History

Rolling Hills Preparatory School

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 computer science.

Renaissance School for Arts and Sciences

Renaissance was founded by psychologist Dr. Susan McNary. Dr. McNary, an active advocate for children and an innovative thinker, pressed for the establishment of a school in the South Bay which served the needs of bright students who have experienced success in school but have deficits in their educational achievement. Her ideas were brought to the attention of the Board of Trustees of Rolling Hills Prep School, through her husband, Bill Johnson, a long-standing member of the Board and advocate of special programs in his own right. 

In April 2004, the trustees of Rolling Hills Prep School agreed to the establishment of a sister school program, the Renaissance School for Arts and Sciences. Head of School Peter McCormack and two co-directors helped establish the school on the same rented site as Rolling Hills Prep School at Malaga Cove School in Palos Verdes in September 2004. The year began with fourteen students in grades six and seven. 

In 2005, Heidi Morris was made director and enrollment expanded to grades six through eight. Renaissance School, along with Rolling Hills Prep School, moved to a permanent site in February of 2007, in San Pedro in the southern port area of Los Angeles. In 2006, the school developed an upper school program and enrolled six ninth grade students. Renaissance received full accreditation from WASC in 2014.

The school’s enrollment now includes students in grades five through twelve and continues to grow every year.