Curriculum

As a forward-looking, academically rigorous college-prep school, Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools provide a carefully crafted curriculum that offers an array of traditional courses taught using proven and engaging techniques. Some of our signature programs that educate the whole child are outdoor education, diploma programs, advisory, diversity, equity, and inclusion education.

All aspects of the
Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools experience make up the curriculum: math, science, art, music, drama, outdoor education, service learning, band, chorus, history, English, field trips, International Day, World Dance Week, pep assemblies, PE, athletics, Grandparents and Friends Day, coffee house, publications, National Honor Society, clubs, pick-up basketball games, dances, coding, the list goes on. Everything that happens on and off campus is a valuable part of an RHP student's learning experience and is designed to develop a disciplined mind, sound character, creative spirit, and healthy body in each student.

Advisory: Building Individualized Pathways for Success

The Advisory Program is integral to Rolling Hills Prep School's commitment to helping every student succeed and nurturing the whole child. Every student at Rolling Hills Prep has an advisor. This teacher takes a particular continuing interest in the student's academic and social welfare and is the primary informational contact between parents and the school. Our advisory program nurtures the whole child through social-emotional learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops, health, life, social skills lessons, college counseling, and community building.  In personal, educational, or disciplinary problems, the advisor communicates promptly with parents and convenes conferences as appropriate. Subject teachers are encouraged to supplement the communication efforts of the advisor by contacting parents directly while keeping the advisor informed of such conversations. This system allows a combination of direct communication and collation of information.

 

In Middle School, students have a different advisor in grades 6, 7, and 8 because students benefit from an advisor who is trained in the developmental milestones of that particular grade and is concurrently teaching the student in an academic subject. In the upper school, the student's advisor stays with them all four years until graduation, which allows a longer-term relationship to develop between advisor and student, who get to know each other very well during this extended time. Often advisors and students remain in contact for many years after graduation.

 

Outdoor Education

Rolling Hills Prep School’s Outdoor Education program builds community, educates students about the natural world, and stretches them out of their comfort zones. During the week, the community is removed from televisions, cell phones, and traffic noise 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 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 tough 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.

 

Senior Internships

In their final year at Rolling Hills Prep School, seniors take their education outside the classroom in a two-week unpaid internship of its graduating seniors. Students have worked in businesses, hospitals, film industries, labs, schools, and non-profit organizations. Students are asked to work at least thirty hours per week for two weeks at the end of the school year. Successful senior internship projects focus on community partnerships, critical thinking, self-direction, collaborations, and technological proficiency.

 

Senior internships allow students to explore passion areas before they enter their post-secondary pursuits, allowing them to experiment before committing to a particular pathway in college. The training aims to acquaint young people with the “real world,” a world they have been educated to enter but do not know very well. They must observe people at work, help with any tasks they can accomplish, take orders and fulfill jobs, show interest and enthusiasm for a career, practice business etiquette, and learn new skills. Many colleges require students to find and complete internships as part of their graduation requirements. We tell students that this internship is probably the start of several internships that will follow before they find themselves a permanent job.