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Pacific Ridge School

Private | 7-12 | 503 students

 

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Posted September 6, 2014

great experience. If you want to send your child to a school where they are proud to aspire to college, and they look you in the eye when they talk to you, then PRS is the place. My child had started to check out at his public middle school. He is already coming home giving us the old..."guess what we did today". THIS SCHOOL is worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2014

Wonderful school. Sure its not perfect. There isn't a school out there that is. But my child has had a phenomenal experience to date. Its not for everyone....small class size, teachers who "walk to Walk" everyday. Its expensive yes, but I have never regretted a single cent spent on this education. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved at the school is you want to make the effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2014

I have been attending Pacific Ridge since 2010. 7th grade was really good, but in the following years I became more aware of the community and therefore less comfortable. One bad thing about Pacific Ridge is that people are not open to trying new things or getting to know people. Once they have their own little group of friends, they become exclusive among those 4 or 5 people and that's about it. Some people say the school isn't clique-y, but it TOTALLY is. The school is welcoming to people of all social classes, but it is harder for students with less money to relate to the majority of the student body, which I have found uncomfortable. Most of the teachers are pretty good, but there are quite a few of them who display a lot of favoritism. The campus is very nice, but the students are rude in that they leave their trash around and expect others to just clean up after them. Somebody else said that there are no drug problems, but there are, even though it is nothing out of the ordinary really. If you do not make the Varsity team for sports, you receive very little support. Basically, the school does not stand up to the reputation it was started with and is going quickly downhill.


Posted May 26, 2014

I am currently a sophomore and am finishing up my third year at Pacific Ridge. Like the reviewer before me, I absolutely love the school and can honestly say that it has changed my life. The school's philosophy, curriculum, and extremely well-qualified faculty are truly special. Despite the fact that I came to PRS in 8th grade (the majority of students enter in 7th or 9th), my family and I were immediately welcomed into a wonderful community of great friends and families. My family is not nearly as well off as many of my peers', but unlike some of the other reviewers, I/we never experienced any snobbishness or socioeconomic discrimination. Pacific Ridge has allowed me to become exposed to knowledge, people, and opportunities that I would never have known exist. I am surrounded by a great mix of friends that have similar passions and drives to learn and have fun that I do, and I cannot stress enough what a great experience I've had. With all schools, what you put in is what you will get out, and I know that if you put in effort and want to succeed, Pacific Ridge is an amazing place to make your dreams come true. - Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2014

I have been at this school for 2 years and it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Ignore the comments below about it being exclusive. I, myself have not grown up in a wealthy family. We have sacrificed a lot to go to this school, but it is worth it. I can't speak for other grades, but my grade is very inclusive and we do not have any bullying problems I have heard of. You are not bullied or looked down upon if you do not have money or you are there on scholarship. There are no benefits wealthier students have and there is not teacher favoritism. I don't know what these people are talking about and also, a fair competition is good for kids. You don't want your child to grow up and not have to compete for anything in life.


Posted February 5, 2014

I've been here since 7th (now 10th), & I've noticed many pros & cons. Socially it is hard. The school is small, & you basically know everyone which is good & bad. There are no parties (good for some people, but not those of us who want to hang out & have fun & a social life). Teachers are great, sometimes there's a sour in the bunch but thats ok. Sports aren't so hot... arts are amazing, my favorite part. I wish for more extra-curiccs for kids like me (not about college & academic league & MUN) We need more that is just for fun &not forced (things tend to be forced). The school's understanding &supportive. I admit it gets frustrating because things are repeated. "College,Step into discomfort,Does might make right"... reading these comments honestly won't give a taste of PRS, the best would be to visit & decide for urself because there are a lot of cons & a lot of pros, & it depends what you take from it. personally, I've been looking @ other schools because the stress of PRS has built over time, &it's a problem. Overall it is a really great school, just not for everyone. (and its not all tiffanies and juicy couture &"rich" or whatever... we wear uniform &converse &jackets) -student


Posted January 21, 2013

We have two sons, 6 years experience and a good understanding of PRS. Although not without issues, it's an exceptional school. Almost without exception, teachers have Masters or Doctorates. Most teachers are excellent, although there are some weak links. We have seen the school not renew sub-par teachers contracts- a nice change. The school admits bright kids, and it s becoming more competitive as its reputation grows. Some families have money and some don t, but most get some sort of financial aid. It is expensive, but worth the investment. Students become worldly, articulate and intellectual. They have intelligent, confident conversations (even arguments) thanks to the Harkness style teaching. I love my sons friends. They talk about politics, the economy, world events, and normal teen stuff. Concerns of drugs have been non-existent. Kids hang out but partying is not the emphasis. Socially, it can be very small- too small for some, but is NOT cliquey. Kids of all kinds go there and all hang out together. Small classes and Harkness teaching fosters a collaborative environment. Some activities waste time, but small complaint. Worth it to see if it fits your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

Im hearing illegal immigrants or even being hispanic are getting another free ride and dont have to pay to go to this school, Outragged at how we treat people who sneak in here and collect so many benefits! They go and dont have to pay. unfair to the American Citizens


Posted May 31, 2012

Pacific Ridge School is a unique and absolutely phenomenal place. The students are sharp and straight as arrows; the teachers are excellent, young, and enthusiastic; the new buildings are top-notch; and the community can't be beat. Don't let the focus on global engagement, ethical responsibility, service learning, and integration confuse you - while definitely present and important, those elements are largely subordinate to good old-fashioned academic excellence (and rightfully so). The Harkness round-table style of teaching is one of the most powerful educational tools I have ever encountered, and I don't know how anybody could ever learn any other way. And I don't know where some of these negative reviews come from - they sound so bitter! PRS is a financial stretch for my family, and we do get financial aid, and we don't contribute to the fundraising, and I can submit myself as Exhibit A that the school does not discriminate based on that. I have earned far more than my fair share of honors, awards, and positions without any consideration of money. PRS produces smart, well-traveled, aware, confident, students. There is no school in the world that I would rather call home.


Posted January 22, 2012

I couldn't disagree more with the last two reviews. PRS is a warm, inviting and incredible community filled with students of all different abilities. Their mission is to foster global engagement, academic excellence and ethical responsibility and I can attest that it certain fulfills its mission tenfold! The teachers are incredibly committed and personally invested in each student. The curriculum and the Harkness teaching approach keep my super bright child totally engaged in a way no other school has ever come close. Dinner conversations with our teen are remarkable to say the least! The depth of what our child is learning is amazing! Added off-site service learning adds a dimension to the school that is also impossible to find anywhere else. PRS is like having an East Coast boarding school right here in our own back yard. Kudos, Kudos, Kudos to the faculty and everyone involved in the special gem of a school. No school in San Diego comes even remotely close.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

I couldn't agree more than with the previous review. If you feel your student is full of themselves, and competition is priority, then they should fit right in. The teachers have not demonstrated the extra time and attention to communicate with us as parents. Even though our student is intelligent and a very good student, there were a few challenges. Communication about these challenges or student performance was disappointing; we often found out well after the fact - when it was too late to be proactive. We've witnessed awards given for so-called 'Ethical Responsibility' to students who weren't always deserving of these achievements, shall we say, honestly. I agree with the previous post regarding hypocrisy. Our students have come home to report many times that students were often promised things and then renegged by headmaster, administrators and educators alike. Sports was a huge disappointment. One of our students was told by an ex-employee that not only were the students who were chosen to play key positions chosen because of their parents' financial contributions but that they were treated was based on this as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2011

Pacific Ridge fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility, and global engagement according to its mission. However, from my experience at Pacific Ridge, I can tell you that almost none of these aspects of the mission are fulfilled. One would expect a student body filled with bright, culturally and globally aware, and moral students. This is simply not true. When analyzing a random group of students, chances are that they don't have a clue about what is going on around the world, and they play games on their computers during service learning instead of actually helping their local and global communities. Furthermore, despite all of Pacific Ridge's efforts to be environmentally friendly, almost all of the students do not take advantage of Pacific Ridge's compost system. All of these contradictions... What do they tell you about the school itself, and how it is influencing its (rich) students? There are some students who I find hard to believe made it into this school, and yes, I agree that Pacific Ridge is certainly elitist, and that the tuition is overpriced. If you want a school full of hypocrisy, then this is the school for you.


Posted November 4, 2010

This school is the greatest I have yet been to. I've moved a lot and gone to many different schools, but none off them hold a candle to this one. All the teachers have bachelors degrees, and most have doctorates, and they have great personalities.The students don't have to be geniuses to get in the school, but in every case I've seen, the students feel that they've grown exponentially since attending here. The school is only just starting, so nothing is really concrete yet. The foundations and traditions of this school are only just being laid down, and if the student body wants something to change, we can do it relatively easily. I probably can't fit all the great things I have to say into here, so I'll just end with saying that my one and only complaint, is the workload.


Posted July 11, 2010

Our son has been at PRS since the beginning in the founding 7th grade class. Not only has he grown, but the school has grown as well. The new high school building is spectacular and worthy of a school of this caliber!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

Deceptive and overrated. I've tried to post three other reviews and somehow they disappear. If you don't have something good to say about this school, the staff and the founding parents will make sure no one hears the negative remakrs. The school is insular and caters to very wealthy kids. There are middleclass students but the plums go to the rich kids, who get the leads in the musicals, star in the sports teams, and many get good grades for little more than being good public speakers which the school values highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2010

Pacific Ridge is everything that I could have hoped it would be, and more. My son entered in 9th grade and was immediately accepted into the community. Now, only two-thirds of a year later, he is a leader and has many friends who share the same interests. The sports program is increasing exponentially - next year there will be 50 different teams! The extracurricular activities and student government are also wonderful, and there are all sorts of resources available to both. The school emphasized having an alternative approach to learning (including lots of service) but in reality, I find that it really excels in academics - without compromising the service. The teachers are incredible - they give countless hours of their own time to help students and run events, are always available to talk to about anything, and are some of the most motivated and inspirational people I have ever met.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

Does not compare to the other independent schools in San Diego. When considering cost, this has far less to offer. Limited extracurricular, very limited sports. It needs a few years to grow into a top quality school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

For all those rich families who have straight 'A' children...good for you. For those of us who aren't super rich or wear our skirts super short with Juicy Coture socks and Tiffany's necklaces...well you are socailly outcasted. Look at these reviews from parents. And how many of thousands of dollars do you give the school each month? You children get prefferential treatment if you support the 'funding' or 23 or 24 thousand dollars a year without financial aid, its the school for you. the classrooms are in trailers and the teachers are...well...if you don't pay their bills they really don't care about what grades you get. if you are not rich and dont have mommy's who drive you to the mall every night and buy you diamonds and designer socks... Chose your school wisely.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

PRS is a terrific school, dedicated to helping students reach their full potential. They are given numerous opportunities to grow, from playing a sport they've never tried before, to acting in a play without any drama experience. I know that my child would not have these opportunities in one of the very large, over-crowded public schools. It is expensive, but education is the best investment I can make in my child's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

This is our first year at PRS and we couldn't be more pleased with everything about the school. Our son is in 7th grade and has been academically challenged thoughout the entire year. Getting 'A's' has always come very easy to him and the difference we see this year is that he really has to work at home and has to participate in class and become involved. Most of the teachers we have experienced are very motivating and introduce thought-provoking ideas to the kids. As for extracurricular activities, I agree with another post. Our son would have never participated in afterschool clubs or sports with over 400 kids in his grade. At PRS he has participated and has become a more well-rounded individual. Great school to get kids to open up and get involved!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 26%
Hispanic 5% 52%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Dance teacher(s)
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  • PE instructor(s)
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Robert Buscher
Gender
  • Coed

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • flag football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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6269 El Fuerte Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009
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