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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
544 responses
Average ACT
30
314 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    D
  4. Good for Families
    A+
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
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.54 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.54 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 193 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%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.61 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.61 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.61 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$84,379
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.8%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.81 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.81 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.81 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
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.83 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.83 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.83 responses
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Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Reviews

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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!
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This school is competitive but that's a good thing! There are plenty of challengingly classes and extracurriculars to join which are helpful to guide students towards successful college admissions. Most of the teachers I had were good and fair, and the school's buildings and resources have been updated starting from my last year there. The school boasts many admissions to top colleges; it's really a great environment to drive learning and success.
Like many others say, it is a challenging school. The culture is stressful, there are so many smart students who push themselves that you find that you are pushing yourself, which isn't always a bad thing, but some people do overwork themselves. So many of the teachers go above and beyond for their students, as they know their students are paying attention and care. The staff in any of the offices on campus are so helpful and kind. I do wish the school could update some of the facilities (it is an old school, some of the lockers and bathrooms are getting gross). Also, as someone who leads one of the organizations on campus, I do wish the school would help us out a bit more financially, I know they want to push their new football team, but there are also many organizations (MUN, Speech and Debate, Robotics, Cyber Patriots, and more) that attract students to PVPHS and could do so much more with a little more funding.