2016-2017 School Hours

School starts Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016
School ends Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 12:15pm at the Celebration of Growth

School Start and End Times

Monday-Thursday,  Kinder 8:45-1:45
                               Gr. 1-3 8:45-3:15
                               Gr. 4-6 8:35-3:15
                               Gr. 7-8 8:35-3:15

Friday                    Kinder 9-12 noon, usually off campus for nature day
                               Gr. 1-8 See start times above-12:15 pm

TPCS School Calendar 2016-2017

Red are All-School events! Please mark your calendars at the beginning of the year!
Blue are teacher workdays and breaks; no students
Green are electives
Board Meetings

Aug 8, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm
Aug 17,  Wed – Class meeting Grade K, Margo (6:30-8:00pm)
Aug 18, Thurs - Class meeting, Suns Class (6:30-8:00pm)
Aug 18-19, 22-23, Thurs-Tues – Teacher work days, no school
Aug 21, Sun – All-School work day, 9-3 pm

Aug 22, Monday, Class meeting Adrian (6:30-8:30)
Aug 24, Wed – First day of school
Aug 25, Thurs – Class meeting Grades 4-6 (6:30-8:00pm, Erin, Verena, Jennifer)
Aug 30, Tues – Class meeting Grades 7-8 (6:30-8:00pm Justin, Courtney, Trish)
Sept 5, Mon – Labor Day Holiday, no school
Sept 9, Fri – Fort Building in tribes, 11am- noon
Sept 12, Mon - All School Meeting, 6-8 pm
Sept 15, Thursday, Beach Cleanup, SOS

Sept 16, Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 14, Fridays – Electives, Session #1, 11:00-12:10 pm
Sept 19, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm
Oct 7, Fri - Teacher Work Day, no school
Oct 10, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm
Oct 20, 2016, Tues – Lifetouch Picture  Day
October 20, Thursday, Third Thursday, Community Night, 6:00-8:00
Vision Testing  TBA all day, K, 2nd, 5th and 8th grades, not scheduled yet
Nov 1 Tues- Teacher Work Day, no school

Nov 4, Friday – End of 1st Trimester
Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 2015 Fridays – Electives, Session #2, 11:00-12:10 pm
Nov 11, Fri, is a school day – Veteran's Day Assemblies and tennis playday
Nov 9-11- W,Th, F,  – Teacher Conferences, 12:15 dismissal
Nov 14, Monday, board meeting, 7pm
Nov 15, 2016, Tues – Lifetouch Make-up Picture  Day

Nov 17, Third Thursday, Community Night, 6:00-8:00

Nov. 21-25, Mon-Fri – Thanksgiving Break, no school
Dec 12  Monday, board meeting, 7pm
Dec 16, 2016- Fri – Market Day, 12:30-1:15 pm
Dec 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2017: Fri-Mon, incl Winter Break, no school and TWD

Jan 9, Mon- Teacher Work Day, no school 
Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, Fridays - Electives, Session #3, 11:00 - 12:10 pm
Jan 16, Mon – Martin Luther King day, special school assembly
Jan 16  Monday, board meeting, 7pm

Jan 17 Tues- Information Night  (6:30 -8:00)
Jan 18, Wed-Class Meeting Grades 2-3 (6:30-8:00 Juliet)
Jan 19, Third Thursday, Community Night, 6:00-8:00
Jan 24, Tuesday, All-School Meeting (6-8 pm) 
Jan 25, Wed-Class Meeting Grades 7-8 (6:30-8:00 pm Justin)

Jan 26, 2017, Thursday, Kidpower for Margo's and Juliet's classes
Feb 1, Wed - Literature Day
Feb 6, Mon-Class Meeting Kinder (6:30-8:00 pm Margo)
Feb 7, Tues-Class Meeting Grades 1-2 (6:30-8:00 pm Adrian)
Feb 8, Wed, Info Night (6:30-8:00)
Feb 10, Fri - Second Trimester Ends

Feb 13, Grandparents and Friends Day, Tea and Talent, 10:30-12 noon in the Gathering Room
Feb 13, Mon, Board Meeting 7pm 

Feb 16, 2017, Community night, Third Thursday, 6:00-8:00

Feb 20-24, Mon-Fri - President's Break, no school
March 3, Friday, All-School Dance, 7-9, 2017
Mar 10, Friday, TWD, no school
March 13, Mon, Board Meeting, 7 pm 

Mar 15-17,  2017 Wed-Thurs-Fri – Teacher Conferences 12:15 Dismissal (minimum days)
Mar 24, 2016 Friday – Talent Share, 6:00-7:30 p

Mar 28, 2017 Tues, 4-5-6  class meeting (6:30-8:00p)
March 20-23, 2017,  (M-Th) CCSA conference, Sacramento
April 3-7, 2017, Mon-Fri – Spring break, no school
April 10, Mon, Board Meeting, 7 pm

April 14, 2017, Friday, Walk-a-Thon
April 20, 2017, Community night, Third Thursday, 6:00-8:00
April 21, 28, May 5, May 12, 2016 – Electives Session #4, 11:00-12:10 pm
May 1, Mon, Board Meeting (7pm)

TBA-Star Science Testing (grades 5 and 8)

TBA-Smarter Balance Testing (Grades 3-8)
May 8, 2017 Mon – All School Meeting (6:00 - 8:00)
May 22, Monday Board Meeting, 7 pm
May 25, 2017 4th and 5th grade track day at Soquel High School (9:30 am)
May 25, 2017-Thurs-Science Fair /Open House (6:00-8:00pm)
May 29, 2017 Mon – Memorial Day Holiday, no school
June, TBA Carnival
June 7, Wednesday, 12:30-2:30 pm, Simpkins Swim Event 
June 7, 2017, Wed –  last day at school site
June 8, 2017, Thurs – End of 3rd Trimester, Last Day of School, Celebration of Growth, 8:45 - 11  Innerlight Center
June 9, Friday, First Day of Summer Vacation, and Teacher Workday 
June 12, Monday, Teacher Workday  
June 12, Monday, Board Meeting, 7 pm 



Local Student Support Services

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

2016-2017 Student Days Calendar

2016-2017 Staff and Events Calendar

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.

 See all events on this home page or link here for the document

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"



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 153 students in our close-knit learning community, with six classrooms of children in grades K-8.

The goal of Tierra Pacfica 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.

An Informational Video about our school:

Produced around 2008.


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