Pacific Collegiate School (PCS) is committed to recruiting and sustaining a student population that reflects the diversity of Santa Cruz County, with specific focus on student demographics of the Santa Cruz City high-school districts. These populations include communities where there are differences in socioeconomic level; race; ethnicity; culture; religion; gender identity; sexual orientation, and learning abilities.
PCS values a student population that reflects the diversity of Santa Cruz County in many respects including demographic, socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender identities, sexual orientation and disabled communities. In broad terms, a diverse PCS school community serves two important purposes:
(1) it demonstrates equal access for all community constituencies to a high-quality, standards-based, college preparatory and fine arts education that seeks to prepare its graduates to enter and thrive at the world’s finest colleges and universities, and
(2) it stimulates the school’s academic/pedagogic perspective to encourage PCS students to engage and understand all community constituencies as they learn to assume leadership roles in their chosen fields.
PCS initially adopted a five-year Diversity Plan in 2006 as a “living document” to provide a conceptual background for issues relating to school diversity, demonstrate an intention to take a variety of steps to diversify the school, and provide an itemized agenda to guide the actions of the school over the following years. The Plan has been updated every five years to include an assessment of the progress PCS has made as well as new ideas for fostering diversity at the school.
For more details, please see the full Pacific Collegiate School Diversity Status Report and Action Plan (2016-2020).