Palos Verdes High School
Palos Verdes High School has an enrollment of 1,740 students in grades 9–12. In addition to academics, the school features 24 athletic teams, more than 85 student-led clubs in a variety of interest areas, and award-winning programs such as yearbook, student newspaper, arts, drama, dance, music and student leadership programs.
What would you like kids and parents to know about your school?
“Kids are happy here, and there are plenty of opportunities to smile and laugh. Why? Our Block Schedule gives us time to maximize learning in a 113-minute class. Also, we believe in our Late Start Wednesdays, because research has shown that high school kids do not sleep enough. Our Wednesday are days when our students recharge and refuel for the remainder of the week to finish strong. PVHS places a very high emphasis on the academic success and emotional well-being of all students. Various programs—for all levels of students—challenge each PVHS student to reach his or her maximum potential. PVHS ensures students are well equipped with the academic skills that allow them to follow their own unique academic pursuits and extracurricular endeavors in high school and beyond.”
How does your school make our community a better place for children?
“PVHS is simply an amazing school. We really focus on the whole child and especially the socio-emotional well-being of our students. Our school does an excellent job of balancing academics, arts and athletics. We are the only high school in and around the South Bay area to dedicate a classroom space to a Wellness Center, and it is symbolic of the importance that we place on our students’ happiness not only as a high school student but as a person learning to develop their own character and life interests.”
What makes your school exceptional?
“PVHS is well-rounded. Our mission has always been to provide a family-like environment and offer all the opportunities of a larger high school in a smaller school setting. We offer 30 Advanced Placement courses, and at the same time 18% of our students are in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs where we focus on a college-going culture with integrated tutorials. We will create programs and customize learning opportunities for any child.”