Sage Hill School

20402 Newport Coast Dr, Newport Coast, CA 92657

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Sage Hill School’s commitment to academic excellence, outstanding college preparation, and unwavering dedication to a public purpose provide a transformative experience for our students. We inspire a love of learning in our students and the ability to use that knowledge creatively, compassionately, and courageously throughout their lives.

Situated on a beautiful thirty-acre, ocean-view campus in Newport Coast, California, Sage Hill School is Orange County’s only non-profit, non-sectarian, independent college preparatory high school. Our small classes, rigorous academic program, and extensive educational opportunities beyond the traditional classroom engage our students’ passions and teach them to be lifelong learners and innovative leaders.

  • Our broad curriculum also includes more than 30 accelerated/AP courses in every discipline, advanced elective offerings, and opportunities for independent research.
  • Our average class size of 15 facilitates close relationships with our world-class faculty.
  • Our 38:1 student-to-college-counselor ratio ensures that each student receives highly personalized guidance to find the best college fit.
  • Our state-of-the-art Studio at Sage Hill allows students to hone their crafts within seven different arts disciplines and offers exceptional space for student and professional performances.
  • Our nationally recognized Service Learning Program is fully integrated within our curriculum and allows students to leverage their classroom experience to benefit the community beyond Sage Hill.
  • Our unique, year-end Spring at Sage program allows students to pursue their passions in intensive seminars, with independent projects, or through Global Experiences.
  • School accreditations: NAIS, WASC.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address20402 Newport Coast Dr, Newport Coast, CA 92657
Year Established2000
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$31,770; estimated extras $1000-3000
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded66
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$1,862,760

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
Advanced Placement CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, Environmental Science, French, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, US Government & Politics, US History, World History
Summer SessionAcademic Enrichment Review Recreational. 5 weeks
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Water Polo
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Football

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School97
Most Common Graduate DestinationsUSC 6, Stanford 5, SMU 3, Chapman 3, NYU 3, U of San Francisco 3
Average Math SAT641
Average Critical Reading SAT634
Average Writing SAT645
Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT570-700
Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT550-720
Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT570-710
Average ACT27
ACT Mid-50 Percentile25-30


Applications DueFebruary
Application Fee$100
New Students130
Tests Used for AdmissionISEE


AdministratorGordon J. McNeill
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2008
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Univ of California-San Diego, MA, Columbia Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsElaine Mijalis-Kahn, Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment470
Day Students470
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)470
Student Body EthnicityWhite 47%, Latino 10%, African-American 2%, Native American 1%, Asian 29%, Other 11%
Average Class Size15
Student-Faculty Ratio13:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty47
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)53
Male Teaching Faculty22
Female Teaching Faculty25
Faculty EthnicityWhite 82%, Latino 6%, Asian 6%, Other 6%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage30
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