AT&T and Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s media company. Hello Sunshine is changing the narrative for women through original storytelling that celebrates the female perspective.

Participants in this program will gain experience in video production by creating a TV show from the ground up! Also, program participants will learn from women leaders making positive change within the film and digital video industries. Apply now through June 10!





  1. Create a 90-second video of yourself answering the following question: Why do you want to be part of this program and learn how to tell stories through filmmaking?
  2. Fill out the online application form with the 2 additional short essay questions and upload your video essay where indicated on the form.



2018 Blueprint for Workplace Success Job Fair

South Bay One-Stop Youth Service invites your students to attend the 18th Annual Blueprint for Workplace Success Job Fair.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center (Carson City Hall)

801 E. Carson Street, Carson, CA 90745

Mark your calendars for this exciting event! More than 50 employers and community agencies will be available with part-time and summer job opportunities for student’s 16 – 24 years old.

Learn more here: 2018 April 26 Job Fair


FREE SAT & ACT Test Prep for Juniors

Announcing FREE online test prep for BOTH the SAT and ACT!

Is test prep appropriate for me / my student?


We encourage all JUNIORS who are considering a 4-year college to register and take at least one SAT/ACT by October of SENIOR year.

For 9th and 10th grade families, test prep is important to know about but – for now – the best way to maximize your student’s college opportunities is by helping them focus on maximizing their grades in school and building their resume with meaningful extracurricular, volunteer, or work activities.

Free Online ACT Test Prep:
Register for the ACT here:

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Free Online SAT Test Prep:
Register for the SAT here:

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** Students eligible for free/reduced lunch are eligible for fee waivers that allow them to register for 2 free SAT and ACT exams. Please talk to your counselor for more information. 

Reminder: Parent Workshop on Adolescent Depression and Anxiety

Parent Workshop on Adolescent Depression and Anxiety

There will be an informational workshop on adolescent depression and anxiety for Da Vinci parents. Attendees will learn strategies to identify depression and anxiety in their child, as well as coping skills to address these challenges.

When: Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 6:00pm

Where: 201 Douglas in the Cafeteria / Multipurpose Room (1st Floor)


There will be an interactive informational presentation on Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Multipurpose Room (201) to discuss signs, and symptoms of depression and anxiety in your child.  A doctoral student from Pepperdine University will be at the meeting to provide you with different skills and strategies to help you ease your child’s discomfort. The presentation will be free and all Da Vinci parents are welcome to attend!

Scripps College Scholars – Summer 2018

Scripps College Academy (SCA) Scholars

Students are eligible to apply during spring of their 10th grade year. SCA is an intensive, multi-year, pre-college program for high- achieving young women with limited resources who seek to become the first generation in their families to attend college. Through a rigorous summer residential experience followed by monthly programming throughout high school, SCA Scholars develop the confidence and skills to be well-prepared college applicants, successful college students, and professionals who create positive, lasting change. Like all Scripps College Academy programs, the SCA Scholars experience is provided at no cost to the student or her family.

Applications due March 10:

Applications must be printed and placed in the mail (US Post Office) by Friday, March 9 in order to be postmarked by March 10, 2018. Download the application here:


The SCA Scholars program seeks to serve students who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and motivation. Students are eligible to be considered for the SCA Scholars program if they meet ONE or more of the following criteria:

  • Qualify for free or reduced priced lunch, or demonstrate financial need
  • Will be the first generation in their family to attend college (no parent graduated with a 4-year college degree)
  • Attend a Title 1 School

Summer Residential Program

SCA Scholars begin by attending the two-week Summer Residential Program which provides the opportunity to experience what it is like to live among their peers and study at a private, liberal arts institution. For many SCA Scholars, this is their first time on a college campus and their first experience living away from home. Students further their academic preparation by exploring issues of race, class, and gender through an interdisciplinary academic curriculum. Participants develop their writing, critical analysis, discussion, and presentation skills under the guidance of Scripps College professors, staff, and undergraduate mentors. In addition to the academic program, scholars attend fun and informative workshops, field trips, and participate in recreational athletic or art activities. Students are required to live on-campus for the full duration of the summer program. There is no cost for participation in the Scripps College Academy; Scripps College and program sponsors cover all expenses.

Year-Round Academic Enrichment

Following the Summer Residential Program, SCA Scholars take part in additional academic and college-preparatory programming throughout high school. These weekend activities include faculty-led book clubs, science research opportunities, SAT/ACT preparation classes, and field trips to museums and other cultural centers.

College Planning

Beginning in their junior year, SCA Scholars and their families receive individualized assistance in the college application and financial aid processes. Through home visits by SCA staff, workshops by admission and financial aid experts, and the mentorship of Scripps College students, Scholars are encouraged and supported in applying to a wide range of college and scholarship opportunities that fit their academic and personal goals.

Participant Success

Since the first graduating class in 2005, SCA Scholars have enrolled in more than 75 different colleges and universities across the United States.

Consistently, SCA Scholars graduate from high school with top academic honors and pursue higher education. Many earn prestigious national awards following high school, including the Gates Millennium and Posse Foundation Scholarships.

One hundred percent of the SCA Scholars high school class of 2016 will enroll in higher education within six months of graduation; 100% will matriculate directly into four-year institutions, with 55.3% attending a “selective” or “most selective” school.

Fellowship Program for Future Filmmakers

Hi Families,

Ghetto Film School (GFS) is an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. We identify young talent from local communities and provide them with the access, opportunity and resources to pursue creative careers, always free of charge. THE LOS ANGELES FELLOWS PROGRAM is a visual storytelling course for high school students. Fellows receive more than 1,000 hours of immersive, college-level training, learning both the art and business of cinematic storytelling and production training while getting the preparation and guidance to advance their education at top universities. The program is free of charge for all students.

  • 30-month filmmaking immersion
  • Instruction from leading filmmakers and industry experts
  • Students visit live sets and studios
  • International travel
  • Students screen their films at prestigious venues
  • College application advising and test prep support
  • Paid internships at top media and creative companies
  • Transport and meals are covered

Must be ages 14-18 at the time of application
Passionate about film, tv and media
No prior experience necessary

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 16, 2018. Speak with your counselor if you are interested in applying. LEARN MORE: GFS Flyer and GFS Website

The Fellows Program is an intensive and challenging program requiring an exceptionally high level of commitment from all participants. In addition to the 30-month class schedule, students and instructors oftentimes spend weekends and evenings at Ghetto Film School when additional time is necessary. Do not apply to this program if you are bound to any prior summer engagements. Perfect attendance is mandatory. The value of your experience depends on maintaining great dedication to our program and your fellow filmmakers.

Qualifying students will participate in a 30-minute professional interview session at our McArthur Park training space at Heart of Los Angeles (2701 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, 90057, between LaFayette Park Place & Rampart Blvd). Required Orientation & Information Session for all accepted applicants will also take place at HOLA. Each prospective student must attend this meeting accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Congratulations to the Spring 2017 Qualifying CSF Members!

Congratulations to the Spring 2017 Qualifying CSF Members!

List of Spring 2017 Qualifying CSF Members

Fall 2017 CSF Applications are due on 2/9/18. Applications are posted outside of the Counselor’s offices and can be turned into your counselor. An application workshop will be held on 2/8 and 2/9.


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