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    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. It has 11,428 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
About Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District...
Address
375 Via Almar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Telephone
(310) 378-9966
Website

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1320
978 responses
Average ACT
29
622 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,428
Free or Reduced Lunch
3.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$91,982
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$116,121,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,396/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    28%
  • Other
    6%

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Reviews

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PVPUSD is a great school district. Not only does it allow students to grow and excel in their own ways, but it also provides students with plenty of opportunities to find their own paths to success. In my personal experience, many of the faculty and staff worked hard to make sure that I was feeling comfortable socially yet challenged academically. In the future, I would love to see other sports such as water polo get the same recognition and support as football and basketball do.
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Having been a part of this school district since elementary school, the culture has shifted from an extremely competitive district to a more lenient, student wellness-driven initiative. I for one, enjoyed this support but wished more opportunities were presented in terms of extracurriculars in which students actually cared and tried to succeed instead of simply for college checklists.
Aa student of the PVPUSD, I can say that, just because we succeed in academics, doesn't make us perfect. My problem with the school is, it sometimes feels as if they put the academics above the students. Classes are too stressful, and no, I'm not just saying this because I don’t like to do work. PVPUSD has some of the toughest, strictest classes out there. Students are expected to have above average grades. They are pressured into doing the impossible, being perfect. The stress put on these students is so much that if a student starts to cry because of it, they are comforted by the fact that everyone has cried in the middle of class because they can’t handle school. And to be honest, students aren’t taken very seriously when reaching out about these problems. Sure, the staff at PVPUSD tries to help with giving out tips once in a while on how to handle stress, but deep breathing can’t take away the great expectations we are required to meet.