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School Profile

Palisades is a cool school where learning and fun become one!
Opening in 1961, Palisades Elementary School is the only public school in Capistrano Beach. Palisades sits on a bluff, surrounded by homes, near the Pacific Ocean. There is a beautiful ocean view from throughout the school. Known as the “Waves,” many Palisades families enjoy going to local beaches, such as Capo Beach, throughout the year due to the pleasant California coastal weather and “totally cool” waves at breaks like Doheny just up the road.

The Palisades staff is committed to preparing all students for the 21st century. Dedicated teachers at each grade level provide students with learning experiences that are interesting, relevant, and meaningful to their everyday lives. Palisades’ educational program is based on the Common Core State Standards and Capistrano Unified School District’s goals and objectives. Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The focus at Palisades for the 2018-19 school year is having students read, write, and speak (grounded in evidence).

Palisades has energetic parents who assist staff members and students throughout the school year in the classroom, front office, and throughout the school.  There is an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Palisades. Their ongoing support has provided the school with many programs and assemblies. There is also a newly formed Palisades Wave Foundation that supports school programs. Elected parents and staff members on School Site Council review programs for Palisades, oversee categorical money and grants, and review Local Control Funding (LCF).
Students, parents, and staff members enjoy being part of the Palisades community. Once a Wave, always a Wave. Keep riding the “Wave of Success!” 
WAre Very Enthusiastic Students