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High School and College Readiness

Palms helps students prepare not just for completion of middle school but for what comes next: high school and college. The counselors and Magnet Coordinator provide information for High School Readiness. The College and Career Readiness Coach provides information for College Readiness.

Click or tap the menu items at the right to explore the events and information provided at Palms.

Where to get High School Information

See: High School Facts and High School Information Night.

In some past years, the Palms-Rancho Park Library held a Middle and High School Fair, with over 30 middle and high schools represented, including private, public, charter, magnet, and independent schools.

ACT Explore Test and PSAT

8th grade students are encouraged to take the ACT EXPLORE Test. LAUSD provides this opportunity to all 8th and 9th graders to help them as they start thinking about future educational and career opportunities. The test is administered at Palms. For details, contact your counselor.

Interested students can also take the PSAT in October.

See also: Testing Summary

Determined To Succeed

Determined to Succeed is a program for 8th grade students from low-income families who will be attending Hamilton High School in the Fall.

The 3 or 4-week summer program provides each student with an advisor, a health and wellness director, a testing specialist, a college counselor, school supplies, tutoring, a quiet place to study Monday to Saturday, and even food.

Palms has been associated with the program for many years.

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Palms Graduates Attend Dozens of Top Universities and Colleges

Harvard University

Students who get their middle school education at Palms move on to high school, and many then go to highly ranked universities and colleges. Former Palms students are found to be attending 40% to 50% of the top-ranked universities in each category in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for 2017.