This page will provide resources for local public schools, local and nearby private schools, and homeschooling resources.

Half Moon Bay-Coastside

Cabrillo Unified School District – links to all educational programs.  The best source of objective, comparative data for interested parents is Dataquest… found at: California Department of Education/Dataquest:

Beginning with the 2013–14 school year, CAASPP is the new student assessment system in California, replacing the Standardized Testing and Reporting system (STAR).

Academic Index Performance (API) Reports.

Measure E PASSED June 8, 2010 – Five (5) year tax of $150 per parcel; exemptions apply.  See link for further details.

Cabrillo Education Foundation – The Cabrillo Education Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit educational organization that’s committed to the excellence of schools in the Cabrillo Unified School District. We believe that today’s CUSD students are our future community and world change agents. They will prevent hunger…eradicate disease…eliminate poverty if they are given the educational supports to do so. Whether you have a child in the school district or not, by our creating opportunities for student success today we are changing our community’s value and future as well. Education is transformative and the students of today will transform the world. They will be critical, breakthrough thinkers to redesign agricultural practices, lead advancements in medicine to eliminate disease, and create technologies for improved communication and transportation that we haven’t imagine yet. We want our community to be known as the place where this type of innovation develops and becomes a reality. To give our students the greatest breakthrough opportunities CEF is focusing on:

  • Science enhancement and providing state-of-the-art science equipment and educational skills to students in one of the most science enhanced areas of the world “just over the hill”;
  • Reading proficiency so that all of our students advance to higher education and academic and career excellence;
  • Cutting edge high-tech programs and exposure to Silicon Valley’s Hi-Tech leaders who can expand students’ vision of future possibilities to be critical thinkers and succeed in this 21st Century global economy and world.

To accomplish this your support is welcome and very much needed.  Please donate to the Cabrillo Education Foundation to improve the value of our community and educational opportunities for our students. Go to to make a contribution.

Elementary Schools

  • Hatch Elementary School – approximately 600 students in Grades K-5.  This school offers the Spanish Immersion Program to develop dual language fluency.  As of 2012-2013 over 50% of students at this school are in the Immersion language learning track.
  • El Granada Elementary School – approximately 520 students in Grades K-5.  Traditional, English only with emphasis on science and hands-on learning.  Special education classes for the District held at this campus.
  • Farallone View Elementary School – approximately 450 students in Grades K-5.  This school also offers two learning tracks.  The alternative is multi-age learning in grades K-3 where the student has the same teacher for 2 years for blended class level learning.
  • Kings Mountain Elementary School – small, rural campus serving approximately 85 students in Grades K-5.
  • Pilarcitos School – alternative learning environment with two tracks:  1) work toward a GED or online credit recovery.

Middle School

Cunha Intermediate School – approximately 750 students in Grades 6-8

High School

Half Moon Bay High School – Grades 9-12 A public school review site, Great Schools, provides an overview.  For more detailed ratings and improved accuracy, go to the Categories of each school. If school quality and fit is important, I suggest  making an appointment with the District Superintendent, Jane Yuster.  Please contact her at the District Office at 650-712-7112, 498 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay CA  94019. Community Involvement and Fundraising:


Math, all levels – Dr. Ginny McShane, 650-728-3130.  PhD Statistics, retired school principal. Main Street Scholars –

Coastside Private Schools:

Sea Crest School – approximately 250 students in Grades K-8 The Wilkinson School – Preschool – Grade 8


Pacifica School District – links to all educational programs

Contact me for a list of preschools.

Nearby Private Schools

Nortre Dame High School, Belmont CA Serra High School, San Mateo CA Good Shepherd School, Pacifica CA (K-8) Another resource: – This site was launched in 2004 to compile public information about cities and school district comparing nearly 20 demographic criteria.  I linked to the Cabrillo Unified page; you can also search by city.

Coastside Homeschooling

Homeschooling Program, Pacifica School District

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