Our Founding

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.

Our Growth

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.

The Four Pillars

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 the Character Counts program.

Into the 21st Century

RHP graduates continue to matriculate at some of the country's more selective colleges and the school has positioned itself at the forefront of cutting-edge 21st century curriculum. Focusing on the Five C's of Critical Thinking, Character, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration, RHP's talented and committed faculty employ a combination of traditional and innovative techniques to engage students in the learning process, ensuring graduates are prepared for success in the most rigorous of college programs.

Now well into its third decade of educating the very best of young people from across the South Bay and the world, RHP is always looking forward, always searching for the most effective ways of teaching, and always challenging its students to reach as high as they can, and higher.
Renaissance School believes that bright students who learn differently can rise to great heights when they become empowered and confident. In 2004, responding to significant demand from the local community, the Board of Trustees established a sister school, Renaissance School for Arts and Sciences, for bright college-bound students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences. Both schools moved onto an expansive new campus on Palos Verdes Drive North in 2007, where they continue to thrive side by side.

Rolling Hills Preparatory School

One Rolling Hills Prep Way
1500 Palos Verdes Drive North
San Pedro, CA 90732

T: (310) 791-1101 | F: (323) 310-9973 
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.