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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

South Bay Families Connected Resources

Our youth wellness partner, South Bay Families Connected, invites you to connect with their free and accessible online parent and guardian resources to help provide you and your children with self-care and greater connection this holiday season. Below are resources featured this month:

For resources created for students, visit the SBFC Virtual Teen Center where a wide variety of mental health and wellness topics are covered. To see more youth wellness resources provided by Da Vinci Schools and SBFC, please visit Da Vinci Schools Families Connected.

’22-’23 Wellness Screener

In an effort to be more proactive in supporting students’ mental health, a wellness screener will be given to all students at Da Vinci Science HS. Results from the screener will be used by the counselors to create interventions such as coping skills groups, counselor check ins, and referrals for therapy.

Scores will not be shared with students or parents. Parents will be notified, and parent consent is required if a student is referred to receive counseling services delivered by Antioch or Pepperdine therapists. If you would like your child to OPT-OUT and NOT PARTICIPATE in the screener, please fill out this form by Wednesday, November 16.

Be well,
DVS Counselors

Opt Out Form

Free Youth Mental Health and Social Emotional Wellness Resources

Did you know that Da Vinci Schools are a South Bay Families Connected (SBFC) Partner District? SBFC is a youth mental health and social emotional wellness non-profit providing free online resources, support groups, educational videos and more to families at 115 schools in the South Bay. SBFC has resources, tips, articles, videos and more for both parents and teens regarding issues of stress management, depression, body image, substance abuse, social media and more. All Da Vinci Schools parents, guardians and teens are invited to visit our unique Da Vinci Schools Families Connected to access this resource, free of charge.

Suicide Prevention Day and Mental Health Support

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

Individuals and organizations around the world join their voices to broadcast the message that everyone can take action for suicide prevention. We all have a role to play in suicide prevention. There are actions you can take right now to support yourself and those around you:

  • Together we can Take Action for Mental Health by learning more, checking-in with ourselves and others, and getting support when needed. Visit for more information.
  • Together we can Take Action for Suicide Prevention by knowing the signs for suicide, finding the words to check-in with someone we are concerned about, and reaching out to resources. Visit for more information.

We view mental health and well-being as a priority. In support of this, we have invested in several resources that you can access whenever you need help. Remember, you are not alone and it is a true act of bravery and strength to seek help.  

We encourage you to utilize on-campus resources, and save the community resource so you can easily find them if you or someone you know needs help.

On campus:

  • Students can receive on-going on-campus therapy with a therapist from Antioch University or Pepperdine University. Please contact Ms. Ruiz, for details. Parent permission is required to receive services from Antioch or Pepperdine.

In our community:

Da Vinci Schools has partnered with Care Solace to support our community’s mental health.

If you or a family member is looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can quickly find treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of the circumstance.

Care Solace’s care navigation services are confidential and complimentary to  Da Vinci Schools’s students, staff, and their families. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

In an emergency:

  • Call 911 or and request a Crisis Intervention Trained (C.I.T.) response
  • Go to the closest emergency room for support
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or chat at
  • Text “Hello” or “Home” to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor
  • Trevor Lifeline LGBTQQ+ Crisis Support: 1-866-488-7386

Counselor Announcements

Class of 2022:
Your final high school transcript will be sent to the college you reported in Parchment as your final destination college.  Please allow a couple weeks for the college to process your transcript. You may track your transcript via Parchment to ensure that the college of your choice received the document.

El Camino Transcript Request:
If you need an official El Camino transcript:

Counseling/Academic Questions and Support

If you have any counseling related questions, Ms. Corinne Valle will be available to support all students and families.  Please contact her via email at: during her available hours: Monday-Friday 8am-12pm from June 14th- July 1st.

Work Permit:
To obtain a work permit please download the Work Permit Application. Fill out and email the work permit application to Liz Diaz at . Please allow 2-3 days for her to process this form and email you the work permit.

Dual Enrollment:

If you would like to take a community college course, please submit your completed dual enrollment form (ex. community college ID#, course name and number, parent signature) to Ms. Valle, Please allow 2-3 business days for her to process this form.

Steps to Dual Enrollment

For all other inquiries please contact Grace Long,, Principal of Da Vinci Science.

If you are experiencing a crisis, please use the following numbers:
Crisis Text Line: Text “HELLO” to 741741
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Trevor Project Lifeline (Available 24/7; Confidential Suicide Hotline for LGBT Youth): 866-488-7386
California Youth Hotline (24/7) – Bilingual – Call 1-800-843-5200
Emergency Situation Call 911

Have a safe and restful Summer Break!

-The Counselors

Fall 2022 El Camino College Dual Enrollment Class

Hi DVS Rising Juniors and Seniors,

The deadline to submit dual enrollment forms for BUS 101, Introduction to Business has been extended. We ask that all Dual Enrollment forms be submitted to Ms. Valle,, by Tuesday, June 14th. 

  • BUS 101- Intro To Business (formally known as BUS 25)
    • T/Th  3:30-4:55 (Live Online/Synchronous)

Just a reminder, if your student enrolled for the Dual Enrollment classes with El Camino College in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 they DO NOT need to reapply for El Camino College, they only need to submit a Dual Enrollment form. If it is your first time enrolling in Dual Enrollment classes, you do need to complete an El Camino College application as well as the Dual Enrollment form.

Also, please make sure the 7-digit ECC ID # listed on the Dual Enrollment form is all numbers and no letters. The CCC ID is not the same ID as the ECC ID.

Need help with the application process? click here. 

For the course descriptions of the classes offered in Fall 2022, click here.

College Planning Webinars

Hello DVS Families! Happy May! It is hard to believe that we have 6 weeks left in the school year. As the year is wrapping up, the counseling team wanted to share college information as it pertains to grades 9-11. Please see the links below for the grade specific recordings, slides, and Zoom links for office hours next week.

9th: Webinar/Slides – Office Hours on Monday, 5/9 at 4:30pm on Zoom

10th: Webinar/Slides – Office Hours on Tuesday, 5/10 at 4:30 on Zoom. Password: Ruiz

11th: Webinar/Slides – Office Hours on Wednesday, 5/11 at 4:30 on Zoom

Please feel free to contact your student’s respective counselor with questions.

Ms. Valle (A-F),

Ms. Ruiz (G-M),

Ms. Rodrigues (N-Z),

El Camino College Spring 2022 Dual Enrollment Class Registration Now Open!

Registration for El Camino College Spring 2022 Dual Enrollment is NOW OPEN! Here is the class information:

Psychology 101- General Psychology
(Synchronous Class)

This course is an introduction to child development from conception through adolescence with an emphasis on the interaction between the maturational processes and environmental factors relating to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe and interview children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Also, the effect of cultural influences on development will be studied.

3 units; 3 hours lecture

Transfer CSU, UC

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Start Date: Tuesday February 15th, 2022

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

What: College courses at Da Vinci, through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for all Cal State and UC 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 can are appreciated.

Where: Classes will be held virtually on the El Camino College student portal.

If you are interested, make sure you apply to El Camino College Spring 2022 term and turn in the attached completed dual enrollment form with your student ID number and/or the application confirmation number to your counselor by Thursday December 16th, 2021 by 12:00pm. Classes start on Tuesday February 15th, 2022. To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class, the student will need to pass all their academic classes, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a junior or senior. Space is limited and we are accepting forms on a first come first serve basis!

For more information click on the following links:

Spring 2022 DVD-DVC-DVS College Course

Applying to El Camino College

Do I Need to Apply Again?

Application for Admission Help

Dual Enrollment Application

9th Grade College Counseling Webinar Recording

Thank you to the students, parents, and guardians that were able to attend the 9th Grade College Counseling Webinar yesterday. Here is the recording and slides for those who were not able to attend.

We added links to POSSE and Questbridge on the Scholarship Search slide. Posse is a full-tuition scholarship and Questbridge is a full, four-year scholarship that includes tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, and travel expenses.

Please feel free to send us follow up questions by filling out the Q&A form.

-DVS Counselors

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