Cardiff School District

Inspiring a love of learning


Jill Vinson


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Welcome to the Cardiff School District!

Thank you for visiting our website to learn about the Cardiff School District! Our outstanding district is located in the lovely coastal community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, thirty-four miles north of the city of San Diego. We are a district of two beautiful school campuses, Cardiff Elementary and Ada Harris Elementary. Cardiff Elementary serves students in grades K-3 and Ada Harris Elementary serves students in grades 3-6. Together our two CA Distinguished Schools proudly educate approximately 750 students.

The Cardiff School District vision is Educational Excellence | Lifelong Learners | Contributing Citizens. We are about excellence in student learning, an energized learning environment, active parent and community engagement, and efficient and effective resource management. Our district is focused on 21st century teaching and learning through the Four “C’ s (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving) in order to prepare our students for the global workforce of the future. All Cardiff School District classrooms reflect a blended learning environment in which 1:1 iPads, and high quality, CA Common Core State Standards-aligned content support an age-appropriate, balanced educational program. We are committed to providing all students with an innovative, high quality education in a safe and caring environment. We are a community of learners, and our staff members engage in regular professional development activities and collaboration to support our district goals. Our teachers, administrators and classified staff work together to engage students in meaningful standards-based lessons, projects and activities that support our educational goals and help all students fully realize their potential.

Cardiff School District staff, governing board, parents and community members work together to make our schools an outstanding environment for children to learn. The Cardiff Schools Education Association (Cardiff SEA) is our parent-staff organization that works tirelessly to provide financial and volunteer support to our schools and programs. The Cardiff SEA organization supports small class sizes, technology, and specialty programs such as hands-on science, music, physical education, performing arts, gardening, art, and more. Our three largest fundraisers include the Boo-By-The Sea, Cardiff SEA Gala, and Ice Cream Social. These events provide not only our largest source of fundraising, but also serve to shape and reinforce the wonderful sense of family and community involvement that defines Cardiff-by-the-Sea. 

We are extremely proud of our community and our great schools. Please visit the Cardiff Elementary and Ada Harris Elementary home pages for more detailed information.  


Jill Vinson