Step-by-Step Procedure for Application

List of 7 items.

  • Step 1: Complete The Online Application

    You will be prompted to create an online account and complete the application together as a family. Please reference our latest application deadlines

    Complete the online application.


  • Step 2: Application Fee

    The application fee is $125 and must be submitted electronically with your application.
  • Step 3: Teacher Recommendations

    Submit the teacher recommendation forms for English and Math and the transcript request form to the student's current school after December 1.
    Please ask teachers to submit these forms by mail directly:

    One Rolling Hills Prep Way
    1500 Palos Verdes Drive North
    San Pedro, CA 90732
  • Step 4: References

    As soon as possible, ask anyone of your choosing to complete the personal reference form.
  • Step 5: Admission Tests

    Register for the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) and request the scores be sent to Rolling Hills Prep School. Our school’s code is 054151. Click here to register with the Educational Records Bureau or by mail. The test should be taken as soon as possible so we have the scores as part of the admissions package.
  • Step 6: Additional Interviews and Visits

    Upon receipt of your Application for Admission, we will contact you to schedule required interviews and/or visits. Due to scheduling restraints, interviews and Shadow Days are currently reserved for families who have submitted their Application for Admission.
  • Step 7: Admission Decisions

    The first admission decisions are made in March. Additional decisions are made on a rolling basis. If you are accepted, please respond as soon as possible so we can welcome you into the RHP family! 
If you apply online, please reference Step 3 & 4 for additional forms (Teacher recommendations, transcripts, candidate's page, and personal reference) that need to be submitted to complete the application process. 

We look forward to working with you to make applying to RHP as easy as possible. The purpose of the admission process is to identify a good fit between school and student in order to bring together a student body committed to personal and community growth.

To listen to independent school parents about choosing an independent school, why teachers make a difference, thriving in an independent school, the importance of community, and the benefits of an academically challenging school go to the National Association of Independent Schools website.

Our goal at RHP is to enroll young people, grades 6-12, who demonstrate academic ability and motivation, intellectual curiosity, and good citizenship. In making its decision, the Admission Committee considers:

  • A student's past school record;
  • Recommendations from teachers and other adults;
  • The results of the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE);
  • Evidence of talent and interest in outside activities, such as leadership, artistic strength, athletic ability, and community involvement.
Before you apply, we invite you to attend one of the school's Admission Events to meet teachers, parents, and current students, and learn more about RHP's outstanding programs and community.

Important Admission Dates



Middle School Discovery Days:

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 7, 2017  | 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Upper School Discovery Days:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017  | 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017  | 9:00-10:30 a.m.

All School Open House:

Saturday, January 20, 2018  |
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

ISEE at RHP:

Check in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and testing will start at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rolling Hills Preparatory School

One Rolling Hills Prep Way
1500 Palos Verdes Drive North
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.