The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a beautiful coastal community located 21 miles southwest of metropolitan Los Angeles. The Peninsula is characterized by rolling hills and spectacular views of rugged coastline and city lights. A temperate climate makes this one of the most appealing residential areas in Southern California. Peninsula cities are protective of the area's semi-rural environment, while providing planned commercial centers to meet residents' needs.
The District encompasses 24.4 square miles of territory, including the cities of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. It also includes a portion of unincorporated Los Angeles County.While neighborhoods are mostly single-family dwellings, condominiums and apartments are included in some areas. The population includes significant racial, religious and ethnic variety.
A wealth of recreational activities is available on the Peninsula and along the coast. Bicycling, jogging, equestrian activities, sailing, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, ice skating, swimming, tennis, recreation classes in city parks, and extensive organized youth sports are among available opportunities. The Norris Community Theatre, Peninsula Symphony, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, Palos Verdes Community Art Center, and the Association of the Peninsula are organizations which reflect the importance of cultural activities to the Peninsula residents.
The School District
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District serves the four Peninsula cities and has a population of approximately 11,700 students. The school district's reputation for having a high quality education system attracts many families to this suburban area and its schools. Students attend, one early childhood center, ten elementary schools, three 6-8 intermediate schools, two comprehensive high schools and one continuation school.
PVPUSD schools continue to be recognized for outstanding achievement at the local, state and national level.
Community and parent volunteers make significant contributions to the public schools. The Peninsula Education Foundation has been successful in raising local funds to meet and supplement classroom needs. Strong PTA programs support and enrich school delivery systems.