• 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!

  • Downtown Location

    We are proud of our home 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 Logistics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Calculus, Psychology, or even Film.

  • Academic Excellence

    POLAHS scored an 840 on the 2012 Academic Performance Index (API). This outstanding score surpasses the state-wide target and represents a 49 point gain in only one year.

  • 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.

  • 2014 Scholarship Fund

    Over 70% of our graduates will be the first in their family to go to college, but they can't afford to take this important next step. You can help. As a sponsor, you will be invited to our Scholarship Awards Banquet on May 27th, 2014 to personally present your scholarship. DONATE TODAY!


Presidential Award

POLAHS Sophomore, Riley Beres, has been honored for her exemplary film “Hope for our Own: An LA Story.”  She recently received a Volunteer Service Award from the President of the United States. View the film trailer.

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Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to POLAHS' 2014 Teacher of the Year!

Mr. Michael Aspinwall

  Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Michael Aspinwall has made Los Angeles his home for the last fourteen years. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Mr. Aspinwall chose California State University Northridge to pursue his teaching credential in English / Language Arts. He has done a spectacular job leading the drama program at POLAHS since 2009.

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Harbor Community Benefit Foundation Grant

January 2013 | Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, POLAHS’ college preparatory Environmental Engineering Studies course will be expanded for the spring 2014 semester! Students will participate in solutions to the social, economic, and environmental impacts of Port operations.

Graduation Video

POLAHS' 5th Graduation Commencement Ceremony was held on June 13, 2013 at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

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Contact us

Port of Los Angeles
High School
250 W. 5th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

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