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We invite you to review the facts below to get an overview of Pacific Ridge School, and encourage you to browse each section of the website to learn about our school in depth.

The Mission


  • In a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement, Pacific Ridge School prepares students for college and a purposeful life.


The School


  • A middle and upper school (grades 7-12), founded in 2007
  • Non-Profit 501(c)(3)
  • Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Member of the National Association of Independent Schools


The Campus


  • Carlsbad, California
  • Academic and administrative buildings, laboratories and gathering spaces
  • Fully equipped athletic center
  • Full-size turf athletic field


The Students


  • Total 2018- 2019 enrollment of 615 students in grades 7 - 12
  • Target grade size is approximately 75 in 7th grade, 90 in 8th grade and 110 in each upper school grade


Class Size


  • Average class size of 15

The Academic Program


  • Seminar-style Learning
  • Integrated academic program to allow students to address over-arching ethical questions, and to unite content across thematic touchpoints
  • Talented and experienced teachers, over 80% with advanced degrees
  • Curriculum exceeds University of California requirements for admission
  • Honors and Advanced Placement courses
  • Diploma requirements
    • History - 3 years
    • Science - 3 years
    • Mathematics – 3 years
    • English – 4 years
    • Language – 3 years of same language
    • Arts – 2 years
    • Health – One trimester
    • Athletics/Physical Education – 2 years (or equivalent)
    • Global Engagement requirement
  • Service Learning as part of the standard curriculum
  • Arts program with dance, graphic design/photography, music, visual and theatrical arts


Campus Life


  • A full range of student-led clubs, academic competitions, publications, student government and social activities
  • Competitive athletic program for middle and upper school students
  • Comprehensive physical education program
  • Students wear uniforms


Beyond Pacific Ridge


  • Individual college counseling for 10th – 12th grade students
  • Alumni Association

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