Placentia-Yorba Linda High Schools

An authentic American high school experience awaits you in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD). Have you dreamed of Friday night football games, pep rallies, homecoming, prom, and graduation ceremonies?

Study in One the High Schools from the Placentia-Yorba Linda District

An authentic American high school experience awaits you in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD). Have you dreamed of Friday night football games, pep rallies, homecoming, prom, and graduation ceremonies? Are you interested in a high school diploma, preparing for a university in the States, improving your English skills and experiencing California culture? PYLUSD has four award-winning high schools ready to welcome you to their campuses and provide you the opportunity of a lifetime.

All four of our comprehensive high schools are authorized to accept international students in grades 9-12. They all have challenging, rigorous academic programs focusing on college preparation. Each school has developed a unique CareerLink Academy and offers many Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses. In 2015, all four schools earned the honor of California Gold Ribbon School. Extra-curricular activities including clubs, performing arts and sports are available for all international students. Additionally, PYLUSD provides a dedicated academic counselor and after-school tutoring support for all of our international students.

Yorba Linda High School (YLHS)

Yorba Linda High School (YLHS) is a beautiful campus located in the city of Yorba Linda. As the home of the Mustangs, it is PYLUSD’s newest campus, recently celebrating its ten year anniversary. YLHS is one of the most popular choices for our international students and offers the Business Academy specializing in Culinary & Hospitality and Business Management. The view walking to class includes the sun’s reflection off of the Pacific Ocean and a silhouette of Catalina Island. 

Valencia High School (VHS)

Valencia High School (VHS) is the largest high school in PYLUSD with over 2,700 students, located near the historic downtown area in the city of Placentia. Since its opening in 1933, VHS has served multiple generations of local families. As the home of the Tigers, VHS is also one of the most academically competitive schools in Orange County with its prestigious Valencia Tech Academy and International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

El Dorado High School (EDHS)

El Dorado (EDHS), located in the city of Placentia, is the proud home of the PYLUSD Performing Arts Center which hosts many performances by our school’s choirs, bands, orchestras and theater companies. As the home of the Golden Hawks, EDHS has a strong sense of pride and tradition offering two CareerLink Academies, the Digital Media Arts Academy and the El Dorado Law Academy.

Esperanza High School (EHS)

Esperanza High School (EHS), located in the city of Anaheim, opened in 1973 with a current enrollment of 1,550 students known as the Aztecs. EHS is home to two CareerLink Academies: Engineering & Manufacturing and Medical Sciences. 


Students live in homestay arrangements. In a homestay, students can observe, learn and experience a new lifestyle and culture, while practicing English skills in a home environment. Students are immersed in the daily experience of living with a host family. Homestay hosts involve their guests in day-to-day activities and often introduce the students to their relatives, friends and neighbors. Homestay hosts also include their international student guests in social gatherings such as summertime barbecues, holiday celebrations, or trips to local tourist attractions. The majority of our international students live with a family that have children attending the same school.


$10,000 — $15,000 Year

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Top Programs

English, High School Completion, Mathematics

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Type of School


  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    City, Suburban
  • Accreditation and Certification

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, No housing available

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1301 E. Orangethorpe Ave. PLACENTIA, CA

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