Why Choose Peninsula Heritage School?

Peninsula Heritage School is unique in providing the following programs:

Differentiated Instruction
The Accelerated Student
Balanced Child Development
Technology in Learning

Differentiated Instruction

While “differentiated instruction” has recently become a popular term in education, our administration and faculty here at Peninsula Heritage School have been employing this technique for many years, solely for the benefit of our students. We tailor our teaching to meet the needs and learning styles of the children, and this is a hallmark of our school. Differentiated instruction is accomplished in several ways. Our Enrichment Program enables students to be working at one or even two grade levels 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 lead 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 while also offering more challenging projects and assignments to those students who are ready to progress further.

The Accelerated Student

Over the years, parents of accelerated students have been thrilled to find that Peninsula Heritage School offers the ideal learning environment for their children. The format of our Enrichment Program (explained above) enables exceptional students to move ahead according to their abilities. In addition, the small class size with a lead teacher and the teacher support personnel enable these exceptional students to be challenged in their own classrooms with differentiated instruction and advanced assignments in other subjects. All the students in the class benefit from this approach, as they realize that each child has unique abilities in various areas of learning. Whether it’s art, music, science, social studies, or physical and interpersonal skills – all of these personal qualities and attributes are found in varying degrees in most homes, workplaces, and the world at large. Our classrooms, then, are microcosms of the larger society, providing a loving and nurturing environment where our students may gain the academic, social, and emotional skills needed for the years ahead.

Balanced Child Development
At Peninsula Heritage School, child development goes well beyond academics. Balanced child development takes into account both intellectual and emotional skill sets. By weaving emotional skills into the academic process, we develop each child’s mind and well-being. To develop the whole child, we focus on our six Character Qualities: respect, attitude, gratitude, perseverance, self-control and caring, making these qualities an integral part of our conversations and our academic curriculum.  Through opportunities for public speaking in our classrooms and Assemblies, through instruction in physical education and in our theater arts and visual arts programs, and in extracurricular activities such as Student Council, Choir, and After-School Sports, students have the opportunity to develop in multiple areas of endeavor.

Technology in Learning
As we know, technology has become an important part of every child’s daily life. While the latest technology is utilized here at PHS through laptops, tablets, SmartBoards, teacher voice amplifiers, and numerous high-tech devices in our Science Lab and with our Theater Arts program, we also continue to emphasize the development of each student’s social, emotional, and interpersonal skills. With the almost ubiquitous use of smartphones and tablets by even the youngest children, many educators are now emphasizing the need for a balanced approach. Developing skills that enable students to verbally converse with each other, to verbally solve interpersonal and academic problems, and to verbally present ideas and projects to each other continue to be necessary in today’s world. At PHS we introduce technologies that will assist us in teaching students with a variety of learning styles while simultaneously utilizing strategies that develop the whole child.

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 Rolling Hills Estates, 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. Our students enthusiastically arrive here each morning from communities throughout the South Bay: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula, as well as many other adjoining cities and towns.