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Pacifica Christian High School

Private | 9-12 | 230 students

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Posted September 3, 2014

Regardless of what they say, the school offers ZERO parent involvement. After transferring from another private school in Los Angeles that only went through eighth grade I chose Pacifica based on their open house and staff. I was mistaken. One English teacher who has been there forever would send "urgent" emails late at night. When I asked her why this was the first time I had heard of a problem, she took it personally, became very defensive and told me not to trust my daughter. My daughter had received all A's and B's before Pacifica. I have took her out and placed her in another school. I also just found out that they placed her in the wrong classes for her Freshman year and that TWO classes will not count for college credits (they were not electives). She is a bright student, who is now behind already. We are having to be at school at 6:30 so that she can take an extra class to catch up. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

I am a former parent, my daughter graduated two years ago. Both my daughter and I loved her experience at Pacifica. Having experience at many private schools I can say that Pacifica has the most caring and involved teachers I have ever encountered. They really strive to help the kids mature and grow into responsible people not just churn out high test scores above all else. My daughter was a cheerleader and on the volleyball team I don't think she would've had those opportunities at a bigger school. They have amazing school spirit and truly care about their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Now an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, Pacifica Christian prepared me not only for the workload of university, but fostered an interest in various subjects. I learned how to perceive the world and others around me in an educated way, with an appreciation for diversity. The teachers at Pacifica are nurturing, challenging, and unbelievably wise. The class sizes are intimate and supportive. The athletics and art department encourage students of all disciplines to become involved. I have benefitted greatly from my Pacifica education and am so grateful for the four years I spent learning, growing, and taking risks.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2012

AMAZING SCHOOL!! Rigorous education! GREAT SPORTS!!! A welcoming environments filled with caring and concerned teachers and students that will guide students through high school and give them the generous gift of the ultimate high school experience!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2012

We have been very pleased with Pacifica. The teachers are excellent. They are very engaged and enthusiastic. The academic program is rigorous. The administration is very responsive to parent and student needs and very engaged in the school. We could not be happier with our choice of schools for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

Our daughter loves Pacifica Christian high school. Not only is she engaged with a rigorous curriculum delivered by an outstanding faculty who are passionate about learning and students, she is becoming a better person. She is encouraged by her peers and teachers to make good decisions. Her teachers are strong role models who reach out, make time for students and help them reach high standards. Outside the classroom she is engaged in sports, student leadership and is taking advantage of the travel program. The school is a true community with strong leadership. We can't wait for our son to apply. Pacifica is a gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

Pacifica is a dream come true for our family and my daughter is thriving at the school. There are a few things that really stand out about Pacifica. First, they fill the administrative positions with quality people with excellent leadership skills and the ability to relate well to parents, staff and students. Second, the teachers are some of the best I have ever seen. They are passionate about what they do and develop a warm relationship with the students. I would even say that my daughter is inspired by them. She has made many new friends and for a rather shy kid, is opening up and getting quite involved. She is trying new sports and activities that are new to her. I think the relatively small size of the school easily allows for this. No doubt, this has been an excellent experience for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2011

Please think very carefully before sending your child to this school. Apparently it works for some kids, but my child had a terrible experience there. It seems like they try to break down the students in order to rebuild them to conform to their particular idea of what students should believe and do. They're good at the breaking down, but not so good at the building up. My child and many others have left after a year or two at the school. Many of the staff and faculty are arrogant amateurs. They're so pleased with themselves that they dont realize what a poor job they're doing. Strangely, even though it's a very small school, never once did the principal deign to speak to my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2011

Pacifica is changing and not for the better. It is the school's stated goal to grow to 500 or more students within the next couple of years (they currently are at 210, which is itself almost double from what it was when my son enrolled). Unfortunately they simply are in no condition to do so. Their facilities are cramped and overcrowded (the school is housed in the facilities of a pre-school) and most of their staff is brand new to teaching. That inexperience makes for very poor classroom management skills, which in itself is detrimental to student learning. A lot of their previous staff (which was excellent) has left over the summer. Right now, this place reminds me of an out-of-control corporation which cares nothing about its staff, only looks for ways to maximally exploit its customers (aka students) and its only goal is to please the shareholders short term. We're currently looking for transfer to better opportunities. Btw., the Principal's message posted here speaks both of a lack of importance of academics (just look at the writing skills at work here) and an overemphasis on things that are not really important in the long run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2011

We couldn't be more pleased with the experience our children have had at Pacifica Christian High. AP scores just came out and all the hard work that the students and teachers put in over the year really paid off. Our kids have recieved high quality instruction from faculty that are truely skilled in the art of teaching. Pacifica provides a great environment for learning...highly challenging as well as a lot of personal attention. We are so grateful for this outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

Pacifica is an outstanding school. We couldn't be more pleased about the experiences our kids have had at the school -- academically, athletically and socially. Students are challenged to take risks and get involved in the many activities on campus. The teachers are excellent. It is a very rigorous academic program but there is plenty of support if needed. If your child doesn't want to work hard and doesn't want to get involved, this is not the place for you. But if you want your child to learn to think and live well, Pacifica is a great place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

Pacifica is amazing. I love this school so much, and they're not only teaching me, but forcing me to think as well. As a transfer, PCH made the transition extremely smooth, and within a month, I felt at home. The teachers are all so young and chill, so it's easy to approach them for help or just to talk. But, this is is not for everyone. While I love it, I know some people hate Pacifica. If youd prefer to go through school without being involved in a large environment,. you probably shouldnt come to PCH. I don't have enough good things to say; im proud to call myself a seawolf!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2011

This school was a disaster for my son. Fortunately, we were able to pull him out after one year. He is at a much better school now, but he is still recovering from his Pacifica experience. Poor academics, problem students, inadequate campus, amateurish yet arrogant faculty and administration. It's not what it holds itself out to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2011

As an Alumni of Pacifica Christian High School, I can tell you from honest experience that this school is amazing. I loved every day I spent there. However, this rose of a high school has its thorns. Those thorns are ultimately the administration. I have never felt so unworthy and useless by people who promised nothing but praise. Unfortunately, it seems as though Pacifica suffers from Poster Child Syndrome. They will pick out five or six "Poster Children" and use them to glorify the school. They don't care how the "Poster Child" actually cares about the school. I know several of them personally, having been friends with them and they all have one thing in common- They can t stand the school. Take my word for it, myself being one of the past "ugly children" of Pacifica. Unless you donate lots of money and time to the school, Your child will not be given a second glace when you aren't around. Of course, if you are around they will treat you and your child well. Do not be fooled. Regardless of my rants and raves, I do love the school. This school is worth going to for the teachers, for the education, and most importantly for the relationships I promise your child will make there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 21, 2010

This year our son began having some academic problems. The school, both teachers and administrators, went out of their way to work with us. They are very caring about each individual student. The academic standards are high but the atmosphere is one of community, Everyone knows everyone else. All are welcome to play sports yet our teams still are at the top of their divisions. This is the way school should be...challenging, personal, nurturing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2010

Our daughter just started at Pacifica this fall and we could not be happier with the quality of education, the caring instructors and school leadership. This is the ideal school for a student who thrives in a creative and academically-challenging environment. The smaller school size not only allows for your student to get individual attention, but the opportunities for involvement in plays, student films, athletics, student government and clubs are not limited to just the "top tier" as can happen in larger schools. For a "newer" school, the college placements for PCHS students is most impressive. From the first day at school, our daughter has quite simply enjoyed herself. She loves her teachers, finds her classes stimulating and has made some wonderful new friends. We look forward to her four years at this amazing school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2010

I can not express enough how wonderful this school is. The faculty is incredible, the academics are the best you will find. Our son's test scores have skyrocketing and I can only attribute this to having the best education available. I do not know a single parent who is unhappy with the school. Poor ratings must be from someone who claims to be a Pacifica Parent but is actually not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

If you're considering Pacifica for your child, use great caution. There are too many problem kids. Problems are concealed from parents. Most of the teachers and staff we encountered are incredibly self-righteous. And take everything they advertise about close student-teacher relationships with a grain of salt -- don't expect anyone to reach out to your child. Finally, don't expect the school to pay any attention to your concerns and suggestions for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2010

The administration and faculty of Pacifica hold themselves in very high regard. It's a mutual admiration society. The gap between their view of themselves and the reality for the students and their families is large. The school does not deliver what it promises to deliver. Administration and faculty do not do what they say they'll do. The staff shows little regard or concern for many of the students, especially if they're not star athletes or members of the church congregation whose members run the school. Expectations for student achievement are low. The physical facility is dismal. Many required classes are very large for a private school. With the exception of two teachers, the administration and faculty are all members of a single church congregation. Several of them are members of the same family. The school's stated goals are admirable; but the school falls far short of achieving them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

It is a pleasure working with the administration and teachers at Pacifica. I believe we have become a very strong team that works as one. At my previous teaching jobs, the faculty would sit around and just complain or say negative comments about the students. At Pacifica, we will literally talk for hours about the great things are students are doing. I can t say enough about my coworkers. They are all incredible people and talented in education. I am so lucky to be working in an environment like Pacifica. I am continually impressed with the students at Pacifica. It is amazing how gifted they are in the classroom, in athletics, and in the arts. The curriculum is by no means easy, but the students always go above and beyond. They are also great children outside of the classroom and much more mature than other high school students I have dealt with. I love my job because I love working with these outstanding young men and women.
—Submitted by a teacher


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 26%
Black 21% 6%
Hispanic 12% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Calvary Christian School
Westchester Lutheran School
Westside Neighborhood School
Colleges most students attend after graduation UCLA
USC
Azusa Pacific
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
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College counselor(s)
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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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  • Mathematics

Arts & music

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  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jim Knight
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • CSI

Programs

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • STEM
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  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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  • Pacifica is excited to offer a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory education. The energetic, experienced faculty are experts in their field and passionate about the students. Eighty percent of the faculty hold a Masters Degree. The balance between academics and student teacher relationships makes Pacifica a wonderful place. Students attend college throughout the country. From the University of California to small liberal arts schools Pacifica graduates are studying at schools like Cal Tech, Notre Dame, Middlebury, UCLA, USC, Drexel, Penn State, Wheaton, & Scripps to name a few. The schools travel program is another highlight. From the All School Retreat in San Diego, The Senior Service Trip, The Europe Trip, to the Africa Missions Trip students are given opportunity to get beyond the classroom walls, spend time with their peers and get to know their teachers in a new setting. The school's athletic program recently dubbed by the Los Angeles Times "a small school powerhouse" has won a CIF title in girls' volleyball, league championships in golf, basketball, baseball and track. Teams are consistently ranked in the top ten of their division. The school's cheerleading program boasts a 16 member squad who participate in summer camp and spring competition.
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Students typically come from these schools
Calvary Christian School
Westchester Lutheran School
Westside Neighborhood School

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1730 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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