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Cabrillo Unified School District
498 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Founded in 1965, the Cabrillo Unified School District is comprised of four elementary schools (Alvin S. Hatch, ElMore Granada, Farallone View, Kings Mountain), one intermediate school (Manuel F. Cunha), one high school (Half Moon Bay), and an alternative continuation school (Pilarcitos).

Members of the Cabrillo Unified School District 's Governing Board are elected to four-year terms. The Superintendent is Rob Gaskill.

Sea Crest School
901 Arnold Way, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Sea Crest is a non-sectarian independent school enrolling students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school isMore divided into two groups: a lower school for the K-5 students, and a middle school for the students in grades 6-8. The school is NAIS and WASC accredited, employs a caring nurturing staff and teaches a curriculum including foreign language, technology, art, music, drama in addition to the traditional math, science, english and social studies courses.  After school programs and high school placement services are also available. 
Pilarcitos Alternative High School
498 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Pilarcitos Altenative High School is a program for students in grades 10-12 who wish to complete their education in aMore nontraditional environment. The school has been part of the Cabrillo Unified School District for over 30 years.

Students come to Pilarcitos High School for varied reasons. Most are students deficient in the number of credits they need to graduate, but others attend the school because they want to graduate early. A few students are involved in full-time professional pursuits and need to enroll in independent study.

In addition to the traditional subject areas, students can enroll in Computer Literacy, G.E.D. (General Educational Development Test), and C.H.S.P.E. (California High School Proficiency Examination) programs and Typing.

Half Moon Bay High School
Lewis Foster Drive, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Half Moon Bay High School is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2010. Students can choose from a rich variety ofMore offerings based on their goals or interests, be it in academics, extracurricular activities, or sports.

The school boasts many achievements in all areas as well. School bands have won local, state and national awards. Academically, Half Moon Bay High students have higher standardized test scores than the state average. And the school's chapter of Future Farmers of America has raised steers, hogs, lambs, turkeys, and rabbits for exhibition.

Despite these accomplishments, though, perhaps the school's most notable aspect is the high level of involvement from parents and the community. Principal Mary Streshly says that although Half Moon Bay High School is much smaller than other Bay Area schools, the level of engagement with students is much higher.

"Half Moon Bay High is the flagship of the community," she says. "They want this school to be a great school."

Los Ninos Nursery School
20 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Tom Whiting, the school's founder, emphasizes that the philosophy and curriculum of Los Ninos Nursery School areMore based on the interests and needs of young children and not based on their family's child care needs. Located at the edge of Half Moon Bay State Beach and the Coastside Trail, the school operates out of a converted house and has an outdoor play area that looks out onto an open field. The school publishes a monthly newsletter that can be downloaded from their website.

The school has been open since 1974 and has an open door policy -- meaning that visitors are welcome to drop by without an appointment. Whiting says that he has had many former students at Los Ninos come back and enroll their own children as well.