The College Preparatory School

  • College Prep is a home for ideas, discovery, and engagement-intellectual pursuits that our students treasure.
  • Our academic offerings are buoyed by our warm culture and welcoming verdant campus, located in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood.
  • In and out of the classroom, students explore and extend their abilities, test their ideas, question assumptions, grapple with moral issues, and acquire the skills to be positive and productive citizens.
  • Led by exceptional and caring teachers, mentors, and coaches, our students are encouraged to grow into their best selves.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1960

Student Body

Total Students365 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
60%
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeThe College Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers55 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size14 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1520
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 11
Yearly Tuition Cost$42,020
Tuition Notes$1,200-$1,500 annually in non-tuition costs such as books. laptop, and other fees.
% on Financial Aid
24%
Average Financial Aid Grant$26,500
Admissions DirectorDavid Lazo
Admissions AssociateVanessa Ortega

Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes

  • College Prep develops each student's strengths and capacities through an education based on ten core beliefs guided by our philosophy mens conscia rectia mind aware of what is right. 
  • 1. We value the individuality of our community members and our egalitarian school culture.
  • 2. We believe that high expectations, kindled curiosity, and dedicated effort encourages students to discern excellence and strive to do their best.
  • 3. We affirm that deep learning requires patience, creativity, reflection, and practice.
  • 4. We cultivate an awareness of self and others that is rooted in respect and empathy and emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for one's impact and actions.
  • 5. We work in a collaborative environment that gives young people opportunities to take risks, express themselves, and appreciate the perspectives and gifts of others.
  • 6. We embrace the variety of backgrounds and life experiences within our community and recognize that the rich expression of diversity is essential to a meaningful education.
  • 7. We integrate work and play, helping students recognize the elements of a balanced life.
  • 8. We foster an understanding of interdependence and stewardship that starts with care for our open-air Oakland campus and extends to our greater community.
  • 9. We prepare students to make a positive difference, encouraging engagement in a full array of school activities, and service and learning opportunities in the broader world.
  • 10. We dedicate ourselves, as teachers and mentors, to our own ongoing development, modeling commitment to learning and growth.
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