RHP at a Glance


Every college and university to which a Rolling Hills Prep student applies receives a copy of this School Profile which provides a snapshot of the strength of the academic preparation that each RHP graduate has received. It is in the context of our very strong academic program that colleges consider applicants from RHP.  We welcome inquiries about the school; please feel free to contact any of the faculty and staff listed on the last page of this profile.

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School Profile
  One Rolling Hills Prep Way
San Pedro, CA 90732

School Code: 052681
Phone: (310) 791-1101
Fax: (310) 373-4931
Website: www.rollinghillsprep.org

Head of School: Peter McCormack
Director of Upper Schools/Director of RHP: Ryan Boccuzzi
Director of Middle Schools: Heidi Morris
College Counselors: Jennifer Kirmer & Kelly Schierholz
Director of Admission: Bryonna Fisco

School &
  Rolling Hills Preparatory School, founded in 1981, is an independent coeducational day school for grades six through twelve, located in a residential community outside of Los Angeles.

Students are drawn from diverse economic, ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds. Approximately 25% of our students receive some degree of financial aid.

Accreditation   Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).
Memberships   California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  For graduation the school requires completion of the following credits (10 credits = 1 full year's course): English - 40 credits, Mathematics - 30 credits, History - 35 credits, Economics - 5 credits, Science - 30 credits, World Languages - 30 credits, Arts - 20 credits, P.E. - 20 credits, Electives - 10 credits, for a total of 225 credits. (Note: This is a minimum. Competitive colleges and universities expect more.)
Courses   All courses at Rolling Hills Preparatory are college preparatory. Courses are heterogeneously grouped, with the exception of English II Honors, AP English Literature & Composition, AP English Language & Composition, AP European History, Honors U.S. History , AP U.S. History, Honors Economics & Government, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics B, Chemistry Honors, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and all World Language courses at the Honors or AP level.
Grades   Rolling Hills Prep operates on a trimester calendar and a block schedule. RHP does not rank. GPA’s are calculated on a 4 point system based on all RHP courses reported the transcript. These grades reflect a weighted scale.
GPA Distribution  

Class of 2013

GPA Range

# Students

Above 4.20












Below 2.49




Signature Programs   American Sign Language, Horticulture, Outdoor Education, Robotics, Senior Internships, Human Service Organizations, Big History
Teaching Faculty   32 full-time, 11 part-time

M.A. / M.S.: 28
B.A. / B.S.: 14 
Doctorate: 1
Average class size: 16
Faculty: Student Ratio: 1:9
Enrollment   215 (Grades 6-12)

Class of 2011: 33
Class of 2012: 43
Class of 2013: 42

Additional Academic Information



72% of the senior class will have taken 4 years of Mathematics.
80% of the senior class will have taken 4 years of Science.
27% of the senior class will have taken 4 years of Foreign Language.
100% of the senior class will have taken 4 years of English.
90% of the senior class will have taken 4 years of Social Studies.


 Courses Offered


















English 6


English 7


English 8


English I


English II or
Honors English II


English III, English IV,

 AP English Literature & Composition or

AP English Language & Composition



Math 6



Algebra I


Algebra I


Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II,

Math Analysis, Business Calculus, Pre-Calculus,

AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC



Science 6


Science 7


Science 8







Biology or AP Biology,

Honors Anatomy & Physiology, Robotics, Honors Chemistry,

AP Chemistry, AP Physics B


Introduction to Language

Spanish 7

Spanish 8

Mandarin I

Spanish I, II, III, IV, V, Honors Spanish III, IV, V, AP Spanish Language

American Sign Language I, II






Global Insights


U.S. History


Big History

World History I


World History II
or AP European



U.S. History or
AP U.S. History


Government & Economics
or Honors
Government & Economics



The Middle School Arts sequence includes:

Theatre, Art, Horticultural Arts and Music

Art & Music Appreciation,  Drawing & Painting I, II,

Mixed Media, Studio Art, AP Studio Art

Photography I, II, III, Yearbook, Speech,
Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble, Voice I, II


We offer instruction for English Language Learners, from beginning to advanced, throughout the school.



Fall – Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Volleyball

Winter – Boys’ Basketball and Girls’ Soccer

Spring – Boys’ Volleyball, Girls’ Basketball
and Girls’ Lacrosse

Fall – Coed Cross Country, Girls’ Volleyball, Football

Winter – Boys’ Varsity Basketball, Boys’ J.V. Basketball
Girls’ Varsity Basketball, Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer

Spring – Boys’ Basketball, Boys’ Golf, Girls’ Softball, Coed Track and Field


Colleges Attended by Recent RHP Graduates   Amherst College, Arizona State University, Babson College, Barnard College, Baylor University, Bennington College, Boston University, Brigham Young University, Calif. Lutheran University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Chico, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge, CSU Long Beach, CSU Pomona, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Chapman University, chicago Art Institute, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth University, DePauw University, Duke University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Emerson College, George Washington University, Hampton University, Johns Hopkins University, Lake Forest College, Lafayette College, Lewis & Clark College, Loyola Marymount University, Marquette University, Maryland Institute College of Art, NJ Institute of Science & Technology, New School University, New York University, Northwestern University, Occidental College, Ohio State University, Pepperdine University, Purdue University, Reed College, Rhode Island School of Design, St. Lawrence University, San Diego State University, Santa Clara University, Sarah Lawrence College, Smith College, Sonoma State University, Southern Methodist University, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, Tufts University, University of Arizona, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, University of Connecticut, University of Denver, University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, University of the Pacific, University of Pennsylvania, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California, University of Washington, Washington University-St. Louis, Wheaton College, Whitman College, Whittier College
Non-Discrimination Policy   Rolling Hills Preparatory School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ethnic or national origin, religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation in the administration of its admission and educational policies, financial aid program, or athletic and other school administered programs.