"We are best known for outstanding relational faculty."
Students enrolled 230
School leader Jim Knight
Transportation options None

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1730 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403

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(310) 828-7015
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4 stars
Based on 31 ratings

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July 08, 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
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
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
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
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
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
December 01, 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
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
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
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
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
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
January 05, 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
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
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
September 08, 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
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
August 03, 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
March 01, 2010
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 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
no rating September 30, 2009
My daughter is a sophmore at Pacifica Christian High School and everyday when she leaves for school I am reassured that we made the right choice in sending her to Pacifica. It is a wonderful feeling to know that your child is excited about her education and is being encouraged every day by teachers and staff. The academics at Pacifica Christian are quite challenging but the kids all seem to flourish. It's just a great enviroment for any child. Go Seawolves!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
Our sophomore son came to Pacifica from a very large public middle school, and we were concerned about how he would adjust to the size, which has turned out to be a positive. PCH works hard to be inclusive & welcoming, esp. for freshmen It is not uncommon for a small group of students to be taken to lunch by teachers/administrators to build relationships. Students sense the authentic interest their teachers take in them on all different levels, and therefore are more willing to take risks and step outside their comfort zone. The teaching is excellent & students are encouraged to pursue their personal best, which can be challenging for some, but there are opportunities for extra help. For a smaller school, diverse and extremely well-run programs are offered & your student has a chance to participate in activities they couldn t have @ a larger school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
As an alumni that graduated from Pacifica in 2009 I cannot express how grateful I am to the school and everyone there. They have truly changed my life for the better. Being at Pacifica forced me to stretch myself socially and academically. They encouraged me to grow in my personal faith, something that I was able to do through events such as the all school retreat as well as the great mentors I found in the staff. The courses are rigorous but the teaching staff is one of the best in the West LA area, and I now find myself much more prepared for college than many of my current peers. Not only is Pacifica a great academic institution but the relationships created are deep and long-lasting.PCH is far and away the best four years of my life thus far and I am proud to call myself an alumni.

- submitted by a community member
September 25, 2009
Pacifica is simply outstanding! I am aware of no other school on the Westside that has anything close to what Pacifica can offer -- teachers and administrators of great skill and character who invest in the lives of students both in and out of the classroom. Our kids love it as Pacifica. There are ample opportunities at Pacifica for kids to get involved in extra-curricular activities (sports, arts, clubs) and Pacifica takes great pride in doing these activities well. To respond to the very few negative reviews -- Pacifica is not for everybody. If a kid wants to cruise through high school unnoticed and uninvolved, Pacifica is probably not for you. As with any school, there are kids that will make poor choices (though not many at Pacifica). These situations have been dealt with by the administration in a very positive and firm manner. I highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
Pacifica Christian High School is simply unlike any other school. The administration and other teachers are truly dedicated to teaching students to think and live well, and the students rise to the challenge. I cannot begin to express how exciting each day is at Pacifica. Academically, the students are eager to learn and are not only encouraged to excel by the teachers, by by each other. Socially, I have seen first hand our student body embrace everyone, from the most socially awkward to the friendliest student. Spiritually, PCH is a place that encourages students to search for the truth, often through asking question after question of their teachers and classmates. Athletically, the Seawolves have taken title after title and never cease to amaze. Artistically, students can express themselves and improve their talents in theater, film, music, writing, and more in a supportive environment. Come, visit and see for yourself.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating August 12, 2009
As someone beginning to review potential schools for my child, I appreciate the honesty will all of the comments posted. I would like to know HOW the school, both teachers, students and administration addressed these problems. As they are issues which would not exist in an ideal world, it gifts us all with a dose of reality. I, too, as a concerned parent, wish for my child to obtain the social skills and knowledge on how to deal with these real life issues. Were the issues addressed in an upfront and caring manner or were they just swept under the rug. I am, of course, assuming the proper parties were informed. I welcome your response. Thank you.

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2009
As a parent who has previously posted a glowingly positive review, I feel I should revise. Pacifica is great in many ways, namely the support and caring of most of the administrators and teachers, but it is important to note that they are a school with strong Christian beliefs, which will be promoted by students and administration alike. If you are a liberal family with progressive ideals, this could be a real problem for you (pro-life, sex-ed, politics, etc). As much as we were impressed with the caring and commitment of the staff, the lifestyle was just too different. Also, there seems to be a lax admissions policy, and not all the students are as innocent as one would hope. There are some problems with discipline, aggression, and substance abuse. The students seem pretty kind overall, but we also experienced some cyber bullying, disappointment in the quality of children attending.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
We are parents who had another child go through one of the most prestigious, established private schools in West LA. It was fantastic, but we consider PCH to have the narrowest gap between what they say they are and what they truly are- on a daily basis. They walk the walk, every single day. Socially, it is an inclusive environment, with a nearly ideal blend of consequences and compassion. The academic work is demanding, but the teachers are willing to invest themselves in the students success. They routinely go above and beyond the call of duty. It is a great balance between academic rigor and the learning of life skills. This is a terrific group of people on their way to establishing one of the finest schools in West LA.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
Pacifica Christian is simply an amazing school. The teachers and administrators are very dedicated and love the kids. There is a great mix of kids from many types of families.The school welcomes the opportunity to get to know kids who have grown up with Christian values as well as meeting kids with other types of backgrounds. The school does a great job of staying on top of everything. Plus - they just had their first graduating class of about 25 students and those students are going to amazing colleges all over the country - many with scholarships. We love Pacifica.

- submitted by a teacher
March 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
PCH is trying hard, with a dedicated staff and teachers. The problem is, they seem to take almost anybody and many of the kids have had problems elsewhere especially drugs. Sorry, but I recommend against sending kids to PCH for this reason.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2007
The most amazing high school that I could have ever imagined. Definitely take the time to check it out.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
Our son is going to be a Junior at Pacifica this Fall ('07). We couldn't be more pleased with his Pacifica experience. He is being challenged and encouraged in his academics, athletics, and his spritual life. The teachers and administration are the most dedicated, passionate and inspriring group of educators that we have ever seen. We have watched our son blossom into a fine young man, strong in Christian character, developing leadership skills in the classroom and on the athletic court. He has taken advantage of the small school environment and tried new things, that he never would have approached at a larger school, like student government and even theater arts! The Westside of Los Angeles has needed a school like this for a long time. We're so thankful that we discovered Pacifica and that we can count ourselves as a founding family.

- submitted by a parent
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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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Pacifica Christian High School
1730 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA  90403
(310) 828-7015
Last modified Pacifica Christian High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Pacifica Christian High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top