Core Values

Inspiring minds, Engaging Hearts

What inspires you? We’re inspired by our students. They’re the reason we created the Idea Lab, which has won national recognition for encouraging faculty innovation as part of the routine of school life. We know that educational opportunities don’t end at the campus gates and that they don’t stop when the bell rings at 2:30.

Our faculty has an insatiable creativity and energy.

Flintridge Prep is a place where you can feel comfortable making daily discoveries and taking risks. Our faculty has an insatiable creativity and energy. They excel at the teachable moment, flipping the classroom on its ear whenever they think it will create a spark of connection. Field trips, Los Angeles, internships, and an integrated community service program that measures impact, not hours, are just a few of the tools that we use balance the student experience, as well as to engage and inspire students to take their next big leap forward.

Discussions begin in the classroom that will continue throughout the rest of your life.

When your heart and your mind are engaged, your participation in class will change. You will begin discussions in the classroom that will continue in the hallway, the lunch area and the car ride home, and throughout the rest of your life.

Build Relationships that Matter

Relationships are at the heart of everything at Prep, and these relationships are what keep our alumni, parents, students and faculty connected to Prep for life. Students build life-long relationships with each other, their teammates, coaches and teachers. They also build relationships with ideas, learning and the world.

Students also build relationships with ideas, learning and the world. Student-teacher relationship are built on trust—the trust that comes when a teacher challenges her students with a new concept that is just out of reach, and then shows them the path to understanding.You’ll find yourself saying, “I know my teachers are pulling for me.”

By encouraging students to experiment with new ideas and helping them grapple with social issues through engaged community service, teachers help students build even more essential relationships—relationships with big ideas that span the curriculum. With comfort, risk taking occurs; with mentoring ideas are put into practice. This is true in the science lab, at the potter’s wheel, on the sports field, and in every other corner of campus life.

You’ll find yourself saying, “I know my teachers are pulling for me.”

Relationships that matter are built from pulling together as a sports team and working together on a team project. But relationships are also built during hours of unscheduled silliness in the Chandramohan Library, the lunch plaza or on the Senior Patio. They’re about the bonds that begin the summer before the first day of school and are solidified during class retreats and trips.

Down time gives us time to reflect on the intangibles that make Flintridge Prep such a special, inspiring, and engaging place.

Strike the Right Balance

Balance is having the ability to choose the experience you’d like to have at Flintridge Prep. Whether you’re a three-season athlete or trying out for the musical for the very first time (or both), Prep offers the resources to help you find a happy medium between academics, sports, arts and extracurricular activities, as well as community service, leadership in student government and more. We want you to be engaged and involved from your very first day of school, whether you start in 7th grade or 9th grade.

Balance is the ability to choose the experience you’d like to have at Flintridge Prep.

Why is this balance so essential? Because when students have an opportunity to explore their interests both deeply and broadly, their potential grows exponentially. Students who can prioritize their interests and their relationships end up as happy, fulfilled adults who are ready to take on any challenge they come across in college and in life.

Balance means not feeling overscheduled or stressed. At every stage, your teachers will encourage you to enjoy the present moment and to develop close, loving relationships that last a lifetime.

Flintridge Preparatory School
4543 Crown Avenue La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011
Tel: 818-790-1178
Fax: 818-952-6247
Located near Pasadena and Los Angeles in La Cañada, CA, Flintridge Prep is a private independent, coed day school for grades 7-12.
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