Flintridge Prep has eight departments with faculty spanning middle school and high school. Whether testing their assumptions using the scientific method or analyzing each other’s work in a visual or performing arts class, students follow a curriculum that is designed to engage, delight and raise new curiosity.
Flintridge Prep’s graduation requirements surpass the minimum requirements for admission at the University of California and all other colleges and universities. Virtually all students surpass these minimum requirements, and several exhaust the curriculum.
Middle School (7th and 8th Grades)
Flintridge Prep’s graduation requirements surpass the minimum requirements for admission at major universities
These are the years for exploration and discovery, so our middle school courses offer a taste of as many academic and arts disciplines as possible. Our 7th grade English program allows students to take two separate courses each day, English 7th Grade and Writing 7th Grade, which together develop verbal fluency, enthusiasm for written expression and analytical reading techniques. Middle school fine arts courses take students on a tour through a range of visual and performing arts fundamentals. Study of French, Spanish or Latin begins in 8th grade. Students engage in deep thinking and active change with our interdisciplinary STEAM and Service Fair, for which seventh graders create algorithmic thinking projects and eighth graders design Community Impact Projects. As Prep students head for high school, they bring a newly acquired sense of what, how and why they love to learn.
High School (9th-12th Grades)
Prep’s high school curriculum focuses on building skills and ideas that lead to insight. Ninth grade helps students think within and between disciplines by conducting inquiry labs, brainstorming for analytical and creative writing pieces, expanding comprehension of a language, touring through world history and enjoying the first of two or more yearlong arts electives. Sophomore year represents a cognitive leap in all directions, an exciting time for students as they master biology and European or world history, interpret a piece of literature in new ways, and consider math as abstraction and philosophy. During junior year, students apply such newfound intellectual independence to topics such as atomic theory and the sweep of U.S. history, engaging in exhilarating conversations with their teachers and classmates. Senior year is a time when students truly craft their own schedule, often taking two English, history, math or science classes to follow their passions.
As they continue through high school, students increasingly work independently and in groups on complex projects, culminating with a large majority of the senior class participating in formal spring presentations for the school community. About a third of the senior class elects to undertake an Independent Study; these ambitious academic projects are designed and carried out by the student under the direction of a faculty adviser. Independent Study projects span disciplines in the humanities, arts and natural and social sciences. Many seniors participate in a yearlong psychology and statistics collaboration, creating a statistical study of a topic in psychology. They conduct a literature review and analyze their data, presenting their work for a panel of professional statisticians and psychologists. In Identity, a college-style course for all second-semester seniors, students examine the concept of self from a variety of angles, considering economics, literature, gender, culture and politics. They hear a dozen lectures from Prep faculty and then meet in sections to write and workshop a research paper driven by their own interests.
In grades 10–12, some honors sections are offered. Prep offers Advanced Placement courses in every department: English, History, Mathematics, Science, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. All students enrolled in AP classes take the exam; the majority of students enrolled in honors classes also sit for the AP exams.
A combination of required and elective courses ensures that our students gain all the skills and knowledge they'll need to thrive after graduation, while allowing them the flexibility to focus deeply on their individual areas of interest. The curricular and the extracurricular inform each other, encouraging students to find their passions inside and outside of the classroom.