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Preparing for the Future!

Avance interns

Academia Avance’s Work Experience Education (WEE) pairs college ready seniors with professionals in the field to provide a mentorship experience before setting off to college. To support and facilitate hands-on, off-site mentorships where Avance students gain insights into the responsibilities and experiences needed for professional careers, we established the Avance Life Prep program and WEE Internships. 

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 

Different Perspectives, New Experiences

Entering it’s eleventh year, Avance’s Life Prep Program is what separates Academia Avance from other 6-12th grade educational institutions. Designed to expose students to the world beyond Highland Park, these internships and life prep programmatic activities open our students’ minds to different perspectives and new experiences. The time and space spent in a professional environment is the keystone of our WEE program and directly elevated our Western Association of Colleges and Schools Review. We earned the max accreditation of six years!

¡Avance es Mi Coach! 

We partner with local businesses to provide life-changing mentorships for our tuition-free public school students. Every mentor interviews and selects students from a pool of candidates who have successfully completed a rigorous prep class on “Professionalism in the Workplace”. Internships can be up to three hours a day and three days a week. Each mentor is asked to meet with the student, once a month, to evaluate and discuss their performance and Avance staff support every mentor by offering training and dialog to make these internships meaningful and valuable for all.  

Here’s what previous mentors have had to say: 

“Anything to help these kids get the right start. As long as I am here you can bring them to me!! “

“I just had to tell you I heard so many wonderful things about your students!  EVERYONE commented on how helpful they were... Please let them know how much we appreciated their help.”

An Avance student... “has truly been an asset to our arts program and we are very grateful for her assistance.  We believe she has a very bright future ahead of her and wish her much success.”

Academia Avance students with internships at FIDM

Corporate Responsibility

There’s more! The Avance Professional Development Program is an opportunity for local businesses to provide a life-changing mentorship while simultaneously embracing their corporate community responsibility. Additional benefits include the chance to identify and create relationships with future employees, temporarily expand the workforce, or even receive a charitable tax deduction.

Graduation Rates and College Persistence

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! 

Thanks to Avance's Life Prep Program and WEE, our Internships create numerous adventures -- in academic and professional settings. Our project-based learning integrates science, math, history, writing and more. Plus we offer extracurriculars, athletics and other exciting learning opportunities for every student in grades 6-12.  We are enrolling --- check us out today! 

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


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

¡Preparándose para el Futuro!


El programa de Educación en Experiencia Laboral (WEE por sus siglas en inglés) une a seniors listos para la Universidad con profesionales en el campo para brindar una experiencia de tutoría antes de partir hacia la universidad. Read more