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333 South Pavilion Center Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89144

(702) 799-1450
(702) 799-1455
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December 07, 2014
The teachers and students at Palo have been very welcoming to my daughter as a new student. Many activities, good academics, and support from teachers have helped with her transition from out of state. Very pleased so far.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
I went here for not even a year, and left for online school. Maybe, I just wasn't meant for regular high school. But, I'll tell you what you should know as a student, and even a parent. This school defies cliquey. There's several "cool" kid tables in the lunch room, and they're not welcoming unless you're super pretty or handsome and in their style. They hardly ever have newcomers, it's hard to fit in. But, nobodies exactly mean. You just know their smiles aren't real, if they even acknowledge you at all. I feel unless you're "in" you could have a much better high school experience else where, like Spring Valley. Plus, a lot of these kids have known each other forever as Sig Rogich middle school is less than a mile down the street. Not to mention getting a Mercedes or Mustang as your first car is common, so keep in mind these kids parents are RICH.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2014
The staff at Palo Verde High School is extremely rude. They need to be taught how to be polite and deal with students and parents. They are several complaints about this high school and believe me they are all TRUE. I truly regret transferring my kid to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2014
I hate this school, i just came here from another school, and Palo Verde wasnt welcoming at all. If you're not rich nobody cares about you. They only care about their football team. I do not like it and wish to transfer. The teachers are okay but when i have difficulties they just tell me to "look at my notes" before Palo i attended Cimarron and I loved it! I really want to leave Palo.

- submitted by a student
February 12, 2014
Palo Verde is mediocre at best. Don't expect quality teaching unless your child is enrolled in honors or AP classes. This isn't so much the high school's fault as it is the state's and government's. The school is full of cliques, making every teenage soul in that school feel more alienated than ever. The student parking lot is filled with more expensive cars than the teachers' parking lot. The staff is fine. The student body, however, is horrible. Some of the staff will rub elbows with the richer students, often overlooking broken rules or truancy as long as the students bring them Starbucks. It's a typical mediocre school in the middle of the God forsaken desert. The rich reign supreme while the rest fall in the shadows. Honors and AP teachers are often *fantastic*, willing to speak openly with their students and challenge them. Honors and AP appears to be the "average" class. Anything below is deemed "stupid" by the students. Las Vegas is a horrible place to raise children. If it weren't for Lake Mead, the city wouldn't exist. If you can, keep children OUT of this city, before they get stuck in UNLV, University of Never Leaving Vegas.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2013
I have a Junior and a Freshman at PV. We recently moved here, and come from a VERY successful and high ranking school district. While our past school ranked MUCH higher than PV, we chose PV because of their AP Course availability, test scores, etc. They have a nice campus. They have the rudest and most unfriendly staff I have ever encountered!! We have found LV to be so friendly and welcoming so the school staff attitude is really sad! They also have HORRIBLE to NO communication with regards to campus safety, etc. (campus bullying incidents, campus lockdowns, the lockdowns were due to off campus incidents). This school has made great strides in academia, I compliment them for that... BUT there is more to being a GREAT school than that! We are looking at other options for our kids because the minus' far out weigh the pluses here... there are other places to get a great education that have a friendly and helpful staff where a parent can feel confident their children are safe. I would be mortified if I saw my child treat someone the way their admin staff treats people! Preference and effort is given to those who can be added to their wall of fame.. the rest are tossed aside.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My 11th grade son just started Palo this year after moving from another state where he attended a school in one of the best school districts in the US. (Parent job transfer). I have not yet formed an opinion, as it's a bit early in the year, but we chose Palo because of it's past scores and reputation. Definitely a BIG school and wish they had a better on-boarding system in place for the "new" kids. Maybe set them up with both an adult AND a student "mentor" or something? Make the transition more smooth for a kid, as this is their life! A mom can only do so much. I realize LV is a very transient town, but this is the first move for my family and want it to be perfect.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
I am currently a freshman at palo verde and it is not as bad as these review are saying it is. It is true that there are a lot of rich kids but would you rather be with rich kids or poor kids? I am not a rich kid nor a skinny tall blond girl like the magority of the school but I am not judged. The people are actually nice you just need to be social able. this school is one of the best schools in Las Vegas. The only concern you really need to have is not to fall down the stairs because it happens :)

- submitted by a community member
July 04, 2013
This school is not all its cracked up to be. I went there for 4 years and graduated and it was not the best. The administration is pretty rude especially the hall monitors. They take such joy in stalking kids in hallways taking away phones left and right. Its like a game to them. Some of the coaches are jerks too. Nicholas Meis for example, (the cross country coach) is a total jerk. Worst coach Ive ever had in my high school life. What high school coach demeans his team and never gives any credit? Its awful. Also, if you ever have an issue with a teacher or coach and try to bring it to the principal with or as a parent they do absolutely nothing. Even if it involved a teacher telling a student they are worthless or cursing at them. The kids are a wide mix there are a lot of druggies and alcoholics as youll find anywhere and theres also the preppy popular morman clicks and such. I would definitely not reccomend this school unless its an absolute last resort type of situation.

- submitted by a community member
March 03, 2013
Palo Verde is indeed a wonderful school and provides resources for students. However, they do make it seem like athletic and sport reputation is more important than the academic aspect. Although, this is probably not true many students would definitely agree that this is the case. This school does contain disrespectful students just like any other school. However, schools in areas such at SW region have more respect amongst peers and teachers. Therefore, students in Summerlin tend to be uptight and snobby but this doesn't apply to everyone. Palo Verde has excellent teachers and challenging academic programs.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2013
We are a military family and my daughter attended Palo for a year while we were stationed there. I found that with anything, even high school, it is mostly what you make it. The resources are all there.. academics, athletics, extracurricular clubs, music, fine teachers and administrators, etc.. Yes.. there are some financially privileged kids that go to this school, (as well as a number of private schools within 5-10 miles of Palo)..that's because the Summerlin area does attract some very successful professional people that settle there. Some may be 'snotty', and some are wonderful welcoming people. Don't expect the school and teachers to do everything for you. Take some personal responsibility for making your own way, honestly and with a positive attitude. My daughter is in college now after attending four different high schools. She gained lasting knowledge, learned valuable life lessons, and made wonderful friends at all four schools. Palo is one of the best schools that Las Vegas has to offer. There are others as well, but they ALL will have great things, and some not so great things. Palo definitely has more of the great things. Make your own way people.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2013
This school is terrible.They care more about their athletics/sport reputation than students education. I started school here in February 2012. Today is February 2013. I'm a junior at this school now and would do absolutely anything to go back to my school in California. My first day here I was treated badly by my counselor being told that my transcripts were horrible which made me feel disrespected. Also whenever I would walk to class I would have classmates giving me dirty looks. The school contains many snotty rich kids who believe they are better than everyone. The staff is also very rude and bias about many situations. It's extremely hard to make friend here. I'm very easy to get along with and had many friends at my old school but here, I've only made 1 friend and I've been here for a year.There is also a lot of bullying. This school is so bad I can honestly care less about graduating. It's hard to do well in school when you are surround by students who think they are better than everyone and wont take a chance to meet other people. I wouldn't recommend parents to send they kids at this school. It's been the worst experience I've had in my 17 years of living.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2012
I had an issue at the school my sons freshman year, but we met with a dean who listened and communicated with my husband and I. The issue was resolved and I was very pleased with the professionalism. My son is now a Junior and I have to say that this school's teachers, coaches and administration have helped to grow him (and grow my daughter) into responsible students. The JR ROTC program has been an AMAZING program for my son and my daughter. My only daughter is a new freshman. I had no fear to but her into this school. I trust this school with my children and I am very pleased with Palo! I love watching my children grow, learn and change because of this "great" school.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
A big majority of this school contains rich,rude,nasty snobs who are disrespectful to their peers and the teachers! I have seen bullying countless times at this school and nothing is ever done about it! If you are not rich and beautiful then expect to be bullied it is so sad that this happens. Not to mention the Deans who yell at you for everything, they stand outside of your bus and watch as you get off to see if your dress coded and if you are they will literally run after you to get you they also dress code you even when you aren't! (No joke this happened to me 2 days ago). This school is horrible and you if you are thinking about sending your child here I suggest you rethink your plans and send them somewhere else

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2012
after reading these reviews all i can say is i have o 1 child currently attending and a second starting this august, both my children came from private schools and i was very apprehensive about sending them to public especially since vegas has 1 of the worst public school systems in the country, but i did my research spoke with many people and in my opinion , Palo is 1 of the few quality high schools in vegas !!! My child did well both years and enjoys the teachers, grades were NOT an issue my child finished both years with straight As.... remember kids gotta put in the work to get the benefits, so if your child is not doing HW not applying themselves then of course they will NOT do well and this applys to any school anywhere !!! Kids even flunk out of the best schools in the country...it is ultimately up to them either they sink or swim!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
The jury is still out on this one, we will see how the year finishes!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
Honestly after reading through these past few reviews there is a common theme. Yet, I see no inclination from these parents on what they did. Any school with 3000+ students can't give your child any special attention unless they ask. I've sent 3 kids through this school as well from 2000-2012 and it has been the best for not only them but myself as well. Palo Verde has had and still has an amazing staff and administration. They do not care only about the sports but they care about the academics, and arts as well. Why do you think they consistently score in the top 3 comprehensive schools year in and year out on AP Exams, Proficiency tests, and the ACT and SAT in terms of passing rates. They also have one of the highest earned scholarship monies every single year. Their matriculation of their graduating classes has more students going to college than every school in CCSD. They have the highest percentage of students involved in activities, clubs, and sports. Honestly, there are some 'bad mouthers' looking to rant when they didn't do much. This school has been wonderful, all 3 of my children are in college (USC, UCSB, and one going to BYU. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
Palo's ok. It's a good school, but I wouldn't say its FABULOUS. The performing arts programs (or-the orchestra one, at least) lack, but Palo has a lot of good people there.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2012
As stated before, rich little snotty brats everywhere. Why are they still in school? Because the school is financially supported by them. Bribery, blackmail, you name it. Send your kids to one of the several magnet schools instead, where they may find great career opportunities and find out what they truly love. But, if you have a lot of money, and your kids just going to be a brat and inherit it, then be my guest and send to to this poor, pathetic excuse of a school.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2011
I agree! Palo is very over rated. I had 3 students atending there. First time my oil and water kids all agreed. Didn't realize how bad it was till I transferred them to Centennial where they not only spoke "with" me but also my teens. They all walked away feeling like people. Now they are even liking their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
Palo Verde Is in my opinion an over rated, over indulgent school.. They care little for the students that aren't the top 1%, If your child's parent isn't on the board or associate with their friends stay away. Your child no matter how smart, gifted or talented his education and attention from teacher with lack. I f your child needs extra help to succeed they wont help unless you flag him as an IEP, student which lowers your chances of getting into any college... Palo Verde is full of rich kids gangs (not your typical high school clicks) that torment and abuse there privileges as they know they will not be held accountable for there actions! Drugs and kids doping out as they aren't the 1% who Palo Verde feels matters!!! No wonder there able to say the have a high success rate they get rid of any child who doesn't fit their ideal.... It is truly a sad situation...

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
This school cares more about athletics than the student body. If you aren't a football player or a cheerleader, you are treated like dirt. If you are, than you are given special attention and privileges. I have been dress coded for wearing my brothers baseball jersey with the number 13 on it. I had to change and missed two periods because they would not supply me with an extra shirt, so my mom who had a doctors appointment that day had to bring me one. Our quarterback Chassion Presscott is allowed to have the number 13 on his football jersey but I can't? Also I have seen my friends get dress coded before they could even get out of their cars. The worst campus monitors in the world dress code people for the stupidest and most ridiculous things. My friends have gotten dress coded for having skirts that are too short, but when you look at the cheerleaders, their butts are hanging out. Do they ever get dress coded? No. The favoritism at this school is ridiculous. If your child is not athletically inclined, do not send them here.

- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2010
I went to palo verde when the school was still in barracks on bonanza high school...I really miss this school and it's teachers. They were amazing when i went there and still speak to most of my friends and some of the staff from there. If I moved back to Vegas I wouldn't hesitate to send my own children there.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2010
This school was absolutely horrible. The teachers hardly care and the students don't put any effort into their work. The student body? Over-privileged rich snots who are above everyone else. The academics also lack. You get crossword puzzles and you get to color things in a math class. Fantastic. I'm glad I only had to go through one year at Palo Verde. God help those who go to this school.

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2010
Palo is an excellent high school that produces outstanding citizens.

- submitted by a teacher
March 15, 2010
I am currently a Senior (early graduate) at Palo. As a member of a clique prone to hating an environment such as Palo, I have no complaints whatsoever. I think parents reviewing badly on here are just looking for someone to blame, when it is their child's fault, I mean, just look at the spelling on some of these. My education has been wonderful, my teachers very helpful and appreciative of their jobs, and the counselors and programs have helped me so very much in advancing to college. Overcrowding may look like a problem to parents, but honestly, it makes no difference. If it wasn't a good school, it wouldn't have so many students enrolled each year, and wouldn't be overcrowded. Stay classy, Palo.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2010
Its a good school if you want to attend. I'm a sophomore right now and everything is going well. Since last year that I've been attending to this school, the teachers and counselors that I've talked to are nice and helpful on what ever you need. So if you want to attend this school I'll say go for it, it is a good school that has people that will support you.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2010
Palo Verde is a wonderful school. My child graduated from there in 2009. It was a wonderful experience for him. My wife and I never had any problems contacting teachers or administration about a concern we had. Our son is doing well in college and Palo Verde had a hand in that. I would recommed Palo Verde.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 26, 2009
I hate this school. My childs Test scores are horrible, there are more inccedents at this school then ive ever seen out of all the schools ive sent my child to. Her grades are low and the teachers dont pay attention to her. The disopline is very unorganized, she is not doing well at this school. The population is huge yes.. And it doesnt matter right? as long as your child is getting good grades? no.. I dissaprove of this school and do not recommend it for any one.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
I dont care what anyone says, Dan Phillips is the best principal in the district. He is a fun, caring, but also very proffeshional. He works with the students and helps them grow into fine, young, adults. At the same time, he isn't afraid to lay down the law. With a previos and brief boxing career, he will not hesitate to protect any of Palo's students. Palo Verde is lucky to be graced with his presence. All of my friends wish they had as good of a principal as Mr. Phillips.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
My daughter is a freshmen this year..I love Summerlin and my neighborhood and the schools, but overcrowded and not a strong parent support

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2008
Ok let's break this down, 1) The lack of orchestra is due to lack of interest from the student body 2) The lack of closed campus is due to mostly seniors who leave and there is no impact seen from others leaving 3) The 'overcrowded' is not the school's fault and even then the school does a great job of handling the problem 4) For the motivation factor, how about having some parental motivation? The school isn't 100% at fault if the kid drops out, somewhere along the lines its the parents fault as well. 5) The AP staff at PV is absolutely amazing especially Social Studies.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 22, 2008
This school is horrible. The majority of the teachers use profanity regularly, it is NOT a closed campus although, on paper, it is. They have a school-sanctioned match-making service (I-Flirt fundraiser), school assemblies sponsored by Monster Energy drinks which are given out to students (against CCSD nutrition guidelines), Rap music radio stations for entertainment at lunch time. I could go on and on. What a disservice to our students and community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2008
My daughter has been attending Palo for nearly 2 years and she loves it and all her teachers are very supportive. Thanks to the staff for doing a great job under the stress of over crowding.

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October 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2007
My child has attended Palo Verde going on four years now. Ever since Paul Oisboid left, the school has gone down the drain. Dan Phillips does not care about any of the fine arts programs and all about sports. He shows favoritism in many of the other programs and is not a good adminstrator at all. I would not recommend sending anyone to this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2007
My daughter goes to Palo Verde HS, and although the financial resources are in plenty, there is no recognition for her academic talents. She actually has about a 4.4 GPA right now, but there has been no 'Congratulations' from anyone at the school. There are 10 portable classrooms, and the school has about a thousand more students than it was built for. There is zero parent involvement in clubs or anything else. I have tried to involve myself, but nobody wanted me to get involved, so I just gave up after a while.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2006
My son has been attending Palo for a year and a half and I am extremely pleased with the education he is getting. All of his teachers are exceptional and caring about their students, as is the counseling staff. The Honors and AP programs have been challenging for him. The JROTC program is top notch. The sports program is impressive. I have nothing but good things to say about Palo Verde HS, and being in the military, we have moved many times and have been to many different schools. We will be transfering soon, and my son really doesn't want to leave. Great School!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2006
As the parent of a gifted and talented student who attended Palo Verde for nearly 4 years and dropped out with 4 months left to go, I can't express my frustration strongly enough. I met with his teachers every year to ask for help, and each year I was told the same thing...'we have too many students to give any one student individual attention'. The school is overcrowded, the teachers overwhelmed, and the students uninspired. If you have an exceptionally motivated and self reliant child, they may survive in Clark County schools. Otherwise, get them out of this town before it's too late. My son is attending community college and planning to transfer to a 4 year college, but his education in Las Vegas did nothing to move him forward in life.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2006
My experience has been a very negative one with Palo. My daughter was a freshman last year. Her middle school had a fabulous concert orchestra, Palo had no such thing. Teachers/Administrators do not supervise well at all. On numerous trips to the school, I witnessed children leaving campus and not even being questioned. When I approached someone in the office about it, she said that there were just to many kids to watch them all. To me, that is unacceptable.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
Palo Verde is an excellent school. I've met many of the staff members as well as the principal and I find all of them to be stellar. Sports programs are well run as well as the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2005
I am a parent of two Palo Verde students. I am very happy with the school, especially the band program. It ranks top in the state. I like the block schedule, but would appreciate a bit more flexibility in choosing classes. (drop the rotation classes, they are typically not strong classes and the time could be better used)

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March 07, 2005
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October 29, 2004
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July 16, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
August 31, 2003
Palo Verde is a beautiful campus in a lovely area of Las Vegas, right up against the Red Rock mountains in Summerlin. The extracurricular activities are good, from the arts to athletics. I have some concerns however. Bussing in students from accross the valley is wrong and has created animosity on campus. The transfered students not only do not wish to be here but the neighborhood students do not want them here. I believe this has created an almost hostile environment that is not condusive to a good experience for my son. We have pulled my son out and he is now in a private charter school. Palo Verde has great potential.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I have four children in Palo Verde at this time. I find the school to be a well run, clean and safe environment. The quality of education is only about 5 out of 10 but the school is over crowded. One new high school is being built and one is being enlarged to solve this problem. Palo Verde has one of the top JROTC programs in the country, scoring in the top 15%, this is as much of a reflection on the students as the instructors.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
I am a former student of Palo Verde High School. I loved my time at PV and I would not have changed a thing about it. Go Panthers!

- submitted by a former student
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Palo Verde High School
333 South Pavilion Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV  89144
(702) 799-1450
Last modified Palo Verde High School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palo Verde High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top