Award Year: 2021

Palm Crest Elementary School

5025 Palm Drive
La Canada, CA, 91011-1518

(818) 952-8360

Mr. Cory C. Pak, Principal at time of Nomination

La Canada Unified School District

School Website


We are a learning community committed to personal growth and academic excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 39%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 33%
  • Two or more races: 15%
Palm Crest Students Collaborating in the STEM Lab

Palm Crest Students Collaborating in the STEM Lab

Palm Crest Panthers Roar in Pride and Excellence! Already vibrant as one of the highest performing schools in the state, Palm Crest is alive with energy generated by new collaborative efforts among the staff, parents, and the community. As a result, we have transported to a higher level of purpose in technology and a more resounding individualized support for students.

Palm Crest has dedicated much time, effort, and resources to developing a model program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Each week, all Palm Crest students visit the STEM lab to participate in a technology-infused curriculum aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and the International Society of Technology in Education Standards. Over 40 different curricula, including coding, Lego Robotics, and 3D-Design, are offered at all grade levels throughout the year. As a result, lessons vary in rigor, depth, and complexity based on grade levels.

Additionally, diversity and appreciation of individual differences are an integral part of our school culture. Students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and 22 different languages are spoken in our homes. Strengths among colleagues are honored, ideas are shared, and fresh ways are sought to build student character and positive self-image.

The end result is seen on two fronts: first, providing a high-quality instructional program for all students; second, promoting students' social and emotional health, wellness, and interpersonal connectedness. As Palm Crest Panthers, we strive to make our vision a reality through carefully planned instruction, collaborative parental and community participation, and empowered learning.