West Adams Preparatory High School

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West Adams Preparatory High School
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West Adams Preparatory at night

1500 West Washington Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90007
Coordinates 34°02′23″N 118°17′23″W / 34.039796°N 118.289851°W / 34.039796; -118.289851Coordinates: 34°02′23″N 118°17′23″W / 34.039796°N 118.289851°W / 34.039796; -118.289851
Type Public
Established 2007
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Grades 9-12
Age range 14-18
Color(s) Black and Gray and Sky Blue
Mascot Panther

West Adams Preparatory High School is a secondary school in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Central Los Angeles, California.[1]

The school is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and is operated by a nonprofit organization working in conjunction with LAUSD. The organization, MLA Partner Schools (formerly called Mentor LA), also operates Manual Arts High School.


The school, which opened in the fall semester of 2007, is divided into three smaller schools: School of Business, School of the Arts (SOTA), and the School of Invention, Design, Engineering & Architecture (IDEA)

Core programs include Advisory (a required course for every student, every year, learning about college and career opportunities) and "7 to 7" (an elongated school day offering enrichment opportunities for students and families before and after normal school hours).

Though West Adams is a LAUSD high school, it was designed in part by MLA Partner Schools, a nonprofit organization that now operates the school on a five year performance contract with the LAUSD school board.

The school was originally opened to relieve the LAUSD's Belmont High School, Dorsey High School, Los Angeles High School, and Manual Arts High School.[2][3]

Several episodes of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution are centered around West Adams, with Oliver attempting to influence the food options available to the students.[4][5]


  1. ^ Mapping L.A.
  2. ^ Proposed Changes to West Adams Preparatory High School Area Schools (Archive), LAUSD, March 2007
  3. ^ Central LA Area New HS #2, 55.98021, LAUSD, February 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "Jamie Oliver lands a visit at an L.A. high school". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Schuker, Lauren A.E. (12 April 2011). "Inside Jamie Oliver's Food Fight With L.A". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 

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