Students enrolled 614
School leader Ellie Cundiff
District Pacifica

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340 Inverness Drive
Pacifica, CA 94044

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(650) 738-6687
(650) 355-4042
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4 stars
Based on 32 ratings

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September 30, 2014
Principal isn't strong enough to lead against rude parents and the school safety is a concern. Anyone can walk onto campus at anytime, seems unsafe. Love most the teachers and most students are great. Office seems disorganized- like lost. Problem students seem to get rewarded in the office while good students seem to be ignored. Office is chaos of students who seem in trouble playing and eating? PTA ask and ask for money but don't know where it goes. Parents don't help at the school those who do are paid- I don't think parents should be paid to help. Conflicts in class and yards aren't usually handled. Wish class size was smaller and that all students had music and art. Some good programs like science and pe.

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2013
I need to see the graduation pictures Were can i see the plz help me find the web site thank you dearly Ray

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2013
I do not want to get teachers in trouble with the principal for my previous review. I am former staff not a teacher, I saw this school and support the teachers 100%.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2013
This is a good elementary school in Pacifica. However, for gifted or advanced children, there are no options. I do not think children can skip grades anymore. Even though I have been happy with the school in general, the lack of advanced academics is causing me to place my child in a private school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Ms Feinstein is the TK teacher and is so sweet and caring. As a parent, she makes you feel that your child is in the best hands. The school is also very organized considering how many classes there are for each grade. The principal has a great relationship with the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2013
I love this school... My daughter has Mrs. Tyler-parker and she is just wonderful very structured and that s what kids need these days. They go on a lot of field trips which is wonderful!! My daughter has learned so much I think sunset ridge should have more stars than what it s ranked now!! 10 stars in my book!!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
School needs to tighten up on safety and security for student drop off and pickup procedures.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
This is a wonderful school. My daughter is wrapping up her kindergarten year and has blossomed academically and socially. Mrs. Marinas, in particular, is an AMAZING teacher. She feels truly invested in the success of her pupils and it shows with the warm and dedication that she exudes at every opportunity. She is a hands-on educator and devote every bit of her attention to each child to make sure they are learning what they re supposed to. The school has so many programs and initiatives aimed at improving literacy and involving the parents every step of the way. I agree with a previous poster about the parking though. Some parents are incredibly inconsiderate when picking up and dropping off. The school is large and the parking lot is tiny so something's got to give. Overall, the principal, teachers, after-school program director at TTT, librarian, and breathtaking location with the ocean view and whale watching platform make this school one of a kind.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
We were initially concerned about the school's size (3-4 classes for each grade), but ended up being very happy with our son's kinder and first grade experiences. The school manages its size by being very organized; students are taught the routine of the massive recess, lunch and assembly events. The principal, Ellie Cundiff, is a very devoted and involved principal who sincerely makes the effort to know every family, not just students who require extra attention. The librarian, Lauren Reynolds, is wonderful. She actually buys the library books when she is on her own personal vacation time. The school has a VERY strong reading and writing kinder program. We are only at another district school because it offers more programs, but would not hesitate to return to Sunset Ridge if there were problems with the new school.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2011
The school is great. Parent involvement is always encouraged. The only problem seems to be the parents not being responsible enough to respect the rules about loading and unloading kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
Our son started kindergarten at Sunset Ridge this fall and absolutely loves it. His teacher is fabulous and takes time to inform us about what's going on in the classroom and with our son in particular. The principal is involved and cares about the kids and the teachers. The PTA is also very hands-on and organizes lots of great events, programs and opportunities to help out. Overall we are extremely satisfied with the education our son is receiving at Sunset Ridge. He can't wait to go to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
The best - teachers & staff, parents, kids. Happy to be part of the community

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 20, 2009
The best library in the district. Big and beautiful building

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
We have the best staff. They are truly dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
One of the only schools on the planet where students can watch the whales as they migrate in the pacific ocean and then go into class and write about the experience. = >

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
It iw wonderfully multicultural and our families participate in all aspects of our school, making it a wonderful place to be! The staff is warm, friendly and professional and most of us ar highly qulaified teachers. Everyone goes the extra mile all the time. It is a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Sunset Ridge has very caring teachers. We are grateful for them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
the teachers are wonderful, principal is very approachable, parents and students are very friendly and most of all nice environment with a lot of nice people

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Great principal & teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
The wonderful spirit of the staff toward the students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
The school has done wonders in helping my son deal with his High Functioning Autism.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Great teachers and volunteers

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
The excellent teachers. The clean and well kept facilities. The children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Love it!! Wonderful Teacher! Clean

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Great teachers! I am very pleased with the school so far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Great staff!! updated library & computer lab.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Sunset Ridge has Excellent Teachers, students and staff. A+++

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
my son has autism and the improvement I see in him is amazing -they really go the extra mile to accomodate him!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
Sunset Ridge is a wonderful learing community. Teachers and staff are great. The parents are always encouraged to partisapate in the learning process of the children, in school and outside the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
My son has had excellent teachers since he started here. He loves coming to school each day.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Sunset Ridge Elementary school is a place to be excited about learning and make friends for a lifetime! Every student is treated like family with caring staff, individual attention and a place to explore the world!

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
Sunset Ridge is the absolute best elementary school in the SF Bay area. We have awesome kids, parents, and staff members and we have a beautiful view!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Sunset Ridge Elementary is a great place to be! There is a dedicated group of parents, teachers, support staff, and administration who all have the best interests of the kids at heart. This group constantly takes lemons and makes lemonade! I love being a part of this group and working to make a difference in the lives of each and every child here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
My schools started in kindergarten and were promoted from 5th grade last year. Their experience at Sunset Ridge has really helped them to become the wonderful, intelligent, caring girls that they are today. The teachers are wonderful, the principal is fantastic and the school is made richer due to it's ethnic and economic diversity. I love Sunset Ridge.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The teachers are wonderful, the level of education is outstanding. The view is spectacular. My son loves it and I'm happy we went back.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Sunset Ridge Elementary is focused on giving and building the kids. And on a clear day you can see the Farallon Islands from inside my daughter's classroom. How amazing is that?

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Sunset Ridge Elementary School has a very diverse population, including many low income students, yet it has good scores on statewide testing. The school has many innovative programs to inspire students. Fifth graders go on a weeklong outdoor education program, where they learn science in the field. All students look forward to this opportunity. Additionally, the school has a free afterschool drama program run by a local theatre group. The students have planter boxes to grow food and flowers, and they are all participate in a recyling program to compost leftovers from lunch. Additionally, it has the only pre-kindergarten program in California. This program gives kids who need it, an extra year of academic instruction and social interactions ensuring their success when they enter kindergarten. The school also provides art instruction from a roving instructor. The entire staff are all very dedicated. As a parent of two children enrolled at Sunset Ridge, I am very satisfied with the education they receive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great Teachers & Staff. Great Principal. Great Kids. Great School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great teachers, administrators and a group of involved parents make Sunset Ridge a wonderful school! I taught there for 2 years before relocating to NY and I miss it terribly. The parents were so supportive and the faculty amazing.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 18, 2009
Sunset Ridge has awesome students, parents, and staff members. The view rocks as well!

- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2009
We have wonderful teachers who work very hard with there students. The very best PTA who even though it's a small group they work very hard to suport there children and the school! Last, but not least the rest of the staff, including the most awesomest principal in the district! Everbody, seems to go out of their way to make sure our children get a good education eventhough, there are so many budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Sunset Ridge has a wonderful staff. From teachers to custodians, to everyone whom works in the office and makes it great from day to day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It's a great place for students to learn with dedicated teachers and parents that give 110%.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
Great teachers, gardens for the kids to plant and take care of. Beautiful school overlooking the pacific ocean

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I've made a previous post on Great Schools (Oct. 2008) about how pleased we are with Sunset Ridge. Our daughter (now a 2nd grader) loves it there, as do my husband and I. The teachers continue to be top notch, and do an incredible job with still lower-than-should-be financial resources. We're happy to be at Sunset Ridge -- it's a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2009
Wondeful school, Great teachers, They have this thing called 'Talk It Out' and it is kids helping other kids. Good school.

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2009
Great school. My daughter went here from K to 5 and we're so proud of this school. It exceeded all my expectations from this school. Great teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
My daughter has attended this school since kindergarten and is now entering 4th grade. Her success as a student is in great part due to the dedicated staff!! We love sunset ridge.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
Sunset Ridge has a great 3rd grade teacher (Mrs. Paulic) who incorporates music into her curriculum, good principal, and very nice location on the cliffs over Pacifica. The school is fairly new, and very clean.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2006
This school has been the first public school experience for both my kids. Sunset Ridge is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader. Thank you Ms. Trask for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
Great school. Teachers were very much involed. Truly amazed at how much my daughter has learned.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
Sunset Ridge has been a positive experience for both my children. The curriculum is great and the teachers go over and beyond their duties to make sure that the children understand the lesson plan.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
Sunset Ridge is a good school with great teachers and staff. The only thing that I'm concerned about is the large class sizes, no one on one anymore like some children need.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 09, 2005
My child is attending second grade in this school and I like the facilities. I have observed school faculty members are cooperative and supportive and active in school activities. Teacher-student ratio is very ideal and found learning materials very good. We come from another country and my child is very eager to learn English as second language. I acknowledge that my child's reading comprehension and math is still a big task for me as parent and a long way to go but I believe she will be there if she keeps on reading and practicing and me and my wife keep on guiding and supporting her.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2005
Great teachers, great staff, great facilities, a good place to be and to learn!!

- submitted by a parent
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Sunset Ridge Elementary School
340 Inverness Drive, Pacifica, CA  94044
(650) 738-6687
Last modified Sunset Ridge Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sunset Ridge Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top