Palos Verdes High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified
Type Public
 Phone (310)378-8471
 Location 600 Cloyden Rd.
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Charter School No

Palos Verdes High has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 43rd in the best public high schools in California.



The Palos Verdes High student body is primarily White with a smaller Asian Pacific population and has medium racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific14.6%243
Native American Indian0.2%4
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.4%6
Two or more races2%33

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 1.3%

1% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Palos Verdes High students are largely wealthy and rank 15th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

9 out of 10

Rank: 93rd in California

Students at Palos Verdes High scored an average 70% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 8.3% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls80% to 89%*70% to 79%*
Boys50% to 54%*65% to 69%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indian.%suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander80% or more*60% to 79%*
Hispanicsuppressed*less than 50%*
Multiracial50% or more*50% or more*
White60% to 64%*75% to 79%*
With Disabilitessuppressed*50% or more*
Limited Englishsuppressed*suppressed*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Palos Verdes High students in 2016 was 1223.

College Admission Test Participation

10 out of 10

Rank: 44th in California

601 out of 836 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (72%). College admission testing participation is significantly above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 5% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

7 out of 10

Rank: 187th in California

Palos Verdes High offers 28 AP courses. 41 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 95% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Palos Verdes High had 592 taking AP exams with a 454 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 79% percentile and well above the state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 77% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 41% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 13%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 17%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 36%
AP Courses Offered 28

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate9%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate11%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate6%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.1%2
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.7%11


Palos Verdes High
600 Cloyden Rd.
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

10 out of 10 1


Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified
Palos Verdes Estates, CA