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2017 National Blue Ribbon School

About PacRim

Mission StatEment

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.

Pacific Rim Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School. An important part of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools. In identifying several hundred outstanding schools annually, the program celebrates school excellence, turn around stories, and closing subgroup achievement gaps.  The Award is both a high aspiration and a potent resource of practitioner knowledge.

School Facts & Accountability Information

Link to School Accountability Report Cards

This provides links to a series of School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) about the state of our school, Pacific Rim Elementary, for the school years of 2004-2017. Under California law, as well as the No Child Left Behind Act, school districts must distribute a report card to show how every school and the district as a whole are performing. 

School Accountability Report Card 2018/2019

School Accountability Report Card  

Past SARC report cards


We have been working closely with the CUSD main office, Carlsbad Police Department, and other agencies to address safety and security improvements. As part of this process, the district has made a number of recommendations and required changes seen below:

  • Secure Campus Changes: Changes to the CUSD Administrative Regulations will now require the securing of campus before and after school. As part of this process, gates will open 15 minutes before the start of school and close promptly at the start of school. Likewise, campus gates will remain locked until the dismissal bell and will be once again secured approximately 20 minutes after safe dismissal of students. All visitors to campus will be required to enter and exit through the main office and will be required to sign-in and wear a visitor badge. 


  • Visitor Badging for ALL Adults: All adults on campus will be required to wear a badge at all times - this includes all  PTA and classroom volunteers, and any visitors to campus. Visitors to campus will be required to enter through the office and to sign-in prior to entering campus. If any adult is on campus without a badge, he/she will be required to return to the office to sign-in or asked to leave campus.

  • Student Drop-Off: Only students may enter the gates. Masks required during COVID safety protocols.

  • Student Pick-Up: Parents will no longer be able to enter the campus to pick up their student.  Please plan a designated location at the front of the campus to meet your student. If you are utilizing our parking lot curb lane for pick-up, remember to stay in your vehicle, move forward as space allows, and also designate a spot you want your student(s) to wait for you near the parking lot curb lane.

  • Kindergarten:   Teachers will wait with their students at dismissal near the kindergarten gate.

  • Secure Campus Safety Drills: Beginning this year each school will be required to complete two secure campus drills each school year. These drills will be based on training that all staff received from Carlsbad Police Department and is based upon the “Run, Hide, Fight” approach emphasized by law enforcement agencies across the country.

We know these changes will be a challenging shift for some of our families, as they represent a change from the traditional “openness” of our campus. However, as recent events have highlighted, the reality surrounding our schools has changed in the past few years. Because student safety and security are our number one priority, we will continue to seek opportunities to make our campus more safe and secure for everyone.


Students, staff, and parents have an important role in promoting school safety by following procedures and reporting unusual or concerning individuals or behavior.  It is important to maintain a balance between sufficient building security and providing students a healthy, nurturing, normal school environment.  Safety measures at school extend across all parts of our campus. 

When in the parking lot, parents should observe all instructions from the crosswalk attendant and be alert to moving traffic.  You should always use a crosswalk instead of walking through lanes of traffic.  Parents must remain in their vehicles along the curb lane.  

There is limited access to our school buildings with our office as the only point of entry when classes are in session.  Gates must remain closed and locked during school hours . All visitors are required to check in at the front office to obtain a visitor's badge and use the sign in/out binder (soon to be LobbyGuard digital system and video monitoring).

We maintain a safe and caring school through clear behavioral expectations, positive behavior interventions and supports, and crisis planning and preparedness.  Our School Safety Plan, which addresses school safety issues (prevention, preparing, responding, and recovering), is formally reviewed each year by our School Site Council and staff members.  The plan is updated regularly.

Open communication between home and school is critical to the safety and well-being of our students and your children.  Let us know if you have a concern or question about school policies or your child's safety.

School Site Council

The Role of the School Site Council

The school site council is a group of teachers, parents, classified employees, and students (at the high school level) that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. The members of the site council are generally elected by their peers. For example, parents elect the parent representatives and teachers elect teachers.  Site councils make decisions and advise the principal on the academic or school improvement plan. After looking at the big picture of the school’s progress, the council and the principal create a plan for improvement. 

School site council members don't just represent their own interests. They have an obligation to make decisions that will best serve the whole school community. In fact, many site councils are specifically charged with finding ways to close gaps in achievement between groups of students.

The actions of the SSC constitute the first step in a formal process for developing improvement strategies and for allocating resources to support these efforts.

Develop/revise a comprehensive Single Plan for Student Achievement (Ed Code 64001).  

Ensure that the school is continually engaged in the continuous improvement process by identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practice

Develop a budget align categorical funds realign decision from the SSC.

How to get involved

If you are interested in school policy or academic programs, you might enjoy serving on our school’s site council. To find out more about what school site council does, attend a meeting or talk to Principal Tubbs.  Current members include Waverider parents (Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Sterni, and Mrs. Wiktor) and staff (Mrs. Billingsley, Mr. Cann, Mrs. Norman, Mr. Tubbs).  Meetings are open to the public (contact the office for the next meeting date).  

Recommended Literature K-12

Search the California Department of Education for recommendations of high interest literature.  You can search by grade level, language, culture, genre, classification (picture book, easy reader, etc), curriculum connections, award, title, author, or keyword. Click Here

Safety First

One of the responsibilities of School Site Council is to manage and evaluate the safety of our students, staff, and campus.  We update a Comprehensive School Safety Plan each year.

Here is a reminder for when it rains.

The rain tends to slow things down as we try to manage slick roads and additional traffic.  Please remember to plan accordingly by leaving early enough to get your student(s) to school our start time.  Sometimes this means changing your routine by leaving just three minutes earlier to avoid a traffic backup.  Also, wait in the line of cars next to our school curb to drop off and pick up students (don't cut into the line - wait your turn).  Students should never enter and exit in the middle of traffic lanes (even in our parking lot). If you must leave your vehicle during arrival and dismissal times, do so in a parking space, never along the curb.  Thank you.