School Details

Palisades Charter High School

15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 230-6623
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 9-12 2869 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Palisades Charter High School is a charter high school in Los Angeles. The principal of Palisades Charter High School is Dr. Pamela Magee, who can be contacted at mhaskin@palihigh.org. 2,869 students attend Palisades Charter High School and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 3% of the Palisades Charter High School students have "limited English proficiency." 34% of the 2,869 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Palisades Charter High School is 21:1. Saint Monica Catholic High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 46% 9%
Hispanic 26% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 11%
Filipino 0.8% 2%
Unspecified 0.8% 0.7%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 75%
Limited English proficiency 3% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I'm not here to rate the school but to offer advice to the student who feels she is not going to be able to attend a unversity. Don't panic about this you're in the 10th grade and you still have time to catch up. Unfortunately there will always be teachers who make hasty d cisions simply because you lost concentration. You'll find that there are alot of people like that as you go through life. If your grades are low you can always take summer classes where you may make them up perhaps with a teacher who is more caring and concerned. Don't start to panic now just do your best and find other solutions. Good luck!

  • (9 months ago)

    I currently go to this school and I am in the 10th grade.some of them have helped me understand things I haven't been able to learn before from previous teachers. When I started school last year about a month into school I was supposed to be out into Algebra 1 the math class I was put into in the school before palisades but when I got in they put me in "algebra readiness" which is pre-algebra I was really mad at this and went to talk to my counselor about it all she said was I either didn't show up for the placement test or I scored low on the placement test but I did neither I have never taken a placement test at Pali and neither was I asked to take one. I'm afraid I won't be able to graduate. his year my teacher had brought down my academic grade (A B C ect.) because I fell asleep in class for a few minutes while she showed us a sample video of a project we will be doing soon. I don't know what to do anymore I love this school but only the good parts the rest I just wanna switch to another school who won't mess up my classes and change my grade because of their personal opinion on me.

  • (10 months ago)

    I feel the need to respond to the many posts slamming Pali Math teachers. For starters MATH IS HARD! Not everyone (possibly even your little genius) is going to be great at higher levels of math. My children (two at Pali) had those teachers everyone warned about. Low and behold my child experienced that first B in his sophomore year-Oh NO! One of those kids that has to work for every good grade so it was disappointing - he got over it! It would have been easy to blame the teacher but the truth was it was just hard. Note to parents if I just use his small group of friends(from all over LA and diverse ethnically and socioeconomically) as an example - It doesn t appear a B or C ruins lives as they all received early acceptances to some of the top private universities in the country. For those that want to use Pali s scores to support their argument that the Math department is horrible please look again at those scores and be sure to compare them to other public school choices. Pali isn t perfect but neither are our children. Stop trying to save them from every disappointment-teach them own up and fight through it. Your children just might surprise you.

  • (10 months ago)

    Sending my child to Pali was a huge mistake. It is a beautiful campus clean safe and orderly but the academic program is very weak. The Pali Math Dept is notoriously horrible. Over 3 years the pattern is the same 6 teachers per semester - 2 good 2 bad 2 just checking the days off the calendar till retirement. My daughter's academic experience has been one of steady decline and the teachers there seem very indifferent to parents and students. I have NEVER received a call from a teacher there so if you don't closely monitor your child's progress and success - believe me no one else will! The Principal Dr Magee seems oblivious or unconcerned about the lack of academic vigor and mostly just spurts happy talk about the future.

  • (10 months ago)

    If you are having problems with this school please contact me. I can assist you. I am a former student and a lawyer now. This school is notorious for problems. 310 801 5086

  • (10 months ago)

    The math department is one of the worst I have ever experienced and they aren't helpful to the student's education.

  • (1 year ago)

    I've never been on the campus nor have I ever met the staff. I am going into the 6th grade; A charter school. My sister went to a different High that she Highly reccemonds but after seeing videos reading reviews and seeing the diversity in this school I think three years from now palisades will be my choice. I live by car 2 hours away. But I am very willing to Take nonetheless but a metro bus just to go to this school! The only thing I'm sorta iffy on is no uniform because I have worn uniforn since Kindergarten So i don't have that many like... "Regular" Clothes. But t-shirt and sweats here I come p! Anyways I never thought I'd say this but I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL!

  • (2 years ago)

    I was considering switching my son from Pali to New West this year. I was thinking a smaller school might be better for him. He has enjoyed the Pali social life a bit too much and his grades have suffered. However the principal at New West was the rudest I have ever met. I would NEVER put him in that school now. This experience made me appreciate Pali more and what it has to offer. I love that Pali has a beautiful campus many sports teams and a real school spirit. It is a true high school experience. Dr. Magee was beyond kind when I first met with her regarding my son's attendance at Pali. She is warm and welcoming and doing a great job. I am more grateful my son is attending Pali after that experience.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have had 2 kids at Pali and currently. There are certainly many positives such as the local and school safety amazing college ctr. excellent sports program and involved parents. Teh teacjers ar every hit and miss. The AP and Honors teachers are generally excellent but the regular classes are sadly inferior. If your child ONLY tales HOnors and Ap they will be ok and probably achive great things college wise. If they have some regular classes inmath and science in particulr they will be ill prepared by their teachers and many unmotivated students in those classes. For a public school it is above average.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two boys one who graduated Pali and the other in college now. Generally the school is excellent in many areas. I agree that the math department is very weak with poor teachers. Both my sons are science oriented so a weak math department makes everything else difficult. They really need to work on getting better or more motivated math teachers

  • (2 years ago)

    Pali has many wonderful teachers and a great student body where tolerance and inclusion thrive positives that should carry a lot of weight. The biggest weakness at Pali is the math department their test scores speak volumes and illustrate the severity of the problem. The math program emphasizes group learning which could work in theory but is not properly implemented and supported by the teachers. Every (and I mean EVERY) student that I know has a math tutor because they don't get adequate instruction or support from the teachers. Even with tutors the students still struggle because the tests can be confusing with two different methods being taught to them. In 11th grade my son scored "advanced" in every area of standardized tests but was barely "basic" in math. One day Pali will have to address these issues and stop sweeping the parent's concerns under the carpet.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am so pleased with this school. It's my son's first year and his teachers are excellent!!! Great opportunities and diversity at this school! I love that I have access to all his assignments and grades through the teacher's web. I even get phone calls letting me know my son has a quiz to study for. The parent liason always keeps you informed of school meetings events etc.

  • (4 years ago)

    this is a great school and I am hoping my daughter will benefit and go to college with the knowledge she is learning from this school. They have great teachers and a great opportunity to achieve great sucess in her life with the courses she is taking.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 2 daughters who went through the pali system from K-12. The oldest is doing very well at cColorado College. #2 will be attending Vassar in the fall. 'nuf said.

  • (5 years ago)

    Palisades a great school. It has an amazing campus but most importantly a patient staff ready to teach.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to Pali for 4 years had an amazing time and went fully prepared to Stanford University. I don't think there's much more to say.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has received a first class education at this school. The student mix is fantastic and the campus is very impressive. I would never think of paying for Buckley Harvard Westlake or Lycee now.

  • (5 years ago)

    Amazing school with dedicated teachers and staff giving our students a great opportunity to succeed.

  • (5 years ago)

    Palisades Charter High is one of the BEST public High Schools in California maybe even in the nation. # 1 it is a beautiful campus - there is green everywhere Its very open you can see the mountains and the ocean. # 2 we have many great faculty staff and students. # 3 we have many diligent and very intelligent students creating a great environment. This school is like no other. I am very happy I attend PALI...I love it its wonderful!

  • (5 years ago)

    Pali treats students in regular classes like trash. Since when are average students considered deficient? Other students think of them the same way. Math dept. is still appallingly bad; some teachers verbally insult the students with admin's knowledge. Read all the negative review of math dept on this site going back years. Socially it stinks. Overcrowded with bused in students.

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