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.
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
  • 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.
Summer Deadline – Extended to June 1, 2018: We’ve extended our application deadline to June 1 for limited spaces still available in Grades 6–10 for Rolling Hills Prep and 6-9 for Renaissance School. Applications must be submitted by June 1 for priority review and interview scheduling; supplemental documents can be turned in after the application has been submitted. We are currently reviewing applications in the order in which they are completed. Applications will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until all supplemental documentation has been received.

Our step by step application instructions are listed below. For questions about any aspect of the application, please contact our office at (310) 791-1101. 

Step-by-Step Procedure for Application

List of 7 items.

  • Step 1: Complete The Online Application

    To apply to RHP, please select the Request More Information box on the right-hand side of this screen and complete the requested information. Our admissions team will then provide you with the application and instructions.

    You will be prompted to create an online account and complete the application together as a family. Once the online application is submitted, there are additional supplemental documents required for each student, as detailed below.

    International students have a slightly different process, visit the International page for more information. 

  • Step 2: Application Fee

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

    Print and submit the teacher recommendation forms for English and Math and the transcript request form to the student's current school administration.The recommendation must come from the student’s current teacher.
    Please ask teachers to submit these forms directly by mail, email, or fax to the following addresses:

    RHP Admissions Office
    One Rolling Hills Prep Way
    San Pedro, CA 90732

    Shannon Kitani, Admissions Associate - SKitani@rollinghillsprep.org

    (323) 310 – 9973
    Attention: Admissions Office
    *Please note this is our new fax number and should be used in place of the old number on the pdf forms
  • Step 4: References

    Please print and submit the personal reference form to an appropriate reference. References can be a teacher, mentor, coach, tutor, or other adult who can speak to the student’s character, strengths, and weaknesses, but should not be a family relative. 
  • Step 5: Admission Tests

    RHP requires all applicants to submit scores from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Our school code is 054151. Click here to register for the ISEE. The test should be taken as soon as possible as scores are a required part of the admission application. RHP is currently scheduling individual ISEE examinations for all applicants as a part of the summer application process.
    For students with a diagnosed learning difference who will need classroom or testing accommodations (provided through our Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at an additional charge), families must submit full educational testing, IEP, and/or 504 plan reporting to the Admission Office as part of the application process. Families must also submit a "Release of Information" form that allows our schools to call and speak with educational therapists or other identified specialists that have worked with the student so we can best determine if we are able to meet their accommodations.

  • 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

    All first-round admission decision dates have now passed.

    We are continuing to electronically send Upper and Middle School decisions on a rolling, weekly basis as applications are completed and reviewed. Once an application is completed, the family will typically receive an admission decision within 2 – 3 weeks. After an admission decision and enrollment contract is sent out to a family, accepted students will have two weeks to submit their deposit and enrollment contract before their spot is released.

    In extremely limited cases, families may be offered a spot in our wait pool depending upon available spaces within each grade. It is important to note that we do not rank students in our wait pool and that enrollment continues through August for RHP and Renaissance. 
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 visit the National Association of Independent Schools website. 

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.