Welcome to Tierra Pacifica Charter School

Meet our New Principal, Jennifer Proudfoot

Jennifer holds a BS in Life Sciences from Cal Poly, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from CMU, certification in Charter School Leadership: Policy, Finance, and Administration from UCLA, and teaching credentials in Science, and in Multiple Subjects. 

A long-time teacher at TPCS, Jennifer will keep the school’s mission and incredible programs strong. Writing, the arts, music, movement, and environmental stewardship are components in all classes. One focus is on reading and early intervention for students who need a little extra support to succeed and master grade-level learning expectations. 

With Jennifer’s leadership, TPCS will still focus on diversity and keeping our community inclusive. She’ll strengthen ties with LOSD and organizations like Live Oak Family Resource Center and Boys and Girls Club. She will continue mentoring new teachers by working with higher ed programs to encourage student teachers to join us and take our best practices to the wider teaching community.


Welcome To Tierra Pacifica Charter School


Tierra Pacifica Public Charter School, founded in 1998, is a tuition free K-8 school serving 155 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 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.

Childcare position for school meetings
Tierra Pacifica Charter School is looking for a childcare person for 12-15 occasional evening meetings. This person would be responsible for arriving early to set up activities and managing a group of up to 25 children from age 2-13. Meetings are generally 1.5-2 hrs in length. Most occur in Fall and Winter. Experience highly preferred. Bilingual a plus. Pay rate depends on experience. Find an application online at Application deadline Oct. 4, 2019. Email with questions.


Tierra Pacifica is a vibrant collaboration between families and educators working to create a loving school and multi-generational community. We stimulate a love of learning by integrating academic instruction with the arts and fostering environmental stewardship, emotional intelligence, and physical health. Parents participate at every level of our school, from making policy to sweeping the floors. Our task is to build not just a school but also a community in which a diversity of strengths, cultures, and family backgrounds is valued. Since we view education as a lifelong process, we envision our school as a center of learning for families, children, and teachers: one in which the real world comes into the classroom and the classroom goes out to the real world.  Through conflict resolution training, classroom meetings and environmental education, we prepare our young people to become compassionate, effective leaders in tomorrow's world.

Local Student Support Services

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

 2019 - 2020 School Hours

School starts Thursday, Aug 22, 2019
School ends Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 12:15pm at the Celebration of Growth

School Start and End Times


Kinder 8:45-1:45

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

Gr. 4-8 8:30-3:15


Kinder 9:00-12:00, usually off campus for nature day

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

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



TPCS Believes in the Importance of Character

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

Student Mosaic

View students and parents creating a beautiful mosiac in the courtyard.


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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.


View Tierra Pacifica Charter School Documentary