Carlsbad is a coastal city located along the Pacific Ocean in the North San Diego County. It is 87 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. High property values, high median family incomes, and high education levels have made Carlsbad among the wealthier communities in California. A low population density, coastal location, thriving commercial sector, and an award-winning school district all contribute to the high standard of living in the area. The city is known for shopping, tourism, a booming high-tech industry, and resort living.


School Districts

  • Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Encinitas Union School District-for Elementary schools in South Carlsbad

Public High

  • Carlsbad High School
  • La Costa Canyon High School
  • LCC Music

Public Intermediate

  • Calavera Hills Middle School
  • Valley Middle School
  • Aviara Oaks Middle School

Public Interlevel

  • Carlsbad Seaside Academy (Independent Study)

Public Elementary

  • Aviara Oaks Elementary School
  • Buena Vista Elementary School
  • Calavera Hills Elementary School
  • Carlsbad Seaside Academy (K-6 Alternative Education)
  • Hope Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Kelly Elementary School
  • Magnolia Elementary School
  • Pacific Rim Elementary School
  • Poinsettia Elementary School
  • El Camino Creek Elementary School
  • La Costa Heights Elementary School
  • Mission Estancia Elementary School
  • Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School

Private Schools

  • Army and Navy Academy: Military Prep
  • Pacific Ridge School
  • St. Patrick School
  • Montessori Arts and Sciences School
  • Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Elementary School
  • The Academy by the Sea: Camp Pacific
  • Palisades Point Christian Academy 
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