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Curriculum & Instruction

Joan Romano, Curriculum & Instruction
Jody Pastell, Student Services & Categorical  Programs
Becky Cash, Student Services & Special Education

Emiko Chapman,Student Services & Special Education
Jessica Silberling, Student Services & Special  Education
Codean Reed, Pre-School Support Services

Instructional Coaches
Michele Marcus, Teacher on Special Assignment
Lea Toombs, Teacher on Special Assignment

Office of Language Acquisitions
Linda Moriwaki

Support Staff, Curriculum & Instruction Department
Cheryl Cook
Shelly Lewis

 (310) 378-9966 ext. 163

Support Staff, Student Services & Special Education Department
Betsy Abad

 (310) 378-9966 ext. 550, 551


Content Standards :

Common Core State Standards (Building Awareness)

K-8 California's Common Core Standards Parent Handbook


Curriculum Levels & Programs:

Elementary Education: Information & Resources

Secondary Education: Information & Resources

English Language Development



Visual & Performing Arts


Independent Study

Guidelines for Independent Study Physical Ed. (Grades 7-8) [posted 3/17/12]


Staffing Ratios

The staffing ratios (student to teacher) used to staff the schools for the 2011-12 academic year have resulted in the following class size averages:

  • Across the Elementary Schools:
  • K  = 22.3
  • 1st = 24.3
  • 2nd = 24.6
  • 3rd = 26.6
  • 4th = 29.1
  • 5th = 31

In the Secondary Schools (Grades 6-12) a class size average of 34:1 has been maintained.

Note: These numbers represent staffing ratios and averages – not individual class sizes. Individual class sizes will vary at all levels.



Links and Resources

PV China Journey Website


As follow-up to the 2008 USC US-China Institute East Asian Seminar, teachers and administrators from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District left LAX on April 1, 2009, to begin an exciting 10-day adventure in China. The PV China Journey team participated in a project funded by the U.S. State Department, the Annenberg Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, and a private foundation.  To share the adventure and view the results of the project: 
View Website