• 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.

"These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Torlakson said. "They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate."

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WWII Normandy Academy

Natalie Rivas (POLAHS '16) was selected by her History teachers to participate in The Normandy Academy – a study abroad program that was funded by a private donor. This summer she spent two weeks exploring historic sites in New Orleans and France! A few words with Natalie:

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A Norwegian Voyage

Through a buddy system, Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) fulfills its mission by taking both disabled and able-bodied men and women to sea. The shared voyage not only teaches the crew how to sail a tall ship, but promotes equality, sharing, and celebrating individual differences. Since 1978, over 40,000 people have sailed with JST, approximately 15,000 of whom were physically disabled. There are no passengers; everyone works to the best of his or her ability.

Since her maiden voyage in 1986, STS Lord Nelson has sailed 461,943 Nautical Miles on trips lasting up to 30 days. POLAHS students Hannah Smith and Matthew Dimeglio helped accrue a portion of those miles when they embarked on a ten-day journey aboard the Lord Nelson in Norway through JST this summer. Their trip donor, a physician who works with adults with special needs, knew that the opportunity would broaden their horizons and hearts.

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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)