High School Information

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Overview

Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer School (PVPSS) is thrilled to continue serving the community in 2023!  The summer high school program runs from June 20 – July 27 (see details below under the Daily Schedule section), and students entering grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to enroll in a class for either advancement or remediation.  PVPSS offers both onsite and online courses, all of which meet the UC/CSU and NCAA college entrance requirements through our WASC accredited program.  We have an incredible staff and outstanding atmosphere.  With that being said, please review the information below to decide if PVPSS is the best option for you.

The program moves at a fast pace, as full-year courses are completed in only six weeks.  Students must demonstrate a high degree of self-discipline to be successful, and it is very important to stay on track because each school day covers over a week of material.  Therefore, teachers are unable to provide extensions on assignments/exams for any reason, including illness.  Also, students should only enroll in honors classes if they excel in that area and plan to do 2 to 5 hours of homework per night.

Please note that although our online program is asynchronous, with optional virtual support, students MAY NOT fall behind.  Assignments are still submitted on all school days and deadlines provided by the teacher must be met (see the Policies section for more details).

Please also note that PVPSS is a non-profit private entity that does not follow the same policies and regulations as a public school.  Due to the fast pace of the program, with only 12 school days in each semester, staff members are unable to provide any additional services that may be in place through the District (such as extra time to submit assignments).  However, students and parents are welcome to share effective strategies and helpful information with the instructors, who are there to encourage and support all students.

Again, please consider the information above when deciding if PVPSS is the best summer program for you.

 

Daily Schedule (June 20 – July 27)

ONSITE STUDENTS

Every onsite course runs from 8:00am – 1:30pm (please note that the College Application Prep workshop is 9:30 – 11:30am) on the Palos Verdes High School campus, four days per week, with a highly qualified/certificated PVPUSD teacher.  Strict attendance guidelines have been established to encourage successful class completion.  Teachers will email students the week before class begins to provide course details (location, expectations, etc).

ONLINE/ASYNCHRONOUS STUDENTS

PVPSS offers an asynchronous online option for World History, US History, American Government, and Economics.  Each course is guided by a highly qualified/certificated PVPUSD teacher, who will provide clear expectations for student achievement.  Please note that although our online program is asynchronous, with optional virtual support, students MAY NOT fall behind.  Assignments are still submitted on all school days and deadlines provided by the teacher must be met (see the Policies section for more details).  Also, students need to check the teacher’s announcements/posts on a daily basis.  Teachers will email students the week before class begins to provide course details (login information, expectations, etc).

 

 

Tuition

Yearlong Course – $900
Semester Course – $450
College Application Prep Workshop (Semester) – $600

Please review the High School Changes and Refunds page before enrolling.  Discounts are available for high school students enrolled in the PVPUSD Free and Reduced Price Meal Program.  Please fill out our PVPSS Discount Application to receive a coupon code prior to registration.  You will be required to upload a copy of the PVPUSD Free and Reduced Price Meal Program confirmation letter.

FAQ & IMPORTANT DATES

FAQ

How does the asynchronous online program work?

PVPSS offers an asynchronous online option for World History, US History, American Government, and Economics.  Each course is guided by a highly qualified/certificated PVPUSD teacher, who will provide clear expectations for student achievement.  Although students are not required to attend virtual sessions, the instructors will provide optional support.  They hold daily office hours for Q&A, as well as a weekly review session, all through a virtual platform. Again, attendance is completely optional.

Please note that this program does NOT allow students to fall behind, as assignments are due each school day and all deadlines provided by the teacher must be met.  Also, students need to check the teacher’s announcements/posts on a daily basis.  The online option is best for self-motivated students who would like a structured academic environment, without the requirement of attending class.

Will PVPSS provide a computer for my student?

PVPSS does not provide technology for the students.

Do I need to get a textbook or anything else before the course starts?

PVPSS teachers will email students prior to the first day of school to provide information on all necessary materials.  You do not need to prepare for anything before receiving that message.  Students should check their PVPUSD email on a daily basis.

Can online students travel outside of the country without any issues?

Any online student traveling outside the country needs to submit a Technology Support Ticket (found on the right side of pvhs.pvpusd.net) at least two weeks before the trip, so that we can ensure program compatibility.  Make sure to include the name of the country, as well as the dates you will be gone.  Provide this information to the teacher, too.  

Is there an orientation video?

The principal will provide a new orientation video each year, which all students and guardians are required to watch.  The video presentation contains necessary/valuable information for the student to be successful.

Can I take more than one class over the summer?

Students may only enroll in one class at a time.  However, incoming seniors can take the College Application Prep (CAP) workshop along with Online American Government/Economics.

Can I withdraw from a class after it begins?

To withdraw from a course, a parent/guardian must notify the PVPSS principal by the eighth day of that specific semester.

Can I decide not to have the course/grade show up on my transcript?

If a student completes the course and does not wish to keep it on the transcript, a parent/guardian must notify the home school counselor.

Is there public transportation available?

Please visit the PV Transit website for bus information.

Please see the registration and Changes/refunds tabs for important dates