At Value Schools, we seek to foster a strong, supportive academic community.

Dr. Jerome Porath, Founder of Value Schools, explains the Values for the Orchid Award.

Established

Value Schools incorporated as a California, non-profit public benefit corporation on July 19, 2000. Value Schools received its Section 501(c)(3) status on May 3, 2002.

Our Mission

The Value Schools mission is to establish and support high quality, values based elementary and secondary charter schools for populations of students who have been historically underserved by the public school system.

Many students today, particularly in urban areas, are not getting the quality of education they deserve. Over-crowded and failing public schools are especially common in low-income neighborhoods where there are often high concentrations of minority students. These are students who could succeed in a regular school, but do not presently have the opportunity. It is with these students that Value Schools works to make an enduring difference.

Who we serve

Value Schools serves youth from urban areas from Kindergarten to 12th Grade, currently at three school sites: Downtown Value School, serving K-8th Grade; Everest Value School, serving K-8th Grade; and Central City Value High School, serving 9th-12th Grade. University Prep Value High School, serving 9th-12 Grade, will open in August, 2015.

Downtown Value School is a charter school serving 456 students in grades K-8. The school opened in September 2002 serving 24 students, but quickly grew to serve its full capacity. The school's charter was renewed by Los Angeles Unified for a third, five-year term in January 2012.

  • 96% of the students are from low-income families,
  • over 30% are English language learners, and
  • 99% are of Hispanic origin.

Everest Value School is a charter school serving 175 students in grades K-8. The school opened in August, 2014 and was at full capacity in its first semester of operation.

  • 98% of the students are from low-income families,
  • 55% are English language learners, and
  • 95% are of Hispanic origin.

Central City Value School is a charter school serving 471 students in grades 9-12. The school began in September 2003 with 90 students. The school is still growing to its capacity of 480 students. The Los Angeles Unified renewed the school's charter for a third, five-year term in January 2013.

  • 99% of the students are from low-income families,
  • 60% are English language learners, and
  • 98% are of Hispanic origin.

How do colleges view Value School Graduates?

Central City Value High School has had graduation rates much higher than other schools in the Los Angeles area. Its graduates have been accepted to schools such as:

UCLA CSU Dominguez Hills UC Santa Barbara CSU Los Angeles
UC Irvine CSU Fullerton UC Riverside Cal Poly Pomona
UC Berkeley UC Santa Cruz

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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) 471-4693
University Prep Value High School University Prep Value High School
700 Wilshire Blvd, 4th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 335-3730