Flintridge Preparatory School

E. E. Ford

With the Edward E. Ford Foundation’s Educational Leadership Grant, Flintridge Preparatory School will expand its new organizational model to develop initiatives in cosmopolitan and civic engagement, the “idealab,” and will spark the entrepreneurial and collaborative creativity of students and teachers, while providing an administrative design for other schools.

In this model, the Assistant Headship has been re-fashioned as the “Chief Strategic Officer,” who oversees up to four faculty-driven initiatives at one time. Currently, our Nicaragua Initiative, a partnership with two schools and one hospital in Managua, features student partnerships for international negotiation classes and community service. Engaging Los Angeles is a school-wide effort to take full advantage of service and scientific and cultural opportunities through partnerships with a local public high school and work with Los Angeles area artists, writers, and the scientists of nearby Jet Propulsion Lab and Cal Tech.Community Impact extends a current eighth grade project of measuring the results of community outreach into all four years of high school. Finally, an adult mentoring program connects all juniors and seniors with members of our school alumni and parent community who willingly provide counsel, internships, and job opportunities.

Flintridge Prep places innovation at the heart of the school culture, using initiatives as models for classroom and campus-wide activities.