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Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Students enrolled: 1,695

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600 Cloyden Road
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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(310) 378-8471
(310) 378-0311
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Develops honesty: Neutral
July 14, 2015
It all depends on the classroom teachers you have. If students got complaints about any teachers, then parents can report it to the administration.

- submitted by a student
Amount of homework: Just right
July 09, 2015
The school goes by the block system which means you'll most likely have time to do homework in class and you have two nights to finish it.

- submitted by a student
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 09, 2015
The SPED department tries it's best to support the students who need extra help and the counselors really care for you and really know the classes that fit best for you.

- submitted by a student

April 17, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2012
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.

- submitted by a student

October 26, 2011
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!

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2011
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!

- submitted by a community member

July 22, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2009
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

- submitted by a student

June 21, 2009
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.

- submitted by a student

June 04, 2009
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!

- submitted by a student

January 03, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2008
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.

- submitted by a student
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September 22, 2007
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!

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2006
Strong Science Programs Low Teacher Experience Very Strong Video Production Program Strong Extra Curriculars (MUN, Mock Trial, Darpa)

- submitted by a student

July 31, 2005
Re-opening this school has proven a great asset to the community. Every child finds a place and has opportunities for success.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2005
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.

- submitted by a parent

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Palos Verdes High School
600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates, CA  90274
(310) 378-8471
Last modified Palos Verdes High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palos Verdes High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top