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Providence at a Glance


Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

Our Vision

As people of Providence, we practice joy, challenge ourselves intellectually, and commit to faithful service by valuing everyone as individuals within the healthiest possible learning community.

Our Promise

Know me; Care for me; Ease my way.

Our Values

We reach out to those in need and offer comfort as Jesus did. We nurture the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of one another and those we serve. Through our healing presence, we accompany those who suffer.

We value, encourage and celebrate the gifts in one another. We respect the inherent dignity and worth of every individual. We recognize each interaction as a sacred encounter.

We foster a culture that promotes unity and reconciliation. We strive to care wisely for our people, our resources and our earth. We stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable, working to remove the causes of oppression and promoting justice for all.

We set the highest standards for ourselves and our ministries. Through transformation and innovation, we strive to improve the health and quality of life in our communities. We commit to compassionate, safe and reliable practices for the care of all.

We hold ourselves accountable to do the right things for the right reasons. We speak the truth with courage and respect. We pursue authenticity with humility and simplicity.

PHS Students at a Rally


Since fall of 1955, Providence High School's mascot has been the Pioneers. When we say Pioneer, we're not thinking of American folk hero, Davy Crockett and racoon skin hats. We think of the tenacious legacy and heritage of the Sisters of Providence that founded our school.

Photo of PHS teacher walking in the Student Activity Center.


Providence High School is governed by an independent Board of Regents and accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA).

Photo of our Head of School leading a tour.


Other memberships and affiliations include the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent School Management (ISM), SoCal People of Color in Independent Schools, California Teacher Development Collaborative, and Making Caring Common.

Providence High School students during the annual Can Food Drive


Providence students are called to impact their communities through service. Our program is not about volunteer hours, but a focused approach to serve the poor and the vulnerable around us.  We focus on the “why” of service and the joy it brings to make a difference to those in need. 

Quick Numbers

509 Students

Photo of PHS students in the quad.

Providence High School is a diverse, mission-inspired community dedicated to preparing 509 young people to thrive in a rapidly changing world this academic year.

Founded 1955

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Since 1955 we have been realizing the vision of the Sisters of Providence by crafting an education tailored to the needs of today’s students.

10:1 Ratio

PHS Teacher and Students in Science Class

Our 10:1 student to faculty ratio ensures that our Pioneers recieve individualized attention to cultiave their personal and academic growth in and outside the classroom. 

20 AP Courses

Photo of PHS Students in class

17 Honors-level and 20 Advanced placement courses, spanning every subject area is offered on our campus and available for students interested in challenging themselves in their classes. 

43 Clubs & Orgs

Photo of PHS Clubs

We have 43 active including consisting of honor societies, affinity groups, and interest/activity groups on campus. 

19 Sports

PHS Athletics

Providence High School offers 19 athletic programs, many with multiple levels of competitive play available to our student-athletes.


About Our Academics

Graduation Requirements

Religious Studies 4 Years Required
Social Studies 3 Years Required
English 4 Years Required
Mathematics 3 Years Required
Science 3 Years Required
World Languages 2 Years Required
Visual & Performing Arts 1 Year Required
Physical Education & Wellness 4 Semesters Required
Electives 5 Semesters Required

Honors & AP Courses

Providence High School offers 17 Honors-level courses and 20 Advanced Placement courses, spanning every subject area. Our process ensures that each student receives guidance based on their individual ambitions and abilities to ensure they are academically prepared to handle the challenge of an advanced or college-level course.   

Please refer to our Course Offerings Catalogue for course descriptions & pre-requisites for Honors & AP classes. 

Our Programs

Discover more about the programs we offer that explore the areas of Cinema Arts, Medical, Technology, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. Providence High School offers unique and comprehensive programs in these fields that challenge and inspire students beyond the classroom.

Students within these programs are encouraged to take classes focused on preparing them for the future studies or a career in the related field. 

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Senior Capstone Project

Senior Capstone Projects is a UC-approved "choose your own adventure" course that provides students with an opportunity to take ownership of designing and executing their final learning experience at Providence. 

In this program, seniors complete fieldwork, receiving invaluable insight & advice from professional mentors working in their field of interest, draft & write argumentative research papers, and then create an original product to demonstrate what they have learned. 

College Counseling

We offer unparalleled individualized guidance in academic, college, and personal matters. Counselors provide support from freshman year to their junior year. Once Seniors, students work with the Director of College Counseling through the college application process.

With Counselors on staff for short-term crisis intervention and support, our students receive guidance for both academic success and overall well-being. 

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Where Our Gradutes Go

College photo of PHS gradautes

Class of 2023 College Acceptances

Arizona State University, Tempe
Baylor University
Boise State University
Boston University
Bucknell University
Cal Poly
Cal Poly Humboldt
California Lutheran University
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Chico
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
California State University, San Bernardino
Chapman University
Columbia University in the City of New York
DePaul University
Drexel University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College
Fashion Institute of Technology
George Mason University
Gonzaga University
Grand Canyon University, Traditional Campus
Harvard University
Hawaii Pacific University
Indiana University-Bloomington
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Loyola Marymount University
Merrimack College
Michigan Technological University
Mount Saint Mary’s University
New York University
Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University
Occidental College
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Portland State University
Quinnipiac University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Sonoma State University
Syracuse University
The George Washington University
The University of Alabama
Tulane University of Louisiana
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of La Verne
University of Miami
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
Wentworth Institute of Technology
William & Mary
Woodbury University


About Our Student Life

With over forty clubs and organizations, a multitude of extensive co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, and a variety of Associated Student Body-led activities and events, there is ample opportunity to become involved on campus. 

Traditions & Events

Clubs & Organizations

Students can explore their interests in our clubs and various organizations, categorized as affinity groups, organizations, or interest/activity clubs. All students are encouraged to participate in these organizations that take place outside of the academic classroom. Some of our clubs are service-oriented while others foster either an academic or intrinsic interest in our student body.

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Your Admissions Team

Scott Turner

Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management

Greg Castro

Assistant Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management

Vickie Bagwell

Financial Assistance Coordinator

Kit Willesee

Admissions & Enrollment Management Associate


If you imagine a future of impacting the world,
yet remain grounded in the here and now,
you belong at Providence High School.