Cottonwood College Prep Academy: A Hybrid High School Pathway of The Cottonwood School

We pride ourselves on being an interdisciplinary, project-based, Montessori-inspired pathway of TCS that encourages
exploration, collaboration, and creativity.

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Design Thinking

Design thinking in a high school involves a problem-solving approach where students empathize with users, define issues, ideate solutions, prototype designs, and test them iteratively, fostering creativity and innovation within the educational setting. It encourages students to tackle challenges collaboratively, think critically, and apply interdisciplinary skills to address real-world problems effectively.

Cottonwood College Prep Academy:

A Hybrid High School Pathway of The Cottonwood School

Cottonwood College Prep Academy (CCPA) is an optional hybrid high school pathway of TCS located in the Buckeye Union School District in El Dorado Hills.

CCPA is a hybrid pathway that includes in-person instruction in English, Science, Social Science, Video Productions, and mandatory online courses in Mathematics and World Language. Our pathway incorporates Design Thinking, emphasizing the creation and testing of innovative solutions to tackle complex, unfamiliar challenges. Students will actively participate in hands-on activities such as prototyping, robotics, Model UN simulations, and theater as well as engage in mentorships and internships to further develop their skills and real-world experience. 

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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

Our students craft engaging “PR Package Slides” each week, often using one of our Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs) as a framework for content, to spotlight the vibrant happenings within our school community and keep everyone updated on current events. These slides serve as a visually captivating platform, illustrating the richness of our educational experiences!

Step into the vibrancy of CCPA’s new school facility that we proudly unveiled at the beginning of 2024. Students, faculty, and guests gathered to celebrate this monumental occasion with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony and exploration of state-of-the-art facilities. The photos featured here highlight some of our brand-new spaces designed to encourage creativity, collaboration, and innovation amongst staff and students. 

Back-to-School Swag Sale!

We are just weeks away from the CCPA back-to-school sale! Here are the details: Sale Dates: August 6th - September 10th 30% off all merchandise! Free shipping on orders over $75 $5 shipping on orders under $75 No promo code is needed! Click the link below or scan the...

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Will You Sign My Yearbook?

Last week, our students at CCPA received their yearbooks on one of their last physical days at school. It was incredible to watch their reactions as they excitedly passed them around, eager to collect autographs from friends and teachers. The energy was infectious,...

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Senior Night 2024

Last week, we celebrated our graduating seniors and their families with an enchanting, ice cream filled Senior Night! Laughter filled the air as everyone savored delicious scoops of ice cream and enjoyed each other's company. The highlight of the event was undoubtedly...

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CCPA’s Yearbook 2023 – 2024

This year, CCPA is releasing our first-ever physical yearbook! It's been a long time coming, and it's all thanks to the students who spoke up and advocated for it. We started a yearbook club because so many students wanted one – how cool is that? And get this: the...

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Prom Night!

Prom this year was an absolute blast! Seeing our in-person high schoolers and fully online students come together under one roof was incredible. The dance floor was alive with energy, as everyone let loose and had a great time. It was awesome to see friendships formed...

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