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First Day of School Starts at 8:40am on Monday, 8/15

Hello again Design students and families,

We are excited to start the 2022-2023 school year with you next Monday, August 15th. We will start at our new time of 8:40am on the first day of school.
Please note that the schedule posted in an earlier blog post has been corrected.

Per Da Vinci Design tradition on the first day of school, students will gather outside to meet their teachers, join in a school assembly, and walk up to the fourth floor together.

We hope to see you for our webinar for returning families – starting in a few moments!

DVD Welcome Back Webinar
Thursday, 8/11 (TODAY) @5pm
Zoom Webinar Link:

Welcome back families and see you soon!

Russell Stoll
DVD Principal

2022/2023 Cheer Try Outs

WDV athletics is excited to welcome cheer as part of the program. If you’re interested in learning about the cheer program, there is a meeting on Friday Aug. 12 at 6pm in the skybox of the gym. This is a meeting for both parents and athletes.

Are you interested in trying out for the WDV cheer program? If you are, below are the dates, times and location.

All tryouts will take place in the WDV gym.

Tuesday Aug. 16th – 6pm to 8pm

Wednesday Aug. 17th – 6pm to 8pm

Thursday Aug. 18th – 6pm to 8pm

Friday Aug. 19th – 6pm to 8pm

Saturday Aug. 20th – 8am to 1pm (1 hour for lunch)

Announcements from Real-World Learning Director (8.11.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Please see the announcements below:

For students interested in jobs:
The LA County America’s Job Center will be hosting a Job Fair in South LA, on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm. To register, please visit this flyer. It is highly suggested to bring several copies of your resume to share with prospective employers!

For students interested in mental health opportunities:
The Fall 2022 Teen Line Training application is available now. As a volunteer for Teenline, you would be helping to take calls and text messages from teens that are going through life challenges. For the Fall training period, Teenline will only accept applications from teens going into the 9th and 10th grade, with the minimum age of 14, living in or near the Los Angeles area. Please visit this link and click on “Apply Now” to be directed to the online volunteer application portal. Applications and references are due before 1pm on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

For students interested in science and engineering:
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program places high school students in Department of Navy (DoN) laboratories where they take part in real Naval research for 8 weeks during the summer. SEAP is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in STEM. Students have the opportunity to learn about Naval research and technology while receiving first-class mentoring by top scientists and engineers. SEAP is a competitive program with around 300 placements in more than 30 labs around the country. Interns are selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests. Learn more here. Click here to apply. Applications close November 2.

For students interested in financial literacy and managing money:
Co-founders of Latinas Talking Dinero, are hosting financial literacy virtual workshops that incorporate their lived experiences as Latinas and first-generation college students. They teach financial literacy through an anti-racist lens and cover tops such as the wage gap, credit and interest, and financial trauma. Youth (up to 24 years old) are invited to attend for FREE. Virtual workshops start on Wednesday, August 24. Register here.


DVD New Families Webinar Today at 5pm

Greetings New DVD Families!
We would like to invite all families who are new to Da Vinci Design to join Principal Stoll and Asst. Principal Takeyama for a welcome webinar on Monday, July 11th at 5pm.
The webinar will be presented through Zoom so that families can join from anywhere. We will cover general information and updates for the 2022-2023 school year to help new students be ready on day one!
Please join us using this link: .
This blog post will be updated with a copy of the slides and notes shared at the webinar.

11th Grade Counselor Presentations


Last month, counselors presented on various topics in all 11th grade English classes. Students, take time this summer to think about your future plans. There are many options for post-secondary plans, including community college, 4-year universities, trade schools, work, and/or military. Below are the links to the presentations that counselors presented.


4-Year Universities application information and process 

PIQ overview

Community College and Trade Schools

FAFSA and financial aid overview

– DVD Counselors

Week 38 Preview: LGBTQ Pride Month and Last Week of School!

Greetings Designers and Design Families,

Next week is the last week of the 2021-2022 school year – and summer break is right around the corner! Congrats to students for all of their hard work this week on their POLs. From presenting analysis on their student-created poetry in English 9 to completing dissections in their Biology class, students have been working hard to “show what they know” in a variety of ways.

See the schedule for next week here:

Happy LGBTQ Pride Month! Da Vinci Schools is proud to recognize and celebrate the LGBTQ community this month, and the many ways LGBTQ folx have contributed to our world. Pride was originally focused on securing basic rights and later confronting the AIDS epidemic. Pride continues to be about creating and affirming spaces where LGBTQIA+ people can exist freely, without persecution.

We are also proud to share this summer program hosted by local non-profit Rainbow Labs.

One Bold Summer – A Rainbow Labs Summer Program for LGBTQ Youth
Rainbow Labs, a local organization that works with LGBTQ+ youth, is offering a free LGBTQ+ youth mentoring program this summer for six weeks. Their “One Bold Summer” mentoring program pairs LGBTQ+ youth in groups with two mentors for their Storytelling Lab and Accelerator Lab. Applications have been extend are due this Sunday, June 5th.
  • Program Dates: June 20 – July 31
  • Program Days/Times: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Mondays (In Person) & Wednesdays (Virtual.) You must attend both days.
  • In Person Location: Heart Of Los Angeles, 2701 Wilshire Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90057
  • Overview: LGBTQ+ Youth will have the opportunity to meet other LGBTQ+ youth across Los Angeles in six weeks of fun and engaging content. Youth will learn how to tell their personal stories through our Storytelling Lab. In our Accelerator Lab, youth will team up to come up with their own business ideas to pitch to major companies such as Disney, Hilton, American and more. Throughout the whole six weeks youth will be in groups of 3-7 with two mentors
  • More Information & Application:
  • LGBTQ+ Youth Video:

Key Events & Upcoming Dates:

  • June 6th + June 7th: POL Schedules (minimum days – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 8th, Wednesday: Last Day of School (minimum day – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 9th: Graduation Ceremony, 5:00pm – at 201 N. Douglas St. Campus; must have ticket to attend, and graduating Seniors should arrive at 4pm
  • June 14th: Summer Session 1 begins (by referral from counselors)
    Summer school forms were distributed to students this week. Click here for additional information on summer school.  If your student received a summer school form, you must register for summer school.  Click here for the summer school registration form.

DVD Summer School 2022

DVD Summer School 2022

This summer, Da Vinci Design will offer summer school courses for Da Vinci students. All students with any missing credits (grades of “I/F” in a course, or missing a course due to transferring into DVD) are encouraged to take a course this summer, and some students with multiple incomplete grades are required to take summer school in order to move onto the next grade level. 

Summer school forms were distributed to students this week.  Click here for additional information on summer school.  If your student received a summer school form, you must register for summer school.  Click here for the summer school registration form.

All summer school will be held in-person at 201 N. Douglas St. El Segundo, CA 90245
All summer school credit recovery is facilitated by a DVD staff member and offered through EdGenuity curriculum. Summer school will be offered over two sessions. Students will work at their own pace, but must complete courses by the end of each session to receive credit; each course completed will count for one semester of course credit.


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

Thank you.

Week 37 Preview: 10th Grade Pathways Selection & POLs Begin Next Week!

Greetings Designers and Designer Families,

We’ve almost made it! We are in the final stretch of the semester, and POLs are around the corner. POL Schedules means that we follow minimum day schedules May 31st – June 8th – school begins at 8:55am and school ends at 1:55pm every day.

See the Week 37 and 38 POL schedule here:

We hope you have a terrific Memorial Day Weekend and wish to extend a special word of gratitude to all those who have served or are currently serving in our country’s armed forces. Thank you for your service!

Next week is the beginning of Presentations of Learning! POLs give students the opportunity to develop their speaking and presentation skills and are an opportunity for students to reflect publicly on their learning. Because these are formal presentations, students are expected to wear formal attire. Any student in need of formal attire, please contact the front office and we will do our best to accommodate.

For specific details and schedules regarding POLs, please reach out to your student’s grade level teachers.

10th Grade Design Pathways Selection Resources

10th grade students and parents: After CD today, Sophomores received a presentation about the Design Pathways Selection Process. Please look at the resource posted here so that you can help discuss this important decision as a family:
Additionally, DVD will host a Pathways “Open House” on Tuesday, May 31st, from 2pm-3pm in Pathways Classrooms (4th floor). ALL Sophomore should attend! Parents/Families are welcome to attend provided that they follow Covid protocols and procedures.
The final decision will be made in their Sophomore art classes as part of their POLs. ALL Sophomores must complete the Pathways Selection Survey in order to have their preference considered for their 11th grade courses.
For questions, please reach out to your counselor.

Key Events & Upcoming Dates:

  • May 30th, Monday: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 31st – June 7th: POL Schedules (minimum days – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 8th, Wednesday: Last Day of School (minimum day – school ends at 1:55pm)
  • June 9th: Graduation Ceremony, 5:00pm *Time Corrected* – at 201 N. Douglas St. Campus (must have ticket to attend)
  • June 14th: Summer Session 1 begins (by referral from counselors)

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (5.25.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Students who are interested in receiving 5 academic credits for summer internships/volunteer opportunities, must fill out the Unpaid Internship Agreement and submit a timesheet that demonstrates the completion of 60 hours of service. The Agreement must be turned in before the start of the internship/volunteer opportunity. The timesheet is due August 6, 2022. Please email all documents to Ms. Rodriguez at

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the medical field? Learn more about the Da Vinci Schools + Stepful Certified Medical Assistant program. The program begins on July 25th. To learn more, contact Val Green ( or see this flyer.

> Be job ready in 5 months
> Program includes coursework, an internship, and coaching support
> Tuition-free
> Earn a CMA certificate

Loyola Marymount University is offering a free Financial Literacy program from June 20th to August 5th. This program is ideal for students who want to learn how to make healthy financial decisions. To register, please click here.

Costa Rica Travel Opportunity for Spring 2023

Hello Future Travelers,

This is a final reminder if you haven’t yet enrolled for my Costa Rica’s Natural Wonder’s trip! Our trip with EF Educational Tours will take place next Spring 2023. There has been an overwhelming amount of interest and excitement around this destination. We’ve been blown away by the response and wanted to give everyone one final chance to enroll. We have filled 35 spots and only have 5 spots available!

Make sure to enroll by the deadline of Tuesday, May 31st to reserve your spot risk-free*. Enroll and see our trip website at

Enroll by 5/31 to receive a $100 discount!

If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Ada Wood ( or Mr. Frank Solis (, or call EF traveler support at 1-800-665-5364.

*EF is offering a Risk-Free Enrollment Period – Travelers who enroll now can cancel for any reason 30 days after enrollment for a full refund of 100% of the money paid to EF.

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