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Not Just College Acceptance, College Persistence!

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Avance graduates achieve amazing educational outcomes and go on to promising futures. As a free charter school for grades 6-12, we offer a different public school model for Highland Park. We provide rigorous preparation for college alongside real-world experiences, all in a professional academic setting.

Avance alum have graduated from all eight of the University of California undergraduate schools. Avance alum have gone on to attend almost all of the 23 Cal State Schools… from San Diego to Humboldt.

The state College Going Rate index places Avance in the top 10% of all public high schools located within the LAUSD. The majority of our Avance graduates attend a 4 year institution and THRIVE! 

The persistence rate for Avance college enrolled alumni attaining a degree is over 75%, a rate 2x the national norms for their peers. 

Life Prep for the Real World after College

Our alumni college persistence and attainment stems from the Avance Life Prep program.  We balance and partner the California college A-G preparatory curriculum with development of real-world skills. Avance Seniors complete a professional internship in a setting aligned with their interests in one of over a three dozen enterprises like: 

  • Huntington Memorial Hospital

  • VETCO Veterinary Clinic

  • Rock Rose Art Gallery

  • MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund)

  • Radio Station KPFK

  • Waldorf School of Pasadena

  • Red House Realty

  • Highland Park Medical Science College 

College-bound and College-ready

Avance students are well-rounded, too. In addition to being both college-bound and college-ready, our students are athletes and artists, too. 

Avance fields 10 intramural athletic teams for soccer, basketball, cross country and volleyball. Both the boys and girls soccer and basketball teams are perennial champions in their leagues!  

The 12-person Avance relay teams have placed 1st or 2nd in the high school division of SoCal Ragnar Relay since 2014. This race covers 200 miles to San Diego in 24 hours. 

Over 3 dozen Avance runners are finishers at the Los Angeles Marathon every year and last but far from least, Avance Thespians have placed 2nd at the Theatricum Botanicum Summer Shakespearean Festival in Topanga Canyon.

Lifelong Learning Habits

We place great emphasis on the development of successful lifelong learning habits. Through projects, internships, and multi-cultural experiences, our Avance graduates earn college career preparation that exceeds the University of California class requirements. Avance students study hard, work harder, and play the hardest. 

We offer: 

  • A Small School Setting with a Nurturing Environment

Avance fosters individual attention by remaining small, with about 20 students per classroom.

  • Collaborative Project Based Learning

Our rigorous courses integrate science, math, history and writing into projects to promote deep understanding of core subjects using the collaborative learning strategies of the renowned Success For All Foundation affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education.

  • Multi-Cultural Experiences

Avance fosters a welcoming school with respect for all students, and we incorporate all of the vibrant cultural resources in and around Los Angeles. 

  • Teacher-Parent Communication

We measure student progress day-to-day, with updates always accessible by parents, from a dedicated Avance House Instructor, an assigned faculty mentor that stays with every AVance student year-to-year. No one slips through the cracks at Academia Avance. 

Let’s Connect! 

Schedule a tour so your child can connect with Avance students. Hear their college and life plans, and  see how our college prep academics directly lead to amazing outcomes.  Avance alumni are now becoming homeowners, business and community leaders right here in Highland Park.

About Academia Avance

Avance sets the standard for public charter school excellence via rigorous college and career preparation that inspires a lifetime of learning and leading. We place quality education first, and we deeply value a professional culture of community, diversity and fiscal and social responsibility. Enrolling now for grades 6-12. Join us



Hardly any school can claim this right now. Avance can! 100% of our on campus students aged 12 and over are vaccinated!  Read more

Community Health Initiatives


Avance cares deeply about every student and family we serve. We are offering multiple health initiatives to help keep everyone safe in our community. From vaccination mandates to community health fairs to town halls; we are in this together. Read more

¡No Sólo Aceptación, Persistencia Universitaria!


Los egresados de Avance logran increíbles logros educativos y avanzan a prometedores futuros. Como escuela charter gratuita para grados 61-2, ofrecemos un modelo de escuela pública diferente para Highland Park.  Read more