Student Life

CORE

CORE, taken from the Latin word “cor” meaning “heart,” is a student run, faculty supervised orientation program for incoming seventh graders and freshmen.
At the beginning of each school year, students who are new to the seventh grade and freshman class participate in an extra day of orientation where they interact with CORE leaders. These leaders familiarize new students with the day-to-day operations of the school and introduce them to the spirit of the Palma community, providing a pathway for successful transitions into this dynamic and spirited student body.

The CORE leadership team is made up of a selective group of young men who represent through their accomplishments the very best in academics, athletics, and the arts. All CORE leaders are active members of the Palma community. Each spring, faculty meets to nominate current sophomores and juniors who they believe embody the qualities essential to a good leader. Nominated students go through an application and selection process and those who are chosen begin to train together for the following year’s activities.

In addition to a one-day, interactive orientation at the beginning of the year, CORE leaders meet periodically with new students throughout the year to check-in, offer advice and guidance, and continue to introduce new students to what it means to be a Chieftain. These leaders act as tour guides, mentors, and above all friends. Entering a community of more than 400 young men can be an intimidating experience. CORE leaders work to mitigate apprehension by immediately welcoming new students to campus and by providing a liaison between new and current Chieftains.

WELCOME TO THE TEAM

From day one, you are welcomed and accepted as a Chieftain. You are part of a tradition and brotherhood that dates back decades and spans several generations.
    • Welcoming seventh graders ensures a positive first-year experience for young Chieftains.

      Welcoming seventh graders ensures a positive first-year experience for young Chieftains.

    • CORE leaders conduct a school-wide orientation that acquaints news students with the campus and Chieftain culture.

      CORE leaders conduct a school-wide orientation that acquaints news students with the campus and Chieftain culture.

Palma is a private, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7 through 12 owned and operated by the Christian Brothers Institute of California. Palma School is dedicated to providing young men an excellent education in a Roman Catholic environment that embraces the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education and challenges each individual to develop spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially.