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Who we are
As you walk onto our campus, you will discover a warm and loving school where children and adults are honored for who they are. We are a special place that not only challenges, but appreciates children and their diverse talents. As an independent, non-profit school founded over 50 years ago, we are accredited by the prestigious California Association of Independent Schools and are lauded for our differentiated instruction and our award-winning Character Qualities programs. Peninsula Heritage is actually two schools in one; we combine academics with the full range of the visual and performing arts. We are truly “Celebrating Childhood through Academics and the Arts.”
Where we are
Peninsula Heritage School is nestled on a spacious three acre campus in the horse-country area of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Cooled by breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean, our California ranch-style buildings provide an idyllic setting for children to enjoy a safe, challenging, individually-centered learning community that helps create a memorable childhood. The caring and dedication of our faculty and staff and the park-like atmosphere of our campus all make Peninsula Heritage a unique place to learn and grow.
What we are proud of
Our Differentiated Instruction –teaching tailored to the needs and learning styles of our students – is a hallmark of our school. We accomplish differentiated instruction in several ways. Our Enrichment Program enables students to be working at one or even two grades ahead in mathematics and English language arts while still benefitting from the socialization of their same-aged peers in all other subject areas. In addition, each classroom has a Head Teacher plus teacher support personnel, so the student-teacher ratio is ideal for individualized instruction. Lastly, we offer specialization classes for children who are in need of instructional adaptation.
Our award-winning Character Qualities program has been in existence since the founding of our school over fifty years ago, and it is taught and reinforced through writing, singing, dancing, and fine arts opportunities. Our School’s six character qualities enable our students to become future leaders not only in intellectual prowess but with profound moral and ethical values.
For the second time, Peninsula Heritage School has been voted and the “Best Private School” for 2014 in the Easy Reader newspaper’s “Best of the Beach” contest. Considering all of the independent schools in the Beach Cities and on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this is quite an honor!
In June of 2013, Peninsula Heritage School received a full, six-year accreditation from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the premier private school association in California. Following are the major commendations from the CAIS Visiting Committee that spent four days on our campus in March of 2013.
The CAIS Visiting Committee Commends:
The [Peninsula Heritage School] Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, parents and children for their passionate commitment to the school’s mission that is lived throughout the school’s curriculum and community.
The Head of School for her extraordinary and inspirational leadership of Peninsula Heritage School and for working effectively with all school constituencies.
The administration and faculty for establishing a caring, diverse community of learners.
The administration, faculty and staff for fostering a loving environment that supports character development and academic success for all students.
The students for their joyful love of learning, remarkable respect and compassion for others, their desire to serve, and their appreciation of their school and the world around them.
The Head of School, Director of Advancement, Director of Admissions and the Board’s Marketing Committee for the breadth and depth of their efforts to involve and inform all internal and external communities, via such initiatives as the Head of School Blog, about the programs and values of Peninsula Heritage School.
The administration, faculty, staff and students for creating a school that fosters a strong tradition of academic excellence along with an individual character development program that is integrated into the performance program.