Monterey Coast Preparatory
Monterey Coast Preparatory


We build Learners! We inspire passions!

Middle and high school can be a trying time as students attempt to meet social and academic expectations. Students who have felt unsuccessful in traditional school — socially, academically or otherwise–are welcome at MCP!  

We specialize in working with students with unique and often misunderstood ways of learning. Our approach is to embrace the students' unique personalities, interests and abilities to help them become passionate and effective learners.

We offer an accredited college preparatory program including core subjects, laboratory-based science classes, and opportunities for Honors and AP coursework. We also provide a supportive community with multiple school events, social opportunities, clubs and extracurriculars.

Our students are given the space and support to define success for themselves. Students at MCP work to become effective learners who are self-aware, organized and strategic.


Experiential learning

Experiential, or project based learning, directly involves students in learning that reflects what they will encounter as adults. Experiential learning challenges are interdisciplinary, self-directed and require diverse strategies. Project based learning promotes inquiry, collaboration and motivation. At MCP students make meaning of what they learn in class through frequent activities, field trips, projects and presentations.


We embrace differences

Howard Gardner, of Harvard University, defined nine distinct types of intelligence, and asserts that human potential is tied to one's learning preferences. Our Students are expected to develop their areas of strength, and to define strategies for confronting their challenges. The goal at MCP is to develop each student's potential by embracing different ways of learning and exploring different ways of being intelligent.



Supportive learning environment

Our students are given the opportunity to define success for themselves. With teacher, family and community support they learn tools to navigate learning challenges including, ADHD, ASD, dyslexia, depression, and anxiety. MCP's academic policies, and daily routines offer most of the common accommodations found in public school 504 and IEP plans. At a school wide level we employ best practices that promote learning for all students.