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List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is an independent school?

    A. An independent school is governed by a board of trustees and funded by tuition, endowment and contributions. It is a not-for-profit institution, with no government or religious affiliation, and is not a charter school. Pacific Ridge School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which represents more than 1,700 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad. NAIS website: www.nais.org
  • Q: Where is Pacific Ridge School located?

    A. Our 14.5 acre campus is located in Carlsbad's Bressi Ranch and surrounded on three sides by natural open-space. The campus is a 15-20 minute drive from the majority of communities in coastal North County - most families are able to avoid the freeway. 
  • Q: Where do Pacific Ridge students live?

    A. Students live in coastal and inland North County communities from La Jolla to Fallbrook.
  • Q: What is the mission of Pacific Ridge School?

    A. In a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement, Pacific Ridge School prepares students for college and a purposeful life.
  • Q: What does "Academic Excellence" mean at Pacific Ridge School?

    A. Pacific Ridge School's curriculum offers middle and upper school courses in history, science, English, world languages, mathematics, fine and performing arts – taught in ways that encourage students to make connections across disciplines. Small classes, engaged students and passionate teachers combine to foster a love of discovery and a depth of understanding, through a curriculum that is integrated and interactive. Please visit our Academic Excellence page for more information.
  • Q: How does Pacific Ridge School incorporate "Ethical Responsibility" into the curriculum?

    A. In theory and in practice, through readings across the disciplines, through student-run school meetings and extracurriculars, and through an active service learning program built into the school week and year, students define ethical responsibility in and out of the classroom. They frame questions from different perspectives and reflect on ethical decisions made in the real world. Please visit our Ethical Responsibility page for more information.
  • Q: What does Pacific Ridge School mean by "Global Engagement?"

    A. Global perspectives are woven into the fabric of Pacific Ridge’s curriculum so that students gain a better understanding of other cultures and can reflect more deeply on their own. In our service learning program, students have the opportunity to consider the needs of communities both near and far, and come to understand the positive impact they can make.  Our year-end global travel program inspires students to grow from local citizens, to world travelers, to global citizens. Please visit our Global Engagement page for more information
  • Q: What is Pacific Ridge School looking for in its students?

    A. Pacific Ridge is interested in students for whom the school's mission of academic excellence, global engagement, and ethical responsibility will be a good fit. Students should be able to achieve in a college preparatory academic environment and contribute to the school's artistic, athletic, leadership, and service-oriented activities. The school strives to attain racial, economic, and cultural diversity.
  • Q: Is tuition assistance available?

    A. Yes. Tuition assistance is available on an as-needed basis and the school grants over $3.1 million in assistance each year. Interested families submit financial information to a third party organization who determines the ability of each family to afford tuition. Please visit our tuition assistance section for more detailed information and a link to Independent School Management's Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). Please contact Jenny Bjornstad, Director of Admissions, if you have any additional questions.
  • Q: Does Pacific Ridge School have a sibling policy?

    A. Pacific Ridge School strives to meet the needs of families and encourages siblings to apply for admission.  Admission for siblings, however, is not automatic and siblings complete the same application process as do all applicants.  Sibling status is considered in the review of applications along with the other important applicant attributes that contribute to the composition and balance of a given class.  Pacific Ridge School admits qualified students for whom the school's mission of academic excellence, global engagement, and ethical responsibility will be a good fit.  Siblings, like other applicants, should be able to achieve in a college preparatory academic environment and contribute to the school's artistic, athletic, leadership and service-oriented activities.
  • Q: What is the school day like?

    A. The day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. There are eight periods allowing students to take five academic classes, arts, PE/athletics, and service learning. Pacific Ridge follows a block schedule with two 80-minute class periods in the morning, a 40 minute period of co-curricular programming in the middle of the day, followed by two 80-minute class periods in the afternoon. Students also enjoy "Community Life" periods with student performances, art showcases, intramural athletics, club meetings, guest speakers, and more. One day a week, students also have extended periods for Service Learning activities.
    During one of the co-curricular periods each week, students can visit their teachers to review assignments and work on projects. Faculty also remain on campus from 3:00 to 3:30 and are available to work with students who seek their help.
  • Q: How long can students stay on campus?

    A. Students can be on campus from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm or later, if participating in extra-curricular events. Many students stay on campus after school to complete homework while waiting for parents to pick them up after work.
  • Q: Does the school provide transportation to and from school?

    A. Pacific Ridge utilizes the services of Wess Transportation for student busing. For an extra fee, students and parents meet the bus at pre-determined pick-up/drop-off zones. For athletic events, arts programs, and service-learning activities, the school provides transportation to and from campus.
  • Q: Do students wear uniforms?

    A. Yes. At this time the school uses Land's End as its uniform provider for polos, tee shirts and button-down shirts, all with the school logo. Students can purchase solid navy, black or beige shorts and pants from any vendor. Uniform skirts of the appropriate color and length can be purchased from Land's End in the school's approved uniform section. Outerwear can consist of Land's End outerwear from the school's approved uniform section, approved school spirit wear, college sweatshirts or solid-color sweatshirts in the school's colors. All students are required to have some clothing with the Pacific Ridge logo. Uniform clothing from Land's End can be purchased online.
  • Q: Is lunch provided?

    A. Students have the option of purchasing lunch on a daily basis from a local catering company, Ki’s Restaurant, which delivers fresh, healthy lunches to school each day. Families order their lunches directly from Ki’s Restaurant online store. Students are also able to bring their own lunch to school, if they wish.
  • Q: When did the school open?

    A. Pacific Ridge School opened in the fall of 2007 with seventh and ninth grade. In 2010, the middle and high school became fully operational with grades seven through twelve, and in the spring of 2011, the school graduated its first senior class. Alumni of Pacific Ridge School are currently enrolled in college programs across the country and abroad.
  • Q: Why was the school founded?

    A. The founding families, a group of dedicated and informed parents and community members, recognized the strong demand for a first-rate college-preparatory school located in the Coastal North County of San Diego. After a thorough feasibility study, they gathered together a team of expert advisors and like-minded parents to bring their vision to fruition.
  • Q: Who leads the school?

    A. Dr. Bob Ogle is Head of School.

    Dr. Ogle has played an instrumental role in the growth and development of all aspects of Pacific Ridge School.  He joined the founding staff in 2006 and has helped craft the vision for Pacific Ridge, developed programs that define and support its mission, hired and evaluated the faculty, helped oversee the construction of several permanent campus facilities and managed the school’s overall operations. Before becoming Co-Head of School in July of 2011 and then succeeding Dr. Eileen Mullady as Head of School in April of 2013, Dr. Ogle taught English, led the admissions effort for the founding classes, developed the school’s global programs, and served as Academic Dean, Dean of Faculty and Assistant Head of School.
    Dr. Ogle came to Pacific Ridge from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he completed his doctorate through the Klingenstein Center.  He has served as an administrator, teacher and coach at schools in New York, Utah and California, including his alma mater, Francis Parker School.
    In addition to his Ed.D. and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and  M.A. in English Education, all from Columbia University, Dr. Ogle holds B.A. degrees in English and Economics from the University of California, Davis.
  • Q: Is Pacific Ridge School accredited?

    A. Pacific Ridge School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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