Cabrillo School is unique in the Pacifica School District because of its enriched arts program, begun in 1992. As…More part of the program, students receive project-based lessons in the arts, and parent-teacher partnerships enhance the school's specialized arts curriculum. All curriculum in other areas is standards-based, and Cabrillo staff works with the community to offer students off-campus learning opportunities and support. The school was recognized by the California Department of Education with a California Distinguished School Award in 2008, marking it as one of the best 343 public schools out of the 9,500 in California that year.
Vallemar School 377 Reina Del Mar Ave, Pacifica, CA94044 Vallemar School's curriculum is intensely focused on academic achievement. Students here regularly score very…More highly on the Academic Performance Index, which is based on annual California Department of Education standardized tests. Vallemar educates students from kindergarten through 8th grade, offering diverse educational choices at all levels. Citizenship is particularly emphasized for middle school students, who can participate in student council and other leadership activities. An instrumental music program is also available for middle school students, while music, art, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, drama, and science are taught by musicians, artists and professionals in the field to students at other grade levels. Vallemar also features award-winning environmental science classes for kindergarten through 6th graders. A buddy program between upper and lower grades aids students in developing from children to adolescents. Maximum class size at Vallemar is 20 students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade and 32 students in grades 4 through 8.
Pacifica's wing of the oldest and largest fraternity in world, the Masons of the Coastside Masonic Lodge are engaged…More in the community whether it's through philanthropic, volunteer, education or administrative conduits.
They play an active role in Pacifica's annual Fog Fest, sponsor charities and events around the community, and of course hold many members-only meetings, picnics and dinners throughout the year. The Masons of California, of which the Coastside center is one arm, provide need-based college scholarships to high school students who demonstrate a high academic propensity.
Pacifica School District 375 Reina Del Mar Ave, Pacifica, CA94044 Pacifica School District (PSD) employs a "one District, two paths" educational system which allows students to either…More attend a K-8 school or attend a K-5 school followed by a 6-8 school before moving on to high school and another school district. This is to ensure each student can receive an education that best suits him or her, and each track--each school within PSD, in fact--has a unique focus in its curriculum. There are six schools under the umbrella of PSD, two of which are K-5, one of which is 6-8, and three of which are K-8. The district also runs a home-school program, which allows parents to instruct their children in grades K-8 full-time from home with the support and standards developed by PSD and the California Department of Education. The Linda Mar Educational Center, also run by the PSD, offers specialized support within the district by meeting with home-schooled students and their parents to ensure progress, hosting an independent study program and pre-school, and providing instruction for students diagnosed with autism. The district supports instruction in music, performing and visual arts, and physical education. All 6-8 graders have access to instrumental music instruction supported by the Rob Schneider Music Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the comedian to keep music in Pacifica's middle schools.
Ocean Shore School (formerly Laguna Salada Alternative School) features a parent-participation program, meaning that…More students' parents are encouraged to participate in all aspects of their child's education. This allows teachers to work with small groups of students rather than large classes. The K-8 curriculum, based on California's and Pacifica School District's framework, is augmented with field trips, hands-on activities, arts and projects. Students of different grades are also encouraged to interact and learn together, and many classrooms at Ocean Shore are mixed-grade. About 350 students attend Ocean Shore annually and it is staffed by 15 teachers.
Admission into K-8 programs at the kindergarten level in the Pacifica School District is by a lottery held during the third week in January every year. Parents may also place their child's name on a waiting list for Ocean Shore School and, as spaces become available in higher grades, they may be able to enroll their student there. A tour is required before enrollment at Ocean Shore School. Contact the school's office for scheduling.