Our Purpose

Who We Are


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.

Our Mission

students to think and understand the world around them

students to communicate effectively through the written and spoken word

heartfelt joy and interest in learning

students to live lives of faith, character, and service

an environment that fosters friendship and unity

It is from the perspective of Christian faith that we seek to establish men and women who think and live well.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a rigorous liberal arts college preparatory education for students from any neighborhood and background, taught by teachers who are:

about Pacifica’s purpose, mission, and vision

and accomplished in their field of study

Well trained
in the art of teaching

and excited about the students they teach

Substantial in Christian faith,
thought, and character

Our Head of School, administrative team, and faculty seek:

To challenge
students in both mind and heart, naturally and intentionally, integrating academics and Christian faith

To partner
with, yet not replace, the family and the church as we help shape students academically and spiritually

To focus
on higher level thinking skills marked by inquiry and rhetoric, encouraging the complementary values of conviction and curiosity

To instill
a joy and interest in learning for its own sake, viewing education as an end in itself, not a means to some other end

To approach
learning as a pursuit of truth, realizing that all truth is God’s truth which allows for open, honest, and safe expression of all perspectives, thoughts, and ideas

Statement of Faith

The Pacifica community is firmly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition and is dedicated to the intentional formation of each student in his or her intellectual, moral, and spiritual life. Pacifica fosters an environment in which every young man and woman, as image-bearers of God, are introduced to the universal truths and life-changing teachings of Jesus Christ, and are invited to follow Him. The unchanging moral teachings of scripture—consistent with the teachings of the church down the ages—guide and inform our learning and life together. The best environment for intentional formation occurs within trusting partnerships between parents and the school community. While we do not require families to profess the Christian faith, we do require ongoing support of our school’s mission and approach to teaching and learning from parents and students.

All Pacifica students and staff are required to take part in certain Christian traditions and attend various Christian events, including the weekly all-school chapel. Christians and non-Christians alike are expected to show respect for the Church’s historic beliefs, traditions, and Christian moral teaching.

We believe…

The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the final authority for Christian faith and practice.

God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and has revealed Himself to be perfect in love, righteous in all His ways, and Creator of all things.

Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son. As true God and true man, He allowed Himself to be born of a virgin, taught men how to love through His sinless life, was crucified as a sacrifice for our sins, arose bodily from the dead, was seen by over 500 persons, and returned to heaven to prepare a place for us.

Men and women were created in God’s image, tempted by Satan, and rebelled against God. Through repentance and personal faith in Jesus Christ we are forgiven of our sins, reborn of the Holy Spirit, and become children of God.

The Holy Spirit persuades us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus as Lord. He lives in us, teaches us, and enables us to live godly lives.

The Church is the living Body of Christ on earth. Christ is its head and source of its life. The church body is composed of those who have received Him as Savior and Lord. The church exists to communicate God’s good news to our world, to care for the growth and health of the body of Christ, and to celebrate the love and life of God.

God’s redemptive purpose will be consummated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all people according to the deeds done in the body, and establish His glorious kingdom.

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

The Pacifica Continuum

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

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