THE COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

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6100 BRDWAY
OAKLAND, CA 94618
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Phone: 510-652-0111
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 7:1
  • Students/Grade: 89
  • Number Students: 356
  • Number Teachers: 46
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Monique Devane
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (29 ratings)
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    School Reviews (26 Reviews)
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    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-12
    "Things are not as they've been reported. Snobbery+elitism? I haven't come across it in my time here, and frequently see the opposite; it's a fact that 25+% of the students are on financial aid, and people who flaunt their wealth are looked down upon. It is an extremely supportive enviroment where my peers would be shocked+hurt+angry if they saw a student trying to put down another based on their financial status. The teachers at my school are amazing, and I cannot describe how supportive they are. I can confidently say the academics are some of the most rigorous in the country. Multiple choice tests? We wish. Memorizing information? What's that again? Knowledge application and implemention, extremely intelligent discussions, and close analysis? Welcome to CPS. Tests in every class in the same week or few days? Yup, again, insanely rigorous. 45 min break, lunch, free period each? Thank god! This is truly a one of a kind highschool. The combination of amazing teachers who want to help you, motivated students, and a diverse, safe enviroment make this easily the best school in California, and one of the best in the U.S. (Ranked accordingly) I had to delete .5 of what I wrote to submit!"
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-20
    "College Prep is the strongest prep school in NorCal with regards to education and college placement. I graduated in '12 and landed at my first-choice school. Pros (facts): -Three of my classes senior year had 5 or fewer students. The school is willing to hold classes for the sake of its students, even with limited interest. -~25% of the class is admitted to Ivy League/MIT/Stanford/Caltech every year. College counseling is excellent. -Weakest presence of drugs/alcohol of any school in a 25-mile radius. Cons: -Lack of flexibility in curriculum. Every student, more or less, takes the same track with regards to science and history through his first three years. AP classes outside of language classes are typically not taken until senior year, so scores can't be sent to colleges. -Student body divide: On one side of the spectrum you have rich kids driving BMW and Mercedes to school; on the other side you have poor kids who are experiencing private education for the first time. BUT, the "snobbery/elitism" referred to by other comments is not very prevalent, and is honestly a small price to pay for top-notch education/college placement. There are far worse influences at other schools."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-01-20
    "This school changed my life. My parents pulled me out of the Oakland Public Schools, where I could sleep through class and get straight-As, and put me in Prep. I'll never forget getting my first English paper back with a C- on it. This school opened my eyes to what academic excellence, hard work and challenging yourself mean. It was not easy, and I was one of the "outsiders" who didn't come from a private school or moneyed background. But I found the school and the students to be welcoming, open-minded, supportive and diverse. I went on to an Ivy League university, but I can honestly say I learned more in my four years at Prep than even at a top college. I can't recommend this school enough for students who are academically-oriented."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-05-23
    "The jury is still out on this school for me. My student loves it but the lack of diversity in the faculty and staff population, as well as the student body population is a real concern for me, especially when it comes to the male students. Additionally, a lot of the students come from the same private middle schools or have siblings already in attendance. If your student comes from the "outside" it is a little difficult to break into some of the cliques that are already established. Academically, the school is extremely rigorous and time management and organizational skills are a definite "must have" if you plan on sending your student here. However, the courses are challenging and the instructors are great. They encourage the students to request assistance from them and have an open door policy for assisting the students. As far as the school community is concerned, so far the parents that I have met have been nothing but wonderful. There is some snobbery and elitism as described by a previous reviewer, but so far from my experience, it does not represent the school as a whole. My recommendation: CAREFULLY weigh your options before selecting this school..."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-06-30
    "The snobbery and elitism that my son experienced in his two years at CPS made a huge dent on his ideas of self-worth. I am very glad we got him out of there."
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