• Welcome to POLAHS...

    an independent, tuition-free, public charter school. We take great pride in our rigorous academic program, small class sizes, dedicated teachers, and safe learning environment. We’re happy you’re here!

  • Location

    POLAHS is located in downtown San Pedro, one block away from the largest Port complex in the nation. Our community is an extension of the classroom, offering a rich diversity of culture, interests, access, and opportunities.

  • College Prep

    As a college preparatory school, the POLAHS curriculum is demanding, but it’s well-rounded and fun, too. Your courses could include Chemistry; Environmental Science; Calculus; Boat Operations; Graphic Design; Photography; or Dance.

  • Academic Excellence

    POLAHS received the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award, a recognition that honors schools that embrace rigorous academic standards, provide excellence and creativity in teaching, and create a positive school climate.

  • Thinking About Applying to POLAHS?

    Or maybe just interested in what we do here? In addition to campus tours throughout the year, we hold two Open House evenings in the spring. Dates are posted in local newspapers, magazines, and on our website calendar.

  • CA Gold Ribbon Award

    POLAHS is honored as an outstanding, innovative school, with the 2015 CA Gold Ribbon Schools Award.

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Natural History Museum

POLAHS Trustee, Camilla Townsend, facilitated the Natural History Museum’s visit to POLAHS with their “Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience.” Ms. Childer’s science classes participated in the two-part program. Inside a 50 ft. tractor trailer, students experienced a simulated submersible dive to the bottom of the San Pedro Channel. In the laboratory, students assumed the role of paleontologists studying the faunal history of the Los Angeles Basin. Lessons learned throughout the experiential program included the biodiversity of our local coast; interdependent relationships in ecosystems; and adaptation.

POLAHS Debate Guild

On November 14th, the POLAHS Debate Guild competed in its second debate tournament of the year in North Hollwood. Everyone scored impressive wins and the team of Lupe Del Cid and Diana Figueroa placed 5th in the tournament out of 80 teams that were competing. Lupe was also ranked the 5th highest individual speaker out of 150 individual competitors. Way to go, Debate Guild!


Seniors Natalie Rivas and Jaida Nabayan each received a competitive $2,000 scholarship to participate in the UC Irvine School of Medicine iMedEd Technology Innovation Program – an intersection of technology and healthcare with mentorship from medical faculty. Throughout September and October, the girls worked alongside their generous sponsor, a physician who works with adults with special needs.

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Graduation 2015

POLAHS' 7th annual Graduation Commencement Ceremony was held on June 4, 2015 at the Long Beach Terrace Theater.

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Port of Los Angeles
High School
250 W. 5th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
310-832-9201 (front desk)