Cambrian Academy

  • Cambrian Academy students have been accepted to MIT, UC Berkeley, Duke, Columbia, USC, Emory, UC Santa Cruz, Penn State, UC Irvine, UC Davis, Purdue, San Jose State, Hofstra, St. John's, Pepperdine, UOP, Temple, Rutgers, James Madison, Drexel, UC Santa Barbara, UC Merced, Furman University, Clark University, University of Hawaii, UC Riverside, University of Oregon, Oregon State, SUNY, Pomona, Pitzer, George Mason, Georgetown, UNLV, Arizona State, George Washington, UNC (Charlotte and Chapel Hill), Barry, University of Washington, UC San Diego, Northern Arizona University, Hawaii Pacific University, Michigan, Colorado State, and many others.
  • In 2016, we purchased our own land and building. We moved out of our leased facility and into our own facility before the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Visit our website for details.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Year Founded2008
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students110 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by GradeCambrian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Number of AP Courses12 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 1 / Apr. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,500
Tuition NotesHigh School is $15,500 per year. Scholarships of up to 50% are available for local students with good grades. Near the start of the year, we may announce additional scholarship funding for students with particular skills, such as drummers, guitarists, go kart racers, etc. So don't hesitate to ask.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$4,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMr. Dave Delgado


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBadminton, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Golf, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Soccer, TennisBadmintonCycling,
GolfRock Climbing,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess, Guitar, Interact, Media Internships, National Honor Society, Oceanography, Robotics, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Stage Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Go Kart Racing League, Outdoor Adventures, Sailing

School Notes

Our Education Model ensures that all students participate and all students learn. Courses are taught around a table in groups of 6-12 students. Teachers are participants in classroom discussions, guiding students without always lecturing. Our focus is on AP and Honors courses.
  • Superb High School Academics
  • Highly qualified instructors
  • Seminar style teaching
  • Class sizes of 6-12
  • Focus on Advanced Placement and Honors
  • International students welcome
International Students
  • We are authorized to issue I-20 visas to qualified students, grades 6-12. I-20 Visas permit foreign students to study in the United States legally. A mix of local and international students provides a rich, cultural experience and a supportive and outstanding academic peer group.
Specialty Tennis, Sailing, Motorsports, and Golf Programs
  • Academics scheduled around practice
  • Hi-Tech interaction with faculty
  • Performance scholarships available
See parent testimonials here.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
My son, Sam, started at Cambrian Academy this year, as a sophomore. Best decision we ever made. The school has changed his life, and ours. Sam is very bright but has never liked school. But he loves it now. For the first time, ever, he's engaged, committed, happy, and intellectually curious. He loves the school community, the excellence of the teaching and the flexibility that comes with a small school. He's enjoyed learning about other countries by getting to know the international students and appreciates their focus and commitment to getting to college.
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My son Sam started at Cambrian in 2016 as a 10th grader. He is very bright but has never (really) liked school before. Cambrian Academy has changed his life (and ours). He is engaged, excited to learn, enthusiastic and thoughtful. He is enjoying the quality of teaching, the flexibility the school has in tailoring curriculum to his interests and the international student body--he's enjoyed learning about other countries and he appreciates the energy and seriousness with which international students approach high school. We couldn't be happier with Cambrian.
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Here are just a few of the many reasons I believe Cambrian Academy is the best school in the area. 1) The teachers are incredibly dedicated. They cheerfully give my child extra help during lunch breaks and after school. They love to teach and it shows in their preparation, presentation of subject matter, and enthusiasm. 2) The class sizes are small.The average is 10 per class. Students sit around a conference table so everyone is fully engaged in the discussions. 3) The administration cares about meeting the needs of every student. Because of the school size, it is able to help nurture each person's strengths while addressing his weaknesses. 4) Students are placed according to ability, not age. This has resulted in some being accelerated by 4 or 5 grades. 5) Communication from administration and teachers is superb. My child's grades, attendance, and homework are all accessible online. Just a few clicks of the mouse and I can view her progress or contact any teacher. If you believe the skills necessary for success are obtained through stellar education given by knowledgeable, caring teachers, I urge you to take a tour.
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The average private school tuition in San Jose, CA is $13,240 for elementary schools and $19,168 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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