- OAKLAND, CA
COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:
We are pleased to be together for this unique school year, one that calls upon us all to be vigilant, flexible, and creative as we adapt to the conditions resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to be guided by our obligation to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff; our educational mission; and our values of kindness, inclusion, and care. Learn More
- Academicsgrade A+
- Diversitygrade A+
- Teachersgrade A+
- College Prepgrade A+
- Clubs & Activitiesgrade A
- Sportsgrade B minus
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.
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Applied Learning with a Laboratory Focus
Our hands-on research program gives experience in a broad array of STEM fields. During discussion-based classes, students learn how to read primary scientific literature and analyze data. Students gain foundational scientific knowledge and the analytical skills needed to work in a research team. The core of the program is a summer internship with mentors in labs at UCSF or UC Berkeley.
Culture & Safety
- Class Retreats18%
- Spirit Week18%
- Snow Trip15%
- Senior Ditch Day8%
- Senior Poetry Reading8%
- Musical/Music Tour5%
Clubs & Activities
Living in the Area
- Cost of Livinggrade D
- Good for Familiesgrade A minus
- Housinggrade C minus
The College Preparatory School Reviews
We get a pretty bad rep for sports, but it's a great place to try out new sports! If you're not an athlete and you want to start a sport, everyone's super nice and there aren't many expectations haha. Still, we do have some teams that tend to do pretty well in league or you could always play club so def not a dealbreaker in my opinion!
Having attended multiple Back to School Days over the course of the years have made us realise how immensely engaged and highly educated the faculty here is.
The students are thriving in a safe environment that is geared towards not just educational learnings but life learnings.
The students learn to be independent, vocal, active, engaged and empathetic.
The parent body is strong and come together often, to help aid not just the school but the community as well.
We’re grateful to the school, the faculty and the parents for all our years at CPS.