School Details

Palos Verdes High School

600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
(310) 378-8471
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1695 students 20 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.
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  • Palos Verdes Peninsula 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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Palos Verdes High School is a public high school in Palos Verdes Estates. The principal of Palos Verdes High School is Charles Park, who can be contacted at parkc@pvpusd.k12.ca.us. 1,695 students go to Palos Verdes High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 2% of the Palos Verdes High School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 1,695 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Palos Verdes High School is 20:1. Palos Verdes Peninsula 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
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% 58%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Unspecified 2% 4%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 12% 27%
Hispanic 10% 6%
Filipino 1% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 11821%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 1%
Limited English proficiency 2% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Located in an amazingly beautiful neighborhood Palos Verdes High School is one great school. The kids are hard workers very determined to get into a great college and like to get involved in activities in school and in the community. The parents do an amazing job of supporting the school from new buildings to new sports fields to the salaries of teachers and counselors. The only way the school could improve would be to add more parking places for the kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is like being at a country club. Grades are inflated and teachers are so far not prepare to teach subjects. Parent run the school not the administrators. Very did functional school. Kids go too college not prepared.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is amazing and challenging in every way. Those who say it is not are the same who choose to avoid the amazing array of AP and Honors classes. Most teachers are challenging and fill class periods with a learning experience. Also they have recently been redeemed in light of academic competition with Peninsula High school by earning a 898 API score equalling that of Pen's 898 despite PV's smaller population. Also athletes are encouraged to better their academics while being champions in their sport. The arts at PV are also unmatched with their open opportunity and extensive programs of Drawing Painting Sculpture Video Production Dance Music Literature Drama and all kind of computer and media art imaginable.

  • (3 years ago)

    PVHS is a good school. It is not as academically challenging as PVPHS so it is a good fit for kids who want to socialize and have a lot of fun during high school. The test scores and AP results between the two schools show that Peninsula is stronger academically. However the teachers at PVHS allow the students to complete homework during class due to the block scheduling so it's easier if you are an athlete.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son started out at Peninsula High School which is also a very strong school in Palos Verdes and basically felt very out of the loop and unbalanced there. The homework load was very unreasonable. He had almost all honor classes and was getting good grades but did not have a balanced life. It was ALL about homework. He said that all of his honors teachers did very little lecturing but assigned an extraordinary amount of homework. He transferred to Palos Verdes High School after a month of attending Peninsula High School. He said that the teachers at Palos Verdes High school actually lectured and taught the students. Palos Verdes High school is on a block system and now he has time to do his homework without it completely consumming his whole life. He said he is learning a lot more and that the 2 hour classes go by much faster than the hour long ones at Peninsula because of how engaged the students become with the teachers being able to complete involved lesson material. If you want the bar to be set high and balance this is your school!

  • (3 years ago)

    Our childs first year at PV was very good. After attending the other great school (Penn) in PV with another child we were very pleased to experience at PV HIGH wonderful teachers challenging academics and a new principal who will make a difference.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from Palos Verdes High School four years ago. I absolutely loved attending school there and could not imagine having a better high school experience. PVHS was able to provide students with the perfect balance between enjoying school and obtaining an excellent education. I grew so much intellectually and personally in my four years thanks to the wonderful staff. After high school I was accepted to a top 25 University. When I got to college I felt that PVHS had prepared me for college extremely well. I succeeded in the vigorous college level classes and I contribute my success to the preparation I received at PVHS. Although it is a public school it is equivalent to a private school education. I HIGHLY recommend this school!

  • (4 years ago)

    Palos Verdes High has qualified administrators athletic directors counselors teachers coaches and staff. Although some teachers are young and still need to gain some experience they make learning fun and the kids are motivated. The block schedule is convenient especially for students who are involved in extra curricular sports and activities. Teachers are sincere kind understanding and take the time and effort to know their students individually. They are clear about their expectations and challenge the kids to reach advanced potential. No child is left behind at PV High. My son loves PV High and his friends / classmates are well rounded and well behaved.

  • (5 years ago)

    Block schedule is amazing for some and horrible for others. If its not your gig head of to Peninsula High. This school rocks with so many extra classes that others school just don't have like a surfboard design class and an awesome photography class with a Maclab. All the core classes have excellent teachers who teach the material while not giving too much homework unless your in APs and honours then your just asking for it. P

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has one critical flaw which is advertised as a strength the block schedule. The block schedule does not improve the in-class experience by extending time available rather it worsens it by diminishing the value of time. Kids often wander out of class for 15 minutes or more without a teacher even noticing and teachers often put on movies or allow the kids to socialize instead of teaching to pass the time. Also since the school was recently reopened many of the teachers are inexperienced and a few of them got their jobs for being in-laws or friends-of-a-friend of the principal. However the school does have some experienced teachers but the 'laid back' atmosphere is detrimental to academics. PVHS also hasa lot of extracurricular activities available and excellent sports teams. All around not a bad high school but not all it is cracked up to be.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am about to graduate form PV High...Here is what I have to say. Academically this school is wonderful. My councelour and all of my teachers were outstandingly supportive throughout all of my years there. The class sizes are also nice and small and there is a lot of individualized attention to those who need it. Now socially this school is terrible! The kids party a lot it is very exclusive and the students who are not part of it tend to feel very outcasted. Make sure your teen knows what kind of crowd they want to be in or that they have a niche where they can belong...join clubs! I didn't and I strongly regret that...MUN and Mock Trial are also great! This school is okay..just wasn't too great for me!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great block schedule and emphasis of in class participation lessens homework grind and leads to better learning environment. They also have the 2-time SoCal champion Equestrian team.

  • (6 years ago)

    Palos Verdes High School offers unique opportunities that no other public school can offer. There is a strong push for high education and creative use of hands on learning. The beautiful campus alone gives a positive environment for students to excel academically and socially.

  • (7 years ago)

    Enter your review herebecause pv high is located in a residential area residents who live near the school like to say bad things about the school. I attend pv and i like it. No your child does not need to be strong in sports although it is a great opportunity. I am on the surf team which is a very unique sport that is available. Equestrian marching band (which is going to the beijing olympics) cross country basketball football lacrosse and more are what a student can choose from. We posess many excellent classes as well. Our math science english art language and sports departments are strong and they thrive. Our school also has its own student broadcasting channel live from 205 and and a nationally recognized drama department. Our curriculum is becoming more in depth rich and diverse. ~Sopmore go seakings!

  • (7 years ago)

    A great school with tremendous opportunities for the students to excel in unique programs. Video Production Science & Technology Research MUN Theater Arts are all national award winning programs. Sports teams are highly competetive and highly ranked within the state. Parental support is strong and the Booster Club raises over $400K a year to support not only athletic but arts and academic programs as well. Some teachers can be less than great and the administration needs to focus on improving and developing the teaching staff to bring this school to the next level and to total parity with Peninsula High School.

  • (9 years ago)

    I feel if your child is not strong in sports than your child does not have a chance to succeed in this school. I got my kid out of this school after one semester that's all my kid could take.

  • (9 years ago)

    Strong Science Programs Low Teacher Experience Very Strong Video Production Program Strong Extra Curriculars (MUN Mock Trial Darpa)

  • (9 years ago)

    Re-opening this school has proven a great asset to the community. Every child finds a place and has opportunities for success.

  • (10 years ago)

    Academic programs are strong with an intent to set an example as to the quality of a newer school. Many young teachers which means enthusiasm but less experience. Extracurricular activities are varied and more importantly available to all students. This is not always the case at a larger school. Parents are very invloled in fund raising events which add to the arts and music programs. Overall this is a very safe school with strong academic programs and it will only get better. I feel fortunate to have my children attend.

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