Our visual and performing arts offer non-threatening environments where the focus remains on individual expression, artistic process and creative problem solving, and those skills are known to be the key to success in the 21st century. We are able to reach and teach successfully all students regardless of their personal learning style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) because of the nature and size of our classes.

The program follows a multi-year sequence with each year building on the previous, guiding students toward personal growth and creative expression, independence, and confidence.
The school provides ample opportunities for students to be creatively involved in and outside of the traditional classroom setting. All seniors are involved in designing their own tile for the Senior Tile project. "Coffee Houses," music and dance performances, Classical Night, and One-Act Plays complement traditional drama and musical productions in both upper and middle schools. Students participate in our award winning publications, including the yearbook and the all-school literary/arts magazine. Students who love the outdoors and physical beauty get to work in our organic garden in our horticulture and environmental arts classes. Students who love to perform have numerous occasions to act starting with the 8th grade play and continuing each year with a fall play and middle and upper school spring musicals. All middle and upper school art students participate in the all school art show in the spring.

Message from Fine Arts Department Chair

Developing creative spirits through the arts is an integral part of RHP's mission. This department consists of dedicated, caring and highly-qualified teachers: professional artists who are extremely passionate about their disciplines and teaching.
Thinking outside the box, being original, and developing one's own style are the signatures of our arts program. Students develop excellent skills, encouraged by teachers who focus on the basic techniques while conveying their love and enthusiasm for the artistic aspects of a comprehensive education.
Our students have gained national and community recognition, winning Scholastic Art awards, Rotary Club and San Pedro art awards, scoring well in AP art, winning theater competitions, and gaining admission to prestigious art colleges including The Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design. All of our students continue to make the arts part of their lives inspired by the nurturing of their artistic spirit at Rolling Hills Prep School.

Debbi Gelbart
Fine Arts Department Chair

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  • Debbi Gelbart 

    Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, AP Studio Art
    310-791-1101 ext. 210
    Brooklyn College - BA
    CSU Dominguez Hills - MA

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.