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 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, PG5-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded20131909
Campus Size1 acres106 acres

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 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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