On December 5, 2012, Edutopia launched a comprehensive look at collaborative learning at The College Preparatory School as part of their Schools That Work series. Highlighting College Prep’s instruction in math and English, Edutopia adds the School to its outstanding roster of K-12 schools, districts, and programs that are dramatically improving the way students learn. Focusing on evidenced-based successes, Edutopia provides how-to videos, actionable tip lists, and online resources such as research and lesson plans, to help educators learn from and replicate what’s working in education. 

 “Overall, I think The College Preparatory School is a great case study to show best practices in collaborative learning at one of the top independent schools in the nation. Discussion-based English Language Arts and collaborative, problem-based math have been shown by extensive research to support student learning, and these practices can be replicated widely and align with Common Core standards,” said Dr. Vanessa Vega, Edutopia’s Research Analyst.   

College Prep celebrates scholarly endeavor, believing that the high school years are a critical time to develop each student’s intellectual voice and habits of mind. “We are pleased to share our methods for teaching math and English, and the collaborative skills that will serve our students through college and in their lives, with the international education community,” Monique DeVane, Head of School said. “It is an honor to be in the company of the fine schools featured in Edutopia’sSchools That Work series.”  

College Prep’s profile and supporting materials can be viewed at Edutopia.org. To learn more about College Prep visit college-prep.org.


The College Preparatory School, a diverse independent high school with 360 students, is a community of students, teachers, and staff. Our purpose is to prepare students for productive, ethical, and inspired lives in college and beyond through a challenging and stimulating education in an atmosphere of consideration, trust, and mutual responsibility. College Prep has been nationally recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine.  College-Prep.org

Edutopia is produced by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, a private operating foundation dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives. As one of the world’s leading sources for change-makers in education, The George Lucas Educational Foundation spreads the word about ideal, interactive learning environments and enables others to adapt these successes locally. Edutopia.org contains a deep archive of continually updated best practices, from classroom tips to recommendations for district-wide change. To find and share solutions, visit Edutopia.org, find them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.