Innovative Urban Education in Downtown Los Angeles


American University Preparatory School is focused on and committed to a rigorous, discovery-based education in the liberal arts and sciences where we prepare our students for acceptance into the most selective colleges and universities in the United States and the world. Our innovative curriculum, which incorporates cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art science labs with the endless experiential learning opportunities found by having downtown Los Angeles as our campus, give our students the ability to discover their passion in order to be global leaders who possess the analytical skills, the courage to take risks, and the integrity to positively impact our fast- paced and ever-changing world.

American University Preparatory School was founded with the premise of developing global leaders whose abilities are the result of providing limitless opportunities for discovery and exploration through the development of an innovative curriculum that intimately incorporates the vibrant and dynamic landscape of downtown Los Angeles. Access to the myriad educational opportunities offered by living and matriculating at one of the most unique educational facilities in the world gives our faculty and students the ability to take the classroom into one of the most architecturally rich and culturally diverse urban settings on the planet.

Downtown Los Angeles is AUP’s campus, and students are within short walking distance from some of the best art, music, and academic facilities the country has to offer. Many of the students who matriculate at AUP also matriculate at the prestigious Colburn School where they practice and prepare for admission into some of the world’s most elite conservatories. AUP students have some of the world’s best musicians due to AUP’s partnership with the Colburn School. In addition to performances at Colburn, students are within walking distance to the Disney Concert Hall, home to the world-famous Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. AUP Students regularly visit the Central Library which serves the most diverse population of any library in the country and boasts over six million print and electronic resources as well as a limitless set of educational programs in which they can participate.

With bountiful public transportation opportunities such and the extensive Metro rail system that provides access to virtually all of the greater Los Angeles area, students and faculty are able to utilize some of the world’s best museums as their classrooms. Learning at AUP takes place at the Getty Center and Getty Villa who are renowned for their world-famous art collections, exhibits, and architecture. Equally accessible are the Huntington Gardens and the Norton Simon museums in Pasadena, also world-renowned for their unique art collections. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are also close by enabling students to gain access to some of the country’s greatest scientific resources.

AUP embraces the philosophy of exploration and discovery as the driving forces behind a rigorous liberal arts education. This sense of momentum and limitlessness characterizes our academic program and our school. We expect our students to push beyond preconceived limits, to embrace an ethos of exploration and discovery, to think on a larger scale, ask difficult questions about our world and, subsequently, tackle the complex problems raised by asking those questions. We want our students to welcome the complexity and the struggle that comes from tackling rigorous problems. From the moment they step onto our campus, AUP students learn to embrace the journey of solving problems through our analytically-based curriculum and the projects they tackle that emphasize the development of analytical thinking. They never stop practicing the value of communication, conversation, and critical thinking through each of our academic content areas. AUP students are talented and passionate in a variety of ways – they participate in the performing arts at the Colburn School, act, 3D print, paint, and always strive to cultivate a stronger sense of their own creative potential.

AUP is a place where students explore, through intentionally developed discovery-based learning, pathways to which they become passionate about lifelong learning. We foster students who become passionate learners and complex thinkers who are self-aware, courageous, thoughtful and conscientious.

To learn more about our academic program and specific course offerings, please take a look at our Four-Year Course of Study.

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Honor Code

As a member of the American University Preparatory School community, we believe that students must be ethical in their academic pursuit, and will hold others accountable to the same conduct.

Academic integrity is central to the intellectual culture at AUP. Behavior that violates academic integrity includes:

  • giving or receiving answers to quizzes, tests, or examinations
  • lending or copying homework
  • entering an academic testing situation with an unfair advantage
  • copying an author’s text or rearranging the words without proper citation
  • using an author’s argument and representing them as one’s own

AUP adheres to the guidelines set for in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2003) in regards to plagiarism. AUP expects students to adhere to the expectations subscribed above. Violations of the letter or the spirit of these expectations will be grounds for disciplinary action.


American University Preparatory School is proud to have received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S.

Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the WASC encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.

The WASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.

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