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During the last weekend in October, the senior class of 111 students from University Prep Value High School experienced the Virtus Arete Senior Retreat in Big Bear, California.

Started at Central City Value High School in 2007, the four-day retreat was originally modeled after the Catholic youth retreat program entitled Kairos. Value Schools secularized major components of the retreat and now provides a sustained and focused retreat experience for students, faculty and staff.

Since its inception, every graduating senior from Value Schools can participate in this unique, four-day experience. Now poised with its first graduating senior class, University Prep Value School is joining its students with the pantheon of alumni that have come before.

Grounded and framed by the five values, the designed exercises help students reflect on their lives by examining their choices, their relationships, and their self-perceptions. The students contemplate their personal and educational prospects, and imagine how the values can be used to accomplish greater goals.


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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