Tilden Preparatory School

1231 Solano Ave
Albany, CA 94706-0510
Tel: (510)525-5506
Grades: 6-12 | 291 students
Tilden Preparatory School believes that all students have an inherent right to a quality education, delivered with the highest respect for all concerned.
The school emphasizes individual achievement and promises a learning environment in which students master learning in all subject areas.
Two locations: 1231 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94707 and 1475 N. Broadway, Ste. 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Call to inquire
Year Founded 2006

Student Body

Total Students 291 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Tilden Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 83 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 1 students
Number of AP Courses 29 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1720
Average ACT score 27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes $75 per hour billed hourly.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Sallie Bryan
Admissions Associate Gail Alter

School Notes:

  • Personalized Education
  • Tilden Preparatory School, originally named School For Independent Learners East Bay, is a private, college preparatory school for grades 6-12 that uses a tutorial style to teach curriculum one-to-one and in small groups. One-to-one teaching provides a tremendous opportunity for students to work at their own pace (either faster or slower than usual), with attention to their style of learning, and to maximize opportunities to pursue their areas of interest in greater depth. Group class opportunities complement the one-to-one classes so that students have the option and benefit of both learning environments. Tilden Prep offers more AP course options than most high schools, so that highly academic students have the opportunity to pursue as many areas of interest as they wish in greater depth, while students who prefer a more leisurely pace can take the time needed to fully understand the course material before moving on.
  • Tilden Preparatory School is a full-time school for many students, and also offers individual classes for students enrolled in another school. In addition to teaching courses one-to-one and/or in small groups, we use a mastery learning approach, working with students to achieve 80% (B) or higher level mastery of the course material in order to ensure success in the current course and in similar future courses.  
  • Students in our full-time school have the opportunity to individualize their entire education. A personalized academic program can be created for the student who seeks greater intellectual challenge, for the athlete or musician who needs flexible scheduling, or for the student with learning differences that aren’t addressed in a large classroom setting. All courses taught at our school have been approved by the University of California (go to Academics or www.ucop.edu/doorways to see a list of UC approved courses) and meet requirements for college eligibility. Our requirements for high-school graduation exceed those designated by the State of California, and our graduates have been admitted to UC/CSU and private colleges (see our College Acceptances list) throughout the United States. We provide full-time students with opportunities for extracurricular activities, physical education, elective classes, and community service. Our part-time program is for students who want to remain in their current school, but are looking for individual or small group instruction in one or more classes. As in our full-time program, all classes count towards high school graduation and college eligibility, and we work closely with local schools to comply with their requirements. 
  • Accreditations
  • Tilden Preparatory School is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and our college-preparatory curriculum has been fully accepted by the University of California and the California State University systems.

Profile last updated: 11/19/2015

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The nearest high school is St Mary's College High School (0.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Bright Star Montessori School (0.4 miles away)
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