Archive for College Counseling

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. 

Upcoming 9th and 10th Grade Info-session!

Dear Parents,

In case you missed the last one, the DVD counselors will be hosting another 9th and 10th grade family info session on Monday, April 12th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm! This info session will allow us to share important information on maintaining good grades, high school to career pathways, what colleges are looking for, college options and  planning for the college application process.  It’s never too early to begin preparing.

Please RSVP here if you are planning on attending.

Here is the ZOOM link for the meeting.

Thank you,

Your Da Vinci Design Counseling Team

GRAMMY Camp Application

Hello Students and Parents,

The deadline to apply for Grammy Camp has been extended to April 15! GRAMMY Camp® is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Students from across the country can apply to one of the many career tracks offered during our virtual 2021 session. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career. For more information and to access the application, please visit this website!

GRAMMY Camp: July 20-24, 2021

Financial assistance is available to students who need it.

9th & 10th Grade Info-session / Sesión de Información Familiar de los Grados 9 y 10

Dear Parents,

DVD counselors will be hosting a 9th and 10th grade family info session on Friday, March 12th from 11:30am – 12:30pm and again from 3:00pm – 4:00pm for our Spanish speaking parents. This info session will allow us to share important information on maintaining good grades, high school to career pathways, what colleges are looking for, college options and  planning for the college application process.  It’s never too early to begin preparing.

ZOOM link – 9th and 10th grade English: https://zoom.us/j/94738669666

Thank you,

Your Da Vinci Design Counseling Team

 

Queridos padres,

Los consejeros de DVD estarán presentando una sesión de información familiar de los grados 9 y 10 el viernes 12 de Marzo de 11:30 am a 12:30 pm en ingles y nuevamente de 3:00 pm a 4:00 pm para nuestros hispanohablantes. Esta sesión de información nos permitirá compartir información importante sobre cómo mantener buenas calificaciones, desde la escuela secundaria hasta las trayectorias profesionales, lo que las universidades están buscando, las opciones universitarias y la planificación del proceso de solicitud de la universidad. Nunca es demasiado pronto para comenzar a prepararse.

ZOOM link  – 9th and 10th grade Spanish: https://zoom.us/j/99439285778

 

Gracias,

Su equipo de consejería de Da Vinci Design

 

Financial Aid Resources

Hello senior families!  In lieu of our February 10th Financial Aid Workshop, the DV Counselors would like to disseminate resources to help families complete the financial aid process. Below you will find a recording of a previous Financial Aid Workshop as well as resources to support you in the financial aid process.

FAFSA Workshop: Recorded on October 7, 2020

Federal Student Aid_ At a Glance

Complete the FAFSA Form

Create an FSA ID

CA Dream Act Application

CSS Profile and CSS Participating Institutions

Scholarships that do not require citizenship information

Please reach out to your respective counselor if you need additional support.  We are here to help!

-The DV Counseling Teams

L.A. Film School Virtual Tour

Hello Students!

The Los Angeles Film School is bringing their All-Access Studio Tour to you! Experience their virtual, 360-degree campus tour and get a sneak peek at their Hollywood studios. You’ll get a chance to meet with Program Directors and Admissions Representatives while getting a better idea of what their school can offer you. Their Financial Aid team will be standing by to help answer any tuition questions you have along the way. Did you know L.A.Film School is more than just a film school? In addition to their top-ranking Film Program, they offer degrees in Animation, Entertainment Business, Music and Audio!

The tour will be hosted on Saturday January 23, 2021 at 10:30AM. RSVP here!

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