Coldwater Canyon Prep, accredited by the California Department of Education, is a highly specialized school serving students with learning disabilities and accompanying ADHD and social-emotional challenges. In this nurturing educational and therapeutic environment, students are able to succeed both academically and socially. All teachers are fully credentialed by the state of California, and class sizes are kept small to ensure an optimal learning environment. Other available services include counseling, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and adaptive physical education.
Coldwater Canyon is located on a state-of-the-art campus in Valley Glen. The school offers a computer lab, science lab, library resource center, auditorium, art room, culinary arts room, outdoor student lounge and a high performance Sport Court.
Coldwater Canyon offers a college preparatory curriculum to students with learning differences. The programs, courses of study and instructional methods at CCP are based on educational research and curricular standards. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential, prepare for post-secondary education and experience success.
Coldwater Canyon's standards-based curriculum follows state and district guidelines. The curriculum focuses on the students’ integration, synthesis and application of lessons in small group discussion. An emphasis on cross-curricular activities between subject areas enhances student awareness of the connectedness of concepts and how they relate to the world around them.
Research shows that students with learning disabilities require explicit instruction in learning how to learn. Students are taught organization, time-management, note-taking, test-preparation, research skills, test-taking strategies and integrated study skills across subject areas in order to be successful at a high school level.
Reflecting CCP’s philosophy and commitment to meeting the unique learning and emotional needs of its students, CCP provides ample opportunities for students to get involved and participate in activities outside the academic curriculum. Whether it is in community service, athletics, fine arts, overnight field trips or working on the school yearbook, students work together to create a total environment that stimulates growth, develops leadership and prepares them for college and life beyond high school.
Community service is a vital part of the Coldwater Canyon Prep curriculum. Students are encouraged to learn about themselves by participating in activities that contribute to the well-being of the diverse communities in and around Los Angeles. Examples of community service activities include partnering with Union Station Homeless Services, Heal the Bay, Habitat for Humanity, Tree People and other similar groups to work on projects that promote the mission of the charitable organization.
Coldwater Canyon Prep offers at least two grade-level community service projects per year. Each student is required to complete 20 hours of community service per calendar year.
The CCP Student Council provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills. The student body officers work to foster school spirit and serve as a student voice for school-related issues and concerns. They organize a range of school-wide activities including spirit days, dances, holiday activities, and also run the Student Store. In addition, the Student Council arranges fund-raising efforts to support local charities.
Elections for office are held in the fall of each school year. Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing in order to be eligible to run for office.
Coldwater Canyon Prep is committed to providing our students with a state-of-the-art campus outfitted with a wide range of technology enrichment.
Smart Boards are interactive whiteboards that allow teachers to deliver dynamic lessons, access an unlimited variety of instructional material and online visual media, write notes and save and electronically send work done in class. Smart Boards stimulate visual learning and interest of students and encourage natural collaboration.
The computer lab at CCP is a valuable resource for teaching crucial skills necessary for our students to succeed in today’s information-based society. In addition to a variety of technology-based curriculum options, students are offered numerous learning opportunities through the use of several innovative and practical software programs. The available programs include: Inspiration 9, Write Out Loud, Read Out Loud, Solo Sign In, Co-Writer 6, and Draft Builder 6.
iPads are an outstanding resource for our students to access information digitally. They provide a visual interface that many of our students find educationally preferable. iPads are equipped with specific software to enhance the learning experience, as well as aid in comprehension of concepts. CCP is currently using iPad technology in its core courses. This teaching method has enhanced CCP's learning environment.
Teacher Web Pages
Each teacher in CCP has a personalized Web page through its website that parents and students may access at any time. The teachers upload daily assignments and rubrics, links to important resources and timelines for upcoming projects. Programs such as Edmodo and Engrade are utilized which have increased parent/student communication and support at Coldwater Canyon Prep.
College & Career Counseling
Coldwater Canyon Prep fosters academic excellence along with social growth and development. Throughout their course of study at CCP, students are being prepared to enter various post graduation environments, including, but not limited to, community college, universities or the work force. The college/transition counselor works with all high school students and their families to ensure a smooth transition between high school and post graduation studies and vocations. Every year all high school students participate in college tours and presentations from vocational schools and colleges across the country.
The Workability Program offers high school students opportunities to gain valuable vocational training through enriched curriculum, career awareness and exploration, pre-employment skills training and work experiences. Students 16 and older may be eligible to participate in a paid work placement in local area businesses. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including customer service, retail sales, animal care, plant operations, child care and food service. Vocational assessment, guidance and support are all provided through the Workability Program to assist students in developing the skills necessary for competitive employment and successful outcomes.
Director, Summit View School & Coldwater Canyon Prep School
Director of Clinical & Educational Services, Coldwater Canyon Prep School