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Our Philosophy

About Pacific Academy Encinitas


Established in 1997, Pacific Academy Encinitas is a private, non-denominational, co-ed, small by design, K-12 college preparatory school. We emphasize individualized instruction, cross-curricular applied learning, and small classrooms (on average, six students per classroom). Pacific Academy has a 100% college acceptance rate.

Pacific Academy is a school that exists because of the passion the teachers and administrators have to be a part of a school that lives up to what we imagined being a teacher would be like when we were in college. The Pacific Academy school motto is, “the opportunity to be me.” Reading this quickly it may just sound like another slogan, but if you really look at the words, and the deeper meaning inherent in those words, it speaks to a longing that every person has, a need to be seen and recognized for who they are, and not judged for what they are not. In this regard Pacific Academy exists as a school that embodies the true root of the word “education”, which comes from the latin word “educere” or “to bring out and lead forth”; To bring someone’s true nature and skills forth, and to give them confidence in living honestly and organically.

What could be more educational than that?

Fact Snippets


Small by design

1:12 Teacher-Student Ratio (1:10 K-5)

Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and colleges (WASC)

Focus on Content Mastery

Expeditionary Learning

Rigorous Academic Courses

Diverse student population including internationals from more than 4 continents

Accredited online courses

Project-based learning

Customized curriculum and scheduling

Dynamic M-Th Physical Education Program

Surf PE



Beach Workout


Beach Volleyball



Corss Country


Flag Football

Enrichment services and resources customized for age and grade level

Service Learning

Monthly outdoor experiental education

k-5 Elementary School
Core Curriculum in the morning

Multi-age classrooms

6-8 Middle School
International Student Program (30% of overall student population)

9-12 High School
International Student Program (30% of overall student population)

Top notch career and college counseling


100% College Placement

Service learning abroad

Study/Travel abroad

UC Approved Courses

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