Archive for Author Francisca Marquez

Cal State Application deadline has been extended

Hello Senior Families!  I want to share an update:

While the November 30 priority deadline has passed, some CSU campuses have extended their Cal State application deadlines for freshman applicants. Deadline extensions may range from mid-December to end of January. If students are still interested in applying to CSU campuses, please review the Application Dates & Deadlines page for more information on which campuses are still open and their deadlines. Some campus deadline extensions are major specific, so please review details. 

If you have additional questions, please reach out to either:


Ms. Marquez, College Counselor :

Mr. Perez, College, Career and Life Teacher:

El Camino College’s Dual Enrollment Webinar Recording

Hello DVS families! I hope you’ve had a great week and are ready for the weekend.  Thank you to all the students and families that joined El Camino College’s Dual Enrollment Webinar.  Here is the recording and here are the slides.This webinar has general information regarding dual enrollment at El Camino College.  If you need information on Dual Enrollment at DVS, please contact Ms. Marquez directly at

Have a lovely weekend!


Grade Level College Planning Meetings: Recordings and Slides

Hello DVS Families,

Thank you to all the families and students who attended their fall grade level College Planning Meeting!  Below are the presentation slides and recordings.  My hope is that this information and resources are useful in your post-DVS planning.

9th grade: Slides  and Recording

10th grade: Slides and Recording

11th grade: Slides and Recording


Have a wonderful thanksgiving break!

Ms. Marquez, College Counselor 

Tonight: College Planning Meetings for Junior Families

Thank you to all the freshman and sophomore families that were able to attend their respective College Planning Meetings this week.  Tonight, I will host a College Planning Meeting for junior families.  Below are the details and Zoom Link:


Tonight, 11/17 from 5pm-6pm


All meetings will be recorded and posted on the blog for your convenience.


I hope you are able to attend!

Ms. Marquez, College Counselor


College Planning Meetings This Week

Hello DVS Students and Families,

I hope you had a fantastic three-day weekend! I will be hosting College Planning Meetings this week. Below are the details:


9th Grade: Tuesday, November 15th from 5pm-6pm

10th Grade: Wednesday, November 16th 5pm-6pm

11th Grade: Thursday, November 17th 5pm-6pm


Here is the zoom link for all college webinar sessions:

All meetings will be recorded and posted on the blog for your convenience.


I hope you are able to attend!


Ms. Marquez, College Counselor

El Camino Dual Enrollment Information Session

Interested in taking Dual Enrollment courses during the school year and/or summer?
El Camino College is offering a Dual Enrollment Information Session for parents and students to learn more about the application process and requirements. This session is highly encouraged for students that have not registered for a Dual Enrollment class before.

Dual Enrollment Information Session (Da Vinci Schools)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

5:00-6:00 p.m.

This 1-hour workshop is for prospective high school students and parents to receive an overview of Dual Enrollment in traditional El Camino College classes as well as in classes offered in partnership with your high school.

No registration necessary – join via link below at 5:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!


**This session will be recorded and posted on the DVS Blog for those unable to attend **





Accessing financial aid is key to supporting students with continuing their education to achieve their career aspirations. Under a new state law: AB 469, high school seniors will be required to complete and submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) or an opt-out form. This requirement begins with the Class of 2023.

 Parents/Guardians who elect not to complete the FAFSA or CADAA should complete an opt-out form by March 2, 2023.  Here is the  FAFSA _CADAA Opt Out Form or seniors may obtain a paper copy from Ms. Marquez. 

Please contact Ms. Marquez directly with any questions: 

UC Application: Personal Insight Question (PIQ) Support

Hello Senior Families,

I hope you’ve had a great week and are ready for fantastic weekend!  We have some additional support for seniors applying to school within the University of California system (UC). A UCLA Ambassadors will conduct a workshop on the Personal Insight Questions (PIQs) tomorrow, Friday, 11/4 at 2:30pm (after school) in Mr. Perez’s room.  Come hear about tips and strategies on the PIQs and get questions answered from a current UCLA student.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Cash for College Event Hosted by El Camino College: Saturday, October 15 from 10am-12pm

Seniors Families!  We encourage you to attend the Cash for College event hosted by El Camino College this Saturday, October 15 from 10am-12pm. This FREE event is for seniors and their families to receive help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) and Chafee Grant for Foster Youth applications.

All students and families are welcome and you do not have to be a current or future El Camino College to attend.  See flyer below for details




Cash 4 College

Financial Aid Workshop Recording and Resources

Thank you to all Da Vincians who joined us on Thursday 10/6 for our Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Families.  In this workshop, we provided a general overview and explanation of the federal student financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) were explained along with grants, federal loans and scholarships.  The session was recorded and can be found HERE

Important Reminders and Resources on Financial Aid:


  • To complete and sign a FAFSA electronically, both the student and the parent need an FSA ID.  CLICK HERE for information/a helpful video on creating an FSA ID.


  • If you are applying to a private college, you many need to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.  The CSS Profile is used to assess the student for institutional aid, which may include merit-based aid.  Here is a list of colleges that requires the CSS Profile.


  • If you are an undocumented student, you may be eligible for the state aid and institutional aid.   Please complete the DREAM Act Applicationto apply for these funds. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.


  • If you are or were a foster youth, you may qualify for the CHAFEE Grant. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.


If you have any questions, please connect with Ms. Marquez, College Counselor :


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