Palisades Charter High - Guiding the Path to College & Career Success!

submission by lilnus

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Palisades Charter High School (PCHS)

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


PCHS, a public charter high school serving over 2900 students from 100+ zip codes across LA empowers our students to make positive contributions to the global community by ensuring educational excellence, civic responsibility and personal growth.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The Career Services Center will provide students with the tools needed for success in college and the workforce by establishing a model career services program that is student-centric, takes the students’ education outside the classroom, and brings community and business resources onto campus. Through the use of advanced technology, and business community and local government resources, the program will allow students from the City of LA to compete with students from all over the world.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

Palisades Charter High School; Pacific Palisades; LA County

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


Palisades Charter High School (PCHS) represents a microcosm of Los Angeles, serving students from over 100 zip codes across the city. Los Angeles is one of the most economically vibrant areas of the country, and students have the potential to work in a wide range of fields. Despite this, students are unprepared for planning a career path. Colleges lament that students do not have defined goals, and employers report that young people lack skills. PCHS will expand opportunities by launching a robust Career Services Program that exploits the potential opportunities in our thriving City for our student population.
Existing non-school based programs are fragmented and are challenged in trying to engage students. With busy schedules and transportation challenges, students need access to information on campus. Incorporating career planning into the curriculum is the best way to engage youth. We believe this program will be impact the larger community by connecting students to the workforce across the City.
We will make LA the best place to learn by taking the following actions:
1) Spring Workforce Fair – Event that brings local businesses and other organizations on campus to offer employment and internships, as well as educational workshops on workforce readiness skills.
2) Internship, Job, and Mentorship Placement – Placements through the Workforce Fair, and a web-based portal of other job, internship or mentor opportunities.
3) Coordination with Academic Curriculum - Integration into the classroom curriculum, starting in the 9th grade through completion of an Interest Profiler in freshman English classes, and a writing component on career choices. Using the interest profiler, academic and college counselors will share guidance on educational paths to careers.
4) Career Exploration and Counseling - Opportunities to learn about careers through presentations by professionals in various fields. Help with employment coaching, resume writing, interview practice, and job search skills.
5) Student Outreach - Use of student groups such as Village Nation, Black Student Union, Fuerza Unida and Latino Student Union to ensure reaching a wide range of students.
We are inspired to level the playing field for all students across Los Angeles. Our hope is that, through establishing an innovative Career Services Center at one of LA’s largest public high schools, this model can be replicated for all high school students across the city.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The PCHS Career Center will be evaluated in year one through measurements of use and access. Indicators will include:

# Freshmen who complete career profiles by May (2015-16 academic year);
# Freshmen who complete career profiles by December (2016-17 academic year);
Attendance at the Workforce Fair and job skills sessions;
# Students placed into internships and jobs;
Attendance at career panels;
Reports from Pali Career & College software programs

To ensure widespread access, we will also track the number of unique students who have accessed any single service.

We intend for this program to be self-sustained after the initiation grant. We will seek an academic partner to conduct a longitudinal study to provide more robust outcome information on student career achievement. We believe that the students will be gaining skills that will serve them long after they graduate from high school.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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the school has so much to offer, we love it

by a.banooni
5 months ago

Love Pali! I had an amazing experience there. Set me on a wonderful trajectory for the rest of my life!

by brockauerbachlynn
5 months ago

Pali is a great school. I am very happy with the education my kids are getting. Keep up the good work!

by GoPali
5 months ago

Class of 1993 and still supporting this school.

by MzDiva4U
5 months ago

Great school, great teachers and wonderful location.

by checkercab
6 months ago

Good luck to Pali and the greatest teachers working at Pali. GO PALI!!!.

by PaliMom
6 months ago

Go Pali Go..

by farhoush
6 months ago

We are fortunate that our children go to Pali HS and we know how fortuitous a grant like this can be for a public school... so fingers crossed!

by Bocaccio_Family
6 months ago

we love palisade high school

by janetkhanian
6 months ago

Hope all your hard work pays off PALI!

by Glensmum
6 months ago

Please post comments!
We believe that our program can be a model for other organizations and high schools! As you can see, there is a serious need to point our children into the right direction based on the number of submissions towards college and career readiness. There is also a need to help our students choose the right courses and electives in middle school, high school and college to help them become career ready! There is so much of information overload on the internet for our students that they just need a simple place to start their college and career journey.
Please support our cause and Vote to help Los Angeles become the Best place to Learn and LIVE!

by melnus
6 months ago

Go Pali -- fingers crossed. You deserve it!

by Ann-BW
6 months ago

We love palisade high school

by Janet26
6 months ago

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