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The School

At Pacifica Christian High School-Orange Country, we teach our students to think and live well.  We do this by providing a rigorous, college-preparatory, liberal arts and sciences education for students from all backgrounds and neighborhoods.

Pacifica is founded on the same mission, vision, and values as Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica. Pacifica-Santa Monica was founded in 2005 as the only independent Christian high school on the Westside of Los Angeles. Pacifica-Orange County opened its doors to 50 students in August 2015 as an autonomous educational institution.

How can I visit Pacifica?

Where to attend high school is a big decision and we want to assist you in it. We welcome you to join our community even as you go through the admissions process. Click here for more information and to sign up for an admissions event.

Class Size

The student teacher ratio at Pacifica-Orange County will approximately be 8 to 1 and most classes have 14-18 students. 

The Faculty

We are currently in the hiring phase for all Pacifica-Orange County faculty. The faculty and administration will include 14 full and part-time members. The vast majority of the faculty have Master’s Degree–or higher.

Learn more about our faculty and administration by clicking on each teacher’s page for a short bio

Diploma Requirements

Minimum diploma requirements at Pacifica include: English 4 years; Mathematics 3 years (Minimum of Algebra I, II and Geometry); Science 3 years (Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics, A.P. Biology); History 4 years; Language 2 years (Spanish or Latin); Visual and Performing Arts 1 year; Physical Education 2 years.

Detailed graduation requirements

Who is a Pacifica student?

Pacifica students come from Christian schools, independent schools, and public schools. They represent a variety of ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. Pacifica-Orange County will draw students from communities across Orange County. Pacifica students are those of character who are committed to academic, athletic, and artistic excellence.

WHAT COLLEGES DO PACIFICA STUDENTS ATTEND

Pacifica’s college matriculation

What do you look for when admitting students to Pacifica?

Pacifica evaluates the entire student when reviewing an application for admission. We consider every area of the application to determine whether the applicant is a good fit for Pacifica.

Our admissions committee considers:

  • Academic achievement in grades 6, 7, and 8
  • Leadership and extracurricular involvement
  • Teacher and administrative recommendations
  • Entrance examination (ISEE)
  • Standardized testing in grades 6, 7, and 8
  • Student/parent interview

Do you accept transfer students?

Yes. We accept students for grades 9-11, if space permits. We will only consider transfer students into grade 12 if a family has relocated.

Does Pacifica offer financial aid?

Yes. Our vision is to provide a quality Christian education for young men and women from all economic backgrounds. We are looking for students and families from any neighborhood who seek a rigorous, liberal-arts, college-preparatory education. Pacifica desires families from all economic situations and offers financial assistance for eligible families.

Learn more about affording Pacifica

How do students commute to and from Pacifica each day?

Students use carpools to and from school. We provide a zip code list to families each fall to help parents and students locate each other by geographic areas. Students will come from all over Orange County area including Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Irvine, and South County.

What is the cost of tuition at Pacifica?

Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $16,500.

Are there other fees besides tuition?

Additional fees include books ($500-700), uniforms ($300-400), and an iPad. There may be additional costs for off-campus learning trips or extracurricular activities.

Does Pacifica offer athletic/academic/arts scholarships?

No. Financial aid is awarded solely on the basis of financial need. Athletic, academic, or art scholarships are not available.

When will I be notified about admission and financial aid?

Admissions decision letters will be mailed late December for Early Decision Applicants and in early March for Regular Decision Applicants. Late admission may be an option if space is available.

What languages are offered?

Latin and Spanish.

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Core Values

  • A college preparatory liberal arts and sciences education
  • The integration of faith in learning
  • Teaching that engages the heart and the mind
  • A focus on inquiry and rhetoric
  • A curriculum that is founded on the great conversation of Western Civilization
  • All truth is God’s truth
  • A commitment to the values of conviction and compassion as complementary rather than competing values
  • A commitment to truth, beauty, and goodness
  • A school that doesn’t replace but, comes alongside the family and church for the student’s best education
  • Deepening students in lives of faith that reflect the values of charity, grace, justice, freedom, duty, humility, courage, goodness, and faithfulness
  • A school for all neighborhoods
  • An authentic, relational community that pursues grace and truth