As a matter of law and policy, each Value Schools student and employee has a right to learn and work in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. No Value Schools student or employee shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression.

For a copy of Value Schools Title IX Policy, click for English or Español.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681 et seq.) is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that ensure equality in education. Title IX prohibits discrimination, harassment, exclusion, denial, limitation or separation based on sex or gender. Title IX applies to both male and female students in any educational institution receiving federal funding.

The laws found in the California Education Code 221.5-231.5  are collectively known as the Sex Equity in Education Act. These laws expand upon gender equity and Title IX laws which provide guidance to California’s education system. In particular, students at Value Schools have the following rights:

  1. You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
  2. You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
  3. You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
  4. You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
  5. You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:
    1. Equipment and supplies.
    2. Scheduling of games and practices.
    3. Transportation and daily allowances.
    4. Access to tutoring.
    5. Coaching.
    6. Locker rooms.
    7. Practice and competitive facilities.
    8. Medical and training facilities and services.
    9. Publicity.
  6. You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
  7. You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.
  8. You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.
  9. You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
  10. You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.

 Who is the Title IX Gender Equity Coordinator for Value Schools?

Each of the schools operated by Value Schools has its own Title IX Gender Equity Coordinator.

The names and contact information of the Title IX coordinators for Value Schools are:

Central City Value High School: Principal Joaquin Arroyo, (213) 471-4686

University Prep Value High School: Principal Rob Poyer, (213) 382-1223

Downtown Value School: Principal Claudia Godlewski, (213) 748-8868

Everest Value School: Principal Christopher Medinger, (213) 487-7736

Where can I get more information on the rights of a student and the public and the responsibilities of a public school under Title IX?

The following internet resources are available to find more information regarding rights and responsibilities under Title IX:

California Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity

United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Is there a statute of limitations for filing a complaint for harassment or discrimination?

Any parent, guardian, individual, organization has the right to file a written complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying on the basis of a protected characteristic within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged incident.

How may a complaint be filed more than six months after the incident?

Upon written request by a complainant setting forth reasons for an extension, the CEO of Value Schools or his or her designee may extend the timeline for filing a complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying if good cause is shown. Any extension must be made in writing and may not exceed 90 days following the expiration of the six month time period.

How are complaints investigated?

Complaints filed with Value Schools that allege discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying are generally handled under the Value Schools Uniform Complaint Procedures. (Complaints that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the UCP will be referred to the appropriate office or resource suited to the allegations.) Under the UCP, the principal or other designated official who receives the complaint acknowledges receipt, records the date of receipt, and assigns an investigator. The investigator has 60 calendar days (which may be extended by mutual agreement) to investigate the complaint and to send a letter with findings to relevant parties. The investigator contacts the complainant, unless the complaint is anonymous, and gives complainants and/or their representatives an opportunity to present evidence or information to support the allegations. The investigator also contacts others who may have pertinent knowledge of the situation and seeks data to inform the ultimate report.

The written report of the investigative findings contains the allegations, method of investigation, policy, findings, conclusions, and corrective actions, if applicable. It shall also set out options for appeal to the appropriate agency, such as the California Department of Education or the United States Department of Education.

How may I file a discrimination complaint?

Any individual, public agency or organization may file a written complaint alleging that Value Schools or any of its schools has violated federal or state laws or regulations governing their programs and activities, as well as allegations of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying. Complaints about individual schools should be directed to the principal of that school:

Complaint Managers

Ms. Claudia Godlewski, Principal
Downtown Value School
950 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Mr. Christopher Medinger, Principal
Everest Value School
668 South Catalina Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Mr. Joaquin Arroyo, Principal
Central City Value High School
221 North Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Mr. Robert Poyer, Principal
University Prep Value High School
1929 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Complaints that are not related to a single school, or complaints about a school principal, should be directed to:

Anie Aton, Human Resources Manager
Value Schools
680 Wilshire Place, Suite 315
Los Angeles CA 90005 
(213) 388-8676

A complaint may be filed anonymously if it provides evidence or information supporting an allegation of noncompliance. Complainants making an oral complaint shall be referred to an administrator/designee who will assist any person with a disability or unable to prepare a written complaint. An internal complaint can be made using the Value Schools Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP) form, found on the Value Schools website or any school office.

Value Schools encourages local resolution of all complaints, but a discrimination complaint may be filed with the federal government through these offices:

Office for Civil Rights
San Francisco Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Phone:  (415) 486-5555
Email:  ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Complaint Form

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Downtown Value School Downtown Value School 
950 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 748-8868
Fax: (213) 742-6684
Everest Value School Everest Value School
668 South Catalina Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 487-7736
Fax: (213) 487-7745
Central City Value High School Central City Value High School
221 North Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: (213) 471-4686
Fax: (213) 385-5127
University Prep Value High School University Prep Value High School
1929 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: (213) 382-1223