College Prep offers myriad leadership opportunities for our students both in and out of the classroom. Participation in co-curricular activities is fun, engaging, meaningful, and helps our students become generous of heart and spirit.
Student Council serves as an advisory body for the school administration, sharing the student perspective on issues ranging from school rules to events and programming. Student Council also organizes school-wide activities including dances, theme days, and spirit weeks. Composed of two representatives from each grade, co-presidents, a secretary/treasurer, two Affinity and Identity-Based Representatives, and four members of the Spirit Committee, all positions on the Student Council are determined by elections. Student Council meets twice a week; all students and faculty are welcome to attend.
The Judiciary Committee is an advisory body comprised of students and faculty who meet regularly to examine how best to imbue mens conscia recti (a mind aware of what is right) in our community. Drawing on their own experiences, as well as from meetings with legal and ethical professionals, the Judiciary Committee leads community discussions about the value of rules and discipline to College Prep. The Committee also responds to calls from the administration to make recommendations in response to student disciplinary cases. The peer-elected student members and the faculty members have equal voices in discussions and in making recommendations.
The Curriculum Committee is composed of two students each from the junior and senior classes, faculty members chosen to represent each academic department and the faculty at large, the Director of Curriculum Innovation and Research, the Dean of Equity and Belonging, the Director of Educational Technology, and the Director of Athletics. The Assistant Head / Academic Dean chairs the committee, which serves primarily as a recommending body to the Head and is charged with responding to academic and programmatic issues that have whole-school impact, proposing the shape and substance of the academic program, raising awareness of important trends in teaching and learning, reviewing proposals for new courses, and vetting independent study and semester/year abroad programs for individual students.
The Connections and Advising Program (CAP) supports all ninth grade students as they transition to high school through weekly small-group sessions led by faculty advisors and senior student mentors. CAP Seniors help ease the transition to College Prep by organizing social gatherings and supporting the 9th graders throughout the year. Working with the CAP faculty advisors, they help the 9th graders acclimate to a new environment, develop strong study skills, and deepen their understanding of equity, inclusion, and belonging. CAP seniors lead 9th grade retreat.
Mentors are paired one-on-one with scholars in The Partners Program Summer Academy and Academic Year after school tutoring programs for Oakland public middle school students. Mentors are trained to support scholars’ homework, build study skills, and teach co-curricular classes. Mentors meet weekly with their scholars throughout the school year and daily during the four week Summer Academy. Learn more about the Partners Program.
Peer Health Initiatives, Resources and Education (PHIRE) seniors serve as peer mentors and provide resources on campus. In Wellness & Belonging class, they model what it is to be in a healthy community and collaborate with the Wellness and Belonging Coordinator to ensure a dynamic and creative experience for our students. PHIRE Seniors co-facilitate the sophomore retreat.
The Writing Coaches provide one-on-one assistance and group workshops on topics related to grammar and writing. The English Department faculty select these talented, dedicated 11th and 12th graders from an applicant pool, train the coaches, and supervise their work throughout the year.
Admission Ambassadors represent College Prep at events such as campus tours, fairs, student panels, and more. Approximately 40 students in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades receive training to become ambassadors.