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Free SAT and ACT Test Preparation from Kaplan

Hello DVS Students and Parents

Start this month with a free, instructor-led bootcamp from Kaplan. Review test content, learn strategies, and have your questions answered by the experts. Test preparative is live and online which means students have access to the best Kaplan instructors from any laptop or mobile device.  Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Santa Monica College Scholarship for Seniors

Hello DVS Seniors and Families!

The scholarship application for incoming freshman is now live for current seniors planning on attending Santa Monica College in the Fall of 2020. Please review the SMC scholarships for incoming freshman. Applications will be open until April 3rd, 2020.


Steps to apply:


Step 1: Log into your Corsair Connect account

Step 2: Click on the SCHOLARSHIicon to apply for a SMC Foundation Scholarship


Requirements for SMC Scholarships:

1) Must enroll in 12 units

2) Depending on the scholarship, must have at least a 2.5- 3.5 GPA

3) Must attend mandatory Scholarship banquet at SMC on Saturday, June 6, 2020


Please contact the Scholarship Office at 310-434-4290 with any questions.

9th grade families: Sex Ed-Health Curriculum and Kaiser Permanente STD Play

On Tuesday February 11th, 9th grade Da Vinci High School students will have the opportunity to see a dramatic performance entitled “What Goes Around.”  This performance is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The play tells the story of five students and how their behavior and connections to each other also connect them to other people who are unknown to them.  The play uses visual monitors, text messaging, cellular and computer technology to better reach its audience and to clearly illustrate its message: there are epidemic rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the high school age group.

“What Goes Around” provides health information about STDs and students hear the facts and myths about STDs and see how the choices they make have a lasting impact on the lives of other people. The 60-minute play is followed by a 15 minute talkback session in which the actor-educators answer audience questions about sexually transmitted diseases.  The key message points of “What Goes Around” are:

  • The option of abstinence
  • The importance of testing
  • Prevention

For more information about the play you can visit their website:

Also happening in conjunction with this play are additional sex ed-health lessons/curriculum. Health lessons will occur in advisory throughout the second semester. Da Vinci Schools has adopted the Teen Talk curriculum which includes the below core components:

  • Covers topics of sexual and reproductive anatomy, conception and fetal development, birth control, pregnancy options, STIs and HIV, gender and sexual orientation, media analysis, relationships, sexual crimes, consent, communication and decision-making
  • Establishes a foundation for understanding sexual health and common language for communicating respectfully
  • Helps students identify resources (e.g., parents/trusted adults, school personnel, healthcare providers)
  • Encourages communication with parents/trusted adults, including an interview assignment
  • Uses gender inclusive language

More info on the curriculum used can be found here:

9th grade students will be given a hard copy of the following letter to take home today:  DVS Sexuality Education Parent Notification

Parents/guardians have the option of excluding their child from sexuality education instruction. If you do not want your child to participate in comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education, please give a written letter to the office. Students who are excused will be assigned study hall for the period. Questions can be directed to the School Nurse, Emily Green at 

College and Career Support for Juniors

Junior Families!


We invite you to apply for the Kayne Destination College (KDC) program.  The KDC is a ScholarMatch program for Los Angeles students who are the first in their family to go to college. KDC supports students through the college application process with free, 1:1 college counseling offered both in-person and virtually.  The KDC application will remain open through January 2020.

For more information, view flyer below.


Please connect with your counselor if you have questions.

Senior families: Reminder to submit the CSS Profile

Hello senior families,

Many four year colleges and universities require for families to submit the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.  The CSS Profile is an application that collects information used by almost 400 colleges, universities and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources outside of the federal government (i.e. institutional grants and scholarships). We encourage you to check the above list and complete the CSS Profile if you applied to any of the participating colleges/universities.

Please connect with your counselor if you need additional support with this process.

Thank you!

– The DVS Counseling Team

College application deadlines extended for select universities

Seniors! There are still opportunities to submit applications to the following universities:


  • UC Merced has extended its application deadline to 11:59 p.m. PST on Dec. 20, 2019
  • There are select CSU campuses that are still accepting application under a limited number of majors.  Please explore these opportunities here.


Please connect with your counselor if you have clarifying questions.

College Prep Saturday at Loyola Marymount University

Join The Youth Leadership Consortium (YLC) for the upcoming College Prep Saturday at Loyola Marymount University. The YLC is presenting this free, full-day workshop designed to help students and their parents prepare, plan, and pay for college.
Breakout session topics will include:
  • Preparing for and applying to college
  • Choosing the right college for you
  • Writing a personal statement
  • Researching financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Understanding the real cost of a college education


Loyola Marymount University
Gersten Pavilion
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Saturday, November 23, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission.
Lunch will be provided.
Click here for more information and registration.


Reminder: Application for the Riordan Programs’ Saturday Business Institute is Due Tomorrow

Hello 9th & 10th Grade Students,


A friendly reminder that the Riordan Programs’ Saturday Business Institute (SBI)  application is due tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16th by 3:35pm.  Applications can be submitted to your respective counselor. Space is limited!


About the program

SBI provides first-year high school students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and begin to navigate the college application process.

The program includes:

  • Four Saturday sessions at the school site
  • A College Field Trip to UCLA
  • College Action Plan and financial aid counseling
  • Professional development workshops, including essay writing, resume writing, interviewing techniques, public speaking
  • Career exploration workshops


For more information, please review the SBI Flyer and Application


4th Annual College Inclusion Summit at CSULB

California State University, Long Beach will be hosting their 4th Annual College Inclusion Summit.  The goal of The Summit is to provide prospective students from traditionally disenfranchised and historically underserved communities with information to empower them to apply to college and be successful once they arrive.This is an opportunity to learn more about the majors and programs offered at CSULB as well as receive assistance with completing the CSU application, FAFSA, and college related workshops for students and parents. 

When: 10/12/2019 @ 8:30 AM
Where: University Student Union Ballrooms

More information and registration:  

If you have any questions, please contact CSULB’s Division of Student Affairs at 562-985-5587

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