portrait of Dr. Chen

At Pacific Bay Christian School we have the ambitious goal of educating students to lead lives of significance. While we are college preparatory and, therefore, academically rigorous, we also pay close attention to our students’ character formation in an inclusive, Christ-centered community. We strive to empower students to truly experience education and prepare them to engage in the important issues of our world with courage and curiosity.

PacBay was formerly known as Alma Heights Christian Schools. We entered into a thoughtful, prayerful process to refresh our school’s name and identity. I like these words from Helen Keller to explain why we made this change; “The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” Our name change, while a tiny push in the broad scheme of things, has potential to catalyze a cascade of pushes to make our school community and our world more Christ-centered and characterized by justice, mercy, humility, and love.

Pacific Bay Christian School offers a living curriculum -- our educators – who are preparing our students to live a life integrating sincere faith, deep learning, and authentic service to others. We affirm our students in their identity as God’s image bearers so that in all things, they may gain passion for a cause and a purpose for life.

PacBay’s educational approach is captured by three words: play, passion, and purpose. Our innovative outdoor education program illustrates this by engaging all students in surfing, hiking, biking, farming, and animal care. This program aims to expand students’ minds, strengthen their bodies, and deepen their understanding of how they relate and connect to their environment, to one another, and ultimately, to their Creator.

I encourage you to visit our campus, meet our students, faculty and staff, and see for yourself all PacBay has to offer. I look forward to welcoming you here.

Warmly,

Michael Chen, Ed.D.
Head of School