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Mission Statement

Pacific Ridge School is committed to stewardship of the environment.  Recognizing we are all but one small part of the natural world, we must value, protect, preserve, and replenish natural resources.  While our actions are local, our reach is global.
We will foster a culture of environmental awareness, which should be integral to our community in all venues of daily life, on and off campus—where we learn, where we work, where we live, and where we play.  As an institution, our priorities, decisions, and actions will be informed by their environmental impact.  We should pay particular attention to the use of our land, the construction and renovation of our facilities, our consumption of energy and other resources, and our choices of transportation.
Pacific Ridge will educate our entire community about environmental issues and sound environmental practices.  To address that part of the Pacific Ridge’s mission that seeks to graduate young people with a sense of ethical responsibility and a purposeful life, we must be vigilant in our efforts to prepare future generations for stewardship of the environment.
In our school operations, Pacific Ridge will strive to:
  • Conserve and protect natural resources and support their sustainable use.
  • Reduce the use of energy, water, and consumable goods.
  • Purchase materials with the lowest environmental impact possible, including compostable, recyclable and reusable products.
  • Eliminate or reduce the use of toxic substances and the generation of wastes, and promote strategies to reuse and recycle those wastes that cannot be avoided.
  • Conduct affairs in ways that safeguard the environmental health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the widespread and diverse communities our actions affect.
  • Encourage teaching, research, and service that deepen understanding of the environment.
  • Conduct teaching, research, and service in an environmentally responsible way.
  • Provide a forum for the community to discuss and study environmental issues in their relationship to other social issues.

Sustainability in Action

Pacific Ridge was named a 2024 US Department of Education Green Ribbon School and a 2024 CA Green Ribbon School-Green Achiever

Sustainability in the Classroom

A growing number of Pacific Ridge courses address sustainability issues.

Some of these classes are:
  • Science 6-Science 10
  • AP and Honors Environmental Science
  • AP Biology
  • Honors Physics
  • Marine Biology
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Ancient and Modern World History
  • World Languages (all levels)
  • STEAM Electives: Nanotechnology, Surfboard Fabrication, Sustainable Fashion, Introduction to Architecture

In addition to the focus on sustainability in the classroom, several service learning groups and global travel experiences incorporate the concept of sustainability, whether it be environmental, economic or social.