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Who we are
Peninsula Heritage is more than a school; it is a gathering of people — a community of parents, children, and teachers — who care enough about education to work together. Our children are immersed into learning through academics and the arts in small classes and full days, with exceptional teachers who are passionate about education. As you walk on our campus, you will discover a warm and loving school where children and adults are honored for who they are. We are a special place that not only challenges, but appreciates children and their diversified talents — child specific learning.
Where we are
Peninsula Heritage School is nestled on a spacious three acre campus on the Palos Verdes Peninsula surrounded by nature. Our California ranch style campus provides an idyllic setting for children to enjoy a safe, challenging, individual-centered learning community that allows for a memorable childhood. The excitement of learning, small classes, and the park-like atmosphere — all make Peninsula Heritage a unique place to learn and grow.
What we are proud of
Here at Peninsula Heritage School we emphasize our six character qualities to promote future leaders not only in intellectual prowess but with profound moral and ethical values. Our Character Education program has been in existence for over forty years. Our alumni, regardless of age, returns to comment how these values have assisted them throughout their lives. Our foundation not only in academics, but in ethics, is a lifelong gift.
Our Librarian/Character Quality Coordinator- PJ Charnofsky summarizes our six character qualities with the following:
“I honestly believe that if they are caring and respectful, show self-control, have a positive attitude and persevere and are grateful for all they have, they cannot fail.”
The CAIS Visiting Committee praised a wide range of the School’s programs and policies, specifically including the following:
• The CAIS Visiting Committee commends the Head of School for maintaining a high retention rate of the school’s staff and for employing a high percentage of faculty with 6+ years teaching experience.
• The Committee commends the School for developing a strong character development program that permeates the school culture.
• The Committee commends the Head of School, science teacher, and faculty for creating a sophisticated science program both in the individual classrooms and through a well-equipped Science Lab.
• The Committee commends the faculty and staff for their tremendous dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment to the students at the school.
• The Committee commends the Head of School for developing and maintaining a significant relationship to each and every student at PHS.
• The Committee commends the students for exemplifying the School’s philosophy and living the tenets of the School’s character education program.
• The Committee commends the Head of School, the visual and performing arts teachers, and the students for supporting a compelling student-centered assembly program.
• The Committee commends the PE instructor for developing a strong program with many unique elements that fully engage the Peninsula Heritage School students.
• The Committee commends the School for providing large, highly functional classroom spaces that are well-lit and highlight student work.
• The Committee commends the School for having a thoughtful and detailed emergency preparedness plan.
Peninsula Heritage Schools is proud to be a member of the prestigious California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). In May of 2007, following this Association’s regularly scheduled accreditation study, the School earned the highest term of accreditation possible, a full six-years.