About Our School

About Pacific Beach Middle School

Our school is truly special -- innovative, historic and full of cool programs. Where else can students learn Mandarin Chinese, as well as join the sports fishing club? There is no other school like it in the entire region. In fact, our International Baccalaureate program is one of 4000+ IB World Schools in the world.

For more than 60 years, our school has been the heart of a picturesque neighborhood within view of the glittering Pacific Ocean. Our students, girls and boys 11-14 years of age, get a sense of history when they step on our campus. Our families are part of something that is long-lasting. PB Middle alumni are part of an established school with deep roots in the community.Our public school is part of the San Diego Unified School District. We have a reputation for academics that are challenging and engaging. PB Middle's academic program helps students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to be part of the fast-changing global economy. In 2007 we earned the prestigious title of International Baccalaureate World School from the IB headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Since authorization, three of our educators have won IB Educator of the Year for California, one of our students was named IB Student of the Year, we have won numerous local and state awards, and we've been named a "Spotlight School" by the California IB Association.

In the IB spirit we collaborate with other educators and institutes to share what we have learned. We host visitors from around the world who come to see our model IB program in action. PB Middle staff are regularly called on to train other IB educators as well as consult, authorize, and evaluate IB Candidate and World Schools.

All of our students are IB students and all of our teachers are IB trained. From the athletic fields, to the science labs, and to the Counseling Center, faculty members work together to ensure that all students receive the guidance they need and a one-of-a-kind curriculum to fulfill their potential.

Our students learn through traditional instruction as well as project-based learning and inquiry in both single-subject and interdisciplinary units. Because we believe all students should have access to a balanced, well-rounded education, all of our courses are year-long and include visual and performing arts, design technology, Language B (Spanish), physical education and fitness, and advanced mathematics.

In addition to the academically rigorous curriculum, we offer students enrichment opportunities including award-winning athletics along with jazz, service, yearbook, video production, choir, sportfishing, and a variety of other lunch and after-school activities.

Mural of Dolphins

Our School

Grades: 6th through 8th
Phone: 858-221-5600
Enrollment: ~580
Principal: Kimberly Meng
Location: 4676 Ingraham St. (92109)
Mascot: The Wave
School color: Blue
School theme IB International Waters

Map and Directions:

Bienvenidos a la escuela Pacific Beach: Una escuela mundial del Bachillerato Internacional

El Bachillerato Internacional (IB) ofrece programas de educación internacional de calidad a una comunidad de colegios de todo el mundo. Pacific Beach es uno de los aproximados 3500 colegios que ofrecen los programas IB a más de 1,000,000 estudiantes en 145 países.

Special Programs

  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for ALL students
  • Mandarin Chinese and Spanish Languages
  • Title I & VEEP (Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program)
  • School CHOICE
  • English Language Learners
  • Special Education
  • Integrated Visual Arts (VAPA) & Design
  • Performing Arts Band and Orchestra Program (VAPA)
  • Athletics & Award-winning Physical Education
  • Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE)
  • Seminar Program

We encourage students to make positive contributions to our community locally and beyond, and offer them service-learning opportunities. It is our aim that the innovative curriculum should inspire students to take action both on and off of the campus,, and make their school, their community, and their world a better place. Many of our students take care of our adopted beach or plant and harvest vegetables in our garden to serve in our salad bar; some go on to design their own service projects to address local and global issues.

We bring the world to our campus with one-of-a-kind partnerships with the University of Zurich and the University of San Diego, as well as through our award-winning Middle School Partnership of the Year with SeaWorld, and with HUBBS Research, Rerip, USS Decatur, and the California State Parks Video-conferencing Project.

Our unique program guides students toward being effective problem-solvers, lifelong learners, and internationally-minded communicators. Come see Pacific Beach Middle IB in action!

PB Middle...An international education in your own backyard.

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