Who We Are

City Heights Prep At a Glance

Meet Our Staff

We believe that academic motivation for students is enhanced by strong relational connections with staff that care about their success, and invest in their growth.


Our staff is made up of individuals that strive to accomplish this by cultivating a school and classroom culture where respecting one another, trying one’s best, making good choices, working hard, encouraging each other, and recognizing that everyone is important are things that are championed and celebrated.

Dr. Vargas


Mrs. Salvatierra

Student Records Specialist

Ms. Graceffa

School Counselor

Mr. Messinger


Ms. Gruschow


Ms. Parris

Social Media Strategist & Assistant Teacher

Ms. Thorpe

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Winter


Ms. Hiramine

Administrative Assistant & Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Mohammed

Assistant Director

Ms. Lopez

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Chalabi

Meals/Facilities Coordinator

Mrs. Varns


Mr. Morris


Ms. Sa

Education Specialist

Ms. Davey


Mr. Cunningham

Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Sharif

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Hernandez



From Our Principal

“I am committed to the best educational experience possible and I look forward to working with our families and community members. School and home can work together to build skills and knowledge to reinforce values, and to develop a strong sense of self-confidence. We must invest our time and energies in our nation’s most valuable resource – our children.”

– Dr. Vargas

Individual Online Learning

Each of our students has access to their own computer

This allows us to provide them with the best possible resources for their academic development. In addition, computer access is provided in both Tutoring before school and Study Hall after school so that our students always have a quiet place to finish up homework and to receive extra help from teachers. 

Life Skills Mentoring

Each student attends a Seminar Class, aimed at equipping them with life skills that will further their success

We know that rigorous academics can only go so far if they aren’t accompanied by the right life skills and emotional development. That’s why we’ve developed a Seminar course focused on providing students with organizational skills such as checking grades, tracking academic progress, managing calendars, and keeping materials organized. In addition, it provides explicit instruction in skills such a conflict management, creating presentations, etiquette, financial literacy, goal setting, handling stress, hygiene, professional dress, public speaking, and researching colleges.

Small Class Sizes

A typical classroom has a 16:1 student to instructional staff ratio

In this way, students have access to help whenver they need it. In addition, our schedule creates a situation in which teachers and students spend more time together consistently and teachers are spread less thin in terms of the number of different students they work with each day. This model optimizes the relational aspect of the student teacher interaction.

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