Cate School: Located one mile from the ocean, in the foothills of Santa Barbara County (90 minutes north west of Los Angeles), Southern California, Cate School is a coeducational college preparatory day & boarding school of 265 students offering grades 9-12. Founded in 1910, the School delivers a demanding academic program resulting in a breadth and depth of scholarly inquiry. In an intimate setting, students and teachers together pursue high ideals. Taught by faculty members who are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to ensuring that each student reaches his or her full potential, the coursework at Cate is both rigorous and engaging.
Co-educational Day & Boarding Programs for students in Grades 9-12: The Cate curriculum is designed to help students build their level of expertise in fundamental areas as they cultivate a sense of their own strengths and interests; then they are able to choose from a variety of electives—including numerous honors and Advanced Placement courses—as well as individually-designed research and directed studies projects.
Class size at Cate typically averages twelve students, with opportunities throughout the day and evening for students to meet one-on-one with teachers. Coursework extends well beyond the confines of the schoolroom through outdoor learning, field trips, and study abroad opportunities.
Grade 9: The freshman course of study is primarily comprised of the following: - Humanities (English/History) - Conceptual Physics - Mathematics - Foundation Arts - Foreign Language - Freshman Seminar
Grade 10 (New Students): New sophomores take the following courses: - English 10 - Foundation Arts - Mathematics - Chemistry - Foreign Language - Sophomore Seminar - Topics in Modern World History
Grade 10 (Returning Students): Returning sophomores take the following courses: - English 10 - Arts - Mathematics - Chemistry - Foreign Language - Sophomore Seminar - Topics in Modern World History
Grade 11: Note: The course of study for new juniors is determined by previous courses and by consultation with the Cate Director of Studies. Virtually all juniors take the following three courses:
- English 11
- Mathematics: Students who have not taken Algebra II must do so. Students who have completed Algebra II may take one of our electives to satisfy their third-year requirement. Students who intend to take Calculus in the senior year must take Pre-Calculus.
- Foreign Language: Most juniors who have not completed the required third-year course must do so. Students who have completed the required third-year course are encouraged to continue foreign language study through at least the junior year.
The following courses must be taken in either the junior or senior year: - U. S. History: - U.S. History and Science - U.S. History and Arts (as fulfillment of the requirement or as an elective) - Science and Arts - U.S. History, Science or Arts, plus an elective - Two electives
Grade 12: Seniors must take English 12 and, in the spring, an English literature elective. If they have not already done so, they must complete whatever requirements remain. Electives make up the rest of the required five units (2.5 units each semester).
Excelsior School in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Southern California, is a WASC accredited, independent boarding high school that offers a rigorous, college-preparatory education for students in Grades 9-12.
Our school has established an excellent record of accomplishment of graduates matriculating at distinguished colleges and universities.
The dormitory of Excelsior School provides accommodations that are clean and economical for students who are attending school. Each room has 2 beds, dresser and desk, telephone and bookcase. There are clothes closets in each room. Bathroom facilities are conveniently located on each floor of the dorm.
We stress small class sizes (an average of 15), and individualized attention, to facilitate mastery in all the courses we offer. In addition to Excelsior’s small class room sizes, there are a number of factors that contribute to an environment of academic excellence.
Sunset Bay Academy is a co-ed therapeutic boarding school located in San Ysidro, 20 miles south of San Diego, California.
We offer a three-phase therapeutic program dedicated to supporting troubled teens ages 12-17 and their parents in acquiring the needed tools to restore hope and create healthy relationships within their families. Our core focus is working with struggling teenage boys and girls to generate long-term sustainable behavioral change.
Our academic program is designed to maximize student learning by encouraging academic excellence and motivating students to consider college as a viable option. We use a computer based academic program featuring 3-D animation, interactive activities and cutting edge multimedia.
Our curriculum has the flexibility to customize instruction to meet each student’s needs. We offer a range of courses that meet middle and high school requirements and students also participate in our Spanish immersion program. In addition, we offer weekly SAT preparation classes.
Students benefit from group and individual therapy, family workshops and personal growth workshops for parents and students. We also offer an after care program.
Therapeutic programs for troubled teen boys and girls ages 12-17:
- Middle school and high school academic programs
- Weekly SAT preparation classes
- Spanish immersion program
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family workshops
- Personal growth workshops for parents and students
- After care program
- Extracurricular activities
River View Christian Academy, San Bernardino County
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The River View Christian Academy (RVCA) is a fully accredited, private Christian residential boarding school for troubled teens ages 13-17, located in the mountains of Northern California.
Our program is aimed at helping troubled teens by providing firm but loving intervention, interactive education and life skills training.
Our boarding school is open to families regardless of race or religion. We have open enrollment and students are in the classroom year-round so your child has the continuous opportunity to experience success in their education.
Located in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County, California, Idyllwild Arts Academy is a co-educational day & boarding arts school that offers a disciplined college preparatory program for grades 9-12 and post-graduates.
We provide world-class training in creative writing, dance, film & video, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual art. The mission of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation is to promote and advance artistic and cultural development through education in a beautiful, natural environment conducive to positive personal growth.
The Idyllwild Arts Academy provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists from all over the world.
All rooms are double-occupancy. Students are assigned roommates at the beginning of the year, with student requests for roommates given careful consideration. English-speaking students may voluntarily assist newly arriving international students with their English language skills by choosing to be their roommates.
Co-educational day & boarding arts school programs for students in Grades 9-12:
- Day Programs
- Boarding Programs
- Post-graduate Options
Curriculum subjects include:
- Creative Writing
- Interdisciplinary Arts
- Moving Pictures
- Visual Art
- Foreign Language
- Science, and more...
The Thacher School is a co-educational boarding high school for grades 9-12 located in Ojai, 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County, CA.
The school serves academically talented students who will benefit from a rigorous college preparatory experience with ACT, SAT and AP courses. The faculty and students live and work closely together in a community in which cooperation, trust, honesty, and respect are the cornerstones of school life.
Together, we commit to the belief that demands in the academic classroom, when combined with those of mountains and horses, of sports and the arts, produce independent minds, strong bodies, and powerful character.
Dormitory life is a rich blend of studying, relaxing, sleeping, and enjoying with friends and prefects. In each dorm, senior prefects help administer rules and serve as role models for other students. Faculty members are also an integral part of dorm life, as most live in apartments attached to the dormitories.
We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Boarding Programs for boys and girls in Grades 9-12:
- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Preparation Courses SAT and ACT
- Study Abroad Program
- Outdoor Program
- Horseriding Program
- International Students welcome
Rigorous College Preparatory Curriculum:
- Fine Arts
- Modern Languages
Oaks Christian School (OCS) is an independent, college preparatory boarding school serving middle & high school-age boys and girls in grades 6-12. It is located in Westlake Village in Los Angeles County, California, adjacent to the 101 Freeway, approximately 40 miles north-west of Los Angeles.
Oaks Christian School, founded in 2000, continues to build a reputation of being one of the most respected private Christian high schools in California, and welcomes nationwide and international students to our high school.
Our mission statement reflects a top-notch academic program with an outstanding and competitive athletic department and a visual / performing arts division rivaling the top schools in the United States.
Oaks Christian Homestay is a unique feature of our boarding program. We believe it creates a much better educational environment and provides more social and emotional support than an impersonal boarding dorm.
Our school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).