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High School and College Readiness

Palms and its counselors help students prepare not just for completion of middle school but for what comes next: high school and college.
Click or tap the links on the left for further information and descriptions of our high school and college readiness events and programs.
Middle School and High School Fair

Notice: This event has been replaced with the Meet the High Schools Night.

The Palms-Rancho Park Library is very pleased to present the second annual Middle and High School Fair:

Palms-Rancho Park Middle and High School Fair


This will be the library's largest event ever with about 30 middle and high schools represented, including private, public, charter, magnet, and independent schools. They will also have representatives from Unified Enrollment to assist parents with the CHOICES information.

If you are interested in learning more about high school options, consider attending the fair! This is a great event for 8th grade students and their families.

High School Magnet Fair

Notice: This event has been replaced with the Meet the High Schools Night.

Come to the fair and learn about magnet high schools.

Magnet Fair

Saturday, October 8th, 2022

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Download Spanish Flyer

ACT Explore Test and PSAT

8th grade students are encouraged to take the ACT EXPLORE Test. LAUSD provides this opportunity to all 8th and 9th graders to help them as they start thinking about future educational and career opportunities. The test is administered at Palms. For details, contact your counselor.

Interested students can also take the PSAT in October.

See also: Testing Summary and College and Career-Planning Tests

Determined To Succeed

Determined to Succeed is a program for 8th grade students from low-income families who will be attending Hamilton High School in the Fall.

The 3 or 4-week summer program provides each student with an advisor, a health and wellness director, a testing specialist, a college counselor, school supplies, tutoring, a quiet place to study Monday to Saturday, and even food.

Palms has been associated with the program for many years.

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Palms Graduates Attend Dozens of Top Universities and Colleges

Harvard University

Students who get their middle school education at Palms move on to high school, and many then go to highly ranked universities and colleges. Former Palms students are found to be attending 40% to 50% of the top-ranked universities in each category in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for 2017.


High School Readiness

Mrs. Bradshaw, Counselor

Ms. Cohen, Magnet Coordinator

Mr. Rodriguez, Counselor

Ms. Shin, Counselor

College Readiness

Ms. Arevalo, College and Career Counseling Coordinator