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Porterville Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS)

Porterville Academy of Health Sciences - PAHS
Distinguished NAF Academy
California Partnership Academy of Health Sciences since 1992
Porterville High School


Porterville High School’s Partnership Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) is an open-choice academy that has reached the highest standard of ranking with the National Academy Foundation (NAF): Distinguished.


PAHS is a 9th-12th grade pathway for students considering a career in the health field. This would include medicine (nursing, medical doctor, etc.) preventative medicine (chiropractic, osteopathy, nutrition, etc.) and allied health care fields (dentistry, optometry, podiatry). Students take a variety of health-related classes throughout their high school career which are specifically designed to be engaging and relevant. The program is rigorous and is not for those who want an easy life. Students have the opportunity to earn several certifications while in school such as First Aid, CPR, and CAN. Students can leave school ready to work or go on to a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate degree program.



  • Rigorous, Engaging Curriculum
  • Relevant Career and Technology (CTE) classes
  • Industry Certifications

PAHS  Program of Study includes College Prep Courses and the following Career Technical Courses:

  • Medical Ethics
  • NAF Career Explorations
  • Biotechnology
  • NAF Global Health
  • Essentials of Medicine
  • Nursing Essentials
  • EMT
  • Sports Medicine


Principal: Jose Valdez      email:

Pathway Lead: Dr. Kevin Elling      email:

Advisory Board Chair: Dr. Myron Lord     email:

Pathway Assistant: Kathy Chavez      email: