100% College Placement

Cambrian Academy students have been accepted to UC Berkeley, USC, Emory, UC Santa Cruz, Penn State, UC Irvine, UC Davis, San Jose State, Hofstra, St. John's, Pepperdine, UOP, James Madison, Drexel, UC Santa Barbara, UC Merced, Furman University, Clark University, University of Hawaii, UC Riverside, University of Oregon, Oregon State, SUNY, Pomona, Pitzer, George Mason, Georgetown, UNLV, Arizona State, George Washington, UNC (Charlotte and Chapel Hill), Barry, University of Washington, UC San Diego, Northern Arizona University, Hawaii Pacific University, Michigan, Colorado State, and more.

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Because students learn at different speeds, Cambrian Academy provides a special program for middle school high achievers. Students who are receiving high grades in middle school, and who have a track record of 90th percentile scores on standardized tests, may qualify for special admission. These students may complete the basic middle school requirements at an accelerated pace--and begin high school courses as soon as they are ready.[...]

High School (Grades 9-12)

Are you one of the many who have been asking for a non-religious private high school in the Bay Area? Are you having trouble finding a college prep school that really does college prep? Cambrian Academy provides a college going culture, small class sizes, an incredible faculty, a variety of AP classes and more. [...]

Local and International Students Learning Together

Our highly versatile faculty can accommodate Korean, French, Spanish, and Arabic languages. Our Broadband ESL program is focused on mainstreaming our international students within one year of admission. After mainstreaming, international students continue to receive support from our foreign language experts, delivering the best of both worlds in academic and cultural education--preparing 21st century students to successfully compete in a global economy.  [...]

WASC Commendations

These are some of the commendations we received from the Accrediting Commission for Schools:

-- The school's leadership team and individual staff members are enthusiastic about their work and demonstrate a caring commitment to each individual student's learning.

-- The school's mission and purpose are strongly supported by communications, quality of instruction, teacher accessibility, and the provision of a nurturing environment for learning.

-- The seminar instructional approach strongly supports problem solving and deeper thinking for students at the school.

-- There exists a "can-do" attitude at Cambrian that supports future growth for both the school and its individual students.

college board

Cambrian International Academy is recognized and registered with the College Board.

Our College Board School Code is 054297.

College BoardCambrian International Academy is an approved AP test administration facility. Students from other schools, who wish to take the AP test at Cambrian International Academy, may contact the school for more information.

In the fall of 2010, CIA received our LEVEL 2 code status with The College Board, which means we can administer the PSAT/NMSQT to our students (and others) on our campus.


"The seminar instructional approach strongly supports problem solving and deeper thinking for students at Cambrian Academy."

~Western Assoc. of Schools and Colleges

Our Education Model ensures that all students participate and all students learn. Courses are taught around a table in groups of 2 - 12 students. Teachers are participants in classroom discussions, guiding students without always lecturing.

At Cambrian Academy, you will see an approach and methodology resembling a mix of Oxford University and Philips Exeter Academy. Most classes take place around the Harkness Table made famous by Philips Exeter. This arrangement requires the full engagement of all students and makes learning a more interactive experience.

Harkness Table
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Our admissions process evaluates potential students in terms of preparedness and emotional maturity instead of looking simply at age. Students with a track record of strong academic achievement and emotional maturity may begin taking college preparatory courses early. Advanced Placement courses are available to students as early as their first year.

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