School Details

Tierra Pacifica Charter School

986 Bostwick Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 462-9404
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 148 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

64%
52%
56%
72%
65%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Live Oak Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
36%
46%
94%
64%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Live Oak Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
60%
65%
93%
72%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Live Oak Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
56%
60%
68%
57%
65%
79%
58%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Live Oak Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
59%
60%
69%
55%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Live Oak Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
54%
60%
85%
48%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Live Oak Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
65%
50%
89%
55%
57%
89%
54%
52%
89%
70%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Live Oak Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Tierra Pacifica Charter School is a charter middle school in Santa Cruz. The principal of Tierra Pacifica Charter School is Linda Lambdin and can be contacted at khansen@santacruz.k12.ca.us. 148 students attend Tierra Pacifica Charter School and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Tierra Pacifica Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 15% of the 148 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Tierra Pacifica Charter School is 19:1. Vhm Christian is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 61% 40%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Hispanic 14% 49%
Unspecified 12% 3%
Filipino 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.9%
Multiracial 1% %
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 2061%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 45%
Limited English proficiency 5% 34%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This is not an academic school. If you live in the Live Oak school district and are trying to escape from the low-performing schools in the district -- it's an alternative. If you really want your children to go to a good school you should move out of Live Oak. This is not a good school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child has been attending this wonderful small public charter school since kindergarten and she has always thrived here since the onset. This school is unique in that there are three series of electives taught each year and often parents and even older students teach these electives giving all students an opportunity to learn beyond the 3 "Rs". The electives as well as volunteering in the classroom helping out on field trips etc. promote community building amongst the families whose children attend this school. There is a curriculum focus on social justice and environmental stewardship where students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in hands-on activites such as attending a beach clean-up day etc. School meetings are always well-attended demonstrating high parent involvement with their children's education. All in all Tierra Pacifica Charter School is an excellent school for a child and his/her family to attend for its ability to promote learning as well as life skills such as independence perseverence flexibility hard-work curiosity social awareness etc. My child and I are very grateful for the outstanding experience she has received at this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Tierra Pacifica is a very good school. The principal is very passionate and her passion is contagious. My kids rarely want to miss a day of school because they enjoy it so much. The school can be a little relaxed on the academics at times which can present a challenge for students who are not self motivated. However there are two teachers for every class of 23 students which is a plus.

  • (4 years ago)

    The curriculum is wonderful. Very passionate staff that truly care about every student.

  • (4 years ago)

    Tierra Pacifica Charter School is an amazing school that develops children's academic excellence emotional intelligence and physical well being. Lesson material is integrated to every kind of learner with lots of hands on practical application. Life skills such as nutritional awareness environmental stewardship and social contribution are practiced daily.

  • (4 years ago)

    Tierra Pacifica is a school where every child and family is valued. Everyone is encouraged to participate and contribute their unique gifts to the community. Conflict resolution is a life skill that every student is taught.

  • (4 years ago)

    My granddaughter is a student in this school where she gets special help in reading a problem area for her. She is improving!

  • (4 years ago)

    nice my kids have learned so much. they do a lot of hands on.

  • (4 years ago)

    TPCS is a 'village school' where everyone - parents grandparents and friends - participates and every child is valued. We are a school community that's part of a larger community and we recognize our interconnectedness as an asset.

  • (4 years ago)

    Tierra Pacifica is a school where each child is known. There is acceptance and nurturing of the individuality of each child. The students flourish in this school / community.

  • (4 years ago)

    Tierra Pacifica is a school that supports and honors each student as an individual and as an important part of a community. The environment encourages each student to realize their own path and respect those of others-celebrating the differences. When a child is struggling there is a 'village meeting' that consists of caring individuals including parents principal teachers and counselor. They establish a plan of action and the child feels supported rather than labeled and punished. Parent participation is the norm and is the lifeblood of the school. It doesn't feel like an institution rather like a cocoon in which our kids are safely preparing their wings to fly. I love this school and I only wish that all children and parents could be part of such a wonderful experience.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school because the teachers are exceptional. Each and every teacher and T.A. at our school is highly skilled and inspired. They are the strength and backbone of our school. They engage our kids and create an environment where they look forward to coming to school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Tierra Pacifica is an AMAZING school!! It has a very inspired and dedicated group of teachers support staff and parents. The students are not force fed what is going to be on the STAR test rather they are given a very well rounded curriculum INCLUDING art music and science. In turn they are kept totally captivated by what is going on and retain the information they are experiencing. We love our school and are so thankful and proud to be a part of it.

  • (4 years ago)

    TPCS is an inclusive school that teaches to the whole child. The students learn about community and taking care of the environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    My 5th grade daughter has attended this school since kindergarten and she loves her school so I believe we must be doing something right. Actually parent involvement is huge (and mandatory) at this small charter public school and studies show that high parent participation is an important factor in successful learning for the students. The values that are promoted at TPCS include environmental stewardship economic education through students' small business enterprises whole child development through various and ever changing choice of electives that are designed and taught by either parents students themselves or community members etc. Despite being a small school art music and PE are included in the curriculum as well as being often the focus of the ever changing electives. The small school setting may be a bit insulating but I know that my child feels safe and secure within her school environment. Adult members of this school community are very supportive of each other and lifetime learning is promoted through offering classes in positive parenting and non-violent education as well as support groups to assist in creating prosperity and abundance. All in all TPCS is an interesting and eclectic example of how we can educate our children and I feel blessed that we found this school or rather that this school was founded by parents who took it upon themselves to create an learning environment based on their understanding and ideals of how to educate the whole child.

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing teachers staff parents and children creating an acedemically enriched non-violent arts-infused school that practices environmental sustainability and teaching to the whole child.

  • (5 years ago)

    Tierra Pacifica has stimulated my children to want to learn. They use a positive approach to discipline have parents in the classroom instruct with hands on materials and go on wonderful field trips often. My children are thriving!

  • (5 years ago)

    This has been the most incredible experience for our family. The sense of community and the responsibility that the parents and children take in caring for that community is unparalleled in any school environment I have every been in.

  • (5 years ago)

    Tierra Pacifica nurtures the whole child. They have an incredible philosophy provide amazing field trips and have an awesome staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    TPCS is a warm loving community that strives for teaching the whole child. All children parents teachers and staff work together to keep our school abundant healthy and to support a lifelong love of learning.

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