10We are shaped by our communities and instructed by our values.

Since 2006, hundreds of students, staff and alumni from Central City Value High School have volunteered at Angelica Lutheran Church to serve thousands of Thanksgiving Day dinners to families in the Pico Union community.

Our tradition with Angelica Lutheran Church began in 2003 when Rev. Carlos Paiva generously provided classroom space to Central City Value in its first year of operation.

As our school community has grown, giving back has become a Value Schools-wide tradition. University Prep Value High School and Everest Value School have joined their peers from Central City Value to give back to their Pico Union families and neighbors.

Value Schools CEO David Doyle reflected on the commitment he made to Rev. Carlos and his community in 2006.
“We are grateful for their support,” said Doyle, “and we serve each year because we want students to remember the kindness given to them and then to ‘pay it forward.’ Without the support of Rev. Carlos over the years, Central City Value High School would not exist today.”

It feels nice to be able to provide service to those who are less fortunate and might not be able to afford a meal with their families.  It gives me time to reflect on what we have and for what we are thankful."
-- Brenda S., University Prep Value High School student

Alumni return each season to do just that. Jennifer G., an alumnus from Downtown Value in 2007, Central City Value in 2011, and graduate from California State University, Northridge in 2015 said, “I volunteer because it gives me an opportunity to give back to my community and because I enjoy helping others. It’s very rewarding seeing how happy the families get when we serve them a thanksgiving dinner.“

But even students too young to remember the first days of Central City Value understand the importance of their service.

“Serving on Thanksgiving has become a tradition of giving back,” said Brenda S., an 11th grade student at University Prep Value High School. “It feels nice to be able to provide service to those who are less fortunate and might not be able to afford a meal with their families.  It gives me time to reflect on what we have and for what we are thankful.”

 

Rev. Carlos was so moved by the commitment Value Schools has shown to the Pico Union community, he testified before the LA City Council to secure a Conditional Use Permit for University Prep Value. His testimony, along with those from Value Schools’ parents, students and faculty, allowed for the construction of our second high school completed just in time for the 2017 school year.

Sadly, Rev. Carlos passed away in November of 2016, but the commitment of Value Schools continues to thrive.

orientationStarting any new enterprise, adventure or career comes with excitement, trepidation and even some anxiety.

Value Schools launched the VS Orientation Team in the summer of 2017 to inform new recruits about what it means to be a part of the Value Schools community. 

Mr. Doyle fashioned a team of students, parents and veteran teachers that could distill and convey their Value Schools experience to new board members, teachers and staff.

The focus was to understand the words of the values, and how those words can be turned into action. Some actions are small, some large, but when practiced daily, the values can be used to accomplish big goals.

Ligia Salazar, Office Manager at Everest Value School, managed the Team and helped decide how the core values would be best explained to the newest members of the Value Schools’ family.  Over dinner at headquarters, seasoned leaders met with new recruits, heard testimonials and watched videos illustrating the values. Team members discussed the impact Value Schools has had on their education, their careers, and their families.

For example, Edgar Ballesteros – a graduate of Downtown Value, Central City Value, and UC Santa Barbara – conveyed how the values compelled him throughout his own educational career. And after receiving so much from Value Schools, Mr. Ballesteros said he returned to Central City Value to give back to his community, now as a teacher!

Other members of the team shared stories and experiences as well, and newcomers left the orientation with a clearer sense of how the values can move from words to action.

 

Follow-up meetings are planned for the second semester to further develop our new practitioners understanding of the values.

leadership2As Value Schools continues to strengthen, this school year has given teachers and administrators the chance to take on wider responsibilities. We value the individual growth of every student at each of our four campuses; and we value the adult leaders at the core of each school community.

For the 2017-2018 school year, several veteran teachers and staffs have been promoted from within, filling seven of eight leadership positions.

Two new Principals

  • Claudia Godlewski (the only leader hired outside the Value Schools network) joins us from her previous position of Principal at St. Joseph School
  • Robert Poyer at University Prep proceeds from his previous position as Vice Principal

Three new Vice Principals

  • Karla Orellana at Downtown Value moves from her previous position as 8th Grade math teacher
  • Laura Diosdado at Central City Value advances from her position as College Counselor
  • Carla Vazquez, at University Prep Value progresses from her position as Director of Special Education

Two new Deans of Students

  • Feager Pertilla at Downtown Value grows from consultant and substitute teacher
  • Vanessa Navarro at University Prep Value moves from her position as Freshman Seminar teacher

Lastly, David Doyle moved from his position as founding Principal at University Prep Value to his new position as CEO of Value Schools where he replaced Gerry Jacoby. Also promoted from within, Ms. Jacoby served as CEO for three years after being the founding principal of Downtown Value School.

Value Schools knows the best teachers of today develop the leaders of tomorrow. We encourage professional growth from within, and actively support those willing to take advantage of leadership opportunities. Our staffs know that by exploring their passions in the classroom, they can simultaneously develop pathways developed to encourage lifelong careers.

building 03Building a school is not easy. Public hearings, environmental examinations, design and construction all take time.

University Prep Value freshman, sophomores and juniors entered their new and permanent home at 1929 W. Pico Blvd. on the first day of school this year.

Their two-year stint at a temporary location in downtown Los Angeles served as a reminder of one of Value Schools foundational principals, said CEO David Doyle.

“It’s important for us all to remember that a school is not a building,” said Doyle. “A school is the people inside the building, the people who care about one another, who have each other’s back, and who help one another become better students, scholars and citizens.”

The importance of strong schools, strong communities, have never been greater. We owe it to our communities to ensure positive educational opportunities for all our children."
-- Mónica García, LAUSD District Two Board Member

Gilbert Cedillo, Los Angeles City District One Councilman, and Mónica García, LAUSD District Two Board Member, joined students, teachers and families for a ribbon cutting on September 9, 2017.

“The importance of strong schools, strong communities, have never been greater,” said Ms. García. “We owe it to our communities to ensure positive educational opportunities for all our children.”

Students have also reflected on the importance of their strong community. Brenda S., who was struggling academically in her local school, was brought reluctantly to University Prep Value.

 

“My mother brought me here and I didn’t want to come,” Brenda explained. “But now I am truly thankful because University Prep pushed me to do better. I have become inspired here and motivated by the support I get, and now I know I will reach my goal. I have completely changed my life, and my academics are now my main priority, all thanks to UP.”

Value Schools will continue to build safe, nurturing spaces for young people to thrive as there are students and families who need us.

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Value Schools Foundation Board Member Matthew O’Connor and his Family at Heal the Bay

One outcome of the Value Schools’ Student Leadership Conference in July was confirmation we have greater impact on the world working together than in isolation. Students committed themselves then to reaching beyond the doors of their own campus to gain support from other students at Value Schools and their wider communities.

Students banded together and helped execute the largest “Heal the Bay” event in Value Schools history.

On September 16, over 200 hundred students, parents, faculty and administrators from our four schools, along with members of our Value Schools Board of Directors, participated in the infamous beach clean up in Venice Beach.

Value Schools home office provided busses for each school to fill with eager volunteers of all ages. 

 

The power of our community is growing, beyond the doors of a single campus, and our students and families are giving back – together.

ls4The primary purpose at this year's Value Schools Leadership Summit in June was the implementation of Leverage Leadership by our academic teams and educators.

Principals, vice-principals and academic coaches from each school presented accountability plans intended to provide excellent, targeted, and supported instruction across each school campus.

In part, leadership teams used the book Leverage Leadership, A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo as a guide and clear starting point for their work.

The opportunity only solidified our commitment to the values and helped us better understand that all students matter!”
-- Robert Poyer, Principal, University Prep Value

Their goal: focus their efforts and experience to help all our educators get the guidance and skills they need to ensure all students reach their highest academic potential. By sharing plans, leaders from each campus borrowed from and built on the ideas heard throughout the day, learning and supporting one another as they went.

Rob Poyer, Principal at University Prep Value High School, reflected on the event by saying, "We were able to work collaboratively to help our students reach their fullest potential by creating detailed coaching plans for our teachers. We had the opportunity to present our plans to leaders at each campus and utilize the best practices emerging from all our schools. The opportunity only solidified our commitment to the values and helped us better understand that all students matter!"

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Our CEO David Doyle stated one of the most important outcomes Value Schools seeks for its faculty and staff: "We want our teachers to say, 'I want to teach at a Value Schools because its leadership will train and support me, developing my own potential as a teacher for the benefit of all our students.'"

 

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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) 385-5127
University Prep Value High School University Prep Value High School
1929 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: (213) 382-1223