Palisades Charter High School

Tel: (310)230-6623
  • Palisades Charter High School serves 2,925 students in grades 9-12.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is equal to the CA average of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 76%.
  • Palisades Charter High School operates within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District's 60% graduation rate is lower than the CA state average of 83%.

School Overview

  • The student population of 2925 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The teacher population of 121 teachers has grown by 12% over five years.
School TypeCharter School
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students2,925 students
Palisades Charter High School Total Students (1997-2015)
Gender %Palisades Charter High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers121 teachers
Palisades Charter High School Total Teachers (1996-2015)
Students by GradePalisades Charter High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.64 is more than the state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School(CA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio24:124:1
Palisades Charter High School Student Teacher Ratio (1996-2015)
American Indian
Palisades Charter High School American Indian Students (2009-2014)
Palisades Charter High School Asian Students (1997-2015)
Palisades Charter High School Black Students (1997-2015)
Palisades Charter High School Black Students (1997-2015)
Palisades Charter High School White Students (1997-2015)
Two or more races
Palisades Charter High School Two Or More Races Students (2009-2014)
All Ethnic GroupsPalisades Charter High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownCA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.640.41
Palisades Charter High School Diversity Score (1997-2015)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Palisades Charter High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1997-2015)
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
Palisades Charter High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2015)

District Comparison

  • Los Angeles Unified School District's student population of 642,303 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The district's graduation rate of 60% has decreased from 94% over five years.
  • The revenue/student of $12,871 is higher than the state average of $10,238. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The district's spending/student of $14,853 is higher than the state average of $10,739. The district spending/student has grown by 13% over four years.
School District NameLos Angeles Unified School District
Number of Schools
Number of Students Managed642,3031,597
Los Angeles Unified School District Students Managed (1990-2015)
Graduation Rate60%83%
Los Angeles Unified School District Graduation Rate (2003-2015)
District Total Revenue$8,437 MM$17 MM
Los Angeles Unified School District District Total Revenue (1996-2015)
District Spending$9,736 MM$18 MM
Los Angeles Unified School District District Spending (1996-2015)
District Revenue / Student$12,871$10,238
Los Angeles Unified School District District Revenue / Student (1995-2015)
District Spending / Student$14,853$10,739
Los Angeles Unified School District District Spending / Student (1995-2015)
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2015 (latest year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Palisades Charter High School (usually abbreviated as "Pali High," "PaliHi," or uncommonly as "PCHS" / "PHS" ) is a secondary school in Los Angeles, California, United States. The public high school serves the neighborhoods of Pacific Palisades and Kenter Canyon and portions of Brentwood. Residents in Topanga, an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, may attend Palisades or Taft High School.
  • The school serves grades 9 through 12. Formerly directly administered by the Los Angeles Unified School District school, with the land still owned by the district, the school is now an independent charter school, no longer administered by LAUSD. Its current charter status expires on June 27, 2010.
  • In 2005, "Pali" was recognized as a California Distinguished School.
  • Disregarding a majority vote of the stakeholders, which came down 1740-1010 against, the board of directors voted to change the starting date of school for the 2007-2008 school year, which upset the student body, many of whom took action in executing a walkout.
  • The school is located at 15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades, California, 90272.
  • Paul Revere Charter Middle School feeds into Palisades.
  • History: The school was founded in 1958. The Class of 2006 was the 42nd graduating class.
  • Campus: The campus is bounded by Temescal Canyon Road to the east, Sunset Boulevard to the north, El Medio Street to the west, and Temescal Canyon Continuation School to the south. It is bisected by Bowdoin Street, which runs between the school's football field and the academic center of the school.
  • Notable alumni: "Pali" is the alma mater of many football stars including Jay Schroeder of the Los Angeles Raiders, Kiki Vandeweghe General Manager and NBA Forward for the Denver Nuggets (he started as Center graduating in 1976) record holding Cal receiver Geoff McArthur, and former UCLA quarterback/national high school record holder, David Koral.
  • Other famous people that attended Pali include the following: Jeff Madsen - poker player, youngest winner of a wsop bracelet at 21 years 1 month and 9 days; Jeff Bridges - actor; Ted Stryker - KROQ DJ; Christie Brinkley - model; Peter DeLuise - actor; Susanna Hoffs - member of the Bangles; Jennifer Jason Leigh - actor and director; Steve Kerr - Former NBA player; Michael Medved - film critic and commentator; Penelope Ann Miller - actor; Daniel S. Loeb - hedge fund manager; Katey Sagal - actor; David Wallechinsky - writer; Forest Whitaker - actor, director and producer; William James Adams Jr ( - member of black eyed peas; Alex Greenwald - actor and musician; Matthew Berry - writer; J.J. Abrams - television show creator.
  • Many movies have been filmed at Palisades, including Carrie (1976),Crazy/Beautiful (2001), Havoc (2005), Old School, The Glass House, and Freaky Friday (2003).
  • This school was the focus of a false email chain letter started around 2002. This was reported on several web sites. Few examples are,,

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