Message from the Head of School

Welcome to Rolling Hills Prep School, a vibrant independent school for grades 6-12 that produces successful and happy students prepared to meet the 21st century challenges of college and life beyond. We are very proud of our high academic standards, our warm and supportive community, and our beautiful new campus. We invite you to visit us, both online and in person, to find out for yourself what an RHP education has meant to our students, parents, alumni, and friends since 1981.

A strong, diverse educational community of 300 people, our school size is ideal: large enough to offer an outstanding range of academic courses, arts, and athletics, and one of the country's premier outdoor education programs, yet small enough that every student is known personally.

We enroll not just students at RHP, we enroll families. By joining the RHP family, you will work alongside other adults and young people sharing common visions and values. Together we have developed an environment in which students are challenged by demanding academic courses and supported within a close-knit community.  

Our mission to develop in our students disciplined minds, sound character, healthy bodies and creative spirits is as relevant today as it was when the school was founded more than thirty years ago. And we have recently completed our analysis of what we believe makes a successful graduate in this now not-so-new century: the Five Cs of Critical Thinking, Creativity, Character, Collaboration and Communication (including cultural competency) are the tools we must be providing our students through the vehicle of our curriculum.

What equips RHP so well to deliver that curriculum? Take "Character" for instance: Our low student/teacher ratio of less than 10/1 allows close contact between adult and students, so that we can address individual needs and maximize the potential of each young person. Community service--we call it 'Service Learning'--is encouraged, not because it "looks good on the transcript," but because working individually and collectively to help others around us is an important part of developing strong character. And, while RHP is indeed a rigorous, challenging academic institution, we encourage balance in our children's lives as well as in our own.

We welcome your questions and look forward to meeting you on campus in the near future.

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Head of School 

Educated in England, Peter McCormack earned his Master's degree from Oxford University, his teaching certification from Exeter University, and his Bachelor's degree in physics from York University. He was recently awarded a Klingenstein Scholarship to Teachers' College, Columbia University. Peter taught in public and private schools in London, New York, Paris, and Boston, before being appointed Head of School at RHP in 1993.