Our student body reflects broad racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, in addition to possessing a diversity of interests and talents.
In the 2017-2018 school year, 52% of our students identify as female and 48% identify as male; 60% self-identify as students of color. Our average academic class size has 14 students, and each grade has approximately 90 students. Although most College Prep students enter in the ninth grade, we typically welcome a small number of new sophomores and juniors. Our students come from a diverse group of over 100 schools: Independent (70%), Public (22%), Parochial (7%), and Home Schooled (1%).
College Prep draws students from communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area region:
49% from cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, and Piedmont
28% from central and eastern Contra Costa County
10% from western Contra Costa County
7% from eastern and southern Alameda County
4% from the City of San Francisco
1% from Marin County
55 Faculty & 25 Staff College Prep faculty members engage in focused learning interactions with every student. They have earned outstanding reputations for mastery of their subjects and for gifted teaching in the classroom. Of our 55 faculty members, 81% hold advanced degrees.
Located in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, our 5-acre campus blends in with the native plants and eucalyptus trees typical of the Oakland Hills landscape. College Prep lies in a small verdant valley and is dotted with 15 buildings.
At College Prep we believe in the foundational importance of scholarship, the value of dialogue, and the need for academically curious young people to belong to a kind, creative, diverse, and joyful community. We challenge our students to engage deeply in learning, appreciate one another, and grow into adults who are intellectually adventurous, ethically sure-footed, and generous of heart and spirit.
Guided by Mens Conscia Recti, “a mind aware of what is right,” College Prep develops each student's strengths and capacities through an education based on ten core beliefs.
We value the individuality of our community members and our egalitarian school culture.
We believe that high expectations, kindled curiosity, and dedicated effort encourage students to discern excellence and strive to do their best.
We affirm that deep learning requires patience, creativity, reflection, and practice.
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.
We work in a collaborative environment that gives young people opportunities to take risks, express themselves, and appreciate the perspectives and gifts of others.
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.
We integrate work and play, helping students recognize the elements of a balanced life.
We foster an understanding of interdependence and stewardship that starts with care for our open-air Oakland campus and extends to our greater community.
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.
We dedicate ourselves, as teachers and mentors, to our own ongoing development, modeling commitment to learning and growth.
The school day begins at 8:05 am and ends at 3:15 pm on most days. Our daily schedule is built using a two-week cycle: four class meetings are held for 45 minutes and the remaining three for 75 minutes. Classes are grouped as part of either a morning or an afternoon rotation.
Our campus easily reached using public transportation as we are located less than a mile from Oakland’s Rockridge BART station. We offer shuttle service between Rockridge Station and campus before and after school.
College Prep’s 1:1 Laptop Program equips all students with MacBook Pros to enable seamless cooperation on projects, facilitate communication between teachers and students, and ensure school-provided technical support.
Our students have a variety of school-sponsored extracurricular activities to choose from including athletics, performing arts, leadership, debate, community service and service learning, student-run publications, and more.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY: The College Preparatory School admits students of any race, national and ethnic origin, creed, physical ability, economic status, gender identity, or sexual orientation to enjoy all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school. The school applies all legal non-discrimination standards to school-administered programs, administrative practices, and in support of all members of the community.