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    Students will learn to think critically, uniquely, and independently.

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Why Choose AUP

AUP is a private, four-year, co-educational boarding and day high school for grades 9-12 located in Los Angeles, California, at the center of downtown LA.

AUP was founded upon the vision to establish an academically rigorous and technology-rich learning high school environment where students would engage in project-based learning and domestic and international internships within an interdisciplinary digital media arts, computer science humanities, social science, and global leadership.

Academic Vision

Our instructional methodology is centered on a blended learning approach. The combination of face-to-face instruction with technology-mediated activities provides students greater access to individualized and differentiated instruction, group collaboration, and communication with faculty and peers. We set our class sizes small so as to allow for increased participation from the students and more personal attention to the student.

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Graduating Students 2018

AUP Matriculation

AUPproduced its first graduates in 2017. The first graduating high school class received acceptances to some of the most prestigious universities and colleges in the United States, including  Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Purdue University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, Texas A&M and the Juilliard School of Performing Arts. A total of 48 prestigious and top-tier university offers were received with 20% of the graduates admitted to the top five universities and colleges and 50% of the graduates admitted to the top 20 universities and colleges in the United States.

Downtown LA is our Campus

AUP is located in heart of Downtown Los Angeles, California on Figueroa Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets, across from the World Trade Center.  Students enjoy access to neighboring buildings (including the YMCA athletic facility and the Colburn School) via a network of safe skybridges.

Our campus is just a few short blocks from the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Grand Park, Grand Central Market, Pershing Square, LA Center Studios, the Central Library, and more.

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Keys to Becoming One of the Best Boarding Schools in California

At AUP School, students learn to think critically, independently and uniquely with the help of world-class experienced faculty. Students engage in project-based, interdisciplinary, learning activities and enroll in coursework that prepares them for enrollment at top-notch universities across the United States and the world.

What Makes AUP California’s Most Unique Private Boarding School?

At AUP School, we recognize that each student’s learning style is unique and reflects varied talents and abilities. Class sizes are small, so our faculty teaches from a multimodal, STEM and STEAM perspective and designs lessons to develop a growth mindset in each student.

Our campus is located in the heart of Los Angeles, and it offers students access and inspiration to their individualized learning experiences. The culture at AUP School encourages the 4Cs – collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking – traits of California’s best boarding schools. Additionally, we aspire to achieve the health and wellness of our diverse student and faculty bodies by developing empathy and compassion in each other.

Students enrolled at AUP Schools stand out among their peers and develop important leadership, interpersonal, and multicultural skills and independence that prepare them for a dynamic university environment in a unique way that only an urban boarding school can provide.

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What It’s Like to Attend American University Preparatory School

Students attending AUP Schools are offered a creative, secure environment in which to thrive. Living, learning and expanding their horizons are full-time activities, and students receive a tremendous amount of support from skilled faculty and residential life staff to help them succeed and grow to their fullest potential.

Students leave AUP Schools as confident, empathic and mature adults who are ready to thrive at a college or university of their choice.

About AUP

AUP is a dynamic boarding school experience located in downtown LA for high school students in grades 9-12. AUP offers a one-of-a-kind experience for students looking to grow as independent individuals ready for the rigors of college.

Our Mission

Our mission is to immerse students in a culture of collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking with the goal of preparing them to become future leaders and problem solvers in local and global spheres.

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

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