Frequently Asked Questions
Home of the Tritons
At Pacifica Christian High School, 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.
The student-teacher ratio at Pacifica Christian High School is approximately 13:1. The average class size is 16-18 students.
At Pacifica, 22 full and part-time teachers hold a total of 33 advanced degrees.
Learn more about our esteemed faculty and administration by clicking on each teacher’s page for a short bio.
Minimum diploma requirements at Pacifica include: English (4 years); Mathematics (3 years); Science (3 years); History (4 years); Language (2 years); Visual & Performing Arts (1 year); Physical Education (2 years).
Click here for 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 draws students from communities all across Orange County. Our Tritons are those of character who are committed to academic, athletic, and artistic excellence.
What colleges do Pacifica students attend?
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.
How do students commute to and from Pacifica each day?
Students use carpools to and from school. We encourage families to locate other families near them to facilitate carpool groups. 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?
Click here to view current tuition information.
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 sent in February following the January application deadline. Late admission may be an option on a rolling basis, if space is available.
What languages are offered?
At Pacifica, we offer Latin and Spanish.
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