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El Camino Dual Enrollment!

Hello Juniors and Seniors!

El Camino College has added another asynchronous class for Spring 2022! They are now offering Business 25 – Intro to business, along with Psychology 101 – General Psychology, to rising Juniors and Seniors at DVD. These classes are completely free and will be held virtually on Canvas, the El Camino College student portal.

The deadline to apply is tomorrow February 10 by 12pm!

Please see the attached forms for more information about the classes being offered along with specific information on how to apply to these courses.

ECC Dual Enrollment Spring 2022

Spring 2022 College Courses Parent Letter

If you have any questions please see your counselor. Please also note that these are college courses, taught by college instructors. All students must show their counselor and administrators the academic skills and accountability necessary to be in these courses. Students must abide by the college policies, including regarding absences and tardies. 

Sandpipers’ Scholarship Program

Hello seniors!

Here is an upcoming scholarship opportunity for you to apply to! Sandpipers has provided financial assistance to college-bound students since 1941 and is the oldest continuing aid program in the South Bay. Supporting more than 50 students per year, the program is unique in funding qualified recipients throughout the four continuous years of their undergraduate studies.  View the video about the Scholarship Program here: https://www.sandpipers.org/scholarships

High school seniors living in the South Bay (both citizens and eligible non-citizens as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) are eligible to apply for a Sandpipers Scholarship for the 2022-23 school year. Detailed eligibility requirements are stated below.

  • U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education in The Student Guide)
  •   Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
  • Permanent resident of the South Bay area of Southern California (roughly bounded by the 105 and 110 freeways)
  • Students residing outside the South Bay area are eligible if they attend a high school in the defined South Bay area
  • Demonstrate a financial need

The entire Sandpipers Scholarship Application is online and can now be accessed with this link: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/78786-Sandpipers

All applications are due on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 5 PM, no exceptions.

Note: children and grandchildren of Sandpipers’ members are not eligible.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your counselor. 

UC Application Webinars

Hello Seniors!

The University of California, Merced is offering several webinars for prospective first year and transfer students this week to help make sure they have information and resources about how to apply at their fingertips.

Tonight Nov.1: About You/ Campus Choice and Majors
Students can register here to join us online tonight, Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. PDT for the first in a series of Discover workshops that are designed to offer them live support while they work on different sections of their application. Tonight’s session will focus on the “About You” and “Campus Choice and Majors” portions of the application.

Tuesday, Nov. 2 | 4 to 6 p.m. PDT : UC Application Advising Session Online (via Zoom) Register here.
Prospective applicants are invited to join a group advising session and meet one-on-one with an Admissions Advisor. They can ask questions about admission requirements, the UC application and more!

Wednesday, Nov. 3 | 7 to 8 p.m. PDT : Navigating the Personal Insight Questions
Online (via Zoom) Register here.
The UC Merced Admissions team will offer tips for students on how to best present themselves while completing the required Personal Insight Questions on the University of California application.

Upcoming Virtual College Fair

Hi Seniors,

The California State University, University of California and Association of Independent California College and Universities are partnering together to provide virtual college fairs this October. All UC and CSU campuses, and a majority of independent colleges and universities from the AICCU, will participate.

All events are free, and students are encouraged to attend and explore these colleges and universities!

Students can register by visiting CACollegeFairs.org and creating an account on Visit Days. The fairs for Southern California high schools are scheduled for:

Southern California 1: Wednesday, October 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. PDT

Southern California 2: Saturday, October 16 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. PDT

Attendees will be able to join live sessions, watch campus videos and visit campus booths to live chat and/or meet with campus representatives.

College Rep visits

Hello Seniors!

This is a quick announcement to let you all know that we have some virtual college rep visits lined up for you! 

Who: Seniors

Please look below for a quick glance at some of the colleges and universities that will be visiting Design virtually and in-person! Majority of visits will be virtual. Students can register for these visits via their Naviance homepage, on the day of the event students will report to the College and Career Readiness Class – Room 4304 at lunch. The visits that are in-person will show when you register on Naviance. 

 

University of Southern California Tue September 21, 2021 @ 12:45 PM

University of California-Santa Cruz Thu September 30, 2021 @ 12:35 PM

Art Center College of Design Tue October 5, 2021 @ 12:45 PM

University of New Mexico Fri October 8, 2021 @ 1:20 PM

Chapman University Fri October 1, 2021 @ 1:20 PM

Pacific Northwest College of Art Thu October 21, 2021 @ 12:35 PM

Emmanuel College  Thu October 28, 2021 @ 12:35 PM

 

All visits will be at lunch.

 

Virtual College Visits

 

 

Students! Please continue to check your Naviance accounts regularly as more colleges and universities will be added to the list as the weeks progress. Some of these visits are as soon as this coming week so don’t forget to sign up!

Coca-Cola Scholarship Program

Hello Seniors!

Apply now to be one of 150 Coke Scholars and win a $20,000 college scholarship!

The deadline is Oct. 31 at 2pm PST. No essays, transcripts, or recommendations are required at this stage.

Here are some helpful links for you to visit for more information. 

Information about the scholarship and full eligibility requirements on the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s website: Cokeurl.com/Scholarships 

A direct link to the online application for high school seniors: Cokeurl.com/Apply2021

A blog post that introduces the online application process : Cokeurl.com/BeACokeScholar 

A timeline of the selection process can be found here. 

Cal Grant Opt Out

Dear Rising Seniors & Parents – (this refers to current Juniors)

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 March 2, 2022 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 www.calgrants.org.

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 August 28, 2021.

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.

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

Thank you,

Da Vinci Design

 

GPA OPT OUT form

Cal-Grant-Opt-Out-form-English

Cal-Grant-Opt-Out-form-Spanish

Srs – How to request final official transcripts

Hello Srs!

Da Vinci schools is now partnering 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. Soon you will receive an email with your registration code and instructions on how to create your online account with Parchment. 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 after 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.

If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

Thank you,

DVD Counseling Team

Upcoming 11th Grade Family Meetings!

Hello 11th Grade Parents,

It’s family meeting time! We will be having small group family meetings to discuss college preparation, the application process, Naviance, and other important information to get your student prepared for their senior year of high school. This will also be an opportunity for us to answer any questions that you may have.

Below are the links to sign up for the family meetings with their assigned counselor.

Thank you and we are excited to meet with you all!

– DVD Counseling Team

 

Pam Baker (Last names A-Gl):Click here to sign-up for Pam’s meeting.

Nicole Tafoya (Last names Go-O): Click here to sign-up for Nicole’s meeting.

Cesar Gonzalez (Last names P-Z): Click here to sign-up for Cesar’s meeting.

FREE Summer Art Classes

Hello Parents and Students,

The Academy of Art University is offering a plethora of free online art classes during their Pre-College Art Experience (PCAE) program this summer. The summer semester will start in the beginning of July and they will be offering 39 different courses for students to take. Besides the wonderful opportunity to take free art classes, every student will receive a $1,000 Academy of Art scholarship for each class they pass if they end up attending the Academy of Art one day.

The summer term begins July 5, 2021 – August 14, 2021 (for Summer you can take up to 3 classes).

To view the application and for more information on this program, please visit this website. 

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