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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, and the community enjoys utilizing the school after hours and on the weekends. 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 2017-18 school year is writing, in addition to all other subject areas.

“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” 
– John Jakes


“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” 
– Phillip Pullman

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 
– Toni Morrison

“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” 
– Ernest Hemingway

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” 
– Anne Lamott


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.  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!” 


We Are Very Enthusiastic Students

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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
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