American University Preparatory School

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What makes AUP unique?

American University Preparatory School is unique in that it is a private boarding school located in one of the most dynamic cities in the United States. Students at AUP will grow and develop in myriad ways -- academically, socially, emotionally, and creatively. Our students will stand out among their peers and we are quite confident that the leadership and independence they develop here will be unmatched. The school was conceived and led by a group of visionary international educators with experience in K-12, undergraduate education, and graduate/professional training. The Advisory Board is comprised of innovative and accomplished local educators, entrepreneurs, scientists, and counselors. Each member brings a special brand of expertise and commitment to the school. Our students are the direct beneficiaries of this blend of talent.


Why should I send my son or daughter to your school?

AUP is a co-educational boarding school where living, learning and expanding one's horizons are full-time activities. Our environment has been designed from the ground up with boarding students in mind. It is an open, creative, and secure environment. We have a live-in residential director who is available for counseling, advising, and personal development training. The residential director is also deeply involved in creating meaningful links with the larger Los Angeles educational, cultural, artistic, scientific, and entertainment communities.


Isn't it risky to have my child attend a school that is brand new?

We fully understand the reservations that parents might have about sending their son or daughter to a school without an established track record. However, the Founding Headmaster has over thirty years of experience in developing university-level and high school programs. Members of the Advisory Board are all accomplished educators who have successfully launched countless programs, courses, curricula, and business endeavors. The "founding families" of AUP, quite frankly, have an opportunity to help shape the culture and foundation of a truly exceptional school.


Why is AUP a boarding school?

Our Advisory Board and the school leadership are firmly committed to providing the best education possible for our students. We believe that the boarding school environment provides our students with a level of independence and personal responsibility unobtainable at a day or commuter school. By the time they reach college age, our students have already learned how to manage on their own. The transition to college and university life will be eased considerably.


Is it possible to be a day student at AUP?

AUP is primarily a boarding school and every student is expected to live and study here. However, we realize that there may be special circumstances where the boarding school environment might not be appropriate. The Headmaster and the Advisory Board will consider these requests on a case-by-case basis.


Is AUP accredited by a recognized certification body?

American University Preparatory School is an entirely new approach to education in Los Angeles, and we are not a division of an existing school. Therefore, accreditation is a process in which we are currently engaged. The three primary associations with which we are working are the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). We are working closely with all three associations and expect to be fully recognized and accredited before our inaugural class begins to apply for college admission.


How can international students enroll at AUP?

AUP not only welcomes international students but, in fact, the school fully intends to develop a student population that reflects the diversity of Los Angeles and California. We are actively recruiting students from regions all over the globe for AUP's inaugural class starting in the Fall of 2014.  International students should begin the process by completing the student profile section of the online application.  Our Director of Enrollment Management will then guide applicants through all remaining portions of the application.

American University Preparatory School is proudly accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).