2017-2018 School Hours

School starts Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017
School ends Thursday, June 7, 2018, 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 8:30-3:15 
                               Gr. 7-8 8:30-3:15

            Friday       Kinder 9-12 noon, usually off campus for nature day

                              Gr. 1-3 8:45-12:15 pm

                              Gr. 4-8 8:30-12:15

TPCS School Calendar 2017-2018

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
Grey are Board Meetings
Black are Class Meetings




Aug 15, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm

Aug 17, Thurs – Class meeting Grade K, Margo (6:30-8:00pm)

Aug 17,18, 21-22, Thurs-Tues – Teacher work days, no school

Aug 20, Sun – All-School work day, 9-3 pm

Aug 21, Mon – Class meeting Grade 1-2, Adrian (6:30-8:30) 
Aug 23, Wed – First day of school

Aug 29, Tues – Class meeting Grade 4-5-6, Erin & Jennifer (6:30-8:00pm)
Aug 30, Wed – Class meeting Grade 7-8, Courtney & Justin (6:30-8:30)
Aug 31, Thurs– Class meeting Grade 2-3, Juliet (6:30-8:00pm)

Sept 4, Mon – Labor Day Holiday, no school

Sept 8, Fri – Tiny Town

Sept 11, Mon - All School Meeting, 6-8 pm

Sept 14, Thursday, Drive for Schools

Sept 15, Sept 22, 29 Sept 30, Oct 13, Fridays – Electives, Session #1, 11:00-12:10 pm

Sept 19, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm

Oct 3, Tues – Lifetouch Picture Day

Bike To School Day TBA

Oct 10, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm 

Oct 11, WedVision/ Hearing Testing

Oct 19-20, Thurs & Fri - Teacher Work Day, no school

Nov 3-7, Fri,Mon,Tues, – Teacher Conferences, 12:15 dismissal

Nov. 3, 17, 18, Dec 1,8, Fridays – Electives, Session #2, 11:00-12:10 pm

Nov 9, Fri – End of 1st Trimester

Nov 10, Fri - Veterans Day, no school

Nov. 20-24, Mon-Fri – Thanksgiving Break, no school

Dec 11, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm

Dec 15, Fri – Market Day, 12:30-1:15 pm

Dec 22, 2017 - Jan 5, 2017: Fri-Fri, Winter Break, no school

Jan 8, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm

Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, Fridays - Electives, Session #3, 11:00 - 12:10 pm

Jan 15, Mon, M.L. King Day, no school

Jan 16 Tues, Information Night  (6:30 -8:00pm)

Jan 22, Mon, All School Meeting, 6-8 pm

Jan 23, Tues, Class Meeting Grade 7-8 Courtney & Justin (6:30-8:00pm) 

Jan 30, Tues- Information Night

Feb 1, Thurs - Literature Day

Feb 5, Mon-Class Meeting Grade K, Margo (6:30-8:00 pm)

Feb 6, Tues-Class Meeting Grades 1-2, Adrian (6:30-8:00 pm)

Feb 7, Wed, (Spanish) Information Night (6:30-8:00) 

Feb 12, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm

Feb 19, Mon, President's Day, no school 

Feb 20, Teacher work days, no school

Feb 21-23, Wed-Fri, President's Break, no school

Feb 23, Fri - Second Trimester End

Walk-a-thon, TBA 

Grandparents and Friends Day, Tea and Talent, in the Gathering Room, TBA


Mar 14-16, Wed, Thurs,Fri, – Teacher Conferences, 12:15 dismissal

Mar 12, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm

Mar 22, Thurs, Talent Share, 6:00-7:30 pm

Mar 22, Thurs, Class Meeting Grade 2-3, Juliet (6:30-8:00pm)

Mar 27, Tues, Class Meeting  Grade 4-5-6, Erin, Jennifer & Verena (6:30-8:00pm)

Mar 29, Design Convention

April 2-6, 2017, Mon-Fri – Spring break, no school

April 9, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm

April 20, 27, May 5, May 4,11 Fridays – Electives Session #4, 11:00-12:10

May 7, 2017 Mon – All School Meeting (6:00 - 8:00)

May 7, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm

May 7-25, Mon-Fri, CAASPP Testing

May 24,Thurs, Open House (6:00-8:00pm)

May 28, Mon – Memorial Day, no school

May 29, Tue, Board Meeting, 7pm (Tuesday due to the Monday Memorial Day Holiday)

June, Carnival, TBA

June , Simpkins Swim Event, TBA

June 6, 2017, Wed–  last day at school site

June 7, 2017, Thurs – End of 3rd Trimester, Last Day of School, Celebration of Growth, 

8:45am - 11am Innerlight Center

June 8, Friday, First Day of Summer Vacation, and Teacher Workday

June 11 & 12, Mon-Tues, Teacher Workday 

Jun 11, Mon, Board Meeting, 7pm

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.


2017-2018 Student Day Calendar

2017-2018 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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