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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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