Encinitas is a coastal beach city in North San Diego County. It is located about 25 miles north of San Diego and about 95 miles south of Los Angeles. The city was incorporated in 1986 from the communities of historic Encinitas, new Encinitas (Village Park, etc.), Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain. These communities retain their identities, and their distinctive flavors.


Encinitas can be divided into five areas:

Old Encinitas: a small beachside area featuring a mix of businesses and housing styles.

New Encinitas: a newer region which features a golf course, larger tract homes and many shopping centers.

Olivenhain: a semi-rural region in eastern Encinitas with mostly single-family homes and an active 4-H Club.

Leucadia: which has an older, tree-lined area featuring art galleries, unique stores and restaurants along with single-family homes.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea: Encinitas’ southernmost oceanfront community which features streets named after Classical composers, the Lux Art Institute and the San Elijo Campus of Mira Costa College.


School districts

  • Mira Costa College District
  • San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Cardiff Elementary School District
  • Encinitas Union School District

Elementary schools

  • Ada Harris Elementary School
  • Cardiff Elementary School
  • Capri Elementary School
  • Encinitas Country Day School (private)
  • Flora Vista Elementary School
  • Mission Estancia Elementary School
  • Ocean Knoll Elementary School
  • Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School
  • Park Dale Lane Elementary School
  • Paul Ecke Central Elementary School
  • The Rhoades School(private)
  • Saint John The Evangelist School (private)
  • Sanderling Waldorf School (private)

Middle schools

  • Oak Crest Middle School
  • Diegueño Middle School
  • Encinitas Country Day School (private)
  • Grauer school (private)

High schools

  • San Dieguito Academy
  • Grauer School (Private, college preparatory)
  • Sunset Continuation High School
  • Pacific Academy


  • San Elijo Campus Mira Costa College
  • High schools
  • San Dieguito Academy
  • La Costa Canyon High School
  • Grauer School (Private, college preparatory)
  • Sunset Continuation High School
  • Pacific Academy

Visual Art schools

  • Studio 2nd Street
  • Watts Atelier of the Arts
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