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Community

PCHS has long-standing ties with many community organizations, including the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, YMCA, Women’s Club, and Historical Society. Many of the members of these organizations collaborated with school personnel to stage activities connected with the school’s 50th anniversary celebration, including organizing reunions and the time capsule opening. In order to strengthen ties with the aforementioned organizations as well as members of the local business community, PCHS staff members currently serve on the Palisades Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Palisades Women's Club.

For many years Pali has had an in-house community service program, however this past school year PCHS has employed The Palisades-Malibu YMCA’s Center for Social Responsibility to manage our community service program, dedicated to developing ethical leaders of exemplary character who embrace responsibility for their actions and to have a positive impact, through their activities, on the school the local community, and the world.

In addition to the YMCA, there are several community-based organizations that provide support services to our school, such as Our House, Ojai Foundation, Antioch University, Teen Line, and Angels at Risk. Our House, a grief support group works with the school psychologist and the school counselors to provide support around grief issues. They run regular grief groups. The school psychologist, a school counselor, and an English teacher were certified through the agency as grief counselors.

Under the direction of Dr. Eric Day, Clinical Director of the Counseling Center, Antioch University has partnered with PCHS to provide services to both students and their families since 2008. On-site counseling is available to students at PCHS and Temescal Canyon Academy. In addition, the Counseling Center also provides outside individual and family counseling resources (reduced fee/sliding fee scale) for PCHS families, faculty and staff on the weekend and during evening hours. In 2009 these services expanded to include an additional site, Antioch University International Counseling Center.
 
Psychotherapy in many languages, including English, Farsi, Hebrew, Russian and French is now available to our diverse school community.