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Cabrillo School
601 Crespi Dr, Pacifica, CA 94044

Cabrillo School is unique in the Pacifica School District because of its enriched arts program, begun in 1992. AsMore 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.

 

Pacifica School District
375 Reina Del Mar Ave, Pacifica, CA 94044
Pacifica School District (PSD) employs a "one District, two paths" educational system which allows students to eitherMore 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
411 Oceana Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044

Ocean Shore School (formerly Laguna Salada Alternative School) features a parent-participation program, meaning thatMore 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. 

Spindrift School of Performing Arts
1050 Crespi Dr, Pacifica, CA 94044
The Spindrift School of Performing Arts was founded in 1994 to bring arts instruction to the Pacifica community.More Spindrift is a nonprofit school that teaches music, theater and dance to kids of all ages. During school breaks, it offers a variety of summer and winter camps. Spindrift is owned by the Pacifica Spindrift Players, a local nonprofit theater company. The dance studio is located at 930 Oddstad Blvd.