Cambrian Academy

Our students didn't miss out on learning. We met all the requirements to reopen for in-person learning on June 15, 2020 and have remained open for in-person learning. As an independent private school, we aren't required to experiment on children with the educational fads of the day, such as Common Core. We truly prepare students for success in college and success in life. Cambrian Academy students have been accepted to MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, 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, University of Oregon, Oregon State, SUNY, Pomona, Pitzer, George Mason, Georgetown, UNLV, George Washington, UC San Diego, and many others.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Enrollment: 110 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,500
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / Mar. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Cambrian Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 5-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
110 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
Cambrian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
8 students
Number of AP Courses
12 courses
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Age Appropriate Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / Mar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
High School is $20,500 per year. Your tuition rate is locked in at the time of enrollment.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.
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
The average cost of summer classes for credit is $650.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Mr. Dave Delgado



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
14 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess, Cultural Exchange Club, Green Team, 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, but we also look beyond high school graduation to college success. Our students are educated in logical and rational thinking, relevant economics, and historical perspective, so they may have a successful college experience while still maintaining their ability to think and act with confidence as well as completing college with their moral compass still intact.
  • 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. International students make up approximately 20% of our student population.
Specialty Tennis, Sailing, Motorsports, and Golf Programs
  • Academics scheduled around practice
  • Hi-Tech interaction with faculty
  • Performance scholarships available
See parent testimonials here.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Cambrian Academy cost?
Cambrian Academy's tuition is approximately $20,500 for private students and $650 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Cambrian Academy?
The acceptance rate of Cambrian Academy is 70%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. Cambrian Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in California with low acceptance rates.
Does Cambrian Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Cambrian Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Cambrian Academy offer?
Cambrian Academy offers 11 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Golf, Marksmanship, Riflery, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Soccer and Tennis. Cambrian Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in California for most sports offered.
What is Cambrian Academy's ranking?
Cambrian Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Cambrian Academy?
The application deadline for Cambrian Academy is Jan. 15 / Mar. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 / Mar. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Enrollment: 110 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,500
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / Mar. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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