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Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District is an elite, 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.
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
831 responses
Average ACT
29
550 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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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.
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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.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has been great for me. I believe that the challenging academics will prepare me for college, and I have learned to enjoy learning. School culture is an important factor to PVPUSD and I have been able to pursue all of my passions whether it be Associated Student Body, softball, or joining clubs. The faculty and teachers genuinely want the best for their students and will work hard to make sure every student is successful. Our schools have lots of school spirit and have awesome school events like dances and pep rallies. Overall, my time as a student in PVPUSD will lead me to a great future.