Welcome to Pacifica School District

Pacifica School District, the community it serves, and the
children they cherish, together prepare each child to meet
the challenges of the future by providing an equitable,
rigorous academic program which nurtures curiosity and
inspires joy, confidence, and achievement in learning.

Guided by the concept of “good to great,” the Pacifica
School District builds on our past achievements and
strong community support:

  • Parent - Teacher Organizations
  • Pacifica School Volunteers
  • Pacifica Education Foundation (PEF)
  • Saving Pacifica Schools
  • City of Pacifica
  • Facilities Bond
  • Local Parcel Tax

All of our District schools, have met or exceeded the State of California’s high performing school criteria by earning an Academic Performance Index (API) score of 800 or higher as part of Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR). Nonetheless, we recognize the need for our instructional program to be expanded to include additional opportunities for students to develop their ability to think critically, solve problems, and engage productively in meaningful group work to be college and career ready.

2013-2014 District Goals

  • Goal 1: Focus on activities for full implementation of the CCSS in ELA and Math for 2014-15
  • Goal 2: Focus on teacher practices that support 21st Century skills development
  • Goal 3: Completion of the Companion Plan, Curriculum: Science
  • Goal 4: Develop Educational Funding Plans as required by the State 


District Communications

Common Core Information

Tdap Immunization Requirement for Grades 7 - 12

Latest LSEA Negotiations Update

Latest CSEA Negotiations Update


California Healthy Kids Survey

Cabrillo School

Ocean Shore School

Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School

Ortega School

Sunset Ridge School

Vallemar School



As the saying goes, one who fails to plan, plans to fail.  Pacifica School District has embraced this notion through the development of the PSD Strategic Plan:  21st Century Learning; Preparing students for an evolving world.  We are now being charged by the State to develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that aligns with our Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) the new State funding model for school districts.  We look upon the LCAP as a great opportunity to strengthen the alignment of our work to ensure success for all students.

In the Fall of 2013, we began the development of the plan by reviewing data and gaining input from various stakeholders who include:  parents, community, and district.  There are eight State Priorities in three core areas that the plan must support:

Conditions of Learning

  • (Priority 1) Basic:  Focused on teacher credentialing, pupil access to standards-aligned instructional materials, and school facilities that are maintained in good repair
  • (Priority 2) Implementation of State Standards, including focus on supporting English learners
  • (Priority 7) Course Access:  Evidence of students being enrolled in a broad course of study that includes all of the subject areas – science, social science, physical education, visual and performing arts, and world languages as applicable

Pupil Outcomes

  • (Priority 4) Pupil Achievement as measured by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress the California English Language Development Test
  • (Priority 8) Other Pupil Outcomes in the subject areas described as broad course of study


  • (Priority 3) Parent involvement, inclusive of efforts to seek parent input in decision making, promotion of parent participation in programs for unduplicated pupils and special need subgroups
  • (Priority 5) Pupil engagement as measured by school attendance rates, chronic absenteeism rates, middle school dropout rates, high school dropout rates, high school graduations rates
  • (Priority 6) School climate as measured by student suspension rates, student expulsion rates, other local measures including surveys of students, parents and teachers on the sense of safety and school connectedness

Our current work is to finalize the district goals and to work on the State provided template.  The LCAP is to be approved by the Pacifica School District Board of Trustees by the June 18, 2014 meeting.  We will provide updates to the progress of the LCAP development at Board meetings during the CCSS Implementation Update agenda item.  One may provide input during this portion of the meeting or contact Tina Van Raaphorst (tvanraaphorst@pacificasd.org; 650-738-6600), Director, Special Projects.



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