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Flintridge Preparatory School

4543 Crown Avenue, La CaƱada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-1178

(out of 10)

Private Grades 7-12 489 students 11 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Flintridge Preparatory School is a private high school in La Canada Flintridge. The principal of Flintridge Preparatory School is Mr. Peter Bachmann, whose e-mail is 489 children attend Flintridge Preparatory School The student to teacher ratio at Flintridge Preparatory School is 11:1. St. Francis High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Prep is an excellent place for learning. The academic rigor is balanced by caring teachers and collaborative students. We looked at other local schools for our student and she was accepted at all the schools to which she applied. Prep was far and away the best fit. Now that we've been here a while we can say without reservation that the Prep community (including not only faculty and staff but also other parents) is fantastic. Finally the Head of School is the best you are going to find anywhere--on either coast.

  • (8 months ago)

    Wonderful school that emphasizes the teacher/student relationship. So far the kids in my son's class have been really great -- funny smart and supportive of one another. The school balances academics and fun and seems to really respect the students. The parents are nice and laid back.

  • (1 year ago)

    While some schools rely on reputation Prep continues to lead by humanizing the entire middle/high school experience. A perfect balance b/n academics arts athletics and community. This is Prep is Poly with a heart.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wonderful school. The kids are kind the teachers care and the admin strikes the right balance of academics and fun. This is a rigorous college prep school so be ready for homework but it is manageable. Our son was able to accelerate in his math classes which motivated him to do really well! Great kids welcoming parent community and great faculty and staff!

  • (1 year ago)

    The most dysfunctional school I have ever seen. Full of cliques self centered teachers and students. I have been here since middle school and have learned nothing but to hate myself and the school. Highly do not recommend it for anyone who is the slightest bit creative or quirky. You have to be good looking rich and good at sports for people to like you. It's a school with students literally right out of mean girls. And the best part. Everyone is naive over the fact that this school is downright horrible. Teens get no sleep - 5-7 hours a night. The homework has torn me apart. An unsatisfactory school FOR SURE.

  • (1 year ago)

    Re the reviewer who said "Flintridridge Prep is for rich kids who may not be able to cope with more academically oriented school... cliques...The school keep poor children out... a big donation admittance " I respectfully disagree. I know many wealthy families whose children were not admitted. Re keeping poor students out - I was a single mom of 4 and the school knew that - all 3 of my kids were admitted to Prep & eventually to an Ivy League School and all 3 came from an LAUSD prior...Homework of 1 hr/subject as suggested by someone is ridiculous. None of my kids did more than 2-3/night. Don't be naive cliques happen at every school not just @ Prep. Re materialism-it couldn't be further from truth. I drove up in carpool with a 13 year old Toyota with paint peeling & none of my children were taunted ever. In fact they were very popular & accepted. I love that they teach Critical Thinking Skills in 7th grade. I've had College Professors tell me that was unusual in junior/high or even college. Human Development is uppermost which is why F Prep is emulated as a model for Human Development. Curriculum is so good they never prepared for SATs and scored 720-perfect SATs.

  • (1 year ago)

    Flintridge Preparatory School Unfortunatly this school has not kept up with educational research that shows that students thrive best in a balanced learning environment. At this school you are either a "reg" or "advanced" there is no in between. They do not help the students or work with parents to develop a four year plan for high school courses. Please please be very sure your child can handle the enormous stress that this school puts on the students.. 45 minutes to 1 hour per subject every night...that is minimum of 6 hours of homework every night. They also encourage students to take classes over the summer to "advance". This school is all about the grind and how much pressure a child can withstand...they are living in a bygone era. Beware.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is one of the best academic school in the U.S. Students are wonderful.

  • (3 years ago)

    Flintridge Prep was the best choice for both of our children. The environment that Prep fosters led both to excellence in academics and a sense of community. Yes their athletic facilities are not top notch and could be upgraded but if that's what you are looking for there are plenty of other schools that make athletics the priority. That's not what we were looking for. Prep staff and teachers know every student and have a strong sense of acceptance to differences in culture and lifestyle all while encouraging academic and emotional growth. There are some with money at Prep but it was never blatant or obnoxious. If you are looking for an environment that encourages academics personal integrity and a sense of community Prep may be the school for your child. We couldn't have wished for a better experience for our family.

  • (3 years ago)

    Flintridge Prep promotes student growth through student-faculty interactions and rigorous college-preparatory academics. Students are bright; still there is some range in student talent that serves to strengthen the school. Prep realizes that increasing diversity is a priority. The distinguishing feature of Prep is the academic focus that emulates a liberal arts curriculum. Students are encouraged to strive yet seek balance in their experiences. There is a professional development program for faculty. The administration is student-focused not solely driven by fundraising. The school has a sense of humor. Prep is willing to experiment. For example while Prep has a rigorous but not impossible homework load some departments are testing if 15% less homework still realizes excellent learning outcomes. Prep s honor code includes teachers and parents. My only one truly concerning feature of Prep the gym is close to the 210 (noisy!). Otherwise it is an academic oasis.

  • (3 years ago)

    Flintridridge Prep is for rich kids who may not be able to cope with more acadmically oriented schools. The ivory tower structure of the school promotes cliques and does not socially prepare students for the real world or for college. The school seems to keep out children with disabilities and poor children. On the plus size a big donation allows any family to buy admittance for their child.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a terrific school for our bright sensitive and friendly son who is in his second year of middle school. He came from a non-La Canada public school and has done very well there academically socially and personally. A long-time club swimmer he has been encouraged to--and has participated in--other sports (water polo basketball). No one mocked his less than stellar abilities in either sport. Alex Rivera the Director of Athletics AND middle school basketball coach had him play in EVERY game. Alex Rivera does a great job of taking advantage of every player's abilities. There is a superb balance and the school educates the "whole" person. Yes there are students from very wealthy families just as there are some from less economically advantaged families such as ours. Terrific mentoring by teachers and students respectful and considerate students and teachers--we are delighted with Prep.

  • (4 years ago)

    Flintridge Prep is as proud of its athletics program as it is of its academics. The athletics philosophy is one of integrity discipline and respect. We have several coaches who are also teachers. At the beginning of every athletic season coaches hold a meeting with parents. If a parent or an athlete has an issue or concern throughout the season the coaches and the Director of Athletics will work to arrange a solution. ACL the Athletic Council on Leadership is a student-athlete organization. Members of ACL demonstrate leadership at all levels of the school organization emphasizing the personal integrity that is at the foundation of the school's coaching philosophy. Any prospective family who has questions about the athletics program at Flintridge Prep is welcome to contact Athletic Director Alex Rivera.

  • (4 years ago)

    Intimate learning environment fostered by teacher's who love what they do. The academics at prep are top-notch. The math department could use some help but new teachers hired in 2009-2010 indicate a step to further improve the program. As a student-athlete and four-year varsity soccer player I can't help but address a specific review bashing the coach. As the team's captain of the 2009-2010 season I know all the details to the event in question... The players mentioned were not hazed they simply did not own up to their responsibilities as players. At ANY school if you play a varsity sport and you constantly miss games/practices without excuses you will be confronted by your teammates. The coach under scrutiny is the greatest coach I've had in my 12 years of playing soccer so I will not idly standby while such a gross evaluation exists. I loved this school and I loved the soccer program. Go rebels.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great academics Horrible athletics department. The academics have been wonderful for my child. He has progressed and will surely get into the college of his choice. If you do not wish to participate in athletics this is a fine school one of the best in LA. In my opinion the program has been overshadowed by a bad experience by my child and others on the soccer and waterpolo teams. The athletic department seems to have difficulties adequately dealing with their rogue coaches even after being repeatedly told of the problems. The waterpolo coach threw a chair at waterpolo players in the pool and the head of the soccer program encouraged hazing of boys trying out for varsity. He had 2 of the best club soccer players at the school so badly hurt that they refuse to play for him. The soccer coach has used the school to better his girls club soccer team by giving all playing time in the Girls Varsity soccer team to girls on his club team. So I am told that many gifted female juniors and seniors are playing JV because they get no playing time or aren't selected at all for Varsity. Shame on the school for not finding a way to handle this atrocious situation in a more positive manner.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school is great for academics but beware of the students. The majority of them are materialistic and self-centered.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son just completed his first year at prep and couldn't be happier. As parents my husband and I are equally thrilled with the school and its faculty.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from Prep last year and currently attend the University of Virginia (the number one 2009-rated public university). Without Prep I would never have been able to go to such a prestigious university. At Prep I was prepared academically and socially. In my four years at Prep I perfected my writing skills which have come in handy in college. Also I was able to shine in a wide range of areas such as sports Senate volunteering and clubs. Prep is the perfect size; you know most of the students and teachers personally which allows you to define yourself and your personality. The size also makes it easy to get involved in many different areas and discover what you are passionate about. I would never change my decision to go to Prep for high school. I am obsessed with Prep.

  • (7 years ago)

    I can't say enough about what a great school this is for my child. The faculty administration are terrific and involved. A fabulous school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I just have to say one thing I love it.

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