Students enrolled 1881
Hours 7:55 AM - 2:50 PM
School leader Jason Bevacqua
Transportation options Yes
District Garden Grove Unified School District

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6851 Lampson Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92845

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(714) 663-6515
(714) 663-6037
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3 stars
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April 21, 2014
My student is an IEP student and has difficutly keeping up with some of his classes. He has always been taught to ask for extra help before and after school. Yet, this year he has several teachers who have not been willing to meet with him, even by appointment and he is now really struggling in that class. It's very sad to see students try to obtain the help they need and have teachers unwilling to help. I understand they have lives and families, however it seems to be more and more of the teachers are showing less care for their students at this school, which is very sad to see. Not sure we will be sending child #2 to Pacifica in the next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
Just like any HS you have your teachers that care and teachers that don't. It is our job as parents to let them know that you are on top of things and to ask questions if your student doesn't get the right answers. And if you don't play baseball or softball forget it the sports programs are a joke from an old boys soccer coach who usually has talent but can't do anything with or the girls soccer coach who is a club president and coach and only uses the school to farm players and forget about football it's just not gonna happen they don't even have there own stadium. But they take the whole bullying thing very serious and have lots of parent seminars and such for a variety of different things. Relatively safe I guess.....

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
I would like to see what percentage of students have to REPEAT classes at Pacifica vs. the California average. I notice my son passes the science and math benchmark tests with ease - but struggles mightily with Pacifica's teacher's own tests in geometry and chemistry. Same for his friends - many of whom will have to take Chemistry twice to avoid killing their chances at college. Why is there such a difference between student's performance on benchmarks vs. in class tests? What does that tell us? I think the teachers aren't getting the more complex issues into the students heads - a substantial amount flunk tests - and the teachers don't care - just move on. Everything seems to be in a mad rush. GRADING homework would be a good change. My son's geometry class gets full homework credit - just for turning it in. But are the students doing the homework correctly? Who knows - until you FAIL a test. Ugh. Private school - I wish I invested in it. the teaching is so much better. The caring is so much higher.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
Make sure your student gets involved with clubs, or any sport, that builds camaraderie that helps focus study habits.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
The school could have a better school spirit if it isn't demeaning and that it does not make students feel uncomfortable.

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2013
I have had two kids go through this school, the first one had bad experiences with teachers who wouldn't help or answer questions and I had a poor impression, however, when the second one entered and had some of those same, tough teachers I learned that there is more than one perspective as she was able to relate and work hard to get good grades -- this first one, not so much and now three years later admits she didn't work very hard, so I know not to take anything on face value.. The staff if courteous and the campus pretty safe, don't hear much of bulling nor fighting for the most part and the students seem very tolerant of each other, no matter what their differences. The school could use some revamping and it can be quite crowded and small. They could also use some new full-time math teachers as every year my kid has had some terrible substitutes teach classes abandoned due to personal situations, however those situations were handled with re-grading and/or re-testing and the outcomes were more than satisfactory -- given all of that, I think Pacifica offers a solid education and recommend it wholeheartedly..

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2012
It's summer time right now, and I feel like this school needs a recent review. After summer I will be going into my junior year, and I will have been attending Pacifica for two years already. The teachers I have had so far really know how to teach an get information into your brain, if you really listen and study. I haven't had any ap or honors classes, and I don't really plan to yet, but none of my teachers were boring. They really know how to show their personalities and show that they care. I stay after school a lot because I don't live in Garden Grove and I have to wait to get picked up after my parent's job, and when you stay after school to do homework you know you can feel the safety this school has. A year before I attended I heard of violent fights, but there rarely is any, I only heard of ONE fight at the end of the year as a sophomore. There also was a new principal this year too, I find him a kind man, he is really good at supervising the campus teacher and making sure the students have the best education as possible. To be honest he is a lot more outgoing than the former one. Outgoing teachers, safe environment, responsible caring staff, and you can learn best.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2011
My daughter attended Pacifica for about 2 weeks. I have to admit that at first I was hesitant, but I was pleasantly surprised at how professional and kind the staff and teachers were to my daughter. Her experience there was positive and I now feel that if she ever has to return I can send her there without worry or regret. A good school as far as I can see, and trust me, I am a huge skeptic!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2011
I am currently attending Pacifica, and i have to say, i love it! I was diagnosed with ADHD AND depression this past year (my freshman year) and the counslers were VERY involved with both helping me strive in my schoolwork AND keeping me safe and out of harm. The teachers are great, some of the other students are....ugh...but the administration is great! I'm glad i attend this school! Go Marching Band!

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2010
The teachers that one of the parents listed below are the only qualified teachers who care about the students future and kids can relate to them . The rest of the staff is terrible including administration. And I agree, long term teachers except for Mr. Roy is another good one can all go. They also have alot of new teachers there who don't know what their doing and grade terrible. Kids are constantly repeating classes at this school. If Garden Grove didn't have summer school what would they do? They also have a flood of kids who enter Hare school when they get behind because teachers have problems relating to students in teaching. Including all their rules is another reason why kids get so behind. They don't treat them like high school kids. This school is a prison and glad I got my kid out of here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2010
Everyone is so nice to deal with & they support the children in studies & sports. Also my granddaughter go there & she likes it.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
I think Pacifica is a great school. I have two students there currently; both enjoy going to school and have great teachers who really care. Mr. Barham, Mr. Anderson, Mrs. Chang and Mrs. Rinehart stand out as outstanding educators, providing a balance of support and challenge. It is a safe school. Adminstrators are friendly and accessible.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
Teacher involvement is minimal. They only do what is expected. Students fall behind and grades are low, no accountability towards the teachers. Long term teachers do not care as long as they get their salary.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
I took my kid out of here too he is doing much better and almost done with high school. Pacifica is a prison school they have too many rules, they fail alot of kids, they don't have a good rapport with the students and some teachers are alright but many just don't care or not that good. And I went to this high school years ago. But it is not the same it's too bad.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2010
I took my daughter out of Pacifica in 2009 and transferred her to Marina where she is doing much better because the teachers care over there. She is not falling behind like she was at Pacifica. And most important she is much happier and enjoys school again.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
This is a good school. They do empahzise beign responsible for your education, this is high school no elementary. So kids who get behind, do find it harder to catch up, as class continues to push forward when some kids are still back. Some classes offer zero period for tutoring to assist, for those who are willing to get up and take action for their grades. There needs to be more councelors. As a parent - your are expected to care about your childs education, and put in as much effort as you want the school too. so you have to stay on your toes and on your child, as you will be notified by councelors after the fact if there are problems or graduation issues. I make a point of having an appointmet with myself my child and councelor twice a year - needed or not.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2010
This school I have to say is overrated. They give false hopes into students and the students end up falling behind. I have been teaching here at Pacifica and the experience hasn't been very pleasant. I have had to leave a huge amount of students behind to continue with the 'smart kids' because that was all that mattered, the scores. Overall Pacifica needs to start thinking about all the students not just their reputation.

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2008
I love this school. I am a soon- to - be- junior and I think that the school and environment are great. The sports are good, this is coming from a football player himself, the staff and students are fun to be around.

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2008
Go Mariners!!! Go Fight WIn! I love attending Pacifica High School. I am a junior this year, and I am very sad that my time there is ending so quickly. I enjoy every year at this school, and I love almost all of my teachers, and one of them stands out above all others. Thank you Pacifica, for making my soon-to-be-over high school career so memorable! I LOVE YOU PHS!!!

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2008
Compared to another high school, I found the teachers here to be very engaging, unique, and fun to learn with. I wouldn't trade the experiences I had here for anything. Being a student here, I felt accepted for the first time and likewise intelligent. Everything was taught in a way to ensure that it would stick. Better still is the off-campus ROP center not more than two blocks away, allowing for more education (and extra credits) for those who wish to add more to their achievements. Not only that, but it is placed fairly close to several colleges. I couldn't reccomend this school any more than I have. If you want a school where educational achievement is possible, and exceeding it is plausible, then this is it.

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- submitted by a student
November 13, 2007
Great school, village feel of surrounding homes as the area is closer to Seal Beach and Cypress and is geographically isolated from greater Garden Grove. One caution: do not depend on counseling services to bring parents into the educational planning process. Become an informed parent about college admission competion and requirements. Make sure your students takes PSAT and college admission exams as a junior to be able to make appropriate college admission decisions. The counselors apparently wait for students to initiate registration for these tests so even kids in Advanced classes may not understand it is up to the to apply.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2007
What a gem of a school. Very strong academically and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities make this a wonderful High School experience. Children that have graduated have returned to this area and now their kids are attending. It is that good. The school has plenty of high standard academic classes to prepare students for the rigors of college. They also have ROP classes for those who are not college bound. Use of technology is not obvious but exists in many places where it is needed. For example, the yearbook is put together entirely electronically, using industry standard software for publishing. The performing arts programs are very strong as well, offering virtually all aspects of performing arts from choral and instrumental to dramatic acting and musical theater. The various sports teams are all competitive in league play with some making regular appearances in CIF competition. Great School!

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September 26, 2007
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September 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2007
We love Pacifica! My husband and I are both products of private schools, and we found out that Pacifica is far superior than our private high schools! The staff is kind, considerate, and always willing to listen, and the students are positive and seem happy. My son, who never really cared for school loves it there! When we had an issue with grades, every single teacher called us back within 24 hours after leaving a message.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
I have two children at Pacifica, 12th and 9th grade. My son was in the Marching Band and is now in the concert band. The music program at Pacifica is second to none. The academics program is incredible. The faculty and staff in which my family has interacted with have been so supportive and I truly feel that they care about the education of all of their students.

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January 25, 2007
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October 30, 2006
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October 03, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 03, 2006
My child has attended PHS since 9th grade (now a Jr.) on a 'choice' transfer. We have been very happy w/PHS! He is active in sports and 4 activities or clubs. He has adored at least one teacher per year, and has found a 'mentor' amongst them. He is not lost in the shuffle, except perhaps in the counseling area - I think there are only 4 counselors for the student body - if we had any complaints, that would be the only one. The students, as a whole, are polite, neatly dressed, and the school is clean -- it looks like it is respected and cared for! Thanks, PHS!

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December 06, 2005
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August 25, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 21, 2005
Having gone to Pacifica and now being a teacher, I can say that the science department was exceptionally strong. The educators teaching there are very qualified.

- submitted by a former student
April 28, 2005
Pacifica is an excellent school. There are a wide variety of classes and many resources that promote academic success. Its diverse student population enables each student to feel accepted. There is something and someone for everyone. I have found the school faculty and administrators to be very helpful and I have never had a problem. My experience in the Special Education Resource classes has been phenomonal, the decision for me to attend Pacifica was the best decision we made: I have made many steps in the right direction to excellence. I have excelled much further than in any other of my previous schools. My confidence, and my ability and willingness to socialize has gotten to a whole new level since I was enrolled. THANK YOU PACIFICA!

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April 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2004
Good school,my daughter is in 10th grade and no problems thus far. Does need to be updated, eg/all classes should be on internet for parents to locate homework/classwork schedule (real time) grades and assignments. Good teachers, demographics are changing. parent involvment needs to increase. Thats a parenting issue though, not a school. though parents will blame the school, no doubt.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2004
This is a fine high school. Both of my daughters attended and graduated from Pacifica. One now attends Orange Coast College and the other is a Soph. at U.C. San Diego. Garden Grove is an extended city geographically 'extended' causing a wide range of socio-economic neighborhoods withing the GG school districe. Pacifica is located in the most afluent and safe part of GG. This is very good public education, with a safe environment for all students.

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Pacifica High School
6851 Lampson Avenue, Garden Grove, CA  92845
(714) 663-6515
Last modified Pacifica High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pacifica High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top