A forward-looking, academically rigorous college-prep school with a soul, Rolling Hills Preparatory School works in partnership with parents to prepare students for lifelong success in a global 21st century using proven teaching techniques in a stimulating and supportive academic environment.

The Four Pillars

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.

List of 4 items.

  • Disciplined Minds

    • 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.
  • Sound Character

    • 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.
  • Healthy Bodies

    • 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.
  • Creative Spirits

    • 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.

Our Mission

RHP’s 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. And we have recently concluded our analysis of what we believe makes a successful graduate in the mid-21st century. We articulate these qualities as the Five C’s: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Character, Collaboration, and Communication.

Rolling Hills Preparatory School

One Rolling Hills Prep Way, San Pedro, CA 90732
T: (310) 791-1101 | F: (310) 373-4931
Rolling Hills Prep School prides itself on being a forward-looking, academically rigorous college-prep school with a soul. Every day we provide our diverse student body a high-powered traditional curriculum combined with stimulating and innovative teaching techniques both inside and outside the classroom because we believe that success in college and life is best attained by equipping our students with disciplined minds, sound character, healthy bodies and creative spirits. RHP is a private, coeducational day school for grades 6-12, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles, CA.

Renaissance, our sister school, believes that bright students who learn differently can rise to great heights when they become empowered and confident. Visit the Renaissance website.