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College Preparatory Program

American School’s College Preparatory Program, offered in paper-based and online formats, is designed for students who plan to earn their high school diplomas and then enroll in a four-year college

or professional school.  

In our paper-based College Preparatory Program, students complete 18 units of credit—15 required and 3 electives—and upon completion of all graduation requirements receive the regionally accredited American School diploma.  The 15 required units of credit in their recommended order of study include:

  • Writing 1
  • Psychology
  • Physiology and Health
  • Essential Mathematics 1
  • Writing 2
  • United States History
  • Planning Your Career
  • Biology
  • Essential Mathematics 2
  • American Literature
  • Social Civics
  • Algebra 1
  • British Literature
  • Science Elective Course
  • Geometry

In our online College Preparatory Program, students complete 18 units of credit—13 required and 5 electives—and upon completion of all graduation requirements receive the regionally accredited American School diploma.  The 13 required units of credit include:

  • English 1
  • English 2
  • English 3
  • English 4
  • Economics (1/2 unit course)
  • Government (1/2 unit course)
  • United States History
  • Health
  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • LIfe Management Skills (1/2 unit course)
  • Thinking and Learning Strategies (1/2 unit course)

Popular electives for students in the College Preparatory Program include Fine Arts and World Languages courses, among others. 

Students who reside in the state of Illinois must complete Consumer Economics and the United States/Illinois Constitution exam in accordance with state law.

Graduates of American School have gone on to attend dozens of well-known colleges and universities in the United States and enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields.  Some of them achieved fame in sports, entertainment and the arts.  As an example, one graduate, author Christopher Paolini, wrote the best-sellers Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr.  Christopher has said that his “whole family was very, very grateful that American School was available."

When you are ready to enroll in the College Preparatory Program or the General High School Program, you can begin the enrollment process here .  You’ll feel confident knowing your student is taking interesting and affordable courses while earning an accredited diploma through one of the long-time leaders in distance education, American School.

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Why Choose AUP

AUP is a private, four-year, co-educational boarding and day high school for grades 9-12 located in Los Angeles, California, at the center of downtown Los Angeles.

AUP was founded upon the vision to establish an academically rigorous and technology-rich learning high school environment where students would engage in project-based learning and domestic and international internships within an interdisciplinary digital media arts, computer science humanities, social science, and global leadership.

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Academic Vision

Our instructional methodology is centered on a blended learning approach. The combination of face-to-face instruction with technology-mediated activities provides students greater access to individualized and differentiated instruction, group collaboration, and communication with faculty and peers. We set our class sizes small so as to allow for increased participation from the students and more personal attention to the student.

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AUP Matriculation

AUPproduced its first graduates in 2017. The first graduating high school class received acceptances to some of the most prestigious universities and colleges in the United States, including  Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Purdue University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, Texas AM and the Juilliard School of Performing Arts. A total of 48 prestigious and top-tier university offers were received with 20% of the graduates admitted to the top five universities and colleges and 50% of the graduates admitted to the top 20 universities and colleges in the United States.

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AUP is located in heart of Downtown Los Angeles, California 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.

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, the Central Library, and more.

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Keys to Becoming One of the Best Boarding Schools in California

At AUP School, students learn to think critically, independently and uniquely with the help of world-class experienced faculty. Students engage in project-based, interdisciplinary, learning activities and enroll in coursework that prepares them for enrollment at top-notch universities across the United States and the world.

What Makes AUP California’s Most Unique Private Boarding School?

At AUP School, we recognize that each student’s learning style is unique and reflects varied talents and abilities. Class sizes are small, so our faculty teaches from a multimodal, STEM and STEAM perspective and designs lessons to develop a growth mindset in each student.

Our campus is located in the heart of Los Angeles, and it offers students access and inspiration to their individualized learning experiences. The culture at AUP School encourages the 4Cs – collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking – traits of California’s best boarding schools. Additionally, we aspire to achieve the health and wellness of our diverse student and faculty bodies by developing empathy and compassion in each other.

Students enrolled at AUP Schools stand out among their peers and develop important leadership, interpersonal, and multicultural skills and independence that prepare them for a dynamic university environment in a unique way that only an urban boarding school can provide.

What It’s Like to Attend American University Preparatory School

Students attending AUP Schools are offered a creative, secure environment in which to thrive. Living, learning and expanding their horizons are full-time activities, and students receive a tremendous amount of support from skilled faculty and residential life staff to help them succeed and grow to their fullest potential.

Students leave AUP Schools as confident, empathic and mature adults who are ready to thrive at a college or university of their choice.

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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.