Value Schools has a rich history, having a large impact in a short period of time. Our Five Values have led the way to a positive and fruitful educational experience for youth in the urban center of Los Angeles.
|July 1, 2000||Dr. Jerome R. Porath founds Value Schools.|
|July-August 2001||Value Schools operates a fee-based summer enrichment program for 150 students in grades K-6 in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles.|
|September 2001-June 2002||Value Schools operates a free kindergarten for 15 students in cooperation with the Las Familias del Pueblo community center in the Los Angeles garment district. Classes are held in the community center. The program is entirely funded with private donations.|
|December 1, 2001||The Los Angeles Unified School District grants a charter for Downtown Value School to educate students from kindergarten through eighth grade.|
|May 3, 2002||The Internal Revenue Service grants Value Schools tax-exempt status as a Section 501(c)(3) organization.
|July-August 2002||Value Schools again holds its summer enrichment program in the Crenshaw neighborhood.|
|September 1, 2002||Downtown Value School opens with 9 students in kindergarten and 16 in first grade with classes still at the Las Familias center.|
|February 1, 2003||The Los Angeles Unified School District grants a charter for Central City Value High School to educate students in ninth through twelfth grade.|
|June 1, 2003||Value Schools leases a building in downtown Los Angeles on the southwest corner of Washington and Toberman to be the permanent site for Downtown Value School and it leases a building on Westmoreland Avenue in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood (Belmont Senior High School attendance area) to be the permanent site for Central City Value High School.|
|July 1, 2003||Value Schools initiates the process to obtain a Conditional Use Permit with the Los Angeles Planning Department to use the Westmoreland property as a school for Central City Value High School.|
|September 1, 2003||Downtown Value School begins its second school year with 55 students in kindergarten through 4th grade in its newly renovated facility on Washington Boulevard. Central City Value High Schools begins its first year with 83 students in the 9th grade and classes are held on the second floor of Downtown Value School's facility.|
|June 1, 2004||Downtown Value School's enrollment grows during its second year from 55 students to 90 students.|
|September 1, 2004||Downtown Value School adds classes for 5th and 6th grades and begins its third year with 243 students. Central City Value High School adds a 10th grade, accepts modular classrooms on the campus of Westchester High School, and begins its second year with 179 students.|
|December 1, 2004||After almost eighteen months the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission approves the Conditional Use Permit for the Central City Value High School to use the Westmoreland property.|
|August 1, 2005||Downtown Value School posts a gain on the California Academic Performance Index (API) of 115 points, the largest of any elementary school in Los Angeles. Central City posts a gain on the API of 127 points, the largest of any secondary school in Los Angeles.|
|September 1, 2005||Downtown Value Schools adds a 7th grade and begins its fourth year with 345 students. Central City Value School adds an 11th grade, moves from Westchester to East Los Angeles, and opens its third year with 194 students.|
|December 1, 2005||Value Schools negotiates a deal with private investor to purchase the Westmoreland property and renovate it for Central City Value High School's use as a school building. The anticipated "move-in" date is September 2006.|
|September 1, 2006||Downtown Value Schools adds an eighth grade and opens its fifth year with 394 students. Central City Value High School's building is not ready, so it temporarily rents classrooms from two churches near its Westmoreland site. The school adds a twelfth grade and begins the year with 231 students.|
|January 1, 2007||Value Schools purchases the Washington Boulevard facility for Downtown Value School.|
|May 1, 2007||Central City Value High School finally moves into its permanent facility on Westmoreland.|
|June 1, 2007||Central City Value High School graduates its first class. Of the forty-three graduates, forty are accepted at two- or four-year colleges or universities.
|July 1, 2007||The Los Angeles Unified School District renews the charter of Downtown Value School for a second five-year term.|
|September 1, 2007||Downtown Value School begins its sixth year with 411 students. Central City Value High School begins its fifth year, and the first in its new facility, with 312 students.|
|June 1, 2008||The Los Angeles Unified School District renews the charter of Central City Value High School for a second five-year term.|
|September 1, 2009||Downtown Value School opens the year with 447 students and Central City Value High School with 350.|
|January 15, 2012||The Los Angeles Unified School District renews the charter of Downtown Value School for a third five-year term.|
|January 15, 2013||The Los Angeles Unified School District renews the charter of Central City Value High School for a third five-year term.|
|December 17, 2013||The Los Angeles Unified School District grants a charter for Everest Value School to educate students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.|
|August, 2014||Everest Value School opens in leased space at the parish house of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, and quickly fills the space available with 175 students.|
|November 18, 2014||The Los Angeles Unified School District grants a charter for University Prep Value High School to educate students in ninth through twelfth grade.|
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|U.S. News and World Report Silver Medal School||Value Schools is a proud member of the California Charter Schools Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)|