Claudia Godlewski, Downtown Value School's New PrincipalWe are happy to announce that Mrs. Claudia Godlewski has accepted the position of principal for Downtown Value School. Mrs. Godlewski grew up near DVS in our Pico-Union neighborhood; she earned a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. She is currently working on a doctorate in education in curriculum, instruction and assessment at Walden University.  Since 2013 to the present, Mrs. Godlewski served as the principal at St. Joseph Elementary School in Pomona where she successfully led her veteran faculty through the transition to the Common Core State Standards. Before becoming principal in 2013, she served St. Joseph's as vice principal and junior high school teacher.  Started her career in education as a teacher assistant in an ELD program at Washington Irving Middle School.  We are excited to welcome her back into our community!

As principal, she communicated the vision, set high expectations for students and educators, ensured accountability, created and managed the budget and lastly, was present to all members of the school community. 

Mrs. Claudia Godlewski, our new Downtown Value School Principal, will deliver the same type commitment and dedication she demonstrated at her previous school.

As the instructional leader, she supervised the academic program, evaluated lesson plans, observed classes and encouraged the use of a variety of instructional strategies consistent with current research on learning and child development based on the Common Core State Standards. She believes in leading a team under the same principles that we do at Value Schools and believes that every decision made should be at the center of our students' needs.

Based on her experience, her core values, and her recommendations, we believe Mrs. Godlewski will deliver the same type commitment and dedication she demonstrated at her previous school. We look forward to her sharing that passion with the children, families and staff at Downtown Value School!

In the next few weeks, Mrs. Godlewski will be working with key leads and develop a transitional plan which would allow her to meet each of you, hear your ideas, and share her vision for the school. We are grateful to the staff, faculty and parents who served on the principal search committee. Your questions, insights, honest feedback and generous collaboration were invaluable throughout this process.


Gerry Jacoby, Ana Chavez, and David Doyle


Gerry Jacoby and Rob LovelaceThank you so much for attending the Value Schools Celebration on Thursday, May 4, 2017! The event commemorated everything Value Schools has become over the last fifteen years, and highlighted the profound impact Gerry Jacoby and Rob Lovelace have had on students and families throughout Los Angeles.

We had an amazing turnout - nearly 200 caring individuals throughout Los Angeles came to celebrate with us! We were inspired by your presence and your commitment to transforming education. We hope you had a wonderful evening.

In celebration of Gerry and Rob, we invite you to view once again their tribute videos, and hear from them directly about our important work.

Thank you so much for attending and for your year-long engagement and generosity! We can't do this important work without you!

And be sure to watch again our video Value Schools Is, celebrating the passion, accomplishments and vision of everything we do at Value Schools.

If you would like to take a tour of any of our campuses, or if you have questions, please contact Joshua Julian at

We are thrilled you joined us!

Value Schools is pleased to announce that on Friday, March 9, 2017, Kate Farrar and Matthew O’Connor joined our strong and growing community of Board members!

Kate FarrarKate Farrar is the newest member of our School Board. As Senior Director for Regional Impact at Leadership for Educational Equity, she oversees the work of their western regions where they support current and former teachers to engage through policy, advocacy, organizing, and electoral pursuits, toward the outcome of achieving educational equity for all children in our country. Kate’s career began in the Compton Unified School District, teaching English and ESL. Since then her professional path has included working as a teacher and guidance counselor in the Los Angeles Unified School District, serving as a charter school principal, and working for the Teach For America organization supporting both new teachers and alumni of the program in Los Angeles and across the nation. Kate has been in Los Angeles for nearly 25 years and currently lives downtown.

Matt OConnorMatthew P. O’Connor is the newest member of our Foundation Board. He is president of American Funds Distributors, part of Capital Group. He has 23 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for eight years. Earlier in his career at Capital, Matt led the Institutional Investment Services group, and managed the insurance client relationship group. Prior to joining Capital, he was the managing director of business development at Putnam Investments. He holds an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Anselm College. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Matt is based in Los Angeles.

Value Schools is proud to have both Kate and Matthew join our team. Their expertise and passion will further enable our students and families to flourish.

Victor Reyes, accepted to Harvard UniversityWhen he was a sophomore at Central City Value High School, Victor Reyes attended the Back East Scholars Trip (BEST).  In the span of just three days, he and six other Value Schools students visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Yale University, and Brown University.

"After visiting the universities," remembers Victor, "and especially after seeing the students who looked like me at Harvard Club, I realized I could belong there, too."

Victor applied to Harvard University this year, along with 40,000 other prospective students worldwide. He also applied to MIT, Stanford, and Cal Tech, among others.

Last week, he received an email from Harvard, but waited for his mother to return home from work before reading the results.  The two sat as Victor translated the letter, and jumped for joy as the enormity of Victor’s acceptance to Harvard sank in.

After visiting the universities, and especially after seeing the students who looked like me at Harvard Club, I realized I could belong there, too."
-- Victor Reyes, Senior, accepted to Harvard University and M.I.T.


Just a few days later, Victor received another email, this time from MIT offering a spot on their campus roster!  With nearly 20,000 applications, MIT offers positions to a mere 1,500 students.

Victor is the first in his family to go to university, and the first Value Schools student accepted to Harvard College. Victor plans to focus on computer engineering.


"MIT just made my life more difficult," exclaimed Victor. "Now I've got even more decisions to make!" 

These are good problems to have, and we know Victor will make the decision wisely! Victor has not accepted either invitation yet, as he waits for a response from two more top schools – Cal Tech and, his top choice, Stanford University, both due to arrive later this month.

Congratulations, Victor, you make Value Schools proud!

Young Women in STEM 21On February 22, 2017, four 8th Grade girls from Downtown Value School attended an event called Engaging Girls and Young Women in STEM, hosted by LACOE, the CDE, and the California Commission on the status of Women at the LA Arboretum in Santa Anita, CA.

Te coalition of agencies are working together to promote statewide outreach to highlight and encourage girls and young women to explore, enroll, and complete STEM courses.

The event provided the girls with the opportunity to interact with women who are professionals in STEM related fields in small group settings to discuss things like motivation, challenges, and career pathways.

See the photos!

There were representatives from JPL, CalTech, pharmacology labs, The Planetary Society, and many other STEM based organizations. There were also booths set up for the girls to participate in science and engineering activities and challenges, as well as a star gazing center outside.

It rained fairly hard for about an hour during the event, but after it cleared, Downtown Value School students left to find a glorious rainbow!

2016 Year End ReportFor fifteen years Value Schools has provided students with an education that makes a difference. With four campuses serving students from kindergarten to 12th grade, Value Schools now offers even more opportunities for a free, public educational option to families who live in some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Los Angeles. We offer hope and opportunity in safe, nurturing environments where students are both challenged and supported. We provide a strong choice for parents who appreciate the absolute necessity of a good education for their child. Please take a look at some of the highlights from 2016.

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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