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Executive Director's Message

 Academia Avance is moving forward to our 14th year of operations for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment has quintupled since our start back in the Fall of 2005 with 100 students in the 6th and 7th grades. We proposed a new school model for Highland Park that promised a rigorous preparation for college, and real-world experiences in a professional setting. Now there is real proof that Avance graduates are achieving these promised outcomes. Of the Class of 2017, 100% graduates and 84% were accepted to 4 year institutions. The Avance Life Prep program placed seniors in professional internships in over a dozen enterprises like the Huntington Memorial Hospital, VETCO Veterinarian Clinic, MALDEF, Council Member Gil Cedillo's Office, the Waldorf School of Pasadena, the Know How Shop design and architecture firm, and the Highland Park Medical Science College. And as evidence that Avance students are well-rounded in addition to college-bound, consider these achievements: of the 10 inter-mural athletic teams, 5 were champions in their leagues; Avance fielded two 12 person teams for the prestigious SoCal Ragnar relay - a 200 mile cross-country event completed in 24 hours -  placing 1st and 2nd in the high school division (35th and 36th overall out of over 500 teams); the Avance Thespians placed 2nd at the 2012 Theatricum Botanicum Summer Shakespearean Festival in Topanga Canyon. 

Avance students study hard, work harder, and play the hardest! Avance is a Super Hero School! 
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Visit the school! ...again if it's been awhile. Come talk with the Avance students. They will describe their college and life plans, and listen to your advice. You will immediately see how your continued support has direct outcomes that will make Avance graduates the home owners, business and community leaders of Highland Park and Los Angeles.

Mr. Ricardo Mireles

Executive Director

Academia Avance