Explore the Upper School Curriculum

The Upper School (Grades 9-12) curriculum at RHP is specifically designed to provide students the foundation they need as they begin to pursue their interests and passions. The faculty is adept at understanding each student’s strengths and presenting unique challenges to help everyone reach new heights.

Our faculty delivers our academically rigorous curriculum by combining tried and true educational techniques with new pedagogy that emphasizes five skills that students needs as they prepare for success in college and beyond. We refer to these skills as “The Five Cs”: critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaboration, and character.

Please explore the details of our curricular offerings by selecting a department from the drop-down menu above. You will also find our traditional course sequence outlined below.

Message from Director of Upper School

Welcome to Rolling Hills Preparatory School,
Any introduction to our community is a look into a wide variety of engaging opportunities that have the potential to become life-long passions for our students. In the academic arena, we offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with a soul, educating our students to be active and contributing citizens in a rapidly changing world. Whether you are enrolled in introductory courses or the most advanced AP’s, classes are unique and vibrant spaces that maximize the potential of our students. In addition, our opportunities outside the classroom are geared towards igniting interests and passions in our students. Our first-class athletic teams continue to deliver not only league championships but profound experiences in the value of teamwork and pushing past perceived boundaries. We offer unique and signature programs such as horticulture, environmental art, a weeklong Outdoor Education program, and a wide array of service learning experiences, all geared toward widening our students’ passion for what is possible. Throughout their time at Rolling Hills Prep, students are paired with a faculty advisor who is committed to their success during their time on campus and beyond. 
At RHP, our students are engaged, well rounded, and curious, and believe in supporting each other and enjoying their community. If you are looking into the School for the first time, we hope you enjoy the information and ideas presented on this website. More importantly, we hope you’ll find an opportunity to visit our beautiful San Pedro campus and experience the exhilarating and energetic atmosphere that makes Rolling Hills Preparatory School a truly one-of-a-kind environment.
David Maher
Director of Upper School

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  • David Maher 

    Assistant Head of School and Director of Upper Schools
    James Madison University - BA
    James Madison University - MEd

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.