Brittany L. celebrates with College Counselor Laura Diosdado after breaking into the Ivy Leagues!

 

Brittany L. celebrates with College Counselor Laura Diosdado after breaking into the Ivy Leagues!

Every spring, a tidal wave of good news spreads across campus at Central City Value High school as our seniors announce which college they will attend in the fall.

Because of their hard work and dedication, the class of 2016 can boast a 54% increase of students accepted to the UC system!

And 98% of students are attending 4- and 2-year universities!

The goal of each senior class at Central City Value High School has been to outperform the previous year’s seniors when it comes to college acceptances. This year the bar was raised higher than ever before!  As each class graduates, our students dream bigger and explore possibilities nearly unthinkable in years past.

The race begins every September as students sit for hours working on their applications to four- and two-year universities. With hard work and sometimes tears, each strike of the keyboard brings students closer to the finish line. Students sacrifice personal and family time. The Central City Value staff rally behind our students to help during and after school. 

The class of 2016 has good reason to boast! This year:

  • 54% more students have been accepted to the UC system!
  • 97% of seniors are on track to receive their diplomas!
  • 63% of graduates will be attending 4-year universities and colleges!
  • 98% of graduates will be attending 2- or 4-year universities and colleges!

Value Schools can also take pride in our first Ivy League acceptance to Brown University, as well as acceptances to the University of Southern California (USC) and New York University (NYU)! Indeed this year is one for the record books!

Here are just a few of the highlights!!!

Name University/College of Choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name University/College of Choice

 Brittany L.

 Brown University

Hughett M.

University of California, Irvine

Alicia D.

New York University

Emanuela T.

University of California, Irvine

Brodrick A.

Woodbury University

Johathan A.

University of California, Merced

Edith E.

University of Southern California

Cindy M.

University of California, Merced

Andy P.

University of California, Los Angeles

Samantha A.

University of California, Riverside

Luis S.

University of California, Los Angeles

Enma B.

University of California, Riverside

Jocelyn F.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Abigail G.

University of California, Riverside

Geraldo G.

University of California, Davis

Xiomara L.

University of California, Riverside

Karla J.

University of California, Davis

Yarelyn M.

University of California, Riverside

Chowdhury B.

University of California, Irvine

Fabiola M.

University of California, Riverside

Irma C.

University of California, Irvine

Julie O.

University of California, Riverside

Evelyn M.

University of California, Irvine

Melissa R.

University of California, Riverside

Jae K.

University of California, Irvine

Leslie R.

University of California, Riverside


Congratulations to all our seniors, and many thanks to Laura Diosdado, Central City Value’s College Counselor, for guiding and supporting our students so successfully through the college selection process!

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Back East Scholars Trip (BEST) participants (students Riel, Ximena, Cyruss, Viviane, Daniela, and Ashley) dressed up for the Harvard Club with Grant Cambridge, Nayeli Reyes and Harvard guide Andreé Franco Vasquez.

For the fourth year in a row, Grant Cambridge, Value Schools board chair, has generously provided to six academically-promising Central City students the opportunity of a lifetime-an all-expenses-paid trip to New England to tour some of the most prestigious schools in the country! Dubbed the Back East Scholars' Trip (BEST), this experience exposes Value Schools' students to educational institutions and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.

For Value Schools students, visiting college and university campuses “back East” is a new and eye-opening experience. Riel, Ximena, Cyruss, Viviane, Daniela, and Ashley all broadened their educational horizons in a whirlwind three-day trip. The group visited Brown University, Yale University, Connecticut College, Boston University, and Harvard University, as well as the Mystic Seaport Museum.

The purpose of the trip is to help students and families understand that access to institutions like these is not necessarily out of reach... It’s broadening their perspectives, their horizons, exposing them to something they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to experience. ”
– Grant Cambridge, Value Schools' Board Chair

Mr. Cambridge and Ms. Reyes, Central City Value High School’s Leadership Council Moderator, began this year’s BEST journey months ago.  Central City Value students interested in participating completed applications last semester, and were chosen based not on grades, but on school and extra-curricular engagement, educational aspirations, and teacher feedback.

"The purpose of the trip," explained Mr. Cambridge, "is to help students and families understand that access to institutions like these is not necessarily out of reach."

In a meeting with families brought together a week before the trip to review the itinerary, Mr. Cambridge shared his personal educational journey. He underscored his experience of not receiving the needed guidance on college strategy, and the importance of this kind of exposure in the minds of young scholars.  They heard first-hand from Brittany, now a Senior at Central City Value High School who attended the BEST trip in its first year. She explained how it made possible her ultimate acceptance and scholarship award to Brown University.

"Some of these schools seem impossible to us," said Brittany, "but that moment, seeing students walking on campus, students like me, made me realize that I could do it."

They looked like me, and came from where I came from, and it makes me feel like I can do it, too, if I try really hard.”
– Ximena, Central City Value High School sophomore

Hearing about the financial possibility of going to an expensive private institution is one thing.  But for our students, visiting the campuses of these famous institutions, and seeing students like them, made college access feel possible. College students with similar backgrounds and aspirations as our students guided each campus tour.  Visits to college libraries and dorms led to questions about admissions, cost, and the cultural and social adjustments our students will most likely face when going to college.

"The fact that [our guides] were Latino had a big influence on me," said Sophmore Ximena, explaing how the diversity she witnessed on campuses such as Harvard empowered her. "They looked like me, and came from where I came from, and it makes me feel like I can do it, too, if I try really hard.”

“When I was growing up, the Ivy Leagues seemed like make-believe," said teacher and chaperone Ms. Reyes. "But now these kids feel excited, and they feel like, 'I can do this!'"

Students met with tour guides like Andreé Franco Vasquez, who grew up in Los Angeles and was now attending her junior year at Harvard. The limitations brought by scarcity of recources or documentation status didn't stop her, and her testimony had a big impact.


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Students also meet with Value Schools' Founding Board member Rob Lovelace's daughter, Alicia Lovelace, on the campus of Yale University. She encouraged students not to think about what an institution like Yale might expect from them, but instead what they could get out of it. "The question is," said Ms. Lovelace, "what do I want out of Yale, and what will I bring here that Yale can help me with."

Mr. Cambridge opened doors to cultural experiences, too.  Our students experienced the best Boston had to offer.  After packed days of college and university tours, they took in a city imbued with history and dined lavishly at the Harvard Club. They visited the Mystic Seaport Museum and explored the maritime history of ships over 175 years old.

"As the day went on you could see how thought provoking the experience is for the students," said Mr. Cambridge, "which is really what this is all about. It's broadening their perspectives, their horizons, exposing them to something they wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to experience."

Over the following months, Value Schools will be sharing more about our students’ experience in the BEST program.  These exposés will focus on the impact such experiences have on family members, teachers, other students at Value Schools, and on the students themselves. Stay tuned for more!

Brittany Loew celebrates having broken into the Ivy Leagues at Central City Value

Brittany celebrates acceptances to multiple prestigeous universities

Brittany L., in her senior year at Central City Value High School, applied to more than fifteen colleges and universities.  And acceptance letters to some of the most well established and impressive institutions are rolling in – Brown College, Swarthmore College, Williams College, and UC Berkeley have all welcomed her with open arms.

But she didn’t start her journey to university in the 12th grade. Her family encouraged her to prioritize her education and Brittany knew she would have to excel in order to attend an Ivy League college.

"From a very early age, I just saw this plan in my mind – that having a good education would give me more opportunities to explore my passions and achieve the kind of success I wanted.”

One inspiration for Brittany was the Back East Scholars Trip (BEST) she took as a freshman. Instituted by Board Chair Grant Cambridge, the BEST program is an all-expenses-paid excursion giving promising Value School students an opportunity to visit college campuses across the East Coast, exposing them to educational institutions and opportunities that might otherwise feel intimidating.

From a very early age, I just saw this plan in my mind – that having a good education would give me more opportunities to explore my passions and achieve the kind of success I wanted."
- Brittany, Senior, Central City Value

"Before we visited it seemed so out of reach, like a magical cloud,” said Brittany. "But when Mr. Cambridge took us to visit those colleges, I fell in love with Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and all these places. I met so many students who are passionate about learning and motivated like me. I saw so much diversity. And I saw myself there. Going to one of these elite universities didn't seem as far out of reach as it did before. It gave me a lot more courage and it opened up a lot more possibilities for me."

Brittany’s efforts throughout her time at Central City Value have often been celebrated. Laura Diosdado, the College Counselor, has worked with Brittany and watched her grow as a scholar and as a person.

“Brittany’s worked hard, and she has a strong vision and work ethic,” said Ms. Diosdado. “Everyone knew she would go far, but she’s knocking it out of the park.  She’ll do great out there!”

In addition to Brown, Swarthmore, Williams and UC Berkeley, Brittany has also been accepted to UC San Diego, UC Davis, Cal State Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, and CSU Long Beach.  She awaits acceptance letters from the remaining elites on her list: Harvard College, Stanford University, UCLA, Amherst College, Bowdoin University, Bates College, Reed College, and Skidmore College.

Congratulations, Brittany, you’ve made Value Schools proud!

Central City Value Jaguars Take CIF Championship!The Central City Value Jaguars basketball team defeated Middle College to win the CIF Division V Championship!

With a final score of 78 to 57, and in a packed stadium at North Hollywood High School, the Jaguars added one more win to this year’s record, ending their exceptional season with 26 wins and only 4 loses.

Joining the girls volleyball team - they also won the CIF Championship this year! - the boys basketball team brought home the second Central City Value CIF Championship trophy in history!

The sense of community was amazing! I am so thankful to work with people that care and support our students."
- Principal Arroyo

The outside-inside players Joel F., and 6-foot-7 Boe N. had an exceptional performance, helping the Jaguars dominate the court.  Joel, averaging 32.5 points per game throughout the season, finished the CIF Championship game with 24 points! Boe also had an impressive showing with 19 points.

The Jaguar’s coach, Erik Harden, brought passion to the court, and both he and assistant coach Mark Green were visibly proud of the players’ passion throughout the game. 

With over 200 Central City Value High School supporters in the stands, the support and cheers were loud and proud! Staff, students and even Central City Value High School alumni joined forces to celebrate this exciting win! Central City Value High School's Principal, Jay Arroyo, was impressed with the turnout and enthusiasm. "The sense of community was amazing!" he said. "I am so thankful to work with people that care and support our students."

Congratulations Jaguars! You’ve done us proud!

JAGUARS BOYS BASKETBALL ADVANCES TO CIF CHAMPIONSHIP!Congratulations to the Central City Value High School Boys Basketball Team for an exceptional semi-final game Saturday night at Shatto!! The Jaguars defeated Harbor Prep 93-52 in front of a packed house of devoted fans! Senior Captain Joel F. scored 29 points, Sophomore Boe N. had 16 points, and Junior Christian F. added 15 points.

The Jaguars will now play in the CIF Division 5 Championship game vs. Middle College on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 PM at North Hollywood High School. This will be the second City Championship for Central City this year and the first for the Boys Basketball Team! The Lady Jaguars Volleyball Team defeated Middle College in November to win the first City Championship for Central City Value High School.

Congratulations Jaguars, and good luck in the Championship game Wednesday night!

Downtown Value School Marathon Runners celebrate a victory!

Los Angeles Marathon Runners celebrate a brave victory!

Fourteen Downtown Value School students and several faculty members participated in the 26.2 mile Los Angeles Marathon this weekend!  Along with Vice Principal Ms. Qavi, Ms. Washington, Mrs. Smith, and Ms. Morales, our 7th ad 8th grade students have spent the last seven months training for the event.

“It’s one of the best programs we have,” said Ms. Qavi, who has been leading the Students Run LA program at Downtown Value School for the last ten years.  "Students Run LA is a fantastic program which exemplifies our five core values. Through perseverance and dedication, this program turns middle and high school students into driven scholars who learn how to accomplish what many think to be an unattainable goal."

The excitement and strength students show and their willingness to transform their own lives has also impacted Downtown Value School teachers. “To see the commitment the kids have and to see how they follow through – that’s what inspires me,” said Ms. Washington, who ran along side her colleagues and student athletes.

I know that if I can do this I can do anything... after running a marathon, you can look at a big homework assignment or a long paper and know it won’t be a problem. After doing this, school work is easy!"
- Rebeca C., 8th grade, Downtown Value School

Students Run LA is now a citywide program, challenging at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, mentoring and improved health by providing them with a truly life-changing experience: the training for and completion of the Los Angeles Marathon.  Running 26.2 miles is no easy task, and not something students accomplish over-night! 

Students say the months of work are worth it! They see positive changes in their health and stamina, both in and out of running shoes!

“I know that if I can do this I can do anything,” said 8th grader, Rebeca C., who ran the marathon with her father, Walter.  “I didn’t have to be perfect or get it all right the first time," she explained.  "Every practice I got stronger and liked it more. And after running a marathon, you can look at a big homework assignment or a long paper and know it won’t be a problem.  After doing this, school work is easy!” 

"The most rewarding part of the program as a leader is watching the students transform," explained Ms. Qavi. "Most of our participants begin the season without ever having run more than a single mile. Little by little the mileage increases and in the end they're ready to run 26.2 in a single day. The amount of training and discipline required for this task is daunting as an adult, yet it is so impressive that we have students as young as 12 ready to face this challenge. Our hope is that students will look back on this experience later in life when they are faced with more personal challenges of their own. Rather than giving up on their goals, we want them to think, "If I can run a marathon, I can do anything!"

As our own 8th grader Marvin said, while interviewed on NBC Channel 4 News two days before the big race, “It just makes me feel better – running and sweating!”

Congratulations to all our courageous runners!

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