School Profile

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.