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


Mr. Messinger

Interim Assistant Director

Mrs. Salvatierra

Student Records Specialist

Mrs. Janikowski

School Counselor

Ms. Parris

Website & Social Media Coordinator

Ms. Gruschow

Visual Arts Teacher & Coach

Mrs. Winter


Mrs. Sharif


Ms. Sharif

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Gustaff

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Mohamed

Assistant Teacher

Mr. Osman

Assistant Teacher

Dr. Mohammed

Assistant Director

Ms. Lopez


Mr. Chalabi

Meals/Facilities Coordinator

Ms. Ortiz

Student Support Coordinator

Ms. Monzon

Office Support

Ms. Sa

Education Specialist

Mrs. Varns


Mr. Morris


Ms. Davey


Ms. Hernandez


Ms. Buch


Ms. Jaime

Assistant Teacher


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 Tutoring after school so that our students always have a quiet place to finish up homework and to receive extra help from teachers. 

AVID & Restorative Practices

Each student attends an AVID Class, aimed at equipping them with skills that will ensure their collegiate 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 incorporate AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), which provides students with organizational skills such as tracking academic progress, managing calendars, and keeping materials organized. In addition, we use restorative practices to grow skills such a conflict management, handling stress, and community building. This moves our school from being punitive, to restorative, allowing everyone to be heard and feel safe.

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.

Project Lead the Way

Students have the opportunity to explore computer science concepts and skills through Project Lead the Way

This is done by allowing students to create personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the experience, they learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. Some learners are visual, some are auditory, and some are hands on – each student learns information in a unique way, and this approach gives them the ability to merge these learning styles and bring their physical designs to life, cultivating learning on a whole new level.

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