Flintridge Preparatory School

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Flintridge Preparatory School
4543 Crown Avenue
La Cañada Flintridge, California
United States 91011
Type Private
Established 1933
Founder Doane Lowery
Dean Midge Kimble
Headmaster Peter H. Bachmann
Grades 7-12
Color(s) Blue and gray
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section Prep League
Mascot Rebels
Accreditation WASC
Yearbook The LOG

Flintridge Preparatory School, familiarly known as Flintridge Prep or simply Prep, is a day school for grades 7-12. Founded in 1933, it is located in La Cañada Flintridge, California.


School facilities include a science/cultural center, multiple classroom buildings, two computer laboratories, a state-of-the-art two-story library, a performing arts center, a 400-seat auditorium, an administration building with faculty offices, and an alumni and development office building.

The Chandramohan Library is a two-story library and learning center that includes a computer lab, a classroom for seminars, meeting rooms, space for individual and group study, and a laptop room. The college counseling office is staffed by three counselors.

The Randall Performing Arts Center includes practice rooms for individuals and groups of musicians, as well as dance rehearsal space. Miller Theater is a black-box theater that is used for many of the school's drama performances.

Athletics facilities include a full-size gymnasium, a six-lane swimming pool, a multi-sport playing field with a softball diamond, and a soccer field. Athletics facilities also include a fully equipped weight-training room and a professional training room for injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Academic experience and traditions[edit]

Flintridge Prep emphasizes academic engagement, strong relationships between faculty and students, and a variety of student leadership opportunities, including clubs, a peer counseling program, an outdoor education program, and a student-run government called Student Senate. Seniors have an opportunity to do an independent study project, and roughly 1/3 of students take the opportunity, studying with a faculty or community member of their choice in their final semester of school.

Founded as an all-boys school, the school became coed in the academic year 1979-80. Many old traditions remain, but new traditions have emerged. The Senior Patio and Lawn are closely guarded by seniors throughout the academic year. Each May, the rising junior class receives its senior privileges and takes over the Senior Patio. Class trips and retreats are a big tradition. The culmination of life at Prep is the Pine Cone Ceremony, which occurs on the last night of the Senior Trip, just before commencement.


Flintridge Prep is accredited by, and is a charter member of, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It holds memberships in the California Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Western Association of College Counselors, the Cum Laude Society, and the Educational Records Bureau. Flintridge complies with the National Association for College Admission Counseling's Statement of Principles of Good Practice. It also participates in the American Field Service and the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs.


The student body includes approximately 550 students in grades 7 through 12, 100 of whom are seniors.

Ethnic composition[edit]

The student body is 1% Native American, 7% African-American, 7% Hispanic, 29% Asian-American, and 57% Caucasian.


There are 73 full-time faculty and 7 part-time faculty. All have BA/BS degrees; 50 have masters and six have doctoral degrees.

Grades and rank[edit]

The school runs on a semester system, with four grading periods per year. Grades re recorded at the end of each course. A year course yields one credit in that subject. Students normally take 5-8 credits each year. Class periods are 43 minutes long and meet 3-5 times per week. Students are not ranked. GPA is based on all course work except PE.

Graduation requirements[edit]

4 years of English, 3 of math, 3 of foreign language, 3 of history; 2 of laboratory science, and 2 of fine arts are required. Community service is required at each grade level. Physical education is required through sophomore year.

Notable students and alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 34°11′55″N 118°11′03″W / 34.198743°N 118.184032°W / 34.198743; -118.184032