• 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.

2014-2015 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Mr. Sean Collins
Teacher of the Year 2014-2015

Mr. Collins has been teaching at POLAHS since 2009. He has taught history of the port and geography courses as part of the school's maritime curriculum. His course helps students learn about and appreciate their home town. In addition to sharing his love of history with his students, Mr. Collins moderates the POLAHS music club. Mr. Collins looks forward to fulfilling POLAHS' mission to maritime and international business by developing a new CTE pathway that will prepare students for careers in those fields.

Ronnie Oloimooja Wins Youth of the Year

For more than fifty years, Disney and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have teamed up to help kids create the great futures they imagine.

On March 25, Boys & Girls Clubs Los Angeles County Alliance’s Youth of the Year ceremony at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, celebrated that mission and the extraordinary achievements of Club youth.

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POLAHS Questbridge Scholar Headed to Yale!

Over 10,000 students apply to QuestBridge annually. Roughly 300 are chosen. POLAHS senior Jorge Anaya received one of those prestigious scholarships. This fall he will join his sister Stephanie (POLAHS Questbridge Scholar ’13; Yale University ‘17) at Yale University, Class of 2019.

QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that connects students with full-tuition scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges and universities. Over 75% of Quest scholars are among the first generation in their family to attend college, and over 70% are in the top 5% of their graduating class.

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Fishing Club

Since 1950, Los Angeles Rod Reel Club (LARRC) members have been leaders in promoting sportfishing, conservation, and environmental issues. They partnered with POLAHS last fall to create the school’s first after-school Fishing Club. Moderated by POLAHS’ 2014 Teacher of the Year, Mr. Michael Aspinwall, students learn about local, deep sea, long range, freshwater, and fly fishing.

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POLAHS' 6th Graduation Commencement Ceremony was held on June 5, 2014 at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Congratulations, graduates! 

Watch 2013 Graduation Video



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

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