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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B-
Address
6269 El Fuerte St
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Telephone
(760) 448-9820

Applying

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

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$32,150
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
$17,670
From Pacific Ridge School

Pacific Ridge School inspires curious young minds to be thoughtful, collaborative, and globally-minded by integrating a multitude of intercurricular opportunities with a robust academic schedule. Through an inclusive and innovative approach to acquiring and applying knowledge, students gain confidence and self-awareness—developing into young adults with advanced communication skills who are prepared to drive and design their success in the 21st century.

Summer at Pacific Ridge kicks-off on June 17th! From coding to cooking, to photography to starting your own band, our camps and workshops offer kids in 5th-12th grade a summer experience that wraps learning new skills in a whole lot of fun . Morning and afternoon sessions offered during these one-week programs. Sign-up Today!

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
1330
83 responses
Average ACT
31
108 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • End-of-the-Year Trips
    67%
  • Rube Goldberg project
    11%
  • Bus Safety Community Life
    6%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • Pep rallies
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

    Students

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    616
    93%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
    79%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
    64%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
    Poll
    82%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    92%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
    85%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
    Living in the Area
    A+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      D+
    2. Good for Families
      A+
    3. Housing
      C
    Area Feel
    Suburban
    Median Household Income
    $102,722
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,918
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $713,600
    National
    $184,700

    Pacific Ridge School Reviews

    112 reviews
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    Two years in, it has been a very good experience. Great kids! Very welcoming. The Exeter math is challenging and well thought out. The teachers and administration seem very engaged. It seems like all the stake holders are trying to do their best which is more than I can say about our previous school. The focus is tuning good kids into great adults.
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    Having sent both my kids to PRS, I feel the investment was so worth it. They were more than prepared for college, but just as important, they had the chance to explore interests, play sports, travel internationally and learn about themselves as people. Harkness is what drew us to the school, and both my kids learned communication and critical thinking skills that will benefit them far beyond college. Between the two kids attending for six years each, I think there was only one bad teacher and that person only stayed one year. Other teachers were terrific and really knew my kids and cared for them. I love the school's approach to learning.
    Our family's experience at PRS has been mostly positive and in some ways, priceless. Our child started there in 7th grade and is now a senior. There are many, many excellent, enthusiastic teachers and a few not so great ones. But that would be true anywhere. The admin has been mostly receptive to suggestions and complaints. The atmosphere feels like they are actively striving to have an outstanding school. I don't understand those who say the arts are not supported here. My child is in theatre and it seems supported by all in a big way! The priceless thing we have gained is a child who was shy and reserved became one who is confident, well-spoken and very involved at school. I doubt that would have happened at a larger school. My child attended a program at a top university this past summer and credited PRS with preparing them to actively and intelligently participate in class discussion.