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Flintridge Preparatory School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
4543 Crown Avenue
La Cañada Flintridge, California 91011
(818) 790-1178
School Information
"Flintridge Preparatory School is a nationally recognized nonsectarian coed school for students in grades 7 through 12. We’re an aspirational and caring community united around a collaborative culture of kindness, humor, and professional commitment to students, faculty, and staff. Located in the city of La Cañada Flintridge, CA, Prep enjoys the best of two worlds: a tree-covered suburban campus with easy access to Pasadena and all the greater Los Angeles area has to offer. The campus is very close to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Rose Bowl and is an easy drive to and from Downtown LA." The school enrolls 530 students, has an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers over 70 courses. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Flintridge Preparatory School has implemented a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative, with a full plan expected in 2022. Examples of curricular changes include the "reimagination of our senior Identity course with a focus on student engagement, agency, and activism." Additionally, "all Prep faculty and staff will begin the school year with an anti-bias workshop."

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school said, "We will expand our current initiative to prioritize racial diversity in admissions and financial aid."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school announced that "all Prep faculty and staff will begin the school year with an anti-bias workshop."
  • A DEI specialist will be working with faculty and staff throughout the year by providing "both large-group sessions and monthly support for faculty and staff in facilitating difficult conversations and fostering open dialogue, especially around issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, neurodiversity, culture, physical ability, and socioeconomic status."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school said that it will "commit to a comprehensive review of our curriculum, programs, and practices with the intent of creating an anti-racist environment that promotes a culture of inclusion for all people of color."
  • The school has an "ongoing assessment and development" of its curriculum. The school explained, "Examples of recent curricular changes include the reimagination of our senior Identity course with a focus on student engagement, agency, and activism."
  • The school has a "Faculty and Staff Growth Newsletter" where its lists faculty who have participated in "Professional Growth." The Assistant Head for Student Life, Assistant Head for Academic Life, and Head of School took part in "Antiracism by Design."
  • The school stated, "We will introduce opportunities for anti-bias teaching and learning that encourage the open exchange of truth, facts, and perspectives... We will expand community-wide programs, including campus speakers, faculty professional growth, and cross-constituency education that fosters and strengthens empathy for all students, employees, and our extended community."
  • The school announced an "expansion of Prep’s Student Diversity Leadership Conference cohort, inviting attendees to work with our Student Life Committee, advisory groups, and Big 4 student organizations, Student Senate, Athletic Council on Leadership (ACL), Student Community Action Council (SCAC), and Flintridge Leadership Initiative (FLINT), throughout the winter and spring to create opportunities for expanded impact."
  • The school stated, "Six students attended the virtual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Student Diversity Leadership Conference in November, and three faculty members attended the NAIS People of Color Conference held at the same time." Additionally, "The annual Board of Trustees retreat in January will be dedicated to a discussion of strategic initiatives and DEI." Also, "Having completed diversity training in the fall, faculty will follow up with a discussion of My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem in the optional faculty book group meeting occurring in January."
Symbolic Actions
  • The school announced that it will, "create a comprehensive action plan to address diversity, equity, and inclusion that we will share with the entire Prep community." It also announced that it will create "a Board oversight committee and a committee that includes faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni."
  • The school announced that the community should expect to see "a completed strategic design document in fall 2022."
  • The school said in a statement, "The Board Committee has been tasked with the creation and oversight of a comprehensive action plan to examine curriculum, experience, and environment at Prep that will result in culturally competent students, confident and comfortable at the intersection of race and identity in America."
  • On July 8, 2020, Flintridge announced its commitment to “actively engage in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion” on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 18, 2020, Flintridge “announced a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative” on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 8, 2020, Flintridge announced on Facebook, “In response to the brutal killing of George Floyd and the protests across the U.S. and the world against racism, police brutality, and white supremacy, Headmaster Peter Bachmann messaged the Prep community last week.” Flintridge detailed numerous resources such as a reading list and podcast series to support the anti-racism movement. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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