At a time when many schools are moving away from small group, relationship-based classroom experiences, we believe that it is more important than ever to invest in excellent teachers and teaching. We believe that engagement with top-tier faculty is transformative for students, and we are committed to sustaining a high level of excellence in this area.
The College Preparatory School’s faculty members engage in focused learning interactions with every student. They have earned outstanding reputations for mastery of their subjects and gifted teaching in the classroom. These intelligent, creative, and accomplished teachers are absolutely vital to the success of the school. Of our 53 faculty members, 15 have earned doctorates and another 26 have Master’s degrees. In total, 77% of our faculty members hold advanced degrees. The average academic class size is 13.6, allowing teachers and students to know each other as learners and work together closely. Teachers can ask more of each student, because they can give more.
Our goals are to be able to support our faculty in two ways: through appropriate compensation, and through a sustained commitment to teachers’ professional growth and development. One of the significant challenges that College Prep is faced with is the ever-increasing cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to a July 2011 study among 353 U.S. metropolitan areas by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, the San Francisco Bay Area Cost of Living Index ranked 351. This economic reality makes the Bay Area a difficult place for our teachers to put down roots and raise their families. It is essential that we continue to augment faculty compensation to keep pace with increasing economic demands. It is also critical that we provide meaningful opportunities for professional development, so that we may attract and retain the very best teachers and enable them to stay fresh and refreshed as they devote their professional lives to our students.
The College Preparatory School seeks gifts in support of competitive faculty salaries and professional development. Naming an endowed chair with a gift of $100,000 or more will provide support for a member of the College Prep faculty in perpetuity. Annual gifts in the $5,000 to $10,000 range will allow us to support a professional growth plan for three faculty members pursuing mid-career professional development.
If offering support to educators is important to you, we invite you to contact us to start a conversation.