Skip to Main Content
A+
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 1,778 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.

Palos Verdes High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
73%
Percent Proficient - Math
66%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1280
401 responses
Average ACT
29
306 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+
Median Household Income
$175,000
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,490
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,680,600
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.42 responses
Poll
57%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.42 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 121 responses
Report
  • Red Tide
    25%
  • Halloween
    15%
  • Scholar Quiz
    13%
  • Class Comp
    12%
  • Brian's Walk & Sea King Family Fun Day
    10%
  • Challenge Day
    7%
  • Live from 205
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,778
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.50 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.50 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.50 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$91,982
Teachers in First/Second Year
8%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.64 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.64 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.64 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
68%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.63 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.63 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.63 responses
Schools like Palos Verdes High School
More

Palos Verdes High School Reviews

367 reviews
All Categories
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!
Start Your Review of Palos Verdes High School
Rate It!
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.
My experience at Palos Verdes High School was amazing. The teachers were extremely patient and friendly with all the students that were present. In addition, they taught extremely well, especially when it comes to preparing for AP classes. The students were also very nice - there is a lot of cooperation among peers and everyone is supportive of each other. When it comes to Arts and STEM, there is a lot of support in those areas. A lot of equipment and support is given when trying to pursue the arts. The same goes for the STEM programs that are available for every student to try out.