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Peninsula Heritage School

Private | K-6 | 123 students

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Posted February 12, 2014

Peninsula Heritage School really is the best Elementary school in the South Bay. The philosophy of differentiated learning allows the school to teach kids in both math and language arts at their own pace. My kids excel and were BORED in the local public schools. When you combine this with a robust performing arts program, science lab, music, PE and visual arts, you really do get the perfect school. My children are challenged, have a tremendous sense of self-confidence, and they LOVE school. What more could you want...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2013

PHS is the best private school in the PV area. No other schools can compete with them in terms of academic, teachers and leaders. This school brings out the best in each and every child. The team is solid and nurturing. A Choice school !

Posted April 27, 2013

My husband and I truly cannot speak highly enough of Peninsula Heritage School. The teaching staff are warm, nurturing and able to bring out the best in each and every student - socially, emotionally and academically. It provides an unmatched elementary school experience for our children and we could not be more delighted with the differentiated and child specific learning they receive, appropriate to their abilities and not merely their grade level. Guiding everything from the top is the phenomenal Principal, who is not only a dedicated and talented educator, but a caring and exceptional person. At the core of everything she does is to act first and foremost as an advocate for each child in the school and I sincerely believe the children feel the love and care they are given at PHS. All in all being at PHS has been an outstanding experience for our children. We feel so fortunate in the knowledge that they are receiving a first class education, a real sense of right and wrong, a great sense of self and a lifelong love of learning. All while having the best fun of their entire lives! It really does not get much better than this. Please check out this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2013

At first, we looked at the "big-name" private schools and public schools in Palos Verdes because we didn't know too much about Peninsula Heritage. However, we had a very nasty experience with the head of one of the popular private schools (K-8) who was extremely condescending and seemed to only care about test scores. One of our friends recommended Peninsula Heritage and I'm so glad she did. Our children are doing very well academically, but also socially, artistically, and physically. It's a well-rounded curriculum. Since it's a small school, the students receive a high level of attention and instruction. I also like the fact that students can move up in math/reading if they are ready for it (like my daughter), or they will get extra help if they need it. I don't think any other school provides this flexibility to cater to your child's academic needs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 12, 2012

Times are tough but it is thru such times that the great school requires the support of the parents. PHS is definitely a choice school...the team is focus and committed to bring the best in every child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 20, 2012

Times are tough; a recession, a tsunami of debt, and international competition has made 2012 America an insecure place. We are worried about ourselves but we are especially worried about our kids and what future will lie before them. Our imagined remedy is a child safely ensconced in "academic excellence" fast tracking his way toward the next elite school and a big compensation package. Only a wise (and very confident) educator can stand against a trend that pressurizes childhood by defining success within a narrow band of mathematical and verbal prowess. Yes, these surely matter and PHS delivers them but what of imagination, emotional strength, and self-knowledge? Is your child a little different? Good. Americans like Thoreau, Emerson, and even Steven Jobs had an expansive definition of human greatness centered on the singular genius of the individual. We still revere individuality but schools increasing seem to fear it as evinced by the obsession with objective metrics and mood-moderating pharmaceuticals. Honestly, schools today are a little scary. In the midst of this fog PHS delivers academic rigor while retaining its sense of wonderment about the nature of childhood itself.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 31, 2012

My two children have flourished under the tutelage of Peninsula Heritage School s guidance and tutelage. I also appreciate all that the principal has done for my children. You just do not except someone so intelligent to be so considerate. While I know they recently added a sixth grade, I am hoping that they decided to add a seventh, eight, and maybe even a high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2012

I decided to write a review after my experience at PHS yesterday. I have a second and a fifth grader and usually pick them up at 3:20, when my oldest is out of class. However, I was detained yesterday and while I wasn't worried about my kids (they immediately check into after school care, get snacks and play and usually complain I am too early), I did think they might start to worry about me! So I called the school. The principal, Mrs. Cailler, picked up the phone herself and when I told her my situation, she said she would go on to the school yard and check in with my children and let them know I would be there soon. I hung up and thought, "only at PHS would the principal leave her office and walk out to the yard herself without giving it a second thought." PHS in one of those exceptional schools that you have to come see for yourself. My children race off to school every morning. They come home bubbling over with news about their day and what they learned. The principal is nurturing, loving, and passionate about her school and her staff shares those same qualities. My children have bloomed since we switched to PHS and will be lifetime learners as a result!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 25, 2012

My children graduated from Peninsula Heritage School; I attribute their continuing success to the strong foundation this school has provided them. The strength of the education at PHS is not only in academics; it is also in the values that the school champions through an award winning Character Quality Program. Every month is dedicated to one of six different qualities and is incorporated into to the curriculum through writing assignments, readings and performances. The staff is dedicated to teaching and caring about the children. The children love going to school knowing they are respected and cared for. Parents are supportive and involved. There is a sense of community and pride on this campus that is unique and infectious.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 29, 2011

PHS is an excellent school and clearly the best choice for any parent in the South Bay or Palos Verdes Peninsula area. PHS provides an an academically challenging curriculum at each grade level, appropriate to the students capabilities. Before we chose a school for our children, we visited all of the local private schools and spoke with parents at each school. After these encounters, the choice was clearly PHS. The caring atmosphere, enrichment programs and athletic program are unmatched . The teachers make it their personal mission to ensure your child is learning and also happy. The Head of school is excellent and is personally involved with each student and family to ensure a good academic and social environment. Our family would love it if the school went through High Scholl.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2010

Peninsula Heritage is an amazing school where the kids not only learn, but have a great time doing so. The school has also preserved important components that many schools have been forced to eliminate, such as: art, computer instruction, library time, foreign language, music, field trips, and drama. My children are so happy there. I believe the school's greatest asset is the principal, who sets the tone for the whole school. It's a great feeling to walk onto the campus and see how happy the children, staff, and parents are with Peninsula Heritage.
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Posted May 20, 2010

It is to Peninsula Heritage School that I owe much/most of my success. I think many people overlook the power of elementary instruction because of its distance from high school and college, but without PHS -- I wouldn't have gained the necessary skills that have allowed me to attain advanced degrees. The staff and teachers are honest, caring, ebullient and professional; best of all, they create lifelong learners. I am blessed to call myself an alumnus of this school.

Posted May 16, 2010

Peninsula Heritage School's ability to address each child's unique learning style is unparalleled. As a parent of an "out-of-the-box" child, we found that the public school was unable to meet his needs. At Peninsula Heritage School my son is able to work at his ability level (he is in second grade but goes to fourth grade math and a more advanced language arts enrichment class). His need to take breaks to help stay focused is accepted and facilitated without being disruptive. I am not aware of any other school (I researched numerous in the area) that has such a cohesive, collaborative, creative and nurturing approach to education. My son has never been happier, both in and outside of school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 19, 2010

I give Peninsula Heritage a 5 star + rating. After having experienced the public schools in the most highly rated district in the area (and one of the most in CA), I can say that the parent teacher ratio affords individualized learning (at each child's level whether gifted, in need of extra help and everything in between) and happy successful children. My 2 children are so very different from one another and PHS serves then both equally well. My children have never been so happy, love school, are challenged and intellectually stimulated (which they were not in the public schools). I think it is by far the best elementary school in the South Bay and only wish there were a middle school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 14, 2009

A good but not great school. The school offers many benefits and resources, that are slightly above average and slightly better than a comparable Public School. The school's emphasis on character development has won many awards, and is admirable, but very rigid. There is significant variability in the quality of the teachers. Despite a significant investment in computer resources, there does not appear to be a commitment to integrate computer sciences into the daily teaching routines. Lastly, Peninsula Heritage should be lauded for there use of assemblies to disseminate information. Unfortunatley, Peninsula Heritage has not recognized that most of the parents must work to support their 'student' child as such school does not accomodate parents schedules for assemblies and especially for Parent - Teacher Conferences. I am dissapointed that I must assign a grade of C+
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2009

The school is very caring and nurturing toward the children. They have a tier learning program. Therefore, if your child is more advanced than the grade he/she is in they will be challenged by the next grade level. You know that your child is safe and in good hands when they are dropped off at school. My daughter is very content and is doing excellent at Peninsula Heritage School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 31, 2009

PHS is one of the best schools in the South Bay (this comes from a parent who's experienced quite a few of them). The school has small classes (most under 20 kids), each with two teachers. There's also many specialty teachers who support the main teachers and make for a really interesting, fun and creative curriculum. The school is great for gifted kids too - they have enrichment classes in language arts and they'll place kids in advanced math classes if it is warranted. I have four kids there now and they are all thriving, love going to school, and being challenged academically every day. What more can you ask for from a school? I do wish PHS went beyond 5th grade, I know a lot of parents would like that.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 3, 2008

This is the best school in the South Bay! If I had to be critical of this school, I would have to say I wish it didn't stop at 5th grade. Maybe some day it won't.Also, there are waiting lists for classes. That is partially due to the very small class sizes and the fact the school isn't mainly focused on profits but on the welfare of the children. Since it is a non-profit school you know the resources go right back into the school. Be sure to check other schools to see if they are non-profit or if the school is run to make profit.My adopted son is currently in third grade there and every year seems to be better than the last which is hard to believe since each year I have felt my son has grown and matured so much. This school deserves a 5 star++ rating.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 22, 2008

My sons attend PHS and we love it! The teaching is based on a 3-tiered teaching plan, and all of the children receive individualized attention commensurate with their abilities. Art, science, computer technology, music,drama, physical education and so much more are incorporated into the program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 26, 2003

I attended this school back in 1975-81 and now my son has started Kindergarten and even though the staff is completely different there is a definite sense of warmth and community that has endured. They provide such personalized attention whether because a child is advanced or having difficulty and they incorporate a broad range of creative activities as well - very well rounded with a computer room.
—Submitted by a parent

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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Schools of Character Promising Practices Award (2011)
  • National Schools of Character Promising Practices Award (2010)
  • National Schools of Character Promising Practices Award (2009)

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  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Access to sports fields

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  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Joan Behrens
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  • Coed
  • Nonsectarian
  • NAIS


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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • Spanish


Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Playground
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Boys sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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  • Peninsula Heritage School is nestled on a spacious three-acre campus on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, which borders the Pacific Ocean south of Los Angeles. Our California ranch style buildings provide an idyllic setting for children to enjoy a safe, individual-centered learning community that allows for a memorable childhood. Our students are immersed through academics and the arts in small classes and full days, with exceptional teachers who are passionate about education. As you walk our lovely campus, you will discover a warm and loving school where children and adults are honored and esteemed. At PHS we embrace diversity in both learning styles and cultural backgrounds. Every student at Peninsula Heritage has the opportunity to reach his/her potential while maintaining a sense of individuality. We achieve this through our small class sizes, our specialty teachers, and our enrichment programs for advanced learners.
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26944 Rolling Hills Road
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
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