Encinitas is a coastal beach city in San Diego County, California. Located within Southern California, it is approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of San Diego in North County and about 95 miles (153 km) south of Los Angeles. Encinitas is a Spanish name meaning “little oaks”.
Encinitas can be divided into five areas:
Old Encinitas: a small beachside area featuring a mix of businesses and housing styles. The Encinitas welcome arch, the famous surf break Swamis, and the early 20th century La Paloma Theater are located here. Old Encinitas is divided from New Encinitas by a low coastal ridge.
New Encinitas: a newer region which features golf courses, many shopping centers, and composed of larger tract homes.
Olivenhain: a semi-rural region in eastern Encinitas, composed of mostly single family homes, an active 4-H Club, and several private equestrian facilities. Olivenhain connects to Rancho Santa Fe via Encinitas Blvd.
Leucadia: a coastal community of the city. Leucadia features tree-lined streets and boulevards. The community features art galleries, unusual stores, and restaurants, along with single family homes.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea: Encinitas’ southernmost oceanfront community, which features streets named after British cities and classical composers, the Lux Art Institute, and the San Elijo Campus of Mira Costa College.
Encinitas has a very mild, Mediterranean climate. Average daily high temperature is 72 °F (22 °C). Temperatures below 40 °F (4 °C) and above 85 °F (29 °C) are rare. Average rainfall is about 10 inches (250 mm) per year. The wet season lasts during the winter and spring, when temperatures are usually cool. Average daytime temperatures hit 65F in winter and spring, when rain and marine layer (fog) are common (May Gray/June Gloom). Nighttime lows range from 45-55F. The dry season lasts from summer through fall, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 75-85F, and nighttime lows being from the upper 50s-60sF
School districts
Cardiff School District
Encinitas Union School District
Mira Costa College District
San Dieguito Union High School District

Visual Art schools
Studio 2nd Street
Watts Atelier of the Arts

California Institute for Human Science
Mira Costa College, San Elijo Campus
St. Katherine College

High schools
Grauer School (Private, college preparatory)
San Dieguito Academy
Pacific Academy
Sunset Continuation High School

Middle schools
Diegueño Middle School
Encinitas Country Day School (private Middle School)
Grauer School (private)
Oak Crest Middle School
The Rhoades School (private)

Elementary schools
Ada Harris Elementary School
Cardiff Elementary School
Capri Elementary School
Encinitas Country Day School (private)
Flora Vista Elementary School
Ocean Knoll Elementary School
Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School
Park Dale Lane Elementary School
Paul Ecke Central Elementary School
Rancho Encinitas Academy (private)
The Rhoades School (private)
Saint John The Evangelist School (private)
Sanderling Waldorf School (private)

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