Academics

Curriculum

Team School

Chieftains function as a team on and off the field. In the classroom, the “team” model motivates students to collaborate, providing an avenue for better retention and subject comprehension.
Palma provides for both its junior high school and high school students a challenging and innovative curriculum, designed to enable each student to achieve his highest potential as well as prepare him to be successful in a college environment.

At the junior high level, curriculum and the classroom experience focus on creating, or in most cases strengthening, a basic foundation so that students will make an easier transition into the rigorous high school curriculum. At the junior high level, students fortify their critical thinking skills and learn how to express their thoughts through classroom discussion and writing projects. In math and science courses, teachers ensure that students will be ready for high school by building upon elementary concepts to challenge students as well as to reinforce "the basics."

High school curriculum seeks to further develop critical thinking, advanced writing, and creative reasoning skills across all subject areas. High school students, in their course of study, will gain knowledge in fundamental areas as well as develop a sense of their own strengths and interests — skills that are essential to success in college. All students are expected to work to their greatest potential and challenge themselves as they select their courses. AP and Honors classes are available to students who are qualified and are compelled to greater challenge and achievement. A wide variety of electives allow each student to explore and expand his interests.

To see all of the course offerings at Palma School, please see our course catalog.

Dual Enrollment Courses
Palma School offers two dual enrollment courses with Hartnell College: (Digital Art [Art 72] and Introduction to Engineering [EGN-1]). Upon successful completion of a dual enrollment course, students will receive full Palma School credits applicable toward their graduation and also receive college units through Hartnell College, which will be transferable to CUs, CSUs and most universities. Dual enrollment courses will be held at Palma School for Palma School students only and may incur an additional fee.
    • Learning environments allow students to collaborate which encourages peer-to-peer support.

      Learning environments allow students to collaborate which encourages peer-to-peer support.

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.