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San Pedro, CA
Students enrolled: 933

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250 West Fifth Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

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(310) 832-9201
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April 11, 2015
POLAHS does NOT have a bullying problem. If a student feels threatened or bullied he/she can report it to any staff member. POLAHS has a zero tolerance policy and it is followed by all staff. I have 2 students at POLAHS and they feel safe every day. Yes... there is homework. This is expected at a college prep high school. Pay attention in class, participate and do your homework. If you are having difficulties go to after school tutoring, Saturday school or talk to your teacher to make other arrangements. If you do these things, the tests won't be such a shock. Mr. Scotti and Ms. Ivie are administrative superstars. The PE teachers are not lazy. The cheerleaders are awesome. There are countless opportunities for student involvement (see list of clubs on school website) and the parent group has something going on every month. POLAHS is not for everyone. You have to work hard, follow the rules and wear black or white socks. But if you are willing to do those things, POLAHS will help your student achieve academic success. I am grateful that my kids go to POLAHS and have the opportunities and resources this school has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2015
I am a proud alumni of Port of Los Angeles High School and Varsity Cheer. After reading all of the reviews on this site, I would like to present several rebuttals. There may be a lot of homework given at the school, but all of the students have a sufficient amount of time to complete it. The school runs on what is called a "block-schedule." This means that students attend all 6 classes on Monday, 1-3 periods on Tuesday and Thursday, and 4-6 periods on Wednesday and Friday. It is the student's responsibility to manage their time properly. As an alumni of the cheer team, I don't believe that all of the cheerleaders act like mean girls. I agree that a whole group of cheerleaders can be perceived as intimidating (all thanks to stereotypes) but these assumptions are false. Stereotypes say that cheerleaders are selfish and stupid. Majority of the cheerleaders have high GPAs and take AP and Honors classes. Class of 2013's top 3 students consisted of 2 cheerleaders. A lot of the cheerleaders participate in volunteer work and ASB as well. Ms. Angelica is AMAZING. She can be your best friend and give you the respect that you deserve.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2014
Polah does NOT deliver on its promises. There is NO Academic Probation as they like to tell parents and students. You have a lot of students attending school here with "F's" in all subjects. There's a lot of bullying and Ivie & Scotty are incompetent to deal with it! Ivie walks around the halls targeting the "good" kids and is afraid to disapline the "bad" kids. . There's is a lot of homework including EVERY WEEKEND. There's a lot of kids that hate the school. There's also very low student and parent involvement. It's true that there's no caffeteria on campus. You have to rely on outside vendors etc., sandwich saloon , pick up sticks that don't always show up or don't bring enough food which is often. The staff is very militant when it comes to WATCHING THE LUNCH LINE AND UNIFORM CHECKS. That's about it because they turn a blind eye on bullying, truants, & drug use. There is NO P.E. area, NO LOCKERS, P.E. teachers are lazy they are not creative they make the students runs 2 to 3 miles even on 90 degree temperature. They also like to humiliate the students. Cheerleading is a JOKE! The JV & Varsity coaches are incompetant. They act like high school mean girls.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
As a current student, I would like the parents of this site to strongly reconsider sending your son or daughter here. The bullying is absolutely out of control, and the administration does nothing about it. And we get so much homework, if we get home at 3:30 pm, we won't be done until at least dinner time. And that's if we take zero breaks for relaxation, a snack, a nap, etc., and that's not including time to study. We have several tests per week. The staff does their very best to catch students walking in hallways during break and lunch (yes, we get harsh punishments for walking in the hallways, wearing socks that aren't black or white, wearing certain shoelaces...) We have the most ridiculous rules. The teachers and staff like to publicly humiliate students. They treat us like absolute trash. I won't be back next year.

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2014
Its great..would have loved for my kids to go to Pedro High like I did but I wouldn't Change it for anything. They may have to look for a new campus soon.. I see alot of kids wanting to transfer already especially girls wanting to play softball and kids just tired of the chaos at LA city public schools. The staff and administrators are the best. You wont regret sending you're child there.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My daughter has attended this school and enjoys the challenge with the academics. The teachers are well qualified and there are plenty of tutoring through out the week if needed. Great school to send your high school child.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
Awesome! Great for academics and for extracurricular activities (WARNING: no football of swimming). A lot of options, including a sailing team! This is a commercial building restructured for academics, so it is more like a college campus than a high school campus. Athletics are done a Daniels Field, 22nd Street Park & Peck Park. There is not traditional cafeteria (lousy food anyway) but vending machines & microwaves with vendors also offering lunches (pizza, Chinese chicken salad, etc) for reasonable prices. Our child LOVES this school! When offered an opening at the SP Holguin campus she declined (many friends at both campuses). Teachers are dedicated, caring, and all are physically fit. Tutoring is offered daily plus every other Saturday. A great school where the students can be and are proud of their school. Students are encouraged to be independent and self reliant.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
I am a student (Junior) at POLAHS. This is my first year here as I transferred from a public school. I would not advise parents to send their kids here if they want to play sports...or really do anything extracurricular based at all. First off, let me say, the facilities are at the most bottom-level possible. POLAHS does not have: a gym (or locker rooms) [they hold PE outside (even on hot, 90 degree days)], a commons, they don't even have a cafeteria; they have vendors come and sell food at ridiculous 3 dollars for a 4.5-5 inch sandwich (with no drink), which is way too much for a school to charge kids; and when the vendors do not show up, like last Friday, what does the school do about it? They gave a note to students saying they were "very disappointed" with the vendors..unacceptable for a school to allow that. On another note, the school really is solely academics. The 'elective' classes they offer are things such as "history of the port" and "economics," doesn't sound like electives to me. The kids here hate the school and are immature. That's the biggest difference that I saw when moving. The way the school treats students, it does not allow the children to mature...at all.

- submitted by a community member
June 29, 2012
Excellent. My daughter graduated class of 2012. She only attended POLAHS for 2 1/2 after 1.5 yrs at Warren in Downey. I must say the staff, teachers and administrators are all top notch! Just awesome. She's headed off to college this fall and I thank Mr. Scotti (principal) and all of the teachers for her education. Also thanks to my neighbor Mr. C. who told me about this class A school!

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January 25, 2012

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May 17, 2010
My daughter has attended this school for three years and it has been a great positive experience for her. I recommend the school to parents who want a better education for thier children. The teachers and principal really do care. In the three years she has been here the school has grown and is headed in a good direction. Go POLAH

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
Both my children went to private Christian schools. I never thought I could send my child to a Los Angeles public school because of its poor education quality (sorry) but POLAHS is totally different. The first thing that caught my attention when the principal walked us through the whole school on our first visit, which lasted 1 1/2 hours, was that you won't find vandalism anywhere, the students were all attentive in the classrooms (yes, we got the chance to visit classrooms too - Unannounced!) and no one's loitering. It felt like a private school setting. I would definitely recommend this school to my friends and family.

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March 27, 2009
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February 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 13, 2008
I think this school is the best out there because of its small classes, wonderful teachers. i believe that every students learns more in this school. The unfiorm thing its so that we could pay more attention to school then to what we are going to wear or look at what he/she is wearing. I would recommend all the parents out there that if you want your child to suceed in school send them to Port of Los Angeles High School.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2008
I hate the school. Its too small the uniform is horrible and my parents love it Im in the worst place ever. Dont send your kids there. My parents promote this school well, but they see it as great I disagree.

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2008
I love this school I think that its better then most of the other school in pedro

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June 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 29, 2008
I understand that the current rating of the school is not accurately reflected on this site, at this time. It is not the fault of the site but rather a reflection of the fact that all of the numbers are not yet in-- the first graduating class will matriculate in June of 2009. This school is 'all-business', and we're exceptionally happy with the academic results that independent testing has verified. A basketball coach has been hired for the fall of 2008, and the Port of Los Angeles High School continues to expand. We can't say enough about what this school has meant to us.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
As a former teacher, I've hesitated for some time to write a review. Why? My stepson attends www.polahs.net, and it's tempting to keep this 'Quality School' to ourselves! If people read the professional bios at the school's website, would they come stampeding here in droves? If the word got out that its test scores were close to those of Palos Verdes, would its 'private-school'-like atmosphere change? After thoroughly investigating the school, however, I've concluded that POLA's highly competent staff and administration are more than ready for, and excited about, its continued expansion, so I'm finally ready to say it: the Port of Los Angeles High School unquestionably 'Stands and Delivers'. Terri Hamel, step-parent Catchingwaves@excite.com

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
The Port of Los Angeles High School provides an outstanding, positive academic and social environment for student learning and personal growth that is fueled by visionary leadership. Mike Estes, parent

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2006
This school is the best! I absolutely recommend it for parents who want their children in a school with small class size, great teachers and a truly caring principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2006
it's okay they just need more programs to get then focus. they did have dance it would be nice if they have it again.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2006
This is the most wonderful school my child has ever attended. The principal is wonderful and I would recommend this school to anyone who asked!

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Port Of Los Angeles High School
250 West Fifth Street, San Pedro, CA  90731
(310) 832-9201
Last modified Port Of Los Angeles High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Port Of Los Angeles High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top