Rolling Hills Preparatory School works in partnership with parents to prepare college-bound students for lifelong success in a global 21st century using proven teaching techniques in a stimulating and supportive academic environment.
We employ four pillars to define success: Disciplined Minds, Sound Character, Healthy Bodies, and Creative Spirits
The Four Pillars
In 1994 RHP adopted the Four Pillars as the guiding principles for its educational philosophy:
As part of RHP's ongoing self-evaluation and improvement, a group of teachers, trustees and parents has approved the learning expectations for students shown below, based on the Four Pillars. Every year each faculty member focuses on at least one of the four pillars, incorporating its philosophy into that year's teaching and evaluation. These principles are not just on paper, they inspire the high quality teaching that is a hallmark of RHP.
- Become aware of, and appreciate, the relevance of the learning process to life.
- Learn to probe and investigate, think logically and critically, synthesize ideas, and solve problems
- Communicate effectively in writing, verbally, and graphically.
- Become skillful researchers--organize, comprehend, evaluate, and interpret information and ideas.
- Make interdisciplinary connections.
- Demonstrate self-motivation and self-discipline. Become independent, confident problem-solvers who are enthusiastic and willing to take risks.
- Develop awareness, acceptance, and respect for different opinions, cultures, religions, learning styles. Work productively with others, cooperate, and be good team players in all areas of life.
- Show respect for rules through the traits of honesty and honor, and display sportsmanship.
- Demonstrate strong social responsibility both inside and outside of school.
- Gain an understanding of how the body works and how food, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, human relationships, exercise, and mental health affect the body.
- Make healthy and beneficial choices concerning food, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, human relationships, exercise, and mental health.
- Make decisions based upon the long-term effects of choices, not just what feels good or works for today.
- Promote healthful choices amongst peers and family.
- Communicate confidently, effectively and with sensitivity in a variety of forms.
- Recognize, analyze, and appreciate creative writing and the visual and performing arts.
- Cultivate a safe, nurturing and enthusiastic environment among all members of the community while engaging in the creative process.
- Gain a perspective of self.
Diversity Mission Statement
At RHP, diversity is defined as a culture that consistently explores, embraces, and celebrates individual differences and backgrounds in and outside the classroom and in our everyday lives. In an inclusive and diverse community, all members feel respected, safe, and accepted in expressing who they are. Our four pillars promote multicultural perspectives through a 21st century curriculum which prepares students to work, lead, and live effectively in a diverse world. Diversity includes individual and group differences in areas such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, age, sexuality, religion, learning styles, and physical abilities.