FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Innovative Urban Education in Downtown Los Angeles


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.

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 team of residential life staff that is available to support and assist in students’ lives after their academic day is over. Our goal at AUP is to not only prepare students for the academic rigors of college, but also to prepare them to be independent and adventurous individuals.

Our hope is that once our students leave AUP, they will have become confident young adults who thrive in the collegiate atmosphere away from home.

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.

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.

American University Preparatory School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, and complies with the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.

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 our global community. International students can start the process of application by finding more about the process on our international students admissions page.

American University Preparatory School is located in heart of Downtown Los Angeles 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.
As you can see on the map below, 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 (Relativity Media/ICL Academy campus), the Library, and more.

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