American University Preparatory School

345 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • American University Preparatory School (AUP) is a day and boarding high school (grades 9-12) whose mission is to bring innovative educational curriculum to advance the goals of 21st century learning and thinking.Our initiative is to immerse students in a culture of collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking with the goal of preparing them to become confident scholars, leaders, and problem-solvers in local and global spheres.
  • All members of the AUP community strive to model the virtues of honesty, self-discipline, responsibility, harmony, selflessness, and respect for others in an effort to promote the common good.
  • AUP students live together on site in dorms where we have developed one of the most unique learning environments in education.
  • Collaboration and project-based learning across the disciplines and subject areas is not only planned, it is expected.
  • Our location is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles that has evolved into a true "city center" for the arts, culture, business, government, professional sports, theater, and entrepreneurship.
  • We have, from the very beginning, structured and organized our curriculum and extra-curricular activities with integration of city life at its core.
  • Everyone involved in AUP is energized and excited about the opportunities that we are developing for students. We are deeply committed to the success of this remarkable new approach to college preparation, and we welcome your thoughts on our endeavor.
  • AUP welcomed its inaugural class in the Fall of 2014 and the first cohort of seniors graduated in Spring 2017.

School News

  • Downtown Los Angeles and AUP - 03/22/2019 - AUP's campus sits in the heart of Downtown LA and its students are making an impact.
  • Urban Boarding Trends - 05/22/2019 - With the recent rise in urban boarding schools, AUP continues to be a leader in the field since 2013. We have built and sustained several partnerships within the city of ...moreLos Angeles, including the YMCA, LA Central Library, The Studio School, and The Colburn Music and Dance Academies. hide

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
American UniversityBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded20131909

Student Body

Enrollment40 students318 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 Offered1217
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 Offered1217
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 Offered815
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Intramural Sports Only, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations824
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

  • Central to AUP`s mission is to develop students into global leaders and citizens in the 21st century. Courses are taught by teachers with subject-matter expertise in conjunction with guest lecturers from the fields of public health, environmental science, international studies, political science, economics, and business leadership. 
  • American University Preparatory School is located in downtown Los Angeles, where it is at the "city center" for the arts, culture, business, government, professional sports, theater, and entrepreneurship. Nearby universities, sports centers, museums, and businesses include USC, UCLA, the STAPLES Center, LA Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum, L.A. Fashion District, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and the Music Center`s Walt Disney Concert Hall. AUP`s unique metropolitan location provides their students access to meaningful internships and community service projects as part of their curriculum.
  • Our most notable partnerships are with the Downtown YMCA and Colburn School of Music and Dance Academy. Students participate in athletics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the YMCA center, which is a 5-minute walk from campus. In addition, our students take visual and performing arts classes at the Colburn School just a few blocks away, where they learn from renowned faculty that provide instruction in music, dance and drama.
  • Athletes have the opportunity to participate in strong sports programs organized by local club teams.
  • American University Preparatory School accreditations: WASC

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