Award Year: 2017

Pacific Rim Elementary School

1100 Camino de las Ondas
Carlsbad, CA, 92009-3400

(760) 331-6200

Mr. Robert Devich, Principal at time of Nomination

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Carlsbad Unified School District

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Pacific Rim Elementary embraces technology and academic excellence to develop intrinsically motivated life-long learners who are responsible, productive citizens and follow the Golden Rule.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 7%
Responsibility Skits at the Monthly Character Trait Assembly

Responsibility Skits at the Monthly Character Trait Assembly

The mission of Pacific Rim Elementary is to embrace technology and academic excellence while developing intrinsically motivated, lifelong learners who are responsible, productive citizens who follow the Golden Rule. This provides the foundation for our school culture. At Pacific Rim, we focus on high expectations, strong accountability, and excellent effort on campus. The enthusiasm for learning and the drive to achieve are contagious among staff and students.

Students are inspired by school-wide character education practices and bimonthly assemblies. Promoting school spirit and involving the community are vital to student achievement. Our students, known as Waveriders, demonstrate kindness to each other and always strive to do their best. The principal is a leader who models his philosophy of "working hard while having fun."

Along with our strong academic focus, Pacific Rim provides an education for the whole child by offering music, art, and drama as well as countless after school activities led by teachers and parents.

Pacific Rim Elementary strives to provide high-quality instruction to meet the varied academic needs of our students. Through multiple measures of assessment, our staff identifies students who are performing below grade level and an intervention team provides appropriate support to the student through engaging and influential practices that produce results.

A parent responding to our 2016 survey sums it up best: "The teaching staff, other staff, principal, students, and parents collaborate effectively to create a warm and nurturing environment for learning that is unlike anything I have ever seen at another school."