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Skechers Walk 2016

Join a school, District or PEF team on October 23 and help support the PVPUSD.  Read More...

Success on the Gridiron

Both high schools field strong teams and continue the tradition of developing scholar athletes. Read More...

Facilities Master Plan Moves Forward

Next steps for plan development and stakeholder input begins.  Read More...

Preparing for NGSS

Introducing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is part of the District Road Map ... Read More >>  

Bikes for Kids

District leadership team building activity provides bikes for kids  ... Read More >>  

Academic Achievement

PVPUSD students score significantly higher than county and state average on ACT ... Read More >>  

PVPUSD Welcomes Active Military Families

Active military families can enroll students in the PVPUSD ... Read More >>  

Learning Beyond the Classroom

PVPUSD students are exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom through ... Read More >>

Parents Make a Difference

The success of PVPUSD schools is due to many factors but one of the most significant is our parents. PVPUSD parent ...   Read More >>

STEM Begins Early in PVPUSD

PVPUSD was one of the first school districts in the nation to launch a high school engineering and robotics program...  Read More >>

An Eye to the Horizon

In 2015, our PVPUSD Board of Education developed eight District Goals to guide our work and establish priorities... Read More >>

Education Insights

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Dear PVPUSD Community,
I am often asked what makes the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District special. To be fair, it is not without faults and distractions. No organization that serves over 11,400 students, 20,000 parents, and 2,000 employees with a $120 million budget will be without challenges. That aside, my answer to the question about what makes this place special is easy… PEOPLE.
We recently had the opportunity to celebrate some of our youngest people at a meeting of our Board of Education. These third grade students were selected by their schools to receive new bicycles to honor their contributions to schools and their communities. The activity was sponsored by business partners and the bikes were assembled by administrators across the District. The presentation of bicycles can be viewed on our website's video gallery, "Bikes for Kids."   Of course, the best part starts about five minutes into the video when smiles light up the room!
Many people are probably unaware that the District works with students to find work. This includes helping them to learn skills, prepare for interviews, obtain employment, interface with employers, and monitor progress. These students have their own unique challenges, but their spirit makes up for any perceived barriers. The Transition to Independence (TTI) program is full of the most caring adults and incredible students found anywhere. The video story of “Alex at Work” is worth your time .
With the support of the Peninsula Education Foundation, we are proud to offer many opportunities for our families to take part in a series of events called Parent University. The series is offered regionally and is typically well-attended by a cross-section of our community. We are thankful for the community support and this service provided to families. Please visit the Parent University link for a complete schedule of events.
These items all share the same theme of people giving for others. It is a theme we are trying to support and recognize across the District. We appreciate all of the PEOPLE that make PVPUSD special!

Don Austin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Follow us on Twitter:  @DonAustin_PVP and @pvpschools 
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Schools Kickoff Year With New Websites
Each school in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has successfully launched a new website.
The redesigned websites are part of the ongoing efforts to improve school to home communication.  Each website also provides an opportunity to share news, information and highlights of events and activities.
PVPUSD school websites can be accessed from the "Schools" menu on this website or directly at the links below:
High Schools
Intermediate Schools
Elementary Schools

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