by DR. BOB OGLE, Head of School, Pacific Ridge School

What Skills Will Students Need in a Rapidly Changing World?


Attaining these skills can be challenging in schools with traditional programs, large class sizes and shrinking resources. Motivated and curious students are pressed to fit growth opportunities into programs that take place outside of school. Often, they need to choose a single interest to pursue out of many they may have.

For parents, investing early in an enriched, forward-looking education can pay tremendous dividends for their children’s success and satisfaction in life.

At Pacific Ridge School, students in grades 7-12 engage actively with academic subjects while gaining relevant, hands-on practice in essential skills. Our approach, known as the Student360 Experience, gives students the opportunity to develop skills and explore interests while maintaining balance in their already busy lives.

The “Harkness Table,” an oval table at which 15 students sit alongside their teacher, is the center of academic life at Pacific Ridge. Students share ideas and perspectives, strengthening their speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. Academic content is frequently integrated across disciplines to add depth and context to learning.

In our year-long service learning program, students develop empathy, leadership and project management expertise addressing needs as diverse as ocean pollution, elder care and girls’ education in India. Our annual global travel program sends over 95% of our students around the world for cultural immersion, service and study.

To learn more about how you can prepare your child for the future, I invite you to explore Pacific Ridge School and the Student360 Experience at an Open House, Saturday, November 4, at 1 p.m. To register, visit