TPCS Believes in the Importance of Character

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

GOOD News from TPCS

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



Kidpower Comes to Tierra Pacifica Charter School, Thursday, January 23, 2014.

2013 School Hours

School starts Tuesday Aug 27, 2013 at 8:45am
School ends Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 12:15pm

1st- 8th grade hours

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

Kindergarten Hours
           8:45-12:15 Monday – Friday

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.  

Calendar of School Events 2013-2014

August 27, Tuesday                               First day of School
September 2, Monday                            Labor Day Holiday
September 9, Monday                            All School Meeting, 6-8pm
September 13, Friday                             Tiny Town, 11am- noon
Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 25, Fridays                Electives, Session #1, 11:00-12:10 pm
October 1, Tuesday                                Lifetouch Picture Day
October 8, Tuesday                                Save Our Shores-Banana Slugs, 11-12 noon, 1:05-2:05
October 18, 21: Fri, Mon                         Teacher Work Day, no school
October 22, Tuesday                               Kidpower Parent Training, 6-8 pm             
November 1, Friday                                Teacher Work Day, no school
TBA                                                         Vision Testing
November 6-8, 15: W,Th, F, F                 Teacher Conferences, 12:15 dismissal
November 11, Monday                            Veteran's Day Assemblies, (and tennis play day)
                                                                         1:45-2:30 4th-8th gr    
                                                                        2:30-3:00 pm, 1st-3rd grades
November 12, Tuesday                          Lifetouch Picture Make-up Day
November 15, 22, Dec 6, 13                  Electives, Session #2, 11:00-12:10 pm
November 15, Friday                              End of 1st Trimester
November 25-29, Monday-Friday          Thanksgiving Break, no school
December 13, Friday                              Market Day, 12:30-1:15
December 20-January 6: Fri-Mon, incl   Winter Break, no school, 12 school days
January 6, Monday                                 Teacher Work Day, no school
January 15, Wednesday                         Class Meeting (Justin - 7/8) 6:30 -8:00
January 20, Monday                               Martin Luther King day, special school assembly
January 21, Tuesday                              Information Night (6:30 - 8:00)
January 22, Wednesday                         Class Meeting (Juliet - 2/3) 6:30 - 8:00
January 23, Thursday                             Kidpower Workshop (9am-10:15am and 10:30am-11:30am)
January 27, Monday                               All School Meeting (6:00 - 8:00)
January 24, 31, Feb 7, 14                       Electives, Session #3, 11-12:10 pm
February 10, Monday                              Class Meeting (Margo-K) 6:30 -8:00
February 12, Wednesday                        Literature Day
February 17-21, Monday-Friday              President's Break, no school
February 11, Tuesday                             Class Meeting (Adrian - 1/2) 6:30-8:00
February 26, Wednesday                        Information Night (6:30 - 8:00)
March 10, Monday                                   Class Meeting  (4/5/6) 6:30 - 8
March 4, Tuesday                                   Star Writing Testing (Grades 4 and 7 only)
March 5, Wednesday                              Star Writing Testing Make-up       
March 7, Friday                                       End of 2nd Trimester
March 27, Thursday                                Talent Share
March 14, 19-21, F, W, Th, F                   Teacher Conferences, 12:15 dismissal
March 30-April 4, Monday-Friday            Spring break, no school
April 18, 25, May 2, 9                              Electives Session #4, 11:00-12:10 pm   
May 12, Monday                                     All School Meeting (6:00 - 8:00)
May 5 - 16, Monday - Friday                   Star Testing (Grades 2-8)
May 26, Monday                                     Memorial Day Holiday, no school
May 29, Thursday                                   TBA
June 10, Tuesday                                    Carnival            
TBA                                                         Simpkins Swim Event
June 11, Wed                                          End of 3rd Trimester, last day of school
June 11, Wed                                          Celebration of Growth, 8:45 - 12:15



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





2013-2014 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.

2013-2014 school days calendar 

See all events on this home page (scroll down), or link here for the 2013-2014 Staff and Events Calendar.