What is the process for enrollment?
University Prep Value High School is a LAUSD Charter school, open to anyone of school-going age, and for new incoming students, applications for admission are decided by lottery draw. You can apply year-round, but a spot at University Prep Value High School is not guaranteed.
When is the lottery?
A lottery date is set for the second Friday, every January, at 8:00 AM, in the in the Community Room at University Prep Value High School. Spots are not guaranteed, but you do not have to be present for the drawing to be accepted to the school.
Who is present at the lottery?
Everyone is invited to participate in the drawing. The lottery is conducted by the principal or the principal's delegate.
After filling out the application, when will I know if my teen has been selected to attend University Prep Value High School?
Those selected for admission are notified by telephone from the school secretary. If the secretary is unable to talk to the parent, the secretary will leave a message asking the parent to call to establish an appointment. If the parent fails to call within two days, the next person on the waiting list is called. At the time of the call an appointment is scheduled for the parent to complete the admissions process. If the parent fails to come for appointment and does not reschedule, the student's seat is assigned to the next person on the waiting list. Appropriate accommodations will be made for working parents.
Is there a waiting list?
If a waiting list is required, those on the list are notified by the school secretary by letter and told of their position on the list. However, if a parent is applying after the lottery and all seats for a given grade have been taken, the parent is orally notified at the time of obtaining the application form that the student has been given the next number on a waiting list. If a seat becomes available at a later date, the school secretary calls the next person on the waiting list to establish an appointment for the parent induction. If that parent indicates that he/she is no longer interested, the next person on the waiting list is contacted.
Do I have a better chance of getting in if I apply more than once?
No. Applying more than once does not provide you with a better chance of being accepted to University Prep Value High School.
Does anyone get priority in the drawing?
Siblings of students currently enrolled in University Prep Value School and students related to University Prep Value School staff have priority on the waitlist and will be offered a space before other applicants during the lottery. However, siblings of students currently enrolled who apply after the lottery is held will be placed at the end of the waiting list after non-siblings.
Before a student attends the school for the first time, a Registration Form must be completed for that student to complete the admissions process. The school secretary notifies those selected for admission, in the order of their lottery draw. If the secretary is unable to reach a parent directly, the secretary will leave a message asking the parent to call for an appointment. If the parent fails to respond within two business days, that student loses his/her place and is moved to the end of the waiting list.
At the time of the contact an appointment is scheduled for the parent to complete the Registration Form. If the parent fails to keep the appointment and does not reschedule, that student loses his/her place and is moved to the end of the waiting list. Appropriate accommodations are made for parents/guardians who cannot attend an appointment, including submitting the Registration Form by mail.
As noted in “Admissions Process” above, attendance at the lottery is not required for admission to the Charter School. Parents may contact the Charter School main office to learn the outcome of their child’s lottery application, i.e., admission or place on a waiting list.
My child has special needs. Do I need to let you know that before applying?
Absolutely not! Simply apply, and once you are accepted you will be asked to provide your child's IEP file and University Prep Value High School will make the appropriate accommodations.
Is there a before- and after-school program at UPV School?
Tutoring is available for students until 3:30 PM each day. Intermural sports will exist based on student interest. There will also be a Leadership Committee made up of dedicated students, and Clubs will be created based on student interest.
If we are accepted to University Prep Value High School, what can my incoming 9th Grader expect?
A 9th grade student will expect to be enrolled in a university preparatory curriculum, the goal of which is to gain entrance in a four year university, and to be successful once they are there. All applicants to University Prep Value High School will be notified by phone to let them know they can complete an application for admission. University Prep Value High School will host a Parent Induction Program and Student Orientation to acclimate students and parents to the school, it's policies, and its opportunities.
If you have questions you can contact University Prep Value High School's Principal, Mr. Robert Poyer, or call (213) 382-1223.