Due to the growing population within the district, Ridgecrest Intermediate School reopened its campus to students in September 2000. The school's vision focused on developing the whole child. The Ridgecrest vision states, “Every child will experience his/her own individual success.” Ridgecrest Intermediate staff hold a shared focus on improving teaching and learning, in a positive school climate. Faculty members continually strive to find ways to meet the educational, emotional, physical, and social needs of each student.
Ridgecrest takes pride in its exemplary instructional program which has expanded beyond the core academic subjects to include opportunities for developing essential skills for college and career readiness. Course offerings include digital citizenship, STEM, and an expansive performing and fine arts program.
To supplement the instructional program, Ridgecrest Intermediate has two counselors who support the student body, staff, faculty, and families. The counselors work to bridge gaps between home and school to ensure student success. Goals embedded in the counseling program include building upon essential skills needed in the classroom for academic success and providing social/emotional support. Counselors create programs to benefit student enrichment and learning both in and outside the classroom.
Ridgecrest Intermediate, part of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, is located in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, approximately 23 miles south of Los Angeles. Rancho Palos Verdes, situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s southwest side is in close proximity to freeways, airport, and harbor shipping lanes making it one of the most strategically located areas in the county. The peninsula has very moderate weather year round with temperatures averaging in the mid 60s to 80s. The ocean views around the peninsula and from our campus make this school community a beautiful place to live and work. Ridgecrest Intermediate, with its location at the top of the hill, provides a landscape view from Catalina Island throughout Los Angeles and Downtown.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District educates students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve on a traditional calendar system, serving five communities on the "hill" of the South Bay. There are currently two early learning academies, ten elementary schools, three middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, and one alternative high school in the district. Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District is committed to providing a world class and innovative curriculum for all students to experience excellence in education.
Students who graduate from Ridgecrest Intermediate enjoy the prospect of an exciting and challenging future. They will also cherish their three years as a Raider. When looking back on their time at Ridgecrest Intermediate, students will remember their supportive and caring teachers, the extracurricular activities they participated in such as Booster Club and PTSA sponsored events, school-wide performances and assemblies, and innovative classroom projects. But most of all, our graduates appreciate the friendships made within the positive school culture in which we take pride in maintaining year after year. Ridgecrest Intermediate School is a dynamic campus that prepares students to feel confident in their next steps.