Academics is a strength at Cambridge Prep. Our college-preparatory program meets or exceeds California state standards and satisfies the University of California a-g requirements for admission to the California university system. We offer a strong core of Advanced Placement and honors courses and can work with individual students as appropriate to tailor an independent study to meet their specific needs.

Credits and Departmental Requirements

Year-long and semester-long courses typically receive 1.0 credits and 0.5 credits, respectively toward graduation. Students are required to earn 24 credits to graduate from Cambridge Prep which consist of 23 credits of departmental requirements and 1 credits of electives. Students generally take 6-7 classes each semester. Under certain circumstances, students may take 8 classes in a semester.

Departmental requirements include:
  • Computer Science: 0.5 credits. Contemporary Issues in a Digital World or AP Computer Science A
  • English: 4.0 credits. English I or English I Honors; English II or English II Honors; English III or Advanced Placement English Language and Composition; English IV or Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition.
  • History and Social Sciences: 3.5 credits. Modern World History or Advanced Placement World History; United States History or Advanced Placement United States History; Macroeconomics or Advanced Placement Macroeconomics; Microeconomics or Advanced Placement Microeconomics; and Government or Advancement Placement Government and Politics: United States.
  • Mathematics: 4.0 credits including at least the following: Algebra I or Algebra I Honors; Algebra II or Algebra II Honors; Geometry or Geometry Honors; Precalculus or Precalculus Honors.
  • Physical Education: 2.0 credits. Two years of physical education which is satisfied by playing four seasons of competitive athletics.
  • Religious Studies: 2.0 credits. Old Testament and New Testament; and World Religions.
  • Science: 3.0 credits. Physics, Physics Honors, Advanced Placement Physics 1/2 or Advanced Placement Physics C; Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, or Advanced Placement Chemistry; and Biology, Biology Honors, or Advanced Placement Biology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1.0 credits. One year of visual or performing arts. Drawing 1/2; Introduction to Theatre; or Advanced Theatre.
  • World Languages: 3.0 credits. Three years of study or study at the Advanced Placement level in a world language. World Languages offered are Mandarin and Spanish. Mandarin: Mandarin I or Mandarin I Honors; Mandarin II or Mandarin II Honors; Mandarin III or Mandarin III Honors; or Study up to and including Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture. Spanish: Spanish I; Spanish II; and Spanish III.

Honors Courses

Honors-level courses consist of more challenging work, greater curricular depth, and additional expectations of research and homework. Admission is by permission of the department, the College Counselor, and the Head of School. Cambridge Prep offers the following honors courses:
  • Algebra I Honors
  • Algebra II Honors
  • Biology Honors
  • Chemistry Honors
  • English I Honors
  • English II Honors
  • Geometry Honors
  • Mandarin I Honors
  • Mandarin II Honors
  • Mandarin III Honors
  • Physics Honors
  • Precalculus Honors

Students enrolled in an honors-level class receive 1.0 added to their grade point for the class. Directed study courses may be designated as an honors course if the depth and rigor of study warrants it.

Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement courses offer students the opportunity to study subjects at a level of rigor and depth equivalent to college-level work. Students most often prosper at the Advanced Placement level in subjects where they demonstrate considerable interest and talent. Admission is by permission of the department, the College Counselor, and the Head of School. Students enrolled in an Advanced Placement course are required to take the associated Advanced Placement examination in May. Cambridge Prep offers the following Advanced Placement courses:
  • Advanced Placement Biology
  • Advanced Placement Calculus AB
  • Advanced Placement Calculus BC
  • Advanced Placement Chemistry
  • Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture
  • Advanced Placement Computer Science A
  • Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
  • Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
  • Advanced Placement Environmental Science
  • Advanced Placement European History
  • Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States
  • Advanced Placement Physics 1
  • Advanced Placement Physics 2
  • Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics
  • Advanced Placement Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Advanced Placement Psychology
  • Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Placement Microeconomics
  • Advanced Placement Statistics
  • Advanced Placement Studio Art: Drawing
  • Advanced Placement United States History
  • Advanced Placement World History

Successful completion of an Advanced Placement class entitles the student to 1.0 added to their grade point for the class.

Directed Study

Students who go beyond Cambridge Prep's course offerings may propose a directed study in any subject area.

Course Availability

Every course listed in this course of study may not be offered every academic year. In particular, electives, honors, and Advanced Placement courses may be offered only every other year or as interest dictates. Students should work closely with the Director of College Counseling and the Head of School to ensure that their proposed course of study is achievable based on course availability.

Block Schedule

Classes generally meet four days per week. Most classes meet for 50 minutes three days per week and for 90 minutes one day per week; some classes meet for 60 minutes four days per week.