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Academia Avance Charter School

Preschool | Grades 6-12 | Los Angeles Unified
115 North Ave 53
Highland Park, CA 90042
(323) 230-7270

About This School

Academia Avance Charter School is located in Highland Park, CA and is one of 959 schools in Los Angeles Unified School District. It is a charter school that serves 285 students in grades 6-12.

Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Academia Avance Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.

A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.

Academia Avance Charter School had an API growth score of 709 in 2010. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Academia Avance Charter School's 2010 base score was 725 and the school did not meet its 2010 school-wide growth target.

In 2009, Academia Avance Charter School had 20 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2010)

Students (2009)


Students Per Teacher (2009)

Female/Male (2009)

48% 52%

Subsidized Lunch (2009)


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Academia Avance Charter School Reviews

Make It In Life!

By on

I love this school because they help you to make it in life. They sacrifice many things so we can be someone in life. I'm happy to be apart of this family because I met amazing teachers and friends and now they mean the world to me. Avance is a really small school but together we are big. Thanks Avance For The 3 Amazing Years I've Been Here And I'm Happy For Many More To Come.

One of the best schools I have ever attended

By a Current Student on

I am a 10th grade student at Academia Avance. I have attended Academia Avance since I was in 7th grade. This school is one of the best schools I have ever attended. All the teachers and staff are very supportive and helpful. The teachers truly care for your education and are always there to help you. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking to attend a college prep High School

Avance got me to where I am today!

By a Current Student on

Academia Avance is a small charter school in the heart of Highland Park. Small but with very big heart, Avance's sense of community is what has me coming back every year; I have been attending since sixth grade. Avance's staff and teachers have helped me from a very young age aspire to want to go to college and their help paid off when I got multiple acceptances to great schools before the semester was out! That in itself may not be out of the ordinary but coming from Highland Park, an area where living are conditions subpar and kids don't think about going to 4-year colleges, it means a lot. Avance has been a great guide and I am proud to graduate from here this year.

It's family-oriented!

By , a Parent on

It’s family oriented, you can always go into the classrooms and you don’t have to make an appointment. It’s an open door policy to come and help whenver you can and are available. Some students have some college level classes and the percentile of students graduating and go to college are really high.

This school is great

By a Current Student on

I am currently a Junior attending this school and I have to say this school is actually quite interesting in many fields. The main field of interest would be that the teachers at this school put in 100% of their effort to get you to keep up your grades and to inspire you to get into a 4 year college which, in other schools, is very hard to find. I am very thankful for being put in this school because it has inspired me to go on to college and I hope others will attend this school as well.

Academia Avance

By a Current Student on

 I'm a 10th grade student, who attends Academia Avance. I have attended this school since 7th grade. This school is truly one of the best schools I've been to. To begin with, all the staff and teachers are helpful and encouraging.  There is tutoring to help every student individually. Even though our campus is not big enough, we receive the education needed to attend college. Overall, Academia Avance Charter School is an outstanding school, a school that truly wants its students to attend college and be successful in life.

I recommend this school to many

By a Former Student on

Academia Avance is a great school. It's small with a friendly and caring staff. Teachers do their best to help students, and offer extra credit when needed. Academia Avance also offers tutoring to those with F's and D's. On the other hand, it does lack after school/ extracurricular activities, and it's a bit unsanitary, but nothing that can't be fixed. I'm a 10th grader and I've been in this school since 6th grade. Even though other schools offer more, I wouldn't leave. Nevertheless, it's a great school and I recommended it to many people.

If you're considering this school, don't; try to find another school.

By a Former Student on

This school is not worth the time of any student who wished to progress. They say they will prepare you for college, and they really only mean this for few of their students. This school needs to work on their campus, which I would consider practically hazardous. A lot of times, the restrooms are covered in dirty water, and just as many times unknown substances. Their restrooms often don't even have toilet paper, and a lot of times the doors to the bathrooms and some stalls are broken. This consistent problem is very annoying and shouldn't be a continuous problem in the first place. Their "parking lot" is just dirt and pebbles on the school property. This school doesn't even offer students the freedom to choose extracurricular classes that could help them in their future, because they only have two you can take (Robotics for the middle school and Mandarin I, II, & III for the high school; not even any art!). The only thing students can choose is whether or not they want to join a sport, which they don't have many of, either (soccer, basketball, and cross-country, from what I've seen). In 2013, the school barely introduced student-created clubs (the only other options you could have were ASB, Yearbook, and another project you could join called Solar Cup. Sounds okay right? From what I've heard from the kids that join, not so much). This school states that all their students will grow to be "college-ready", and they don't even offer art classes, which are NECESSARY in order to graduate. I am disappointed in this school because of how underdeveloped they are (the only way they can progress in anything is with fundraisers, and either way, all I've seen that get them is one mascot suit and a couple of things for the sports teams and P.E. class, maybe a boring dance or two. This school is too dependent on the parents and students for anything to happen (and Highland Park isn't exactly the right place to ask for money). This school doesn't even have enough funds to buy enough textbooks for their students (which we can't take home; I was actually surprised to learn that in other schools, you can take textbooks home with you. Sometimes the school doesn't even have enough paper to print out worksheets, and you have to copy the whole worksheet by hand in order to take your homework home; warning to future students: it really sucks.) The school should also consider getting some better teachers, because not all of their teachers are suited for teaching. I feel that I have not learned a single thing in the years that I have been tied down to this school, and the few new things I've learned those years I usually learned myself. If you're a kid considering this school, or a parent considering putting your child here, this is my warning to you. Consider all other possible options before you even think of enrolling your child here. Their classrooms are in the basement of a church, and they were on the news as the poorest school in Los Angeles. I write this as a warning to others, since my voice can't be heard at the school. Anywhere is better than Academia Avance.

By a Current Student on

This school is the best school you would want to be in. This school helps you in life it also helps you with college prep.

By a Parent on

This school is not worth going to. My child went to this school, and the teachers did not even have a degree to teach. They bribe us to join the school, they do everything in the community to get money and recognition. There is a lot of favortism in this school. (Edited for content by staff.)

By a Current Student on

This School has grown so much since, and is Excelling in all subjects with very high test scores and gives students the highest attention and dedication. I would recommend this school to students who wish to attend college, as this is a college preparatory school with all the right stuff to get you ready to advance in life.

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