We are a public charter school, serving middle and high school students with a 10 year track record of preparing our students in the east Hollywood community for success in college and ultimately their lives.
As a public charter school, we are independent from the Los Angeles school district enabling us to exercise our unique academic program to ensure our students obtain a quality education and the resources that match those of a private school.
However, what makes our school unique is our commitment to our students. Each student at APEX is part of our family: that means, we are there to not only help them achieve excellence in their lives but also to nurture our relationship with the student and parents to ensure a strong social-emotional foundation for each student.
The Helen Bernstein complex, located in the heart of Hollywood, is home to APEX Academy, Helen Bernstein High School and STEM Academy of Hollywood. Our shared community allows for our students to interact with students from the other schools, and to participate in a shared athletic program between all schools as they compete with other schools in the area. The small learning communities on the campus allow each student to receive the individualized attention they need to achieve excellence.
APEX Academy opened in September 2008 as an innovative competency-based school within LAUSD structured as a pilot program co-managed by LAUSD and Diploma Plus and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The financial crisis starting in 2008 forced APEX to become an independent public charter school in order to protect our innovative competency-based and social-emotional support model, as well as retaining much needed resources. Since our first class graduated in 2011, APEX Academy has ensured that all alumni are fully supported in reaching their future goals having earned millions of dollars in financial aid through grants and scholarships, APEX alumni have graduated from college with zero to limited debt.