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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B-
6100 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618
About The College Preparatory School...

Applying

Application Deadline
January 7
Application Fee
$100
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$48,300
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
23%
Average Financial Aid
$30,436
From 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.

The College Preparatory School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1470
166 responses
Average ACT
34
55 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
  • Intraterm
    22%
  • Class Retreats
    16%
  • Snow Trip
    16%
  • Spirit Week
    16%
  • Senior Ditch Day
    8%
  • Senior Poetry Reading
    8%
  • Musical/Music Tour
    5%

    Students

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    372
    63%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
    38%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    7:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Low
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Low
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
    60%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
    90%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      D
    2. Good for Families
      B
    3. Housing
      D+
    Median Household Income
    $68,442
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,354
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $627,800
    National
    $184,700

    The College Preparatory School Reviews

    78 reviews
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    The College Preparatory School is everything I want in a school. It is similar to a small liberal arts college; there is a tight knit community, close student-teacher relationships, small class sizes, and a focus on critical thinking and discussion. The community at the College Preparatory is a melting pot of diverse interests, passions and personalities. Every student wants to be there. Curiosity and making mistakes is encouraged! It is the perfect place to discover new passions, talents and intellectual people.
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    I loved my time at College Prep and I felt very prepared for life after high school. The teachers were both knowledgable and welcoming. I always felt comfortable talking to them outside of class either about my classwork, or just about life! They are all incredible passionate, kind, knowledgable people. Their passion, inspired the students and there was never a quiet moment in our class discussions. It made me feel comfortable and confident in myself to participate in big lecture classes in college and go to teacher office hours. I think I learned how to be a good self-advocate at College Prep because at CPS asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. And I loved spirit week and snow trip!
    College Prep has been an amazing experience for me. The classes are engaging, and the teachers are phenomenal—they genuinely care about your well-being, and they are always willing to meet with you outside of class or just chat. The students are wonderful, as well. Each person is unique and interesting to talk to, and the school has an incredibly collaborative atmosphere! I've had a great time at CPS, and I would absolutely recommend this school.