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Oceana High School is a public high school in Pacifica. The principal of Oceana High School is Caro Pemberton and can be contacted at cpembe@juhsd.net. 545 children attend Oceana High School and are mostly Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 3% of the Oceana High School students have "limited English proficiency." 32% of the 545 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Oceana High School is 22:1. Westmoor High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 41% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
Filipino 32% 31%
Hispanic 24% 26%
White, non-Hispanic 20% 22%
Multiracial 10% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 4950%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.7%
Unspecified 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 31%
Limited English proficiency 3% 8%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    My oldest daughter is a 2011 graduate of Oceana High School. The school is under the wonderful leadership of Ms. Caro Pemberton. The school is much smaller than the other high schools available to Daly City residents and that is a definite plus. The curriculum prepared my daughter well for moving onto college. The study habits she developed during her time at Oceana served her well in her college studies. Small community feel caring teachers block schedules and supportive administrators all contribute to an outstanding high school experience. We are so pleased with Oceana that we plan to send our younger daughter there as well.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ocean High School when it comes to the curriculum i am amazed. It defiantly improves the skills of the students and fits the description of a college prep high school. But more importantly the staff and teachers are amazing some more than others. For instance the vice principles of the school are horrible but the principle herself is amazing. The principal is fit for her position and i could not describe how amazing she is. Although the two vice principals are absolutely horrible especially the female one. She is very discriminating and quick to judge i would say she is very unfit to be in her position on work and should be removed. The male vice principal is a little better but couldn't care less of the students. He has favorites and is also quick to judge and has no faith in the kids what so ever. Other than the two vice principals the school proves to help improve the skills of the students to benefit them in their lives ahead. But all this means nothing unless the two vice principals are removed from the school. They do not fit the rest of the staff for they are the only two who honestly do not have faith in the children and are very quick to judge.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter just graduated from Oceana and she loved it. The small student body allows for great communication between teachers and students. Teachers counselors and staff are very supportive and committed to helping the students succeed. Her graduating class wasn't clicky like a lot of high schools can be. This was an overall excellent experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school is in San Francisco Bay Area but is small enough that the teachers can and do have the time for healthy one on one interactions with the students. The school is great encourages students to particapate in their education......and it has a breath taking view !!!

  • (3 years ago)

    The kids are known by names not just a number and the teachers really care about each student. The kids feel safe. They try to instill school pride with fun activities.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm currently a Sophomore enrolled at Oceana High School and I absolutely love it. High School is what you make it and I choose to make it fun. The Project bases curriculum gets students ready for college the Exhibitions help us write long essays efficiently and the Staff is supportive. With great teachers that not only teach well but care about your personal life are the teachers that make a difference in your academic life. My grades used to be Bs and Cs but now I have straights As with determination and hard work. Oceana has gave me the foundation of my academic life and the foundation to be who I want to be. Thank you Oceana.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Teachers are very much involved in their student's well being and are knowlegeable.

  • (5 years ago)

    Oceana is a best kept Norcal secret. Funky foggy little open-air school on a hill overlooking the ocean. All the attentiveness of a private school with the progressive curriculum of a charter. Oceana has the Highest API scores in the district and is a distinguished college prep that puts the learning needs and creativity of children before test scores. This school has been awarded for excellence in interim programs student mentoring human rights and project based curriculum. Oceana reflects the best of our bay progressive creative and community oriented. It has risen to a 5 star school with grads getting into some of the best colleges. Its a safe and nurturing school thats becoming a model for the rest of the area. The staff is very dedicated as well although not a lot of competitive sports.Schools with this cache rarely have the cultural or socio-ec diversity of Oceana. Its refreshing to

  • (5 years ago)

    Oceana is a great school! They are actually pioneering school reform with a social justice & arts curriculum. I transfered my son from a coveted spot at Lowell in SF. he was miserable at lowell with the pressure snooty cliques and large class sizes. he loves his teachers at Oceana the heated pool and student artwork thats around the campus. He has 2 mentors that really made the difference. School is highly involved community activism. Probably one of the best college preps close-knit with a very engaged and progressive faculty.

  • (5 years ago)

    A college prepatory for creative students. School just won 2 state excellence awards for their senior exhibition and interim programs. The small class size progressive curriculum and highly involved staff offer a private charter school experience. Project-based learning creative arts and an emphasis on community service make graduates ready for college and life. This little school in sleepy pacifica is a true gem. Teachers actually know the students names. What a concept! Best HS in Northern Penninsula.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Oceana is a good school not many choices with the classes but the teachers are great. Oceana is preparing us for the real world.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school it;s the best. It is also very unique in its prgrams and classes. For example we have block schedule everyday. We only have 3 classes a day so that way we have more time ot finish up teh homework. I think it's very good.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are very happy with Oceana. The staff including the principal and vice-principals are accessible responsive and engaged. They answer questions and return phone calls and emails promptly. Staff engage in meaningful ways with students make themselves available to help students before and after school and demonstrate a high level of respect and high expectations of their students. This is a great school with strengths in college prep values community service and a real life experience of working and studying in a truly diverse environment. Great school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Oceana is a rare gem of a public high school. The teachers and administrative staff are very caring and responsive. Kids are receiving a college-prep education along with real world life skills. Project-based learning community service senior exhibition and portfolio requirements provide exceptional learning experiences that most students won't get in a more traditional high school setting. My son who has never liked school is engaged and feeling successful. The only reason I give it four stars instead of five is because there aren't a lot of structured sports music and theater opportunities. However there are lots of clubs and less formal extra-curricular activities so it's not as if these things are non-existent. Our older child went to an expensive private college-prep high school and we think Oceana compares quite favorably. AND IT'S FREE!

  • (6 years ago)

    We love Oceana! The school emphasizes self directed in-depth learning. Diversity is celebrated. Staff cares about the kids and students become like a family of learners.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school serves about 600 students 9-12 because of this most freshman are able to fit in and do not experience the feeling of being lost. The school strives on academics and discipline and they do a good job. As a parent it is my job to be involved in my child's education and I do not have any regrets about placing my son in this school. I also have 2 nieces attending and they have no complaints as well.

  • (6 years ago)

    I remember being a freshman and being scared on my 1st day of H.S. I came from a catholic school so I was expecting the worst experience at a public high school. Little did I know that I would end up loving this school I get along well with my classmates and teachers. The school is not sports oriented but each year I see a few more sports being added. I'm a Junior and I feel happy and safe here. There are no pressures to fit in everyone has their own style and you are not criticized for being you.

  • (6 years ago)

    Honestly Oceana Is Not A Great School For Me. Some Or Most Of The Students Are Rude. Some Just Don't Know How To Act Mature. Even Though I Am A Freshman. I Don't Think Oceana Is A Great School For Someone With A Busy Schedule. FULL of Stress In That School. Project After Project. Also It Isn't Great For A Person Who Loves Electives. Lacks That Too.

  • (6 years ago)

    Oceana high school is a very small school with very little clubs/extracirrcular activities or sports. Oceana has a very difficult humanities program that involves a lot of projects. If you do not like such things oceana is not the school for you. Also you do not have a lot of options when it comes to chosing classes since oceana has a very small student population there is a very little to no diversity. Overall oceana is an okay school but not the best school to go to if you wnat options.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is a freshman. The school is a great learning environment for those who do well with project based hands on learning. If this is not your learning style this is not the environment for you. The small school environment does not give much choice in teachers. Sports are growing at the school but it is definitely not a school to pick for sports or visual/performing arts.

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