Mission Statement

A safe, caring and accepting community enables Hilton Head Prep to mold students of strong character. Through students' engagement with exemplary faculty, participation in co-curricular arts and athletic programs, and meaningful involvement with the community, Prep will prepare competent and motivated students to succeed in college and beyond. Hilton Head Prep curriculum will incorporate a solid foundation with critical thinking skills while leveraging students' creativity in preparing them to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Academy Partners

Hilton Head Preparatory School offers a college prep program for serious scholar-athletes who need flexible classroom schedules, individualized attention, and the flexibility to practice and attend competitions. Student athletes must balance the challenging demands of a busy training schedule while staying on track with their academic workload. Hilton Head Preparatory School dedicates its Academy Program to preparing every student-athlete for the rigors of a college atmosphere. Through students’ engagement with exemplary faculty, participation in co-curricular arts and athletic programs, and meaningful involvement with the community, Prep prepares competent and motivated students to succeed in college and beyond. Proven techniques and philosophies such as the Socratic method help build critical thinking skills while leveraging students’ creativity in preparing them to thrive in an ever-changing world.

~Grades JK-12

~Intimate classroom size and setting

~College Prep, Honors, Advanced Placement classes, and ESL

~Personalized college counseling program

~An international student population

~I-20 authorization


Hilton Head Preparatory School has partnerships with the following organizations:


Led by Stan Smith, former number-one player in the world and former USTA Director of Coaching, Billy Stearns, one of the world’s top coaches, and B.J. Stearns, former top nationally and internationally ranked player and Academy Director, the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy is uniquely designed for individual junior player development. The Academy is within one of the top-rated resorts in the country, The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The academy was founded in 2002 to help prepare junior athletes for the highest level of competition possible in both collegiate and professional tennis. We promote a family atmosphere of intense training, camaraderie, and fun. The Smith Stearns approach speaks for itself as we have developed numerous state, sectional, national, and international champions over the years, as well as having one of the strongest college placement programs in the country.

Under Stan, Billy, and BJ’s leadership, a staff of highly qualified coaches specifically trained in the Smith Stearns approach work one-on-one with committed young people to help them reach their full potential as players.


The Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA) located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is the #1 Golf Academy in the south. The mission is to help prepare junior golfers to compete in National level tournament play and receive a college scholarship. The core competency of the JPGA is to recognize and respect each student's individuality. The JPGA approach is to get the student to commit to long-term athletic development, incorporating all aspects of training into a successful path to becoming the best athlete possible. This is all possible through the talented and personable staff and most importantly the limited student to teacher ratio that we take very seriously.

Hilton Head Preparatory School is proud to announce their new partnership with
Tormenta FC in creating a unique opportunity here in the Lowcountry. Students in grades 8-12 will be able to take their soccer skills and academic ability to the next level all in one place.

Students will train in the morning with coaches from Tormenta FC at Hilton Head Prep then go and join their classmates in the academic setting. Hilton Head Prep is the leading college preparatory school in the region with students being accepted to top colleges all over the country.


Work with renowned coaches while getting a first class education in a beautiful island setting. Offered as a boarding or day program, Hilton Head Prep Sailing will compete nationally while preparing student sailors for college academic success and the top college sailing programs.

Hilton Head Preparatory School has partnered with the South Carolina Yacht Club in order to provide an exceptional sailing experience for your child. The South Carolina Yacht Club is a private yachting, social, and tennis club located in Windmill Harbour on beautiful Hilton Head Island. Since its inception in 1989, the South Carolina Yacht Club has established itself as one of the finest clubs in the Lowcountry. Their mission is to provide an active and comprehensive yachting program for members of all ages; to be the premier social and recreational club where members and their families enjoy a distinctive environment, superb dining, impeccable service and a varied calendar of exciting events in an atmosphere of good fellowship.

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