TPCS School Calendar 2014-15

August 19-25, Tues-Mon – Teacher work days, no school
August 20, Wed – Grade 1-2 Class meeting(6:30-8:00pm Adrian)
August 20 Wed. – Class meeting Grade 2-3(6:30-8:00pm Juliet)
August 21, Thurs – Class meeting Grades 4-6(6:30-8:00pm Erin, Verena, – Kinder (6:30-8:00pm Margo)Class meeting
August 24, Sunday – All-School work day, 9-3 pm
August 26, Tuesday – First day of school
August 27, Wed – Class meeting Grades 7-8(6:30-8:00pm Justin)
September 1, Monday – Labor Day Holiday, no school
Cancelled – All School Meeting, 6-8pm
September 12, Friday – Fort-Building, 11am- noon
Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, Fridays – Electives, Session #1, 11:00-12:10 pm
Sept 24, 2014, Wednesday – Lifetouch Picture Day
October 6, 2014 , Monday – Teacher Work Day, no school
October 15, 2014 – Vision Testing all day, K, 2nd, 5th and 8th grades
November 11, Tuesday, is a school day – Veteran's Day Assemblies, (and tennis play day)
1:45-2:30 4th-8th , 2:30-3:00 pm, 1st-3rd
Nov 12-14, 21, W,Th, F, F – Teacher Conferences, 12:15 dismissal
Nov. 18, 2014, Tuesday – Lifetouch Picture Make-up Day
Nov. 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 2014 – Electives, Session #2, 11:00-12:10 pm
November 7, Friday – End of 1st Trimester
Nov. 24-28, Monday-Friday – Thanksgiving Break, no school
Dec 5, Friday – Market Day, 12:30-1:15
Dec 22-January 5: Fri-Mon, incl Winter Break, no school


January 5, Monday – Teacher Work Day, no school
January 12, Monday – 6-8:00pm All school Meeting
January 19, Monday – Martin Luther King day, special school assembly
January 20, Tuesday – Information Night (6:30 - 8:00)
January 21, Wednesday – Class Meeting (Juliet - 2-3) 6:30 - 8:00pm
January 23, 30, Feb 6, 13 – Electives, Session #3, 11-12:10 pm
January 28, Wed – Class meeting Grades 7-8(6:30-8:00pm)
February 4, Wed – Literature Day
February 9, Monday – Class Meeting (Margo-K) 6:30 -8:00
February 10, Tues – Class meeting Grades 1-2(6:30-8:00pm)
February 16-20, Monday-Friday – President's Break, no school
February 25, Wednesday – Information Night (6:30 - 8:00)
March 6, Friday – End of 2nd Trimester
March 11-13, 2015 – Teacher Conferences 12:15 Dismissal
March 16, Monday – Class meeting Grades 4-6(6:30-8:00pm)
March 26, Thursda – Talent Share
March 30-April 3, Monday-Friday – Spring break, no school
April 17, 24, May 1, 8 – Electives Session #4, 11:00-12:10 pm
May 4-15, Mon-Fri – Star Science Testing (grades 5 and 8)
May 11, Monday РAll School Meeting (6:00 - 8:00) 
May 25, Monday – Memorial Day Holiday, no school
May 28, 2015,Thurs – Invention Convention
TBA – Carnival
June 4, 12:30-2:30 pm – Simpkins Swim Event
June 5, 2015, Wed – End of 3rd Trimester, last day of school
June 5, 2015, Wed – Celebration of Growth, 8:45 - 12:15

Local Student Support Services

Please visit the sc student resources website:  This site reflects considerable legwork and collaboration between many local student support services, and will be updated as things change.

2014-2015 School Calendars

The School Calendar lists the holidays, breaks, staff days, conference days for the school. Note that Tierra Pacifica follows several of the Santa Cruz County Schools holiday and break schedules, but may have a different schedule for Thanksgiving break, MLK Day, Veteran's Day, and conference days. Be sure to check our calendar and make a note of our school days as you plan your vacations.

2014-2015 School Days Calendar (word doc)
2014-2015 School Days Calendar in PDF

See all events on this home page or link here for the document
2014-2015 Staff and Events Calendar (word doc)
2014-2015 Staff and Events Calendar in PDF

TPCS Believes in the Importance of Character

The following movie is entitled, "The Science of Character."

2014-2015 School Hours

School starts Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:45am
School ends Friday, June 5, 2015 at 12:15pm at the Celebration of Growth

1st- 8th grade hours

8:45-3:15 Mon-Thursday
8:45-12:15 Friday

Kindergarten Hours

10:45-3:15 Mon-Thursday
9-12 Friday, off campus for nature day

GOOD News from TPCS

October 2013: Tierra Pacifica Goes Over the Speed Limit in "Drive for Schools"


Welcome To Tierra Pacifica Charter School

studentsmicroscopes.jpgTierra Pacifica, was founded in 1998, is a tuition-free public school serving children from all parts of Santa Cruz County. Currently we serve 148 students in our close-knit learning community, with six classrooms of children in grades K-8.

The goal of Tierra Pacífica is academic excellence achieved  through a dynamic, arts enriched curriculum, which is standards based and developmentally appropriate. Children are recognized as individuals with unique learning styles. The school offers a variety of opportunities for exploring curriculum in multi-age settings with talented staff and specialists. The aim is to educate the whole child, with emphasis on diversity awareness, conflict resolution, and social and emotional development.

Tierra Pacifica is designed for families who want to take an active role in the education of their children. Parents participate in the classroom and in many other capacities, including governing the school. The result is a strong feeling of community among children, parents, teachers and staff.


Tierra Pacifica Charter School is a heart-filled K-8 public school and multi-generational community, created through a vibrant collaboration between families and educators.  Each family contributes 8-15 hours per month in their own unique area of skill or interest, during hours that work for them.  Members of the community develop a passion for learning and involvement as they combine their talents to create a dynamic school that integrates out-of-the-box thinking, with academics, the arts, environmental stewardship, emotional intelligence and physical health.

The world is changing at an incredible rate and we cannot know what skills our children will need to have as adults.  But we do know that they will need to be able to change, adapt and work together creatively.  We believe that being immersed in the creative collaborative environment at Tierra Pacifica uniquely prepares students for the complex challenges they will face in our future world.

Student Mosaic

View students and parents creating a beautiful mosiac in the courtyard.


Review Linda's Reading Suggestions

Linda has provided a list of her favorite parenting books for your enjoyment.

TPCS Archives

September 2011:

The local media was invited to the dedication of Tierra Pacifica's new green classroom in the fall of 2011. KSBW aired two segments on the classroom:

The other KSBW segment is available at:

An article was published on the Santa Cruz Sentinel's website

An article and video were posted on the local website:

Read the article:

View the video of TPCS students describing the green features of the new classroom:



September 2011: The new green classroom has arrived!

Through the generous efforts and donations of the Tierra Pacifica community, we now have a beatiful brand-new 960-square-foot green classroom. Principal architects Ralph le Roux and Viajy Jayachandran as well as many Tierra Pacifia parents have donated their time and talent to make the $180,000 project a reality. Below is the first half of the classroom being lifted into place by West Coast Cranes who provided their crane services free of charge.


The building is designed to last 50 years as opposed the typical 20 of a portable. It is made of sustainable and energy efficient building materials, and will include skylights and smart lights that automatically adjust according to the light outside. VUMA, a design division of mADi Group in San Jose, is the architect, ZETA Communities is the builder.

We are still fundraising for cabinets, ramp, landscaping, solar panels, and water harvesting equipment. Please let us know if you can help.

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Spring 2011: Tierra Pacific Times

Students produced a newspaper as part of their electives.
Read the Spring 2011, Issue 1 here.

April 2011: 7th 8th Grade Class Video Wins Prize

This Video was created by the 7th and 8th grade class at Tierra Pacifica Charter School in Santa Cruz, CA in conjunction with Save Our Shores Earth Day Challenge 2011. Our class took second place!

View Tierra Pacifica Charter School Documentary