“More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given”
-Bertrand Russell

Higher learning can be defined as an active, interactive process that results in meaningful, long-lasting changes in knowledge, understanding, behavior, dispositions, appreciation, belief, and the like. Unfortunately, students may feel like a visitor in a strange country trying to navigate themselves through unfamiliar territory when it comes to certain subjects. Students are engaged when they have fun and have choice to use their unique interests and abilities. Palo Alto Preparatory faculty uses a variety of teaching strategies to create active, interactive, and a meaningful curriculum for each discipline. Palo Alto Preparatory is certified by the State of California to award a valid High School Diploma, also certified as a Non-Public school by the State of California to provide special education services. Palo Alto Preparatory is also accredited by the Western Associations of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All courses taught at Palo Alto Preparatory have been A-G approved by the University of California system.

Course Subjects: 

  • African-American Studies
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • English (all levels)
  • Genetics
  • Geometry
  • Government
  • Music Theory/History/Band
  • Physics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Spanish I-IV
  • US History
  • World History
  • Yearbook


Outdoor Education Program

  • Golf
  • Scuba Diving
  • Soccer
  • Gym Sports
  • Archery
  • Rock Climbing
  • Wilderness Trek
  • Aeronautical Courses

“My son was fortunate enough to be accepted to Palo Alto Prep and spent his junior and senior years there.  He benefited from the smaller, more intimate campus  and the smaller student body.  No one gets lost in a student body of 65 to 75 students; each student stands out and is recognized for his own individual strengths.  All schools pay lip service to a “No Bullying Policy” – my impression is that ONLY at Palo Alto Prep is that policy taught and enforced.

One aspect of student life at Palo Alto Prep that surpassed my wildest dreams was the opportunity to go on school led field trips to Italy, Poland and Germany, white water rafting, kayaking in the Monterey Bay, and skiing at Lake Tahoe.  

My son was happy at PAP and continued to maintain the excellent GPA he achieved as soon as he transferred from public school to private.  The teachers have the time to get to know the students, encourage them and help them achieve their true potential.”


Lauren Briskin

Parent of Palo Alto Prep Graduate