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"
Kidpower Comes to Tierra Pacifica Charter School, Thursday, January 23, 2014. http://www.kidpower.org/
2013 School Hours
School starts Tuesday Aug 27, 2013 at 8:45am
Welcome To Tierra Pacifica Charter School
Tierra Pacifica, was founded in 1998, is a tuition-free public school serving children from all parts of Santa Cruz County. Currently we serve 148 students in our close-knit learning community, with six classrooms of children in grades K-8.
The goal of Tierra Pacífica 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.
Calendar of School Events 2013-2014
August 27, Tuesday First day of School
View students and parents creating a beautiful mosiac in the courtyard.
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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
An article and video were posted on the local patch.com website:
Read the article:
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.
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
2013-2014 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.
See all events on this home page (scroll down), or link here for the 2013-2014 Staff and Events Calendar.