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Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. It has 11,499 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 73% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% 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
79%
Percent Proficient - Math
73%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1310
873 responses
Average ACT
29
575 responses
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Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,499
Free or Reduced Lunch
3.5%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$84,379
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$116,121,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,659/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    27%
  • Other
    7%

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Reviews

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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.
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Palos Verdes Peninsula High School has a well earned reputation for being an academically challenging school. There are, of course, both benefits and disadvantages to this. I believe PVPHS has prepared me for the stress of college in a way that few other schools can boast. The expectations my peers have held me to have far surmounted any expectations I held for myself walking in to high school. That being said, there is an unnecessary amount of stress placed on the students at PVPHS, expecting them all to maintain a 4.0 GPA while taking a minimum of 3 AP classes each year. Mental health is often overlooked or brushed aside at PVPHS, and many of my friends struggled with managing their classwork, extracurriculars, and keeping a positive self-image. As long as you can find acceptance for your limits, rather than constantly comparing yourself to your peers, PVPHS can be a place where you can grow and achieve more than you once thought possible.
I feel that this school district has facilitated an academically competitive environment that has pushed me to grow as both a student and individual. With both of the high schools ranked somewhere in the top 200 or so schools across the nation (public schools, at that), there is certainly a deep-rooted drive to succeed in school. The resources are phenomenal, especially with the counselors and college career center at both schools. Studying in this school district will certainly prepare students for the rest of their educational careers in their pursuit of a higher education.