Archive for Student Life

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Our community partner, South Bay Families Connected, offers our families a variety of youth wellness resources. For Mental Health Awareness Month, we feature their resource pages covering trending youth wellness topics on the minds of parents and caregivers:


Visit our own Da Vinci Families Connected page for more youth wellness resources from Da Vinci Schools and SBFC

Become a Youth Board Representative for The Del Aire Neighborhood Association – Apply by 4/19!

Future Youth Leaders,

The Del Aire Neighborhood Association (DNA)  is looking for 1-2 high-school student leaders who want to serve as YOUTH BOARD REPRESENTATIVES who can help the organization grow, plan community events, and advocate for neighborhood improvements like the Greenway! You can find the application here – apply by April 19th.

Application requirements:

  • Must be a Del Aire resident
  • Must be able to commit to serving for 2 years. (so, ideally, incoming  freshmen,  sophomores and Juniors should apply.

This is a great opportunity for students to participate on the Board and provide a forum to learn about local government and help shape the community.

For more information, please contact Jessica Nolan Daugherty, President of the Del Aire Neighborhood Association at 714-390-6301.

Free Group Tennis Lessons – Limited Spots!

Free Tennis Lessons


Interested in a fun after school activity? The Da Vinci Tennis Club is offering free group tennis lessons with a professional coach to ten students! Lessons will be every Monday from May 1 to June 5 except Memorial Day. We’ll provide tennis racquets and balls, come ready to play. Email to sign up!

Using CLEP Exams to Earn College Credit

As College Decision Day approaches on May 1, families may want to take a moment to learn about the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for students to potentially earn college credit and test out of certain general education courses at 2,900 participating colleges across the U.S.

Administered by the College Board, CLEP is a non-school sponsored opportunity. CLEP exams allow students who are already proficient in a particular subject(s) to test out of introductory courses and move to more advanced courses sooner, saving time and money toward their degree. Students take CLEP exams at an official CLEP test center or at home with remote proctoring. Students receives scores immediately after completing the exam except for College Composition and Spanish with Writing.

To learn more about this program, visit

Many thanks to DVD parent Carolyn Mortley who shared this resource with us.

You Are Invited to the Black El Camino College Expo!

Dear Future Warrior,

Please join us at the Black El Camino College Expo on Wednesday, April 5th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the east dining room! Come explore the many opportunities built to help you succeed. Join us for one-on-one conversations with representatives from programs across campus, Transfer and Financial Aid resource workshops, campus tours, enrollment assistance, games, prizes, free food, and more!

Please RSVP in advance at the link below:


The location of this event will start at El Camino College’s East Dining Room. Free Parking in Lot C (Manhattan Beach Blvd. & Crenshaw Blvd.).

Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have at

Preparing Your Student For Their Future with Dr. Vince Bertram – RSVP today!

Join us for an upcoming seminar with Dr. Vince Bertram, a renowned international speaker, and New York Times best-selling author dedicated to transforming career learning for students worldwide. Discover how to prepare your student for success in work and life by learning about the value of a college education, skills that matter more than a degree, and the outlook for today’s job market. Space is limited. RSVP here to reserve your spot today!

Career Pathways Summer Course Opportunities @ El Camino College Summer 2023

Summer courses at El Camino College are an excellent way to learn more about your career pathway(s) of interest!  ECC Summer classes run from June 19-August 10.

We encourage you to consider registering for any of these you find interesting, regardless of which school you attend or which pathway you are currently in. More information about class meeting days and times can be found here (Select “summer” for the term)→ 

The classes listed below are an opportunity for you to learn more about your particular area(s) of interest and will be valuable additions to your resume and college applications, but they are not transferable for high school graduation credit and will not go on your Da Vinci transcript.

To register for a summer course at El Camino College, please follow the steps described on the next page. 

If you would like any help, please contact your counselor.

Career Pathway Relevant Summer Courses at El Camino College Notes
Architecture ARCH 119 (CAD Drawing & Modeling)

ARCH 172 (Architectural Color Rendering Techniques)

*BUS 20 (Business Management)

BUS 25 (Introduction to Business)

CTEC 141 (Interior Finishes)

*FASH 1 (Career Opportunities in Fashion)

*courses offered online
Biomedical Engineering *MEDT 1 (Medical Terminology)

*CH 1 (Personal & Community Health Issues)

*CDEV 103 (Child Growth & Development)

*NURS 143 (Introduction to Nursing)

NURS 146 (Health Assessment)

*courses offered online
Business Management *BUS 20 (Business Management)

BUS 25 (Introduction to Business)

ECON 100 (Fundamentals of Economics)

*courses offered online
Computer Science *CSCI 1 (Problem Solving & Program Design in C++)

*CSCI 3 (Computer Programming in Java)

*CIS 13 (Computer Information Systems)

*courses offered online
Civil Engineering *ARCH 100 (Orientation to Architecture)

ARCH 119 (CAD Drawing & Modeling)

ARCH 172 (Architectural Color Rendering Techniques)

CADD 5 (Intro to Mechanical Drafting)

CTEC 100 (Building Fundamentals)

*CTEC 160 (Business & Legal Aspects of Contracting)

CTEC 180 (Residential Plumbing)

WELD 15 (Basic Welding for Allied Fields)

*courses offered online
Entrepreneurship *BUS 20 (Business Management)

BUS 25 (Introduction to Business)

ECON 100 (Fundamentals of Economics)

*FASH 1 (Career Opportunities in Fashion)

*courses offered online
Graphic Design ART 110 (Drawing Fundamentals I)

*ART 130 (Two-Dimensional Design I)

*ART 141 (Digital Art Fundametals)

*courses offered online
Marketing *BUS 20 (Business Management)

BUS 25 (Introduction to Business)

ECON 100 (Fundamentals of Economics)

*FASH 1 (Career Opportunities in Fashion)

*COMS 100 (Public Speaking)

*courses offered online
Mechanical Engineering *ENGR 1 (Intro to Engineering)

MTT 101 (Intro to Conventional & CNC Machining)

MTEC 70 (Basic Robotics)

ECHT 11 (Introduction to Electronics)

WELD 15 (Basic Welding for Allied Fields)

*courses offered online
Media Production *FILM 105 (Media Aesthetics)

FILM 110 (Film Appreciation)

*courses offered online
Multimedia Journalism *FILM 105 (Media Aesthetics)

*COMS 100 (Public Speaking)

*courses offered online

If  you are interested in enrolling in a course, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Apply to El Camino College

Never applied?

Previously applied?

  • Your El Camino student account is still in good standing if you submitted an application for admission for Spring 2023 or Winter 2023
  • Your El Camino College ID # is the same as previous terms and is 7-digits (no letters)
  • If you do not know your El Camino College ID #, please email:

Step 2: Complete the Dual Enrollment Application

Once you apply to ECC and receive your ECC ID, you must complete a Dual Enrollment Application.

  • Students must submit a completed Dual Enrollment Application for each term they wish to registered for. Once the student and parents complete the Dual Enrollment Form, please contact your counselor  to obtain their signature in Section III of the Form

 Step3: Check for prerequisites

 Some courses have prerequisites which students must clear before they can register: List of courses with a prerequisite.

 Step 4: Enroll in course

After Steps 1-3 are completed, you are ready to register for classes online using MyECC!

  • Students can register anytime on or after your Registration Appointment for the term
  • Students can register for any class section of the course(s) listed on your Dual Enrollment Application form
  • Here is a guide to help you search for classes and register for classes


Important Message about Emergency Drill Planned for Thursday, February 2, 2023

As previously mentioned, Da Vinci Communications, Da Vinci Design, and Da Vinci Science will be conducting a Critical Incident drill on Thursday, February 2, 2023.  This drill is a normal part of our continued efforts each year to maintain a safe and peaceful school environment. The drill will take place at 10:30 a.m. and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Teachers have been working with students during Advisory classes to prepare for this drill.  

As part of our safety and emergency procedures, Da Vinci Schools has adopted elements of the “Run-Hide-Fight” program designed to provide various options to our students and staff.  Our drill will focus on the “HIDE” component which is also referred to as “shelter in place”.  Other components will be practiced during our Fire Drills planned for next month.  During the drill, students will have a chance to practice the proper response if a critical incident were to occur such as an intruder on campus or any other incident requiring a lockdown of the school.  Please help us by reminding them to:

  • Listen and follow the instructions of their teacher or staff member in the room at the time of the drill
  • Stay quiet during the duration of the drill
  • Silence/turn off their cell phones and to remain off of them during the duration of the drill
  • Wait for the “All Clear” announcement to indicate the drill has concluded

Our School Resource Officer, Officer Josh Gilberts will be joined by other officers from the El Segundo Police Department as well as members of the El Segundo Fire Department who will be joining our site administrators in observing the drill and providing feedback on our processes and procedures.  Staff and students will debrief this week regarding the drill to get their input and recommendations in order to continue to improve our response efforts.  

Please keep in mind that in order for the schools to remain informed and responsive, parents and students are encouraged to report any concerns or potential threats to the school. If you have any questions regarding this drill or any of our other safety procedures, please do not hesitate to contact the administration or front office of your child’s school. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support in maintaining the safety and welfare of our students and staff.


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Still Enrolling in Da Vinci’s New Vocal Music/Choir Class

Are you looking to improve your vocals or to learn how to sing?

There are still a few spots available to join Da Vinci’s new Vocal Music/Choir class that meets on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00PM in the Black Box Theater.

If interested in participating, please complete the Interest Form here. The next class meets again on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 4:00PM.

This class is open to ALL Da Vinci high school students and there is no prior vocal music/choir experience required. Students are expected to attend both days each week throughout the semester.

Leading the class is Alexi Paraschos, the schools’ new choir teacher. Alexi has more than 14 years of experience as a music teacher and choir director.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Vocal Music/Choir Interest Form

Da Vinci is thrilled to announce we will be offering a new Vocal Music/Choir class on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00PM in the Black Box Theater at 201 N. Douglas St. beginning on January 17, 2023. This class is open to high school students from ALL Da Vinci schools. Students are expected to attend both days each week throughout the 2nd semester. No prior vocal music/choir experience required.

Da Vinci welcomes Alexi Paraschos as our new choir teacher. Alexi has more than 14 years of experience as a music teacher and choir director. Welcome, Alexi!

If you are interested in participating in Vocal Music/Choir, please complete the Interest Form HERE. We can’t wait to get started!