"Much of what students learn on these trips prepares them for the non-academic challenges of being away from home when it's time to leave for college. I believe that a huge part of our graduates' success in college is down to their being prepared to work with others in unfamiliar surroundings during the Outdoor Ed weeks."
Our school's mission addresses the development of four distinct strengths in our students: Disciplined Minds, Sound Character, Healthy Bodies, and Creative Spirits. Our Outdoor Education program addresses all four of these aims. Experiential programs provide opportunities for individual strengths and weaknesses to come to the fore, allowing individuals and groups to appreciate meaningful differences among people. Experiential education can present unequalled opportunities for teachable moments and new insights into human relationships. It is about what happens inside−the growth and development educators constantly encourage. In short, experiential educational programs provide opportunities for groups to get to know each other on a deeper level and work together with a focus on improving skills. We have built a widely recognized and highly respected Outdoor Education program over the past 15 years.
RHP's Outdoor Education program intentionally takes students (and teachers too) out of their comfort zones. During the week we are removed from the noise of televisions, cell phones, and traffic and placed in situations where appreciation and understanding of nature, ecosystems, and environmental issues emerge. Cooperation and collaboration are not only encouraged but required for many of the activities.

Many students are outdoorsy types and just love every moment. Others prefer the indoors and don't mind saying so. In many ways the latter students benefit most from the program, because they are doing things they might never have done in their life and may never do again. It is these students who otherwise might have had a really hard time with unfamiliarity and independence during those first few weeks away at college, but now are more prepared to meet the challenges of living away from home, dealing with roommates, and cooking, eating, and cleaning on their own when that time comes.

The Outdoor Education Experience

Students participate in annual Outdoor Education trips each fall. The school contracts with outdoor/experiential education organizations to lead each program. School faculty and staff accompany the students as active participants and chaperones. Attendance each year in grades 9-12 is required for graduation.

It is the intent of Outdoor Education to:
  • encourage respect for nature;
  • offer challenge by choice;
  • offer opportunities for experiential learning;
  • explore the different ecosystems present in southern California;
  • begin to see the relationship between urban needs and the natural environment;
  • and promote opportunities to encourage and enhance cooperation, teamwork, and class unity.

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.