• 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!

  • Location

    POLAHS is located 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 Chemistry; Environmental Science; Calculus; Boat Operations; Graphic Design; Photography; or Dance.

  • Academic Excellence

    POLAHS received the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award, a recognition that honors schools that embrace rigorous academic standards, provide excellence and creativity in teaching, and create a positive school climate.

  • 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.

CA Gold Ribbon Award!

POLAHS is honored as an outstanding, innovative school, with the 2015 CA Gold Ribbon Schools Award.

"These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Torlakson said. "They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate."

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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.

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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Graduation 2015

POLAHS' 7th annual Graduation Commencement Ceremony on June 4, 2015 at the Long Beach Terrace Theater.

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

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