University Prep Value High SchoolApplications for University Prep Value High School are accepted year-round for the following school year. Students must be a resident of the state of California, and by the 2018/2019 school year, will be eligible to enter grades nine through twelve. 

A lottery date is set for the second Friday in January at 8:00 AM, in the in the Community Room at University Prep Value High School, located at 700 Wilshire Blvd, 4th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Spots are not guaranteed, but you do not have to be present for the drawing to be accepted to the school. 

Before attending University Prep Value School for the first time, a student must be admitted to the school. The admission process includes a parent induction program and a student orientation. A parent’s decision to attend in no way impacts the student’s admission for enrollment. Click here for common Application FAQs.

For more detailed admission policies, please refer to the University Prep Value High School Charter.


Or download and complete a PDF lottery application and return it to the school in 
English or Spanish.

Admissions requirements

The requirements for admission to Central City Value High School are as follows:

  1. The student must be a resident of the state of California.
  2. The student must be eligible to begin ninth grade.
  3. The student must not have completed the twelfth grade

Admission preferences and selection

In the event there are more youth seeking enrollment in Central City Value High School than there are spots available, the school will give preference in a public, random lottery for the following applicants:

  1. Youth living within LAUSD boundaries
  2. Siblings of students currently enrolled in the school are exempt from the lottery
  3. Siblings of students enrolled at another Value School
  4. Children of Value School employees (up to 10% of enrollment)

No- or Low-Cost Health Care

Did you know ALL students attending Value Schools, regardless of legal status or position, are eligible for no- or low-cost health care through Medi-Cal and Covered California? And since 2015, all children with Medi-Cal and Covered California health coverage have dental coverage, too! Find out more about no- or low-cost health coverage for Value Schools’ families at the following links.

  1. Know Your Health Insurance Rights
  2. Healthy Students Make Good Learners
  3. Family Health Coverage Options
  4. The ABCs of Health Coverage for ALL Kids
  5. Selecting a Managed Care Plan
  6. Dental Coverage for the Medi-Cal and Covered California Child
  7. Four Easy Steps to Get Health Care for Your Family
  8. Fact Sheet AB 2706

Value Schools does not discriminate against a pupil who does not have health care coverage or use any information relating to a pupil’s health care coverage or interest in learning about health care coverage in any manner that would bring harm to the pupil or the pupil’s family.

Admissions process

  1. Parents who are seeking to enroll a student in the school must submit a lottery application. These lottery applications are available all year for the following school year.
  2. The lottery application will ask for the student name, parent contact information, the grade level for which admission is sought, the birth date of the student and information that would give priority application (e.g., sibling of a student currently enrolled in the school).
  3. On or about January 15th parents of students who are currently enrolled are asked if they plan to have their children return in the following year. If they say “yes,” or do not return the form, those students are counted as returning.
  4. The school calculates the available seats at each grade level, reserving two seats or more for students who may be retained.
  5. A lottery date is set for the first Wednesday in February each year at 3:30 PM.
  6. If the number of applicants at any grade level does not exceed the available seats on the lottery date, all the applicants are accepted and the number of available seats is recalculated.
  7. If the number of applicants at any grade exceeds the available seats, the school reviews the applications to first determine if any student is on the preference list presented above. If there are students on the priority list and the number of students do not exceed the available seats at a given grade level, all those students are accepted and the number available seats is recalculated.
  8. If the number of applicants on the preference lists exceeds the available seats on the lottery date, a lottery is conducted by the school administration by randomly drawing names of only the applicants on the preference list. Those names drawn first are accepted for admission and the other applicants on the preference list are placed on the waiting list in the order their names are drawn.
  9. Once all seats are filled and a waiting list established, applications are still accepted, and assigned a waiting list number in the order that they are received..
  10. Only after a student has been accepted in the school will the family be asked to complete a standard application form. The standard form will ask about all the information the school requires for its student information system.

Public notice of admissions process

  1. All applicants to Central City Value High School are notified in writing about the admission process at the time they complete an application for admission.
  2. The dates and times of all lotteries are posted in a prominent place near the entrance to the school most commonly used by the public.
  3. The lotteries are conducted in the school’s community room by the principal or the principal’s delegate.

Notice to those admitted and to those on the waiting list

  1. Those selected for admission are notified by telephone call 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Within twenty-four hours after the lottery, those selected by lottery are posted in the same location as the notice of the lottery.
  4. Those on the waiting list are notified by the school secretary by letter and told of their position on the waiting list.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Parent Induction Program

The induction program is an educational program designed to facilitate the parent‟s acceptance of the expectations by Central City Value High School. The first step is a conference with the school's principal or another administrator prepared to undertake the role. In the conference the school‟s expectations for both the student and parent are outlined and the range of parent support opportunities is presented. The parent is encouraged to identify the problems or obstacles that he or she may fear. The principal guides the parent through possible solutions to these hindrances. The conference concludes with an invitation to the parent to make a commitment to support the core values and to cooperate with the school in the formation of the student in these values. The induction program continues at each parent gathering. At these meetings parents come to understand more of their role in assisting in their children‟s education. Students will join the parent for the conclusion of the conference and also make a commitment to the core values.

Student Orientation

Critical to the success of any school is the willingness of the students to do the work of the school. Central City Value High School proposes to conduct a program to help students not only be willing participants in the school activities, but also to embrace the five core values. The program begins with a specially designed student orientation. The orientation demonstrates the value of school in the life of the student. The orientation is constructed to help form the affective dimension of the students and to suggest motivations that are meaningful to students. The orientation is conducted during the same time frame as the parent induction program. In this way the student should be prepared to sign a commitment to the core values before actually beginning in school.

Value Schools shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of disability, gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, association with a person or group with one or more of the above actual or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code.  The Value School admits students who are of school age, have completed any prerequisites and who are residents of the state of California without regard to race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, gender, religion and disability.

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