About & Mission

Cunha Intermediate School, located within the Cabrillo Unified School District, serves students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Situated in the coastal area of Half Moon Bay, it is located 25 miles south of San Francisco.

Building Strong Foundations During Grades 6-8

Cunha Intermediate School serves as a bridge for students transitioning from elementary to high school. Our school culture is deeply rooted in the tradition of holistic education, emphasizing the development of the complete individual. Both students and staff are dedicated to fostering academic achievement and positive behavior through the implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.


With a faculty consisting of 30 teachers, 22 classified staff members, three administrators, two full-time counselors, and a dedicated psychologist, Cunha is committed to nurturing a student body of 558 individuals. The campus itself has undergone significant renovation in 2010 and 2019, resulting in a cutting-edge educational environment equipped with modern instructional technologies, including individual Chromebooks for each student.


Beyond academics, Cunha provides a wide array of extracurricular opportunities, encompassing athletics, club involvement, lunchtime spirit competitions, and more. The Leadership Program, led by our accomplished students, orchestrates these diverse initiatives. Moreover, our students are offered an extensive selection of elective courses, including Drama, Music/Band, Craft, Agriculture, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), ASB (Associated Student Body), Spanish Immersion, Web Leader, and much more.




The mission of Cunha, like our school district, is to develop critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens who actively participate in their individual learning and development and are fully prepared to embrace their next challenge. We accomplish this by utilizing our unique natural resources and engaging the entire Coastside community and its partners in providing a rich and academically rigorous curriculum in a safe and nurturing environment.


Manuel Francis Cunha was born on May 16, 1886, in Half Moon Bay. He had the unique distinction of serving on the elementary school board in Half Moon Bay for 43 years. He also served on the local high school board for 16 years and was a director of the San Mateo County Soil Conservation District board for 15 years.

Manuel Cunha was also active in city politics and served as chairman of the Police Commission of Half Moon Bay.

It was said of Manuel F. Cunha that he was a quiet-spoken man and well-respected by all who knew him. Many people asked him for advice on public and personal problems. Our hats are off to you, Manuel F. Cunha! We are proud to have our school named after you.

- "50th Birthday Celebration" in 1989

Manuel F. Cunha


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