"Our school is known for its college prep curriculum and individual attention."
Students enrolled 132
Hours 7:55 AM - 3:30 PM
School leader Mr. Jeff Guzman
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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8628 Holloway Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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(310) 276-3068
(310) 657-3831
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4 stars
Based on 42 ratings

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September 10, 2014
Pacific Hills is truly a family. I recently moved here from Pennsylvania to accept a position in their History Department and immediately was accepted by the entire community. My colleagues are absolutely phenomenal and exceedingly dedicated to our students and their success. The students, too, are dedicated to their educational and extracurricular endeavors and it is reflected by their passion and excitement to come to school each day. I am so fortunate to have been granted this amazing opportunity to join the family at Pacific Hills!

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
Pacific Hills School is an incredible, unique place that any parent should consider sending their child. The teachers are incredibly attentive to the needs of their kids, creating an amazingly individualized experience. Parents have incredible opportunities to stay abreast with their child's progress in all classes, as teachers make it a point to communicate with parents about student progress. Small class sizes allow for a personal touch not available at other schools. The administration has changed and does not behave in the manner described below anymore (I would say that it never did). It is certainly now a loving, compassionate, attentive administration intensely interested not only in the academic success of its students, but also in the personal growth and overall health of the students of the school. I am a teacher at the school, but I have such faith in the school now that I have decided to send my own child to Pacific Hills School for the reasons stated above. It is a unique privat school that is interested in academic excellence, yes, but also the overall development of a socioeconomically and culturally diverse student body. A real oasis for kids.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
Sorry. In the review below there is a typo. It should say "private," not "privat." I was typing so fast, being so fired up about the school.

- submitted by a teacher
July 17, 2013
Pacific Hills is an extraordinary school. The faculty is without question the best I've ever encountered; the teachers are talented, knowledgeable, kind, caring, and passionate. They embody the familial atmosphere upon which the school has built its reputation. The student body is wonderfully diverse, and the students are welcoming, tolerant, and friendly. The extracurriculars are also fantastic; the boys' basketball team is the best in the state, and the theatre program is very strong, thanks to a wonderful and dedicated teacher. What PHS lacks in infrastructure it more than makes up in sheer academic excellence and a lot of heart. After having a difficult time adapting to a public school, PHS was the best thing that could have happened to me. It was truly my second family, and I feel so grateful and lucky that I spent my high school years in such a nurturing environment. This school is really something special.

- submitted by a community member
June 24, 2013
There is a reason why this school, in an area devoid of 6-12 independent day schools, is not growing, is the administration. They base the day to day operations on a faulty philosophy. They are petty. They do not encourage, uplift and promote a supportive environment. They practice elitism and sexism. They enforce dress code based on body weight. They are inconsistent in applying school guidelines and policies. The academic curriculum is adequate. Teachers are inconsistent in enthusiasm and standards in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
Our son had a difficult time with another "west side" middle school when we first found Pacific Hills through a good friend with three kids of their own. PHS proved a godsend, helped our son turn him back into the happy and successful student he had been in elementary school and last year placed him in his first choice for college at an amazing university where he is now thriving. PHS is small, focused on academics and culture, and has a real world vibe and diverse student and parent body ranging from international students to the children of artists and entertainment executives alike. The principal and staff are wonderful and if you are looking for a small feeling community school environment with all the benefits of being in the middle of big time Los Angeles and Hollywood PHS may be the best in town.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
This school turned my happy-go-lucky son in to a stellar student. He learned how to study, be independent, and stand up for himself at Pacific Hills. The teaching staff is dedicated to their students and continuously reach out to parents to discuss both positive and negative progress. The sports program is excellent and the small size encourages all students to work as a team. My son is now in college and visits his former teachers when he can. The school is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
Pacific Hills is a gem! The classes are small, and the teachers really care about their students. They do an amazing job making sure the students are challenged and supported to ensure success. The administration is warm and caring, and make both students and parents feel welcome.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2012
I can't say enough about this wonderful school and the great opportunity that my son has received at Pacific Hills. Dr. Temes has been a real breath of fresh air for the school, placing a greater focus on academics while still preserving the traditions of a diverse student body, a tireless faculty and strong sports and extracurricular activities. The school places its emphasis on the kids, keeping class sizes small and diverse, in a way you will not find in another Los Angeles school, public or private. We feel so lucky to be a part of this community and know that our son will benefit forever from the education he has received, the friends he has made and the faculty who has challenged him throughout.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
Students do not "make them report each other for behavior issues," they make everyone accountable for THEIR actions by enforcing the honor code that EVERY STUDENT AGREES TO ABIDE BY at the start of every school year. If you feel your child was treated "unfairly" by this policy, perhaps you should look at the poor choices made by your child and not blame the school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 01, 2012
Dissatisfied and disappointed. Unfair treatment by principal and headmaster. Instead of giving a helping hand, they produce problems between students and make them report each other for behavior issues. Think twice before sending your kids here.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2011
I'm kind of amazed at the new year beginning right now - we've got new art classes including AP Studio Arts, music back at the school in a big way for the first time in years, and three new faculty members who are really incredible. There was a spirit at the school in recent years that was really making me think twice about keeping my son there, but I'm now feeling like there's going to be real magic at Pac Hills. I'm so glad we stuck it out.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2011
So happy to be back at Pac! I just met two new art teachers and a spanish teacher - I'm so happy! I feel lucky to be at this school, and it's still small and super focused on the kids' experience. Some students were asked to leave last year - I know it was hard for them, but you could feel the difference even before the school year ended. It feels like the standards for behavior have really taken a big step up, and there's so much less distraction from the very cool things happening in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2011
I have been associated with Pacific Hills School for many years and with everything in life change is inevitable and for this institution it is a GOOD thing. With the addition of the new head of school (Dr. Temes) it is a true breath of fresh air. I have attended events at the school that are academic in nature and the entire environment is about learning. (Instead of the old head of school that seemed to be far more concerned about sports then providing a quality education.) With the addition of some great teachers and making some various obvious changes to all facets of the school the real proof will be in the pudding and that is a higher quality of education for the students. The new changes and new blood at the school was long overdue and beyond what you read on this web site are welcomed. This school is going to do great things with the new head of school and the direction it is headed. Be a part of it!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
The new headmaster has destroyed the school. He does not support the familys in need he is only concerned with his own power and success. He is rude to female students and condescending to lower income parents. The school is no longer a vessel for lower income and struggling students to receive help from a supportive headmaster and staff. This school should not be a non-profit it seems all this school is now concerned with is status and money. I am astounded that a school that used to support the underprivileged is now become a school that makes lower income students feel ashamed about there financial status in society. If they are different or struggling in someway they make them feel something is wrong with them. This is a school on the decline and it will happen quickly with such a man as the new headmaster at the Helm. Sad and Disappointed!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
This is an amazing school. Very small - and very small class sizes - with some of the most gifted and engage faculty I've ever seen. For too long Pacific Hills was a classic "second-choice" school, taking kids other schools did not accept. The new head of school is changing that fast - and has partnerships now in place with Stanford and Columbia Universities, amazing speakers (Noha Radwan, professor at UC Davis, visited right after being in the middle of the Egyptian revolution). This year, grads were accepted at Amherst, Brown, Berkeley, NYU, UCLA and a bunch of other impressive places. A dozen AP courses are on offer - new ones this year and next are AP Latin, EP Environmetal Studies, and AP Art History. This is a school on the rise.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
Super school. Much less stuffy than other LA private schools, and really high-level academics. The new Latin teacher is amazing, and it feels like new things are being added every day. Particularly a great place for kids who are very bright but have trouble in more traditional, bigger schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
This small school is a treasure in LA, with a great community of kids, parents and teachers working together. It offers superb and challenging academics and really committed faculty who care about the kids. Come in on any given day and you'll see a wonderful collaborative atmosphere with teachers working closely with students on any number of projects and subjects from algebra to Latin, history and poetry. My child just completed his first year and I was incredibly pleased with how much he learned (from reading Shakespeare in the 7th grade to learning the culture of Japan and reading portions of the Odyssey in Greek and Latin). He never could have done that in a larger school without the flexible approach of this school and commitment of of the new head of school and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
I miss the way Pac used to be. It's just sad now. Almost everyone talks about leaving and many of them are.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2011
The new Headmaster has completely ruined the family dynamic that used to be a staple of the school community. Under his leadership, enrollment has dwindled, veteran teachers are leaving, and a sense of unhappiness flows through the hallways. It really seems as though everything that was great about this small school has disappeared.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
Great new headmaster, fantastic teachers, nice staff, sound curriculum and diverse and nice student body.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
Pacific Hills School is a great school to be a part of. The staff and faculty were very cohesive and felt like a family. They were there for the students at times when some parents weren't or couldn't be. The small atmosphere helps the students learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Pacific Hills demonstates constant desire to maintain a consciousness of education with hands on approach simplistic subtle encouragement producing world changing people. Pacific Hills community of educators is a group of people with purpose. The ability to believe before others do. That is the Great. That is knowing. A Gift.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
I Like that it has private transportation & this school is more advanced than any other school and the classes are more organised than public schools and the athletic activities are absolutly wonderful especialy the football team.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
It's a family. The teachers are great, it is COMPLETELY diverse and the students LOVE their school.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
pacific hills is like the moto provides it is more than just a school its a family this is an awesome school we do so much exciting like go on trips play games and most of all the teachers there are really nice. thats why the school i go to ROCKS !

- submitted by a student
no rating September 23, 2009
pacific hills provides a hands on, per child style of teaching and communication that allows a student to grow, learn, and has prepared my daughter for her college years.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Pacific Hills is a warm, caring, nurturing and extremely friendly environment. It is a school where the Teachers and Administration actually encourage and promotes parent and family involvement, and new ideas and suggestions are welcomed. The upper class is extremely helpful to the lower school. Involvement is school activities, clubs and sports is easy to do at the school with it's lovely small environment and class size. There is something for everyone at this school whether their child is a budding scholar, thespian, visual artist, photographer or the next sports star!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I love this school! There is no other place like it. The students are wonderful and the faculty & staff truly care and look out for every student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Great atmosphere to work at. We are trully a family, not just a school.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 22, 2009
Fun, friendly, hands on school. Which foster's positive interactions with kids and growth.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 22, 2009
Pacific Hills is a wonderful, small community where every student is known and valued. Students are encouraged to be individuals and are given the tools to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
The teacher's are very helpful and responsive. They're for the live of the job and the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I love Pacific Hills Schools because of the outstanding teachers, particularly in the English department

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
Caring, hardworking family of faculty and a great group of diverse, fascinating, and always entertaining students!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 22, 2009
I appreciate the individual attention to each student, small class sizes, excellent faculty & staff

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
My son is new to Pacific Hills school and so far our experience has been very good! The teachers are extremely attentive to the students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Pacific Hills is a smaller school that nurtures every aspect of the student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
The best part of Pacific Hills is the diversity. The relationships the students and faculty are able to form create a more comfortable, safe, and inviting learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
my favorite part of going to school there was the racial diversity in my classmates, we all came from different backgrounds but managed to find a common ground with the help of activities such as outdoor education

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
Pacific Hills is a super wonderful family oriented school. Fantastic staff and very smart students. This school should 100% obtain the $20,000 award. It is indeed a great school, and the best there is. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
People are warm and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Personable, structured, low pressure atmosphere creates a good leaning environment. Pacific Hills deserves to win!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Pacific Hills has been one of the best things that happened to my grandson after attending another school. He is a changed young man. This is the way more schools should operate.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
i love Pacific Hill School becuase it is small and the students seems friendly to me!

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2009
This school is a very special place and I am grateful that our son has an opportunity to attend. He loves the school! His fellow students are very nice and the teachers are some of the finest educators! Thanks PHS!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Pacific Hills School is a great place for a kid to grow up - the caring faculty, the warm administrators and the cozy environment make it truly more than just a school, a family. Academically, it is also a great place to learn. The dedicated and experienced faculty and the challenging coursework provide an excellent education for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
A strong education coupled with an extremely supportive environment has made for a great experience for my son. He will be well-prepared for college and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
This is my daughter s 6th grade year and she loves the school. The courses are challenging. The teachers are preparing the students early for high school and college. The students have homework, quizzes, and test and receive traditional grades. The students are giving an opportunity to excel. The teachers are friendly and helpful. Pacific Hills is a great kept secret. If you re looking for a small learning environment with traditional teaching and grading methods this may be for you.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2009
This is my daugthers first year at Pacific Hills School. My daughter loves her school and she is excelling in all of her Honor Classes. The acadmic courses are designed for your childs level of progress. Regular courses are offered. The honor and AP courses are challenging. However, well presented to avoid stress to the child. The school offers a variety of elective. Students have the option of choosing Photography, Cheer, Performing Arts, Music, Sports and more. The school has an astounding basetball team. Several friends of mine have applied to the school for the new school year. Teachers as well as staff are friendly, knowledgeable and adhere to your concerns. I encourage you to take a look at phshool.org and consider choosing Pacific Hills School for yor childs well rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
I am a college professor and I find that Pac Hills is doing an excellent job preparing my daughter. Their courses stress academics, but at a level that is grade appropriate. The teachers are trying to get the kids use to doing some HW and taking exams, but not in a stressed out -'I must get into Harvard' kind of way. The headmaster and principle are accessible and helpful. I have recommended this school to friends of mine. It is truly a balanced program and much better than other private schools I am familiar with. For each class, they have regular, honors and accelerated so your child will have options. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 28, 2007
Pacific Hills is a great school! Both of my children are excelling at PacHills - and it is a wonderful, warm and diverse community.

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June 27, 2007
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January 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 06, 2006
This is a wonderful school. The environment is very supportive. Teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
Wonderful small school environment. Caring staff and administration.

- submitted by a staff
April 04, 2006
I have been very impressed with both the education that my daughter has received and the amount of supervision by both faculty and staff so that she did not get lost. The student population is diverse for a private school in Los Angeles. Many different types of excurricular activities are available, particularly for a small school. Some of the sports teams are very good--e.g girls basketball and volleyball. Others are not but the school makes an effort to offer a wide variety of activities. There is theater, debate, band, an arts magazine, a newspaper. The faculty are very dedicated and willing to put in extra effort to make sure these activities are available and well run. Parents seem to be very involved although as is typical with schools like this, a lot of the contact involves fundraising. There are many opportunities to meet faculty, other parents and staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
This is a very nice warm school

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 13, 2004
I love this school. My teachers are very supportive and the administration is very friendly, I really recomend this school.

- submitted by a student
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Pacific Hills School
8628 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, CA  90069
(310) 276-3068
Last modified Pacific Hills School is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Pacific Hills School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top