Westside Private School That Gave Diplomas to Nonstudents for Fee Is Linked to Admissions Scam

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Located at the corner of North Crescent Heights Boulevard and Fountain Avenue, West Hollywood College Preparatory School is a small private campus that has been linked to the nationwide college admissions scandal. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Located at the corner of North Crescent Heights Boulevard and Fountain Avenue, West Hollywood College Preparatory School is a small private campus that has been linked to the nationwide college admissions scandal. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Stephanie Ellsworth had a problem. She was eager to enroll in a criminal justice program, but lacked a high school diploma.

Her predicament didn’t last long. She was told by a for-profit college that she could get a diploma from a Westside private school simply by taking a test and paying $280. She wouldn’t have to do any coursework, or even set foot on the tiny campus of West Hollywood College Preparatory School.

So that is what she did. Within a few weeks, the 31-year-old had her diploma signed by West Hollywood Prep’s principal, Elina Dvorskaya.

That was in 2014 — five years before the school’s former director, Igor Dvorskiy, was accused of conspiring with William “Rick” Singer, the admitted mastermind of a national college admissions scheme. Federal prosecutors say Dvorskiy was bribed $10,000 per student to allow a test-taking whiz to doctor SAT or ACT exams for children of the wealthy.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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