Every Student Has the Capacity to Excel

We work individually with students to find their best path to success.

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Tilden Prep is a private, WASC-accredited, college-preparatory school for middle school and high school students Grades 6-12 in the East Bay. We offer UC-approved courses as well as 1-to-1 and small group instruction. We use mastery learning: teaching students to 80% (B) or higher level of mastery before moving forward. This allows us to individualize pace and teaching methods to address a wide range of learning needs. From highly gifted students who find a regular classroom setting too limiting to students with learning differences who need a specialized teaching approach to shine academically, we work with both middle school and high school students to maximize their learning and their self-confidence. We have two campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area: in Albany, California and Walnut Creek, California as well as online remote learning opportunities

Welcome to Tilden Prep School

  • Our graduates are accepted at colleges throughout the United States (see our College Acceptances list), and virtually all Tilden Prep graduates attain 80% or higher mastery in their college classes.
  • We offer full-time enrollment, individual courses, and tutoring services.
“I love working with Tilden students because they range from A - Z in terms of types and backgrounds. They all experience success academically, and that turns them into confident and happy individuals.”
Jan Russell, College Counselor

We know how to help students succeed.

Our school Co-Chairs each have 30 years of experience helping students reach their goals in all areas of life. In addition, we hire teachers who have a passion for the subjects they teach, are gifted in their ability to connect well with teens, and who are trained to teach students with a range of learning styles and capabilities. Together we help middle school and high school students build confidence in their abilities and in themselves. Our Heads of School are happy to provide a free initial consultation to identify the variables related to your student's learning needs prior to starting at Tilden Private Prep School, and they continue to collaborate with the teachers to ensure each student's success.

Life at Tilden Prep

My son is thriving at Tilden Preparatory School, which should be on your short list. Some kids simply need one-on-one instruction to learn, and Tilden has the process to successfully do this. Unlike some of the ASD-specific schools, Tilden has the academic curriculum both for the students who are struggling or are looking for something far more challenging than public schools.

Tilden Parent