Common Core Standards
* High school video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXXd451e580&feature=youtu.be
* CA Dept. Education Smarter Balance Assessment Info: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/
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* Practice Tests, Training Tests, and Sample Items: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/
Over 40 AP and Honors level courses are offered in Art, Computer Science, English, Foreign Language, Math, Science and Social Science.
PCHS offers a full range of special education services for students who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.
Small Learning Communities
The 9th grade Small Learning Communities (SLCs) or Pods were formed at PCHS in 2003 to offer personalized, rigorous, interdisciplinary education to all 9th grade students. The name, "pod", comes from the term used for a group of dolphins. PCHS created the Pod/SLC program in order to offer all 9th graders a personalized transition from middle school to a large comprehensive high school. Additionally, the pods are tailored to meet students’ affective needs through fostering relationships. All Pod students gain a pod-specific support team comprised of teachers, a resource specialist, a literacy instructor, and a counselor. SLC team meetings address themes of college-going culture, digital citizenship, student interventions and support, and development of high interest academic units of study. Pods allow staff to personalize the “Pali experience” for all students. In 2017, students will have a choice between eight pods: STEAM, Art, Music, Digital Media, Social Justice, Entrepreneurship (pilot), Drama, and Urban Ecology.
Goals and Commitments
PCHS is committed to raising the bar of expectation for all students. The school’s goal is to prepare students to succeed at higher levels of rigor and performance, including honors and Advanced Placement courses. As part of a four-year academic plan, all pupils have access to a program of studies that will qualify them for entry into an institution of higher learning or post-secondary career opportunities.
PCHS is committed to:
a. The Professional Learning Community (PLC) model as the foundation of its educational program
b. An innovative college-preparatory curriculum that emphasizes literacy, numeracy, and understanding and communication of core knowledge at all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy
c. A comprehensive progressive pyramid of intervention to ensure pupils’ achievement and socio-emotional well-being
d. A climate of high expectations and rigorous academic culture
e. A focus on personalization and differentiation of instruction
f. Expanded access to the school’s most rigorous courses, including honors and Advanced Placement classes
g. A variety of educational options for students, including computer-aided learning, distance learning, community college and college/university course options, service learning, and courses that lead to post-secondary career opportunities only in accordance with applicable law; PCHS uses these options to serve students on extended absences
h. A wide range of quality co-curricular programs
i. A commitment to community service
j. The support of teachers and staff in their professional development and the improvement of their professional practice.
Expected Schoolwide Learning Results