Palma is a private college preparatory school for boys in grades seven through twelve, owned and operated by the Christian Brothers Institute of California.
Founded in 1951 by Monsignor Thomas J.
Earley and a cabinet of dedicated community members, Palma’s mission is to
educate young men in grades seven through twelve. Palma seeks to provide a
quality education to young men by offering them the opportunity to prepare
themselves to enter institutions of higher learning.
Located in the heart of the Salinas Valley, Palma distinguishes itself as the only
school of its kind within 65 miles, enrolling students from five counties. Because
of its reputation for excellence in academics, athletics and the arts, Palma boasts
an incredibly diverse student body that commutes from as far north as Gilroy, as
far south as King City, west from the Monterey Peninsula and Santa Cruz, and from
Hollister to the east.
Flanked to the west by sprawling agricultural fields, and to the east by thriving
Oldtown Salinas, Palma students have the advantage of experiencing both the urban
and the rural as they go about their daily lives on Palma’s twelve acre continually
modernizing campus. Palma can accommodate over 500 students with state of the
art facilities that include a chapel, library, gymnasium, large music facility, athletic
field complex, high-tech computer lab, and newly built science labs. A large multi-
purpose room that provides a space for school-wide assemblies and meetings
opened in the fall of 2006.
For more details and specifics, please review the excerpts from our WASC
accreditation report provided for you on this page.