DowntownLogoFinalDowntown Value School is open to all students eligible to attend, regardless of abilities, disabilities, or where they live. If the number of students applying to Downtown Value School exceeds the number of enrollment slots available, California Charter laws state that a public lottery must be held where students are placed on an enrollment waiting list to determine which students will have the opportunity to attend.

Applications for Downtown Value School are accepted beginning each July for the following school year. The lottery is held on the second Thursday each February. Spots are not guaranteed, and you do not have to be present for the drawing to be accepted to the school.

Now Enrolling for 2020-2021

Siblings of students currently enrolled in Downtown Value School and students related to Downtown Value School staff have priority on the waitlist and will be offered a space before other applicants during the lottery.  However, siblings of students currently enrolled who apply after the lottery is held will be placed at the end of the waiting list after non-siblings.

Before attending Downtown Value School for the first time, a student must be admitted to the school. The admission process includes a parent induction program and a student orientation. A parent's decision to attend in no way impacts the student's admission or enrollment. Click here for common Application FAQs.

For more detailed admission policies, please refer to the Downtown Value School Charter.


Or download and complete a PDF lottery application and return it to the school in 
English or Spanish.

No- or Low-Cost Health Care

Did you know ALL students attending Value Schools, regardless of legal status or position, are eligible for no- or low-cost health care through Medi-Cal and Covered California? And since 2015, all children with Medi-Cal and Covered California health coverage have dental coverage, too! Find out more about no- or low-cost health coverage for Value Schools’ families at the following links.

  1. Know Your Health Insurance Rights
  2. Healthy Students Make Good Learners
  3. Family Health Coverage Options
  4. The ABCs of Health Coverage for ALL Kids
  5. Selecting a Managed Care Plan
  6. Dental Coverage for the Medi-Cal and Covered California Child
  7. Four Easy Steps to Get Health Care for Your Family
  8. Fact Sheet AB 2706

Value Schools does not discriminate against a pupil who does not have health care coverage or use any information relating to a pupil’s health care coverage or interest in learning about health care coverage in any manner that would bring harm to the pupil or the pupil’s family.

Parent Induction Program

Before attending a Downtown Value School for the first time, a student must be admitted to the school. The admission process includes a parent induction program and a student orientation. A parent’s decision to not attend in no way impacts the student’s admission or enrollment.

The induction program is an educational program designed to facilitate the parent’s acceptance of the expectations by Downtown Value School. The first step is a conference with the school’s principal or another administrator prepared to undertake the role. In the conference the school’s expectations for both the student and parent are outlined and the range of parent support opportunities is presented. The parent is encouraged to identify the problems or obstacles that he or she may fear. The principal guides the parent through possible solutions to these hindrances.  The conference concludes with an invitation to the parent to make a commitment to support the core values and to cooperate with the school in the formation of the student in these values. 

The induction program continues at each parent gathering. At these meetings parents come to understand more of their role in assisting in their children’s education. Students will join the parent for the conclusion of the conference and also make a commitment to the core values.

Student Orientation

Critical to the success of any school is the willingness of the students to do the work of the school. Downtown Value School proposes to conduct a program to help students not only be willing participants in the school activities, but also to embrace the five core values.

The program begins with a specially designed student orientation. The orientation demonstrates the value of school in the life of the student. The orientation is constructed to help form the affective dimension of the students and to suggest motivations that are meaningful to students.

The orientation is conducted during the same time frame as the parent induction program. In this way the student should be prepared to sign a commitment to the core values before actually beginning in school.

Downtown Value School is committed to providing a learning environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. The school prohibits discrimination and harassment based on individual’s actual or perceived sex, sexual orientations, gender, (including gender identity), ethnic group identification, race ancestry, age or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission or access to school programs and activities. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission to or participation in school program or activities.

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Downtown Value Distance Learning Classrooms

Thoughout the remainder of the year, Downtown Value School is supporting all our students and families in our online and offline platforms. For information on meals, classrooms, technology requests, and all academic work, please visit the Downtown Value School Distant Learning Plan. And be sure to visit the Downtown Value Parent Workshop Facebook page.

COVID-19 Resources

Value Schools is directing families to some important resources during this difficult time. See them here.

Welcoming Parents to the 2020/2021 School Year

"Back-to-school” is always a time of hope and promise at Value Schools, and we will not let Covid-19 dampen our enthusiasm for building safe, nurturing communities to help you educate your children. Read the letter from CEO David Doyle.

Welcoming Teachers and Staff for 2020/2021

We are so proud of how all of you – teachers, leaders, and support staff – have stepped up to fulfill your unique roles during this crisis. Read the letter from CEO David Doyle.


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950 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 748-8868
Fax: (213) 742-6684
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