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The Cabrillo Unified District is located just south of San Francisco on the beautiful Pacific Coast. The District was established on July 1, 1965 and encompasses an area of approximately 135 square miles. The District currently operates four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one high school, a continuation school, and an adult education program.

The mission of the Cabrillo Unified School District - an exemplary learning community committed to valuing our distinct cultural identities - is to develop critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens who actively participate in their individual learning and development and are fully prepared to embrace their next challenge. We accomplish this by utilizing our unique natural resources and engaging the entire Coastside community and its partners in providing a rich and academically rigorous curriculum in a safe and nurturing environment.


Elementary Schools (Grades Transitional Kindergarten through Fifth)

Hatch Elementary School

Alvin Hatch Elementary School

490 Miramontes Ave, Half Moon Bay - 650.712.7160

Hatch Elementary is committed to helping children become lifelong learners in an environment that values academic excellence and global understanding. The school is unique in the District because two pathways are provided for students. The first is a traditional English program. The second is a two-way bilingual immersion (Spanish) program. Other key identifying characteristics include a partnership with Stanford University for student teachers and participation in the international Amity Institute Intern Program. Parents are active members of the Hatch community and support the school in many wonderful ways. Visit our web site at

El Granada Elementary School

El Granada Elementary School

400 Santiago Street, Half Moon Bay - 650.712.7150

El Granada Elementary School is a diverse school community that fosters the academic and social development of each student. Among the academic highlights are a school-wide commitment to Reading and Writing Workshop, a robust implementation of hands-on science including a wonderful lab for 4th and 5th grade students, and 38 year tradition of celebrating Arts and Science Day. The El Granada parent community is highly involved as evidenced by the PTO’s commitment and support of the after school and enrichment programs. One such program is the Art in Action program designed around the work of the great and world recognized masters. Teachers and parents partner to make this a valuable asset. El Granada is the recipient of the 2012 Kent Award for its innovative after school program, the Dolphin Club. Dolphin Club serves students in grade 4-5. Visit our web site at

Farallone View Elementary

Farallone View Elementary School

1100 LeConte & Kanoff, Montara - 650.712.7170

Farallone View is a unique school nestled at the foot of Montara Mountain. We draw our strength from the talents of our community, with opportunities for parent involvement and project-based learning experiences. All of our classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, including our dedicated science lab. Students benefit from specialized music, science, and physical education instruction. In the fourth and fifth grade classrooms, instructional aides support student learning on a daily basis. Students throughout the grades engage in literacy through Reading and Writing Workshop as well as the Mathematical Practices of the Common Core Standards. Our signature Farallone View annual events, Ocean's Week and Continent Day, are celebrations of our community and rich project-based curriculum. Visit our web site at

Kings Mountain Elementary

Kings Mountain Elementary School

211 Swett Road, Woodside - 650.712.7180

Kings Mountain Elementary School is an alternative school located eight and one-half miles south of Highway 92, off of Highway 35. The school has three combination classrooms serving approximately 85 children, kindergarten through fifth grade. The school takes pride in their ability to foster the development of creative, courageous, compassionate human beings who are committed to realizing their full potential, while supporting others to do the same. The school promotes a powerful, cohesive partnership that actively involves students, parents, teachers, other school personnel, and the community in accomplishing our mission. Students are provided a safe and nurturing learning environment and receive an appropriate, academically challenging curriculum; develop a sense of personal responsibility, respect all others and practice good citizenship. Visit our web site at


Secondary Grades 6-12

Cunha Intermediate School

Cunha Intermediate School (Grades 6-8)

600 Church Street, Half Moon Bay - 650.712.7190

Cunha Intermediate School helps students make the transition between elementary and high school. The school culture is grounded in the tradition of educating the "whole" child. Students, parents, community members, and staff work diligently to promote academic success and positive behavior. Cunha has two full time counselors for a student body of approximately 780 students. The counselors work closely with students on their academic, personal, social and emotional needs. The school provides a safe, nurturing learning environment where all students, parents and staff strive to meet high academic standards and promote lifelong learning. Cunha is committed to a student-centered learning environment where every student is encouraged to seek his or her maximum potential. Scholarship, the ability to reason, as well as civic and social consciousness is the cornerstone of our mission. Cunha will inspire all students to reach high academic expectations, think critically and creatively, become responsible citizens, value diversity and individual self worth, as well as pursue continual growth. For more information about Cunha and our academic and extra-curricular offerings, please visit our web site at

Half Moon Bay High School

Half Moon Bay High School (Grades 9-12)

Lewis Foster Drive, Half Moon Bay - 650.712.7200

Half Moon Bay High School is the only comprehensive high school in the Cabrillo Unified School District. Enrollment is approximately 1000 students. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school prides itself on having developed outstanding curricular, extracurricular, and co-curricular programs. We are committed to providing an exceptional, high quality comprehensive educational experience for all students, which are driven by our four primary goals.

  1. Provide an outstanding education for EVERY student attending Half Moon Bay.

  2. Focus on continuing to create a 21st century learning environment that inspires our students and best prepares them for the next step in their lives.

  3. Create a true sense of community and commitment to our school.

  4. Teach, display, practice and value kindness.

This commitment is illustrated by:

  • Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) programs – (17 unique AP courses with a total of 30 AP classes) and new this year, Early College with CSU/UC transferable credits.

  • Counseling program featuring individualized Personal Learning Plans at all grade levels.

  • Awards and Student Recognition including Outstanding Cougar Awards and Department Scholarships.

  • An array of electives that include French, Spanish, Marine Ecology, Computer Science, Sculpture, Metalworking, Broadcasting, Journalism, Yearbook, Leadership, Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Instrumental Music, Guitar Making, Small Gas Engines, Woodworking and Elective PE.

  • An agriculture department including Future Farmers of America is an exciting blend of science and agriculture featuring courses in Ag/Environmental Science, Ag/Biology, Ag/Chemistry, and Agriculture Practices. FFA offers opportunities for leadership development through public speaking, conferences, and hand-on experience at an on-site greenhouse, raising animals for the San Mateo County Fair, and involvement in internship programs or creating individual projects.

  • Performing Arts provide students with opportunities to perform in the Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Chorale at school functions, local parades, festivals, Varsity football games and competitions. HMBHS students also perform in an annual Spring Musical.

  • Visual Arts includes art classes that hold quarterly art shows throughout the campus and in frequent open studios.

  • Athletic Teams allow students to participate in Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Water Polo, Tennis, Swimming, Cross Country, Surf, Soccer, Volleyball, Golf, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Track and Field and Wrestling. The school possesses a world-class baseball facility with all-weather fields, a state of the art softball complex with concessions and restrooms, and a state of the art all-weather football field with restrooms and a concession stand.

  • Student Groups and Clubs are open to all students. The High School currently has over 40 clubs including: Anime, Animation, Art, Band, Bicycle, Big Sister/Little Sister, Calculus, Chess, CSF, FFA, Mock Trial, Gay-Straight Alliance, Gymnastics, Interact, Sixth Man, Junior Statesmen of America, Model United Nations, Prom, Puente, Seed, Ski, Surf, and Yearbook.

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Pilarcitos High School

Pilarcitos High School (Grades 10-12)

498 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay - 650.712.7224

Pilarcitos High School is an alternative program for students Grades 9-12 to focus on an individualized education plan with the final goal being attainment of a high school diploma. Some students attend Pilarcitos for a short time and then return to the comprehensive high school to graduate. Students at Pilarcitos are provided a complete high school curriculum. The school is staffed with an excellent and committed team of educators who provide the students with the support and resources they need to attain a high school diploma. A hallmark of Pilarcitos is the connections students make in the outside world. Many students maintain jobs and learn skills that will serve them when they graduate. Like other District schools, the environment is safe and students work collaboratively together in a respectful environment. Pilarcitos is currently working towards becoming a Model Continuation High School and focusing its curriculum on philanthropy and agriculture, as well as initiating elective classes such as art, music, chess and yoga.

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La Costa Adult School

498 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay - 650. 712-7224

La Costa Adult School serves residents from Montara to Año Nuevo with two instructional locations: Half Moon Bay and Pescadero. In Half Moon Bay, classes are being held at Cunha Intermediate School until the new Pilarcitos Alternative High School is built. In Pescadero, classes are offered at Puente de la Costa Sur.

Funding from the state of California supports La Costa’s efforts to provide programs for:

  • Immigrants: citizenship, English as a second language and workforce preparation
  • Career technical education that is short term in nature and has high employment potential
  • Pre-apprenticeship training
  • Adults, including older adults, who want to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically
  • Those needing elementary and secondary skills themselves, including programs leading to high school diploma or equivalency certification
  • Adults, including older adults, who want to enter or re-enter the workforce
  • Adults with disabilities

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