Cottonwood College Prep Academy

An Interdisciplinary, Project-Based

Montessori-Inspired Charter High School

School Information

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Public Policy & Leadership Concentration

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Design Thinking Concentration

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Cottonwood College Prep Academy

An Innovative Public High School in El Dorado Hills

Cottonwood College Prep Academy (CCPA) is a free public charter school located in the Buckeye Union School District in El Dorado Hills.

CCPA’s Montessori-inspired high school offers a hybrid educational program that provides students the experience of learning in a classroom setting while also offering the personalization provided by online learning. Students will take the Concentration’s Course of Study in a classroom setting on the high school campus while taking the other courses using an online platform, all with the support of the school’s teachers and staff.

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CCPA Mission and Vision


MISSION (The HOW): CCPA, influenced by Montessori principles, provides an innovative, rigorous, self-exploring education through experiential learning, design thinking, and meaningful interdisciplinary studies cultivating a growth mindset.


VISION (The WHY): CCPA’s vision is to guide our student community to love learning, to profoundly contribute to our diverse world, and to lead lives of achievement.

What’s Happening

LPS Students Pitch Field Study Projects

This month students in the LPS concentration researched and developed a Field Study project. Today they completed a 30-second pitch for a panel of CCPA staff describing their Field Study project and explaining why their projects would be a beneficial experience for...

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Welcome WASC!

Cottonwood College Prep Academy welcomes WASC! The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six official academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in the United...

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Leadership and Public Service Launches Field Study Project

LPS students are investigating the questions: If you could explore a topic or a place of your choice, what would you explore? How would you make it happen?  Through a multi-step process including inquiry, research, proposal writing, agenda planning, and public...

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Design Thinking Embarks on new project

The Design Thinking Concentration is about to embark on another interdisciplinary project for all students. In this project, students will design and build a scale model of a house. This project will incorporate curricular standards from all subjects; in addition to...

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