American University Preparatory School

345 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
American University Preparatory School Photo #1 - Los Angeles is one of the world''''s largest business and cultural centers. At AUP, students are challenged to become active citizens and reflect on their responsibility in the urban landscape.
American University Preparatory School Photo #2 - AUP prepares students to be proficient in technological skills needed for the 21st century by requiring them to take creative technology courses. Our academic curriculum promotes digital fluency in and out of the classroom. Students build a digital portfolio with 2D/3D projects, video productions, computer generated animation artworks, and website/software designs.
American University Preparatory School Photo #3 - Our mission as an educational institution is to establish a conscientious organization, stimulate program innovation, and design structured educational pathways towards the goal of developing a strong culture, a healthy community, and influential strategic partnerships. As educators, we must respond to the creative and individual passions held by each student and direct him/her towards a goal of becoming studious, empathetic, and ethical.
American University Preparatory School Photo #4 - AUP is a mosaic of students in a variety of racial, international, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Within our rich cultural community, AUP strengthens the co-curricular offerings with partnerships that broaden students'''' experiences.
American University Preparatory School Photo #5 - AUP is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. In addition to rigorous academics, our goal is to prepare students for the independence and responsibility that comes with living in a city center.
American University Preparatory School Photo #6 - AUP students capitalize on the thriving cultural art scene in Downtown Los Angeles and line their dorm rooms with the latest in digital trends and their own personal works. Our boarding students also have the pleasure of living with a very creative and professional bunch from the Colburn Dance Academy and Music Academy students.
  • American University Preparatory School (AUP) is a day and boarding high school (grades 9-12) whose mission is to lead and inspire urban education from an expanding 21st Century economic and cultural center that is Downtown Los Angeles.
  • AUP's model of boarding school redefines urban education. By the time, American University Preparatory students graduate they have an understanding of themselves as a citizen with responsibility to themselves, to others, and to their global community.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
American UniversityBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded20131909
Campus Size1 acres104 acres

Student Body

Enrollment40 students320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size8 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1218
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Does not include intl student health insurance.)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$25,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsDr. John Valenzuela

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1218
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP English, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered816
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Intramural Sports Only, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations823
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Chinese Club, Culture Club, Leadership, Neuroscience Club, Performing Arts Club, Photography Club, Running Club, Science Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2017 - 201910 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Hult International School of Business3
University of Southern California3
New School of New York2
UC Santa Cruz1

School Notes

    AUP stands out from the typical boarding school in several ways:
  • Our strong students take advanced classes in a small group setting where they can customize and focus their studies on their area(s) of interest. In the end, students excel in landing scholarships and outstanding university placements. 
  • Our daily schedule models a modern lifestyle. Students take core classes in the morning and the creative classes in the afternoon, including health and physical wellness. Then, before study hall, students have access to the thriving Downtown LA entertainment and cultural resources.
  • Through the Explore Academy, AUP students are leaders in urban stewardship. Located on the second floor, students advanced their skills in creative technologies and apply them to social issues in the DTLA Project, such as, homelessness, transportation, revitalization, security, and immigration. 
  • Threaded throughout the boarding school and the urban setting students will gain an appreciation of their citizenship and ultimately be ready for college and the broader challenges of the world. 
  • American University Preparatory School accreditations: WASC

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