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Introducing the Pacifica Continuum!

September 6, 2018 | by David O'Neil

Friend,

In three years, Pacifica has become known as a Christ-centered, academically respected, and deeply relational community. Through an unwavering commitment to our mission and the excellent work of our founders, we have established a distinct identity in the landscape of high school education.

ONeil_David_185To ensure the continuity of a Pacifica education for generations to come, we have aligned our language with images that represent Pacifica’s mission and vision.

Learning to think and live well is a life-long journey. We approach education as a joy-instilling, freedom-producing adventure, and provide our graduates with a foundation for success in college, life, work, and faith. We call this journey the Pacifica Continuum.

It is with great joy that I reveal this good work.

With love and prayers,
David O’Neil
Head of School


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It starts with Purpose

Pacifica Christian is a liberal arts high school, devoted to teaching young men and women to think critically and wisely, instilling heartfelt joy and interest in learning, while encouraging lives of faith, character, and service to the glory of God.

 

Comes to life in Culture

We are intentional about every aspect of our shared life together, rooted in these six behaviors:

  • Ask good questions – The hopeful and humble first step in the quest toward truth.
  • Learn from others – The vital need for every person’s unique contribution to the conversation.
  • Fail forward – The encouragement to take risks and learn from mistakes as a key to growth.
  • Assume the best – The willingness to listen, learn, and experience joy beyond our initial expectations.
  • Pursue balance – The commitment to work hard, play hard, and rest well.
  • Act with conviction and compassion – The courage to pursue the truth in the midst of conflict and to engage others with grace and love.

 

Is formed in Practice

Pacifica’s approach to teaching and learning is grounded in these five beliefs:

  • The Liberal Arts and Sciences cultivates human flourishing
  • Relationships anchor formation
  • Curiosity drives conversation
  • Learning blooms in connected and dynamic spaces
  • Education is fulfilled in service

 

And, results in the Pacifica Person

We measure success by the students’ development in academics, arts, athletics, service, and the character of their lives after they graduate Pacifica.

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How do we use the Pacifica Continuum

The Pacifica Continuum is not a mere document, it is rather a living expression of how we build a thriving learning community. Our commitment to this lifelong process is experienced through:

  • All-School Retreat;
  • Classroom discussions;
  • Student leadership (AS/Prefects/Captains);
  • Senior projects;
  • Co-Curricular athletics and arts;
  • Eating lunch with teachers; and
  • So much more…

 

Launching a New Website

There is much more to be said—and experienced—about Pacifica’s distinct Purpose, Culture, Practices, and Outcomes. In the coming weeks, Pacifica will launch a beautiful new website that further develops these topics. Stay tuned for this exciting development!