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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Pacific Ridge School enjoyed its first day of school virtually on September 1. Pacific Ridge has a plan in place to support on-line, on-campus, and hybrid learning as government and CDC regulations continue to evolve. We are currently offering personalized virtual tours for future academic years. Please email admissions@pacificridge.org to schedule a time that works for your family. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B
6269 El Fuerte St
Carlsbad, CA 92009
About Pacific Ridge School...

Applying

Application Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$33,750
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid
$17,760
From Pacific Ridge School

Pacific Ridge School is an educational experience dedicated to developing in its students intellect, agility, and courage that will serve them in young adulthood and beyond. We started out with a desire to build a community committed to learning and growth, laying the foundation for a purposeful life ahead.

At Pacific Ridge School, we offer an outstanding education that prepares students to enter adulthood with resilience and a strong sense of self. To achieve this, we believe in creating the right set of experiences for every student to develop a sense of curiosity, the mindset to solve any problem, and the determination to achieve the extraordinary. We know the students that pass through our doors are empowered to make positive change in the world, and we enable them to do so with creativity and confidence.

Pacific Ridge School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1340
101 responses
Average ACT
31
133 responses

Harkness Learning at Pacific Ridge School

It all starts in the classroom with small groups and lively discussions around the Harkness table. Our approach involves empowering students with the confidence to engage with challenging material and appreciate diverse perspectives. Each student is seen, heard, and actively included, which helps them to develop the critical thinking and open-mindedness to undertake anything that comes their way.

Culture & Safety

Poll
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 22 responses
  • End-of-the-Year Trips
    64%
  • Bus Safety Community Life
    9%
  • Rube Goldberg project
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

    Students

    Diversity
    A-
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    626
    88%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
    63%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    7:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    84%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
    Poll
    89%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
    Poll
    84%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    93%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
    93%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
    87%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      D
    2. Good for Families
      A
    3. Housing
      C
    Median Household Income
    $107,172
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,970
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $770,100
    National
    $184,700

    Pacific Ridge School Reviews

    130 reviews
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    The faculty at Pacific Ridge was amazing! The teachers were always very willing to help their students whenever needed and always made themselves available. It was very nice coming to a close knit community like this one from a public school! The head of the school was also very nice and welcoming, overall I enjoyed my experience at Pacific Ridge School.
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    Pacific Ridge is great in some ways and terrible in others. The education quality is overall great. So for that, they get an A+. This school however, is insanely politically driven and extremely polarized. They are not even moderate. They are far radical left. The administration and the teachers push their political agendas on the students. They utilize the children's impressionable age to push their political agendas and their ideas about gender identification and other topics to a ridiculous degree. It would be fantastic if they would focus on teaching unity and kindness to all as a whole no matter your beliefs, religion or political party. They do not do that. You are not treated kindly here if you are not radical left and are not an atheist.
    I have two children who graduated from PRS. What I would like to share is their outcomes at college . The college counseling program is all inclusive and personalized. Parents can be hands off. That means no nagging, arguments or hiring outside help. This was a benefit that I had not even considered when we applied, but ended up being incredibly significant. They both ended up at great colleges but most importantly, they are thriving. They entered college completely prepared. They can write well. They think critically. They participate in both curricular and extra curricular activities. PRS taught them how to learn and how to apply that knowledge, not just memorize and spit it back. They report to me that they are far more prepared than their classmates and although there always are ups and downs for any middle school and high school student, both say that they are thankful that they graduated from PRS.