American University Preparatory School

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American University Preparatory School
AUP Logo Updated.jpg
Creating Scholars and Global Leaders
345 South Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, California

United States
TypePrivate secondary
MottoBringing the World to Los Angeles
HeadmasterDr. Gary W. Woods
Campus typeMetropolitan
Color(s)Primary: Blue/Orange; Secondary: Teal/Marigold

American University Preparatory School (commonly referred to as AUP) is a private, for-profit, four-year, co-educational boarding and day college preparatory high school for grades 9-12 located in Los Angeles, California, at the center of downtown Los Angeles. Its curricular focus is on Global Studies & Citizenship, Digital Media Arts, Computer Science, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship in the 21st century.[1][2]


American University Preparatory School was founded upon the vision to establish an academically rigorous and technology-rich learning 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.


AUP was featured in the Los Angeles Times[3] shortly after the first cohort of students arrived in Fall 2014. The school was also featured in a segment of CBS Local,[4] and local radio news KCRW.[5]


Front of School Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

American University Preparatory School is located in downtown Los Angeles. The school's main facility is located across from the World Trade Center on Figueroa St.,[6] and the school uniquely partners with surrounding facilities for student usage. Notably, AUP is the academic home to some of the Music Academy students of the renowned Colburn School,[7] and AUP students may attend music classes at the Colburn School. Students also utilize the historic Downtown Public Library.


  1. ^ "American University Preparatory School". Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  2. ^ american university preparatory school. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  3. ^ "New downtown L.A. boarding school aims to enhance culture, education". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  4. ^ "Only On 2: Boarding School In Downtown LA Hotel Teaches Students From Around The World". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  5. ^ "A boarding school comes to downtown LA | Press Play". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  6. ^ "Our Campus: Downtown Los Angeles – Our Location – American University Preparatory School". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  7. ^ "Colburn School for Music – The Colburn School – American University Preparatory School". Retrieved 2016-02-23.

Coordinates: 34°03′17″N 118°15′20″W / 34.054629°N 118.255559°W / 34.054629; -118.255559