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 8:40-3:15
                               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, tentative for next school year!
Draft calendar

Red are All-School meeting dates! Please mark your calendars at the beginning of the year!
Blue are teacher workdays; no students

2016, teachers, check these dates, and confirm with Kitty!
Aug 16, Tues – Grade 1-2 Class meeting (6:30-8:00pm Adrian)
Aug 17,  Wed – Class meeting Grade K, Margo (6:30-8:00pm)
Aug 18-19, 22-23, Thurs-Tues – Teacher work days, no school
August 22, 1:00 pm Teacher-specific meeting 
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, Justin)
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 16, Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 14, Fridays – Electives, Session #1, 11:00-12:10 pm
Sept 23, 2015, Wed – Lifetouch Picture Day, not confirmed yet
Oct 7, Fri - Teacher Work Day, no school
Oct 19, 2016, Wed – Lifetouch Picture Make-up Day, not scheduled yet
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. 21-25, Mon-Fri – Thanksgiving Break, no school
Dec 16, 2015- Fri – Market Day, 12:30-1:15 pm, not scheduled yet
Dec 23, 2016 - Jan 9, 2017: Fri-Mon, incl Winter Break, no school and TWD

Jan 9, Mon- Teacher Work Day, no school
Jan 16, Mon – Martin Luther King day, special school assembly
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 Meeting, 6:00-8:00
Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, Fridays - Electives, Session #3, 11:00 - 12:10 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 10, Grandparents and Friends Day, TBA not scheduled yet
Feb 7, Tues-Class Meeting Grades 1-2 (6:30-8:00 pm Adrian)
Feb 10, Fri - Trimester End
Feb 16, 2017, Community night, Third Thursday, 6:00-8:00
Feb 20-24, Mon-Fri - President's Break, no school
Feb 24, 2016 Wed – Information Night (6:30 - 8:00)
March 3, Friday, All-School, 7-9, 2017
Mar 10, Friday, TWD, no school
Mar 15-17,  2017 Wed-Thurs-Fri – Teacher Conferences 12:15 Dismissal (minimum days)
Mar 14, 2016, Mon-Class Meeting Grades 4-5-6 (6:30-8:00 pm Erin, Verena)
Mar 24, 2016 Friday – Talent Share, 6:00-7:30 p

Mar 28, 2017 Wed, Dragonflies 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 14, 2017, 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
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 25, 2017-Thurs-Science Fair (6:00-8:00pm)
May 29, 2017 Mon – Memorial Day Holiday, no school
TBA Carnival
TBA Simpkins Swim Event 
June 7, 2017, Wed – End of 3rd Trimester, last day at school site
June 8, 2017, Thurs – Last Day of Attendance, Celebration of Growth, 8:45 - 11  Innerlight Center
June 9, Friday, First Day of Summer Vacation, and Teacher Workday 
June 12, Monday, Teacher Workday  


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 School Calendars

2016-2017 Student Days

2015-2016 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.

2015-2016 School Calendar in PDF

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

2015-2016 Staff and Events Calendar in PDF

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.

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: http://youtu.be/dciLNA_sWaU

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



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