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Tierra Pacifica
A Public Learning Community
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Our lottery for the 2024-2025 school year was run April 22 and results have been sent out.
We are accepting applications for mid year enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year and we currently have openings in our 6th and 8th grade classes. To apply for all grades fill out an application under the enrollment tab. If you have any questions please reach out to our enrollment team at

Welcome To Tierra Pacifica Charter School

Tierra Pacifica Public Charter School, founded in 1998, is a tuition free TK-8 public school serving 157 students in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz County. Designed by and for families who want to take an active role in the education of their children, Tierra Pacifica is a place where parents can participate in their own unique area of skill or interest during hours that work for them. Each child is recognized as an individual with unique learning styles and emphasis is placed on social and emotional development. Our curriculum addresses the whole child in a creative, collaborative environment that is academically rigorous, physically active and arts and nature enriched. Using electives, individual projects and entrepreneurial/design thinking, we prepare children for the changing world.

Current Events


Take a moment to lean back and delve further into what defines Tierra Pacifica's essence.

Tierra Pacifica Goes Green

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 Pacifica 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.

The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.