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Pacific Hills School

Private | 6-12 | 132 students

Our school is known for its college prep curriculum and individual attention.

 
 

Living in West Hollywood

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $650,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,740.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 9 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 8, 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


Posted June 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted October 11, 2010

Great new headmaster, fantastic teachers, nice staff, sound curriculum and diverse and nice student body.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 26%
Black 30% 6%
Hispanic 17% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 11%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 95% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • One on one advising
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jeff Guzman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (310) 657-3831

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • One on one advising
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Literary magazine
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
One on one advising
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 95%
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8628 Holloway Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Phone: (310) 276-3068

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