About Us

Our Campus

Our campus, which houses both a junior high and high school, accommodates more than 500 students and is continually being transformed to ensure that each student is provided with the best possible tools and spaces in which to succeed in his academics and preparation for college.
The newest building on campus houses two state-of-the-art biology labs to complement renovated science classrooms. A music room provides rehearsal space for our award-winning music program with rooms for guitar and piano lessons. The 586-seat capacity multi-purpose room, wrestling room, administrative offices and board room round out the facility.

Advanced computer programming and digital art courses are taught in the upgraded computer lab which is maintained with up-to-date hardware and software.

The Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel is a dedicated on-campus worship space that offers Mass every morning before school and Mass during the school day on holy days. Being rooted in Catholic tradition, every student, regardless of his level or origin of faith, is welcomed and accepted. The Chapel is a sanctuary for reflection and inspiration — a place of solemnity to contemplate life and one’s place in the world.

The cafeteria provides healthy hot meal choices for lunch that growing boys need to fuel their day. In addition to a full kitchen, the TV-lined eating area includes space for recreation equipped with a ping-pong table. The mild Salinas weather allows nearly year-round use of the outdoor patio seating.

The Cislini Library Media Center provides access to educationally appropriate resources and has a collection of more than 10,000 books and media titles. The collection is supplemented with resources from online databases, which are available to students, faculty, staff, and the Palma community. Networked computers are available for student research.

Our athletic facilities accommodate most of the sports offered at Palma School. We boast a newly renovated baseball field, an all-weather rubberized quarter-mile track and artificial turf field used for football practice and soccer. The Steve Clayton Memorial Gym is packed with tradition, from the accolade-lined walls to the trophy cases that display awards from decades of championships. The gym is used for basketball, volleyball and a variety of extracurricular activities including junior high graduation. Athletic venues also include the dedicated wrestling facility and weight room.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Instructors have latitude to configure their classrooms to best suit their subject and teaching style. “Learning environments” have taken over some classrooms, giving students more writing space, comfortable chairs, closer proximity to the teacher and fewer excuses for being distracted. Technology is enhancing lessons and attention.
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.