Innovative Urban Education in Downtown Los Angeles


AUP is a dynamic boarding school experience 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. Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, students learn in and outside the classroom, with the city of Los Angeles as an extension of their learning environment. We have a diverse student body with about 50% of our students coming from countries all around the world. We welcome diversity and in the changing times encourage our students to become global citizens and leaders.

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AUP is an international boarding secondary community whose mission is to bring innovative educational praxes to advance the goals of 21st century learning.

AUP strives to promote a rigorous and interdisciplinary academic program that merges with student-driven research, project-based learning, and technology literacy. We immerse students in a culture of collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking with the intended purpose of developing students to be inventors, problem solvers, and leaders in local and global spheres.

We develop our students holistically, attending individually and with earnest interest to their intellectual pursuits, artistic/athletic talents, emotional well being, and moral development. All members of the AUP community strive to model the virtues of honesty, self-discipline, responsibility, harmony, selflessness, and respect for others in an effort to promote the common good.

Individualized Learning Environment

AUP’s smaller class sizes afford each student an opportunity gain personal attention and access to their peers and to their instructors. Our faculty can provide top level instruction and engage with students on a more personal level due to the 5:1 student teacher ratio.

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Unique location

AUP is the only boarding school in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. AUP’s location allows students to learn about preparing for college in every aspect. Living in a dense urban city, our students gain the life skills making them highly responsible, driven, and conscious young adults ready for the change of pace found on a college or university campus.

We’re here for you

We invite you to experience AUP. Choosing a private boarding school experience can be challenging and there will be many questions about identifying the best fit for your student. We hope to provide help for you on every step of your journey. We encourage prospective students and parents come visit our school or set up a meeting via Skype if you are unable to come to campus. We would be happy to show you around and answer any questions you have before making the important decision to join our family here.

John A. Valenzuela
Dean of Admissions

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