Summer Opportunity for Juniors

Check out this fantastic summer opportunity for Juniors!

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-sponsor the Research Science Institute (RSI), a six-week program that nurtures high school scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). CEE seeks talented 11th (or the equivalent) Grade STEM Students who have a desire to complete an unforgettable research program through the RSI program.

The 2021 RSI program will be held June 27 to August 7, 2021. The program is cost-free to students except for travel. If you are a high school junior or equivalent and interested in this program, visit the CEE website ( Registration is open and the deadline to apply is January 16, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Maite Ballestero, Executive Vice President, Programs, See us on Facebook – look for Center for Excellence in Education!

Week 18: Counseling Corner

Welcome back! Warm and hopeful greetings as we start the first week of semester 2. Although the 2020 Holidays may have looked a bit different than in years past, we hope that you were able to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. The DVS Counseling Team has put together some great resources to help you get the semester started. Wishing you all an awesome first week back!

-Ms. Valle, Ms. Ruiz, and Ms. Rodriguez

UCLA Riordan Saturday Business Institute

Calling all DVS 9th and 10th grade students and parents!

The UCLA Saturday Business Institute program provides students with college and business exposure.  Many of our students have participated in the past and this is a great way to learn more about the college application process before Senior year as well as developing essential skills in leadership.  The UCLA Saturday Business Institute will meet 4 Saturdays during the Spring semester.  This year the program will be offered virtually only in webinar style.

The UCLA Saturday Business Institute will be hosting an informative presentation for students and parents on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada).

To register for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To sign up to the UCLA Saturday Business Institute , please click this link

If you have questions, please contact your respective counselor.


Spring 2021 El Camino College Virtual Classes

Who: Juniors and seniors from DVC, DVD, and DVS

What: College courses at Da Vinci Schools through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for all Cal State and U.C. campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Why: Get a start on your college credits! It looks great on your college applications.

Cost: Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including textbook fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks from families that are able to are appreciated.

Where: Classes will be held virtually and are asynchronous on canvas, the El Camino College student portal due to COVID-19.

To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class the student needs to pass all their academic classes, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a senior or junior student.

If you are interested in applying, make sure you apply to El Camino College Spring 2021 term and email the completed dual enrollment form (located below) with your confirmation application number and/or ECC ID number to your school counselor by Friday, January 15, 2021 by 12:00pm. After you submit your completed form, your counselor will discuss next steps on how to register for the class; classes start on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. 

Click here to view the classes we are offering for the Spring 2021 term. Please note, to ensure the equity of student enrollment, the maximum number of dual enrollment classes through Da Vinci that students can enroll in is 2 classes. 

BIOL 15 – Environmental Aspects of Biology

BUS 25 – Introduction to Business

ESTU 3 – The Chicano in Contemporary United States Society

POLI 1 – Governments of the United States and California

Applying to El Camino College

All students must have applied for admission to El Camino College.

Never applied?

Submit an application for admission for Spring 2021:

Help to Complete the Application for Admission – follow along screen-by-screen with this link

After submitting, you will receive your Welcome Email (with El Camino College ID #) within 1-3 business days at the personal email address given on your application.

If you do not receive your Welcome Email after 3 business days, please email us at

Previously applied?

Your application is in good standing if you applied for either Spring 2021, Winter 2021, Fall 2020, or Summer 2020 – or if you dual enrolled in a Fall 2020 or Spring 2020 course.

Not Sure if you Need to Apply Again?

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 us at

Dual Enrollment Application

All students must submit a completed Dual Enrollment Application for Spring 2021 to be registered in their class(es). Students, parents, and authorized high school signers can use Fill & Sign Tools in Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form and draw their signatures.

Download the Dual Enrollment Application PDF

Help to Complete the Dual Enrollment Application using Fill & Sign tools in Acrobat Reader or by printing and scanning

NOTE: Our Admissions Office will not accept typed signatures. All signatures need to be drawn using the above methods, either by pen, mouse, or touchscreen. This is the most common reason why a form cannot be processed.


MyECC is El Camino College’s secure online portal where you view your registered classes, grades, unofficial transcripts, etc. Your MyECC username and password are included in your Welcome Email. You will be prompted to create a new password when you log into MyECC for the first time.

NOTE: El Camino College recently updated MyECC password requirements. Passwords must include at least 10 characters, 1 capital letter, and 1 number (and number cannot be at the end or beginning of password).

Log into MyECC – this link can also be found at the top of every webpage

If you are unable to into MyECC, please email us at


Registered students will have access to their class(es) in Canvas, our online course management system, when instructors publish them around the start of the term. You will need to use your MyECC login information to access Canvas.

El Camino College Canvas Resource Webpage – learn more about Canvas and find Canvas Login Page

Dropping a Class

Registered students who wish to drop the class must perform this action themselves in MyECC by the drop deadlines.

How to Drop a Class webpage

El Camino College Academic Calendar with Last Day to Drop without Notation and Last Day to Drop with a “W”

Assistance is Available!

Dual Enrollment offers Drop-In Assistance via Zoom every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to assist students one-on-one with questions they may have about their application for admission or Dual Enrollment Application.

Please join us using the links on this webpage, no sign up necessary:

Link to Dual Enrollment Online Help & Events webpage

You can also email us at

If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact your school counselor via email. 

Thank You, 

The counseling team

Join us for SpaceX Lunch & Learn

Our 4rd lunch and learn with SpaceX is happening on  Friday, January 15!

Topic: Engineering Systems of a Rocket Contd.

WHEN: Friday, January 15th 11:30am-12:30pm


  • Will be held via Zoom until school resumes in-person
  • Open to all grade levels
  • Interested?  RSVP for the event here by Wednesday, Jan 13 : you’ll be sent the Zoom link via the email you share on the form

Questions or Concerns?  

Contact Tina Hannouche at

Semester 2 Begins on Monday!

The DVS staff has been working all week to be ready for second semester and we can’t wait to see our students on Monday! The day will begin for students on Monday at 12:30pm in their advisory class via their Advisory Zoom link.

Here is a “refrigerator-friendly” version of our 2nd semester calendar which includes these important dates:

  • Monday 1/18 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Monday 1/25 Class Materials Pickup Day (drive-through on campus)
  • Friday 2/5 Professional Development Day (no classes meet)
  • Monday 2/8 Student Progress Reports mailed home
  • Monday 2/15 Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Monday 3/8 All-DVS Drive-Through Event on Campus (time tbd)

Powerschool access for students and parents will be restored on Monday morning, and our weekly parent & guardian office hours will resume on Wednesday at 5pm. All are welcome to join us then using this link!

We look forward to teaching and supporting our students all the way through this distance-learning chapter of our history and encourage you to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to help you.

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

That’s a Wrap!

We are so proud of all of our students for completing the first semester of this historic year! We have turned off Powerschool access while we finalize grades and prepare report cards, which will be mailed to your home address next week. Powerschool will be restored at that time as well.
We hope you have a restful and safe break and we look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday, January 11th!

UCLA Riordan Saturday Business Institute

Attention 9th and 10th grade students!

The UCLA Saturday Business Institute program provides students with college and business exposure.  Many of our students have participated in the past and this is a great way to learn more about the college application process before Senior year as well as developing essential skills in leadership.  The UCLA Saturday Business Institute will meet 4 Saturdays during the Spring semester.  This year the program will be offered virtually only in webinar style.

Riordan Business Inst flyer Spring 2021

To sign up, please click this link

If you have questions, please contact your counselors.

Thank you.

The Final Week of 1st Semester!

Dear DVS Family,

These are the final four days of the semester before a well-deserved 3-week winter break! Thursday is the final day of instruction, and this Friday 12/18 is a professional development day. You can use the academic trackers for each grade level to follow along with your child’s schedule and assignments for the week:

Thank you for supporting your student by staying involved and engaged with their academic progress and growth! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is any way we can support you as you do so.

Sincerely, Steve & Grace

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