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Engaged in the Classroom, Engaged in the World

Students at Pacific Ridge School Prepare for College and a Purposeful Life

Students at Pacific Ridge School are at the center of the learning experience. In the school’s classrooms, they sit with their teacher around an oval table, called a Harkness table, giving each student a front row seat in a small (15:1 student to teacher ratio) setting. Guided by caring and experienced educators, learning is a conversation, with students actively exploring ideas together, sharing different perspectives, and fully engaging in their education.

Opened in 2007 with a focus on forward-looking education, Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School is a private, independent school serving 619 students, grades 7 through 12. The college preparatory school draws students from all over San Diego’s North County and is led by Dr. Bob Ogle, Head of School. “A Pacific Ridge education inspires students to meet the demands of an ever-changing world,” explained Ogle. “We aim to combine the best of traditional and innovative education in a program that reaches beyond academics, bringing together classroom instruction and purposeful life experience.”

As Pacific Ridge students challenge themselves academically, they also become aware of their roles as members of a global community and discover the kinds of people they want to become. The school emphasizes ethical responsibility, both in the classroom and through a comprehensive, weekly service learning program that connects students to local and global communities. At the end of each school year, over 90 percent of students travel internationally and domestically for academic study, cultural exploration, language immersion, and service. This year’s school trips include Armenia, Big Bear, Borneo, China, Cuba, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Japan, New Zealand, the Northern Sierras, Peru, Russia, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Washington, D.C. “We want our students to understand the interdependency of cultures and to be inspired to act for the good of the world,” said Ogle.

Pacific Ridge also offers students many opportunities to become involved, learn leadership skills, and develop their passions. Extensive arts offerings, competitive and participatory athletics, clubs, and service learning are built into the school day and are essential parts of every student’s education. Facilities on the 12.5-acre campus include middle and upper school classroom buildings, state-of-the-art labs, an arts and technology center, a full-size athletic field, and one of San Diego’s largest high school athletic centers.

Interested students and their parents are encouraged to visit to schedule a campus tour and find out more about the Pacific Ridge School experience.


Name of School: Pacific Ridge School
Head of School: Dr. Bob Ogle
Year of Establishment: 2007
Address: 6269 El Fuerte St., Carlsbad, CA 92009
Phone: 760-448-9820
Description of School: Pacific Ridge School is an independent, private school for grades 7 through 12 in North County San Diego. In small, discussion-based classes with exceptional teachers, students engage in a compelling program that provides ample opportunity for practicing and refining skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.