Rolling Hills Prep School was established as an independent not-for-profit school in 1981. The founders wished to create "an academic powerhouse with a soul," believing firmly that, given talented, committed teachers, passionate about their disciplines and supportive of the whole child, a school can prepare young people for success and happiness in college and beyond without burning them out in the process.
Founded initially as the high school division of Rolling Hills Country Day School, the school began teaching in classrooms at Rolling Hills Covenant Church. Receiving accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and graduating its first class of just seven students in 1985, the school's reputation grew quickly. With this growth emerged a demand to offer programs for younger students. In 1992 RHP added middle school grades and moved to larger facilities on the Malaga Cove School campus, remaining there for fourteen years and adding programs in academics, the arts, athletics and outdoor education as the enrollment grew to well over 200 students.
In 1994 as part of its continuing commitment to program improvements, the school adopted the Four Pillars as guiding principles: Disciplined Minds, Sound Character, Healthy Bodies and Creative Spirits. The innovative Outdoor Education program grew during the 1990's, and was implemented in its current form, taking students from every grade level to a week-long outdoor adventure, during the past decade. The school has continually sought to add new and creative programs, such as robot design, American Sign Language, horticulture and gardening, and the Character Counts program.
Moving onto its own 22-acre campus on Palos Verdes Drive North in 2007, the school continues to grow and thrive. Graduates continue to matriculate at some of the country's more selective colleges and the school has positioned itself at the forefront of cutting-edge 21st century curriculum. Focusing on the Five C's of Critical Thinking, Character, Communication, Creativity and Collaboration, RHP's talented and committed faculty employ a combination of traditional and innovative techniques to engage students in the learning process, ensuring graduates are prepared for success in the most rigorous of college programs.
Now well into its third decade of educating the very best of young people from across the South Bay and the world, RHP is always looking forward, always searching for the most effective ways of teaching, and always challenging its students to reach as high as they can, and higher.