Cunha Intermediate School (Grades 6-8)

600 Church Street, Half Moon Bay - 650.712.7190

Cunha Intermediate School helps students make the transition between elementary and high school. The school culture is grounded in the tradition of educating the "whole" child. Students, parents, community members, and staff work diligently to promote academic success and positive behavior. Cunha has two full-time counselors for a student body of approximately 780 students. The counselors work closely with students on their academic, personal, social and emotional needs. The school provides a safe, nurturing learning environment where all students, parents, and staff strive to meet high academic standards and promote lifelong learning. Cunha is committed to a student-centered a learning environment where every student is encouraged to seek his or her maximum potential. Scholarship, the ability to reason, as well as civic and social consciousness is the cornerstone of our mission. Cunha will inspire all students to reach high academic expectations, think critically and creatively, become responsible citizens, value diversity and individual self-worth, as well as pursue continual growth. For more information about Cunha and our academic and extra-curricular offerings, please visit our web site at

Half Moon Bay High School (Grades 9-12)

Lewis Foster Drive, Half Moon Bay - 650.712.7200

Half Moon Bay High School is the only comprehensive high school in the Cabrillo Unified School District. Enrollment is approximately 1000 students. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school prides itself on having developed outstanding curricular, extracurricular, and co-curricular programs. We are committed to providing an exceptional, high quality comprehensive educational experience for all students, which are driven by our four primary goals.

  1. Provide an outstanding education for EVERY student attending Half Moon Bay.
  2. Focus on continuing to create a 21st-century learning environment that inspires our students and best prepares them for the next step in their lives.
  3. Create a true sense of community and commitment to our school.
  4. Teach, display, practice and value kindness.

This commitment is illustrated by:

Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) programs – (17 unique AP courses with a total of 30 AP classes) and new this year, Early College with CSU/UC transferable credits.

Counseling program featuring individualized Personal Learning Plans at all grade levels.

Awards and Student Recognition including Outstanding Cougar Awards and Department Scholarships.

An array of electives that include French, Spanish, Marine Ecology, Computer Science, Sculpture, Metalworking, Broadcasting, Journalism, Yearbook, Leadership, Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Instrumental Music, Guitar Making, Small Gas Engines, Woodworking and Elective PE.

An agriculture department including Future Farmers of America is an exciting blend of science and agriculture featuring courses in Ag/Environmental Science, Ag/Biology, Ag/Chemistry, and Agriculture Practices. FFA offers opportunities for leadership development through public speaking, conferences, and hands-on experience at an on-site greenhouse, raising animals for the San Mateo County Fair, and involvement in internship programs or creating individual projects.

Math Course Placement for 9th grade students. Please click on the link to learn about CUSD Policy
Policy 6152.1: Placement In Mathematics Courses &
Regulation 6152.1: Placement In Mathematics Courses

Performing Arts provide students with opportunities to perform in the Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Chorale at school functions, local parades, festivals, Varsity football games, and competitions. HMBHS students also perform in an annual Spring Musical.

Visual Arts includes art classes that hold quarterly art shows throughout the campus and infrequent open studios.

Athletic Teams allow students to participate in Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Water Polo, Tennis, Swimming, Cross Country, Surf, Soccer, Volleyball, Golf, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Track and Field and Wrestling. The school possesses a world-class baseball facility with all-weather fields, a state of the art softball complex with concessions and restrooms, and a state of the art all-weather football field with restrooms and a concession stands.

Student Groups and Clubs are open to all students. The High School currently has over 40 clubs including Anime, Animation, Art, Band, Bicycle, Big Sister/Little Sister, Calculus, Chess, CSF, FFA, Mock Trial, Gay-Straight Alliance, Gymnastics, Interact, Sixth Man, Junior Statesmen of America, Model United Nations, Prom, Puente, Seed, Ski, Surf, and Yearbook.



Pilarcitos High School (Grades 10-12)

498 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay - 650.712.7224

Pilarcitos High School is an alternative program for students Grades 9-12 to focus on an individualized education plan with the final goal being the attainment of a high school diploma. Some students attend Pilarcitos for a short time and then return to the comprehensive high school to graduate. Students at Pilarcitos are provided a complete high school curriculum. The school is staffed with an excellent and committed team of educators who provide the students with the support and resources they need to attain a high school diploma. A hallmark of Pilarcitos is the connections students make in the outside world. Many students maintain jobs and learn skills that will serve them when they graduate. Like other District schools, the environment is safe and students work collaboratively together in a respectful environment. Pilarcitos is currently working towards becoming a Model Continuation High School and focusing its curriculum on philanthropy and agriculture, as well as initiating elective classes such as art, music, chess, and yoga.

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