Which Palos Verdes High School Fits Your Teen Better?

We are all aware of the views that envelope the suburbs of Palos Verdes, but what about some of the other aspects? High school education as we all know is very important and a necessity for a great beginning for the rest of our children’s life.  If you are looking for homes for sale in Palos Verdes or homes for sale in the South Bay, you have probably heard of or looked at both Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.  Known around Palos Verdes as P.V. High and Pen, both schools are equally academically exceptional yet both have a unique environment.

Aerial view of Palos Verdes High School

Pen and P.V. fight for the title of the ‘better school’.  You can find all of the data driven comparisons for Peninsula here and for PV here. Academically both schools are considered about equal but there are a couple differences between the two.

Palos Verdes High has the ‘block schedule’ which means that instead of 6-7 classes a day at 50 minutes per class, each day is alternated between an A day and a B day.  Each day has 3 classes at 80 minutes per class, and the classes are alternated every other day.  For a child who takes longer to absorb the information and enjoys having teachers help, this might be a better choice.  The longer class periods give the student time to take notes, understand the concepts being taught and then, if so desired, explained a second time.

View of the amphitheater located in the heart of Peninsula’s campus.

For some kids however, sitting in a classroom longer than a 50 minute lecture seems like a form of cruel and unusual punishment.  Peninsula offers the more common schedule, with 6 classes daily (7 if you want to take a zero period) at 50 minute increments.  This gives students enough time to write down the information, absorb it and do the work at home or wherever they please.

The area surrounding each school is also different.  Peninsula is walking distance from The Peninsula Center, The Avenue, and the Palos Verdes Library.  This means a quick walk to get food or anything you need.  The football stadium also offers a breathtaking view of the South Bay and greater Los Angeles area.

P.V. High is a little bit more secluded which means not as much cross traffic, but not as many options either.  P.V. High’s ‘side of the hill’ boasts its own spectacular view of the ocean, along with cliffs and tide pools a short walk away.  Although the options are not as diverse, there is a Fresh and Easy located right up the street and a mom and pop deli within a 5-minute drive.

As the saying goes “You could be the sweetest peach in the bunch, but there will always be someone who doesn’t like peaches.” Thankfully both these schools are equally as sweet, but just different types of fruit.  All you have to do is chose your favorite.  Best part? You can’t lose 🙂