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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is a top rated, public school located in Rolling Hills Estates, CA. It has 2,519 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
Address
27118 Silver Spur Rd.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Telephone
(310) 377-4888

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1340
559 responses
Average ACT
30
323 responses
AP Enrollment
46%
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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
Suburban
Median Household Income
$129,728
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,945
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,096,400
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
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.55 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.55 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 198 responses
Report
  • Zoo
    15%
  • Dances and late starts
    13%
  • Walk For Life Cancer Fundraiser
    13%
  • Prom
    12%
  • Basketball Games
    11%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • District-scheduled senior ditch day
    9%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,519
Free or Reduced Lunch
4%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.62 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.62 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.62 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$84,379
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.1%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.82 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.82 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.82 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,659/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.84 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.84 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.84 responses
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Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Reviews

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Great school! I currently go here and really enjoy it. The teachers are very enthusiastic and kind, and the students are nice too. One thing I would add is that its a huge school with very academic and determined students, so if you’re not an all A’s student who’s only activities are studying, then you might not love it so much. Homework is, of course, a mandatory part of your grade. After around 8 hours of school, depending on the classes you choose to take, you’ll definitely have at least 3 hours of homework per day. It’s a lot. Also, its hard to stick out to potential colleges in a school this huge and academic. Otherwise, its a great school with an awesome spirit. I would definitely recommend going to PVPHS.
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Pen High has a school culture that allows students to not be afraid to showcase their true selves. It is a place that gives students a safe environment to step out of their comfort zones and continually grow to become a better version of themselves. The students that go here are incredibly kind, thoughtful, and welcoming, and they will accept anyone with open arms. Incoming freshman- when you come to Pen, make sure you take advantage of every single opportunity you’re given here. They are what make this school incomparable to others. Join a club, CREATE your own club, join PLUS, Link Crew, ASB or Service Learning, join the debate team, MUN, Teen Court, a sports team-whatever it is you decide to do-this is the time to try something new and challenge yourself. By the time you are a senior and you are reflecting back on your four years, you’ll realize how much of a positive impact this school has made on your life. Best of luck!
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is extremely academically rigorous and is a very college-preparatory focused school. Due to the constant encouragement of aiming for challenging colleges, the students in this school are extremely competitive. There is not a day that goes by where a student will not show their competitive mindset through their actions: such as not sharing notes, helping others prepare for a test, or withholding information about deadlines. Finding a good group of friends was hard, as it must be in every school, but I was lucky to find a group of friends who will study with me and help me during stressful periods of school. Missing one day of school becomes a snowball of make-up assignments, notes, and tests. Overall, I had a well-rounded education and was surrounded by inspiring teachers and staff. The community pushed me to become the best student I could be, and I am very grateful for the opportunities I have received.