Philosophy & Approach
A graduate of Pacifica will exhibit mastery of a four-year, liberal-arts, college-preparatory curriculum, which includes not only intellectual excellence, but also Christian character and service.
The liberal arts are the foundation of this curriculum. A leading thinker in the field of Christian education describes the liberal arts as “that broad course of study which includes history, English, literature, art, music, pure mathematics, pure science, and foreign languages, the goal of which is to teach students to read, write, calculate, and think.” (Riesen, 2002)
Therefore, at the time of graduation, the Pacifica student will:
- Demonstrate the ability to think critically, act creatively, analyze and solve problems in a variety of disciplines, and apply these skills in everyday life.
- Demonstrate effective written, oral, technical, and collaborative communication skills necessary for successfully pursuing an advanced education.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze and synthesize information from a variety of sources and to apply that information when evaluating issues of contemporary life.
- Demonstrate time management skills and a work ethic through challenging academic programs and rigorous co-curricular participation.
- Demonstrate appreciation for and value of original authorship and academic integrity.
- Recognize the universal nature of many social problems and the responsibility to address these problems for the benefit of humanity.
- Meet or exceed all requirements to enter the University of California system.
We understand that many universal themes need to be considered across disciplines. Accordingly, Pacifica aims for an interdisciplinary curriculum, where these themes can be examined at a deeper level. For example, a freshman humanities course would include western civilization, world literature, and art and music history, so that students can begin to make connections between historical events and the literature, art, and music that shapes and is shaped by those historical events.
These outcomes represent characteristics that all Pacifica students should possess upon graduation as they prepare to navigate through post-high school life.
Critical Thinkers who will identify, access, integrate, and use available information in order to reason, analyze, solve complex problems, and make decisions in different settings.
Adaptable Problem Solvers who anticipate, assess, and resolve the problems and challenges that accompany the rapidly changing political, economic, environmental, and social conditions of modern life.
Effective Communicators who speak and write with clarity, style and purpose and employ technology as a method of delivery.
Spiritual Learners who demonstrate in the analysis of academic subjects the unity of faith and learning, possess foundational knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, understand the centrality of Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture, understand the biblical basis for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ within the context of historic, orthodox Christianity, and are developing Christian virtues in peer, classroom, and community relationships.
Self-Guided Achievers who set priorities and achievable goals, create options for themselves, monitor and evaluate their progress, take responsibility for their own learning, choices, and actions, and maintain their own physical and mental health.
Involved Citizens who demonstrate compassion for those in need, are knowledgeable about the democratic system, value service, demonstrate courtesy, good manners, respect, and integrity, and show love and respect for all groups of people regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, or socio-economic status.
Collaborative Workers who use effective leadership and group skills to cultivate and manage interpersonal relationships within culturally and organizationally diverse settings with confidence and self-motivation.
Quality Producers who create intellectual, artistic, practical, and physical products which reflect creativity, originality, and high standards.