College Prep School

College Prep School is one of Oakland’s exceptional private schools. Located in a deep ravine in the Oakland hills and within a quiet residential neighborhood, the challenge here is to accommodate new program elements within a narrow, linear site enclosed by steep grades. These changes are intended to enable the school to operate comfortably for the next 50 years. The master plan divides the site into four sub-areas: an entry/arrival and parking orchard; an arts court and amphitheater; a speaker’s court for “all-school” events; and a ball field and bleachers in a newly configured, level area. The landscape and architecture are designed to be sustainable and to demonstrate sustainable concepts and technologies.