About Us

DVS350Downtown Value School’s mission is to facilitate the learning of elementary and middle school students who come from underserved populations by providing a highly focused academic program in a community that fosters character development with a core set of values. Downtown Value School is committed to helping students grow into persons who make a positive difference for their community and their world throughout their lives.

Downtown Value School (“DVS”) has been building a special community of dedicated parents, students and staff. By encouraging students, parents, and staff to work together to deliver and experience the best academic and interpersonal environment possible, and by rigorously adhering to research-based pedagogy, Downtown Value School has become an essential part of the Pico-Union community.

The academic performance of Downtown Value School compares favorably to the performance levels in the neighborhood schools its students would otherwise attend and to those in similar schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In English Language Arts, Downtown Value School’s performance equaled or exceeded the academic performance of the public schools that the Charter School pupils would otherwise have been required to attend, outranking 19 out of 20 comparison schools in a measure of the percentage of students that met or exceeded grade level standards on the Smarter Balanced Exam.

Compared to LAUSD similar schools and resident schools identified by the CDE, Downtown Value School is also performing well in Mathematics. Downtown Value School outranked 17 out of 20 comparison schools in a measure of the percentage of students that met or exceeded grade level standards on the Smarter Balanced Exam.

In order to form a strong community, there are high expectations at Downtown Value School for student behavior, parent behavior, and staff behavior. By each of us striving to do our best to help our children succeed, together we can be the "village" it takes to raise and educate the next generation.

Here at DVS, we are committed to five core values:

    • Academic excellence is the means to a full life
    • Each person can develop to his or her fullest potential
    • Each individual is unique and deserves respect
    • A safe, nurturing community is essential to academic excellence
    • Service to others and the community is a responsibility of an educated person

We strive to make these values real to our whole community, and to continually find better ways to help them take root in your children. These are values that can guide them and support them, not just for the time they are with us, but throughout their adult lives as well.

We are looking forward to getting to know you. We hope that you will find DVS a place to call home.

Ms. Claudia Godlewski
Principal, DVS 

For a comprehensive list of important Downtown Value School documents, visit our School Regulations, Plans, & Policies section.

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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 St.
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