Mission College Prep Catholic High School

Mission Prep courtyard

Our Mission

Mission College Prep creates a culture of care and accountability in partnership with families to form women and men of scholarship, inspiration, and leadership in service to deeper life with God and deeper life with one another.

The School

Mission College Prep is a Catholic college preparatory high school for young men and women in the  Diocese of Monterey. We are located on the central coast of California in the town of San Luis Obispo, which is mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.


Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). Education is addressed to formation of the whole human person and oriented to excellence in academics, athletics, the arts, and spirituality.


Our academic program is intended to provide an inspiring formative education, set within a nurturing environment that facilitates our students’ exploration and discovery of their best and truest selves, thereby equipping them to be successful in their future academic, professional, civic, religious, and family lives.

Mission College Prep offers 70 college prep courses approved and certified by the University of California, meeting “a-g” core and elective requirements. MCP offers 6 Honors courses and 13 Advanced Placement classes. In addition, MCP offers 11 courses based in leadership, drama, physical education, health, and Catholic Theology. Our elective offerings have been expanded based on student interest to include video production, electronic robotics, digital photography, art, creative writing, music, and drama. MCP runs a block schedule where students take up to 4 classes per day, for 80 minutes per class.


Our faculty work to inspire students within the academic program by providing them with a range of course offerings that appeal to their varied skills and interests. The faculty and staff consist of 41 fulltime and 5 part-time men and women, many who hold advanced degrees. Over 60% of the faculty has over 18 years of teaching experience. The average class size is 22. Mission students are supported through many mechanisms of care, yet held accountable for their performance. We work to support students in being successful in rigorous college preparatory, honors, and advanced placement courses. As well, we work to create students who are scholars in that they understand the value of inquiry and knowledge and are fervent in their pursuit of both.

Student Life

At MCP participation in the life of the community is the norm and programming is a tool that facilitates the inculcation of leadership. Educating for leadership celebrates individual successes as being dependent upon the successes of every other member of the community. As a result, student leadership groups such as Associated Student Body, Student Alliance, Royal Ambassadors, Campus Ministry, Peer Mediation, and others, plan and implement all of our student activities.

MCP students create a vital school environment by participating in a wide range of activities, rounding out their academic pursuits. Our clubs are student driven; that is, they are created, developed, and run by students. The Associated Student Body (ASB) motto, coined in 2003, perhaps expresses our culture of participation best: “For the students, by the students.” Our community frequently celebrates our student performances in athletics, graphic art, music and drama, and students plan, coordinate, and produce these events: from technical production in theatre to setting up video media for assemblies; from scripting rallies and producing the program for our Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament to producing live video announcements each morning. Our students learn to orchestrate every step of the process.

The administrative team in the area of academics includes: Assistant Principal of Academics, Academic Support Staff, Guidance & College Counseling, Academic Department Chairpersons, and Director of Technonlogy.

The faculty consists of 19 full-time and 5 part-time men and women, many who hold advanced degrees. The average class size is 19. Students are challenged and supported by caring faculty and held accountable for their performance. Over the last eight years, our graduating seniors have had a 99% college acceptance rate. On average, 50% of the senior class earns dual enrollment, UC-transferable college credit through our Cuesta program.

We offer over 70 college prep courses approved and certified by the University of California meeting “a-g” requirements. 5 honors courses and 13 Advanced Placement courses are offered. We also offer courses in leadership, health, well-rounded electives, and Catholic Theology. Our elective offerings have been expanded based on student interest to include video production, robotics, digital photography, art, music, and drama. Students enroll in 7 courses, each of which meets every other day for 80 minutes per class. Community Service is a requirement for graduation.

Our Advanced Placement test results are an outstanding indication of our academic prowess here at MCP. Among the 187 Advanced Placement Tests taken here at MCP in May of 2017, our students passed at a highly impressive rate, receiving 123 passing scores (3,4,5). Because we uniquely require every student in the AP class to take the test, our results demonstrate the singular caliber of our academic departments and radically set us apart from other area schools. MCP’s AP scores have steadily increased in number of tests being taken, and increased in pass-rates over the same time-period.

Historically, 98% of seniors attend a 4-year college, and 2% attend a 2-year college.

Athletics is an essential tool for developing student leadership, as participation in athletics teaches responsibility and sportsmanship through the notion that the best gift we can ever offer our opponents is the gift of intense competition. We currently have 18 Varsity Teams, 9 Junior Varsity Teams, and 1 Freshmen Team. 78% of our students participated in at least 1 sport last year and 20% of our student athletes earned scholar-athlete distinction, as recognized by the California Interscholastic Federation. Mission Prep Athletics has prided itself on a tradition of excellence on and off the field and court, and has accumulated 47 CIF Championships in both the Southern and Central Sections.



  • Cross Country – Boys & Girls
  • Football – Boys
  • Golf – Girls
  • Tennis – Girls
  • Volleyball – Girls


  • Basketball – Boys & Girls
  • Soccer – Boys & Girls


  • Baseball – Boys
  • Golf – Boys
  • Track & Field – Boys & Girls
  • Tennis – Boys
  • Volleyball – Boys
  • Swimming – Boys & Girls
  • Softball – Girls

Opportunities for students at MCP extend far beyond the classroom. That’s because at MCP, we understand the benefits that co-curricular participation fosters within the student experience, instilling values like teamwork, responsibility, creativity, direction, and camaraderie.

To make sure our students get the most out of these expereiences our co-curricular activities are as unique and diverse as our students themselves, offering opportunities to explore individual interests and talents in activities like:


  • Band
  • Dimensions Dance Team
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ministry Club
  • Hip Hop Club
  • Royal Guard Band
  • Drama Club
  • Improv Club
  • Fashion Club


  • Future Physicians of America
  • Math Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Physics Club


  • Fish Tank Club
  • Photo-Journalism
  • Cinematography
  • Creative Writing
  • Newspaper


  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Humane Society Club
  • Interact Club
  • International Club
  • Royal Ambassadors


  • Chess Club
  • Hiking Club
  • Ping Pong Club
  • Waffle Club
  • Lacrosse (Co-ed)
  • Lacrosse (All-girls)


  • Junior State of America Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Student Council
  • Young Americans for Freedom Club

School Details

Year Established: 1926
School Type: Private, Co-ed, Catholic
Grades: 9-12
Grades For International Students: 9-12
High School Enrollment: 310
AP / Dual Credit Courses: 13 AP
SAT / ACT Average: 1216 / 25.9