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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Palos Verdes High School is a top rated, public school located in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. It has 1,689 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 73% in reading.
Address
600 Cloyden Rd
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Telephone
(310) 378-8471
Website

Palos Verdes High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
73%
Percent Proficient - Math
66%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1270
369 responses
Average ACT
29
284 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$180,815
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,850
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,637,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.41 responses
Poll
59%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.41 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 120 responses
Report
  • Red Tide
    25%
  • Halloween
    15%
  • Scholar Quiz
    13%
  • Class Comp
    12%
  • Brian's Walk & Sea King Family Fun Day
    10%
  • Challenge Day
    8%
  • Live from 205
    4%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,689
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.49 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.49 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.49 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$91,982
Teachers in First/Second Year
8%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.63 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.63 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.63 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,396/ year
National
$12,239
69%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.62 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.62 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.62 responses
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Palos Verdes High School Reviews

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amazing teachers, schedule, and support. I think that the PVIT program is a rare gem in our public school systems. I had the opportunity to work hands on in engineering since my freshman year. The teachers in the program truly inspire and I have experienced a connection to learning and teachers throughout my time on this campus. I also think the block schedule is good for my health...on Wednesdays we have late start and I am on the surf team...so we can go surf before school and or go to competitions. On days with no surf, I get the luxury of sleeping in- something all high-school students need!
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I attended PVHS from my sophomore year through my senior year after having transferred from a school across the country. PVHS was very different from my prior institution, as it is entirely outdoors, and there was significant culture shock, as well. My notes lie in the negatives though: I have had incidents with teachers deserving of admin interference and the process of gaining assistance was slow, the funding is disproportionate as football returfs annually and many other journalism and drama programs are self-funded, and some classes are composed of pure memorization. Overall, though, seniors are prepared for college over the four year process by our great College and Career Center, counselors, and individual teachers. This merits the given four stars.
I love Palos Verdes High School! There have been issues in the past with this school but the district and high power officials have taken action to prevent these events happening in the future. Administration could pay more attention to student well being and life preparedness but overall it is an amazing school with amazing athletics as well as activities.