About

Welcome to Port of Los Angeles High School (POLAHS). POLAHS is an independent charter high school located in San Pedro. The 950 students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 attend our school tuition-free. We have a faculty and staff of 85. POLAHS is open to all residents of California and admits students through a random lottery process. 

Student Profile
POLAHS serves a diverse population of students. Approximately 80% of our students live in San Pedro or Wilmington. Other students reside in communities such as Carson; Gardena; Harbor City/Harbor Gateway; and Lomita. Our student body is 75.5% Hispanic; 10.7% Caucasian; 6.2% African American; 4.6% Filipino; 1.6% Asian; .8% American Indian; and .5% Pacific Islander. Freshmen come to us from about twenty feeder middle schools.
Charter School Advantage
POLAHS provides individualized instruction and an inspiring learning environment. We ensure that all students are on track for graduation and meeting the mandated California graduation requirements. Students are encouraged to meet the University of California “a-g” subject area criteria for college acceptance. 
Small School, Big Opportunities
Small class sizes and a safe environment contribute to the professionalism and excitement that is palpable on our campus. At POLAHS, our average class size is 25 students or less.
Parents as Partners in Education
POLAHS places a priority on family partnerships. Parents attend Back to School nights, Parent Organization (POPS) events, and meetings with teachers and counselors. Parents utilize our Aeries system to check on student attendance, grades, and more.
Well-Rounded Curriculum
As a college preparatory school, POLAHS offers over twenty Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses, including Chemistry; Biology; Calculus; Environmental Science; and World History. POLAHS' curriculum is demanding, but it's well-rounded and fun too. We offer electives like Drama, Art, and Dance. POLAHS' Career Technical Education (CTE) program was introduced in fall 2015. Pathways are offered in Construction Technology; Digital Media; and Boat Operations. The program prepares students to be college and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills, and technical, job-specific skills. Our CTE program features high school, postsecondary, and industry partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees.
Student Support
Academic success comes first! All teachers offer after-school tutoring. Our Saturday Study Hall is open to all students. A school-wide “cram night” is offered prior to final exams each semester. Our Reading Intervention Program offers individualized literacy support to 9th graders. Free SAT prep courses are offered on campus. Our comprehensive support staff includes full-time positions such as three Academic Counselors; a College Counselor; Career Counselor; School Psychologist; Special Education Coordinator and Resource Specialists; and a Socio-Emotional Counselor.