School Details

Carrillo Elementary School

2875 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 290-2900
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 981 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

78%
70%
56%
85%
80%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Marcos Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
65%
46%
86%
79%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Marcos Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
82%
65%
90%
83%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Marcos Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
82%
60%
88%
85%
65%
90%
73%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Marcos Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Carrillo Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Marcos. The principal of Carrillo Elementary School is Fran Pistone, who can be contacted at fran.pistone@smusd.org. 981 students go to Carrillo Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 7% of the Carrillo Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 20% of the 981 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Carrillo Elementary School is 19:1. Poinsettia Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 63% 39%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 20% 47%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Filipino 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.7%
Unspecified 0.2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.09% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 41%
Limited English proficiency 7% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    We moved form a different state. I was excited for my child to go to Carrillo because I heard a lot of great things about it. I was very disappointed with the front desk staff. They are so rude never smile they do no make you feel welcome at all! I was even more disappointed with my child's kindergarten teacher after she told me there will not be a kindergarten graduation but when I was picking my daughter up from her last day of school she was crying because other parents came to their children's kindergarten graduation and I did not! This was not ok with me and when I confronted the teacher she told me she did not know that they will be holding a kindergarten graduation. Really??? Overall I think the only reason this school is rated so high is because of the rich families that attend Carrillo.

  • (11 months ago)

    They say you can't make requests for teachers but they allow PTO parents to do so. If they're going to they might as well say it maybe more parents would join the PTO. It's so obvious who the favored teachers are just look to see which teachers the kids of PTO parents and other teachers get. Sherwood followed by Whelan & Danielson in 1st Yates followed by Rhodes in 2nd (Saulino if you have a son) Cummings followed by Martin than Shultz in 3rd Duke followed by Mariano in 4th (Cochran may become a favorite) Woods followed by Lancon in 5th and Folk seems to be a new favorite too in 5th. Suppose some have to get the less favored teachers but hate watching all the PTO kids get one of the top favorites ALL the time. > ( And if parent requests were known and those teachers knew they weren't popular maybe they'd try to improve their act.

  • (11 months ago)

    IT IS VERY UNFORTUNATE BUT THE REASON THE SCHOOL IS RATED SO HIGH IS ONLY DUE TO PARENT INVOLVEMENT. THERE ARE VERY VERY FEW TEACHERS WHO REALLY CARE OR LOVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING. IT IS THE PARENT VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE CARRYING OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. BOTH WITH THEIR VOLUNTEERED TIME AND FINANCIAL DONATIONS. THE CHILDREN ARE PUT LAST SINCE THE STAFF WILL COVER FOR EACH OTHER AND SWEEP PROBLEMS UNDER THE RUG IN ORDER TO PROTECT ONE ANOTHER. VERY SAD FOR OUR CHILDREN.

  • (1 year ago)

    Carrillo Elementary School is the best public school there is! I have been there 8 years now with 3 kids going there and have only had amazing teachers and staff for my children. There is a lot of parent involvement also. My children feel safe there and have made great progress in their academics. Carrillo will prepare you for middle school for sure!

  • (1 year ago)

    Carrillo Elementary has wonderful parents that are willing to volunteer tremendous time and energy. The PTO generates substantial financial resources for the school. However the teachers do not take advantage of the resources available to help students progress. The school might be ranked as a 10 by the state (#378 in the state) but this is because of the heavy parent involvement. The school number ranking should be hire but many of the teacher s take this as an opportunity to do less. The school is second to last in ranking for the City of Carlsbad. The rankings for the City of Carlsbad are (#57 #192 #195 #347 #378 # 391).

  • (2 years ago)

    Despite the potential to be a great school this school is just mediocre. The pieces required to be great are there good facilities good students families who value education and have adequate financial resources. Unfortunately they just can't seem to put it all together. The previous principal was fantastic. The current principal has allowed the school to slide into mediocrity. The teachers range from amazing to pleasant to lazy to down right mean...many seem like they are just going through the motions. Each year the school year begins with enthusiasm by mid-year the students are ridiculously behind schedule and then there is a mad rush to catch up in the spring before STAR testing begins. There are many parents who are willing to give their time selflessly to help in the classroom. The PTO is another story. They seems to do a good job raising money each year and there are undoubtedly many hard working well-meaning parents involved with this goal. However many of the PTO leaders seem to use their positions as a means to get what they want for their own kids (class placement etc). It's disappointing to see the unrealized potential of this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Carrillo has changed so incredibly much over the past few years and I m sad to say not for the better! The amount of money and fundraising they constantly badger us for is outrageous. Carrillo also wastes so much learning time on flag salutes with awards related to running and behavior. But the kids who do get Triple E s and Honor Roll get shunned and receive their awards in their classrooms to not upset or discourage those students who aren t making the grades. What happened to rewarding and promoting academics? By showing ALL kids academic awards and not just cheesy running and behavior awards helps instill and prepare our kids for the real world!

  • (3 years ago)

    Carrillo is a great school...perfect? Of course not. Just like any school it has its issues but all in all it is a really good school and my kids are getting a great education. I would suggest to parents to get more involved. The pressure to donate is only there because the state is taking away more and more. I would suggest to some of the reviewers to join the grant committee or help in raising funds for the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Pros Staff super friendly and seem very competent great social atmosphere for kids teachers doing a great job with many students and limited resources Cons The funding crunch has caused the school to do questionable things to students while chasing money. If a child misses 5 days in a year they are barred from a trip to a pool/water park. We cut trips to visit family (including elderly residents she may not have much time with) short to meet this but when I chaperoned the party (on May 29) I saw at least 5 kids in just my kids class get to watch the classmates leave for the party while they were effectively publicly shunned for something they (as first granders) have no control over. Kids are also made to attend repeated hyped-up fundraising assemblies a few of which would be fine with me but the pressure on kids (and their families) is constant and as with the pool party the kids are made to watch as other kids get prizes etc for getting more money. Be prepared to spend a considerable amount not to have the staff make your children feel like they have failed and let down their school.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is doing wonders for my child socially. We move a lot and I usually had issues with my daughter's happiness and lack of friends. Not here. The teachers and kids seem to be loving and accepting. It must be that there is little drama coming from upper class homes. Whatever it is it makes a happy student. She is involved in the activities. There are many to choose from. Improvements to be made include the lack of parking. Maybe they should make a parking structure for the regulars. Also children who excel at academics need to be recognized and encouraged more. Do they have a GATEs program? Many of the children there are from successful brainiacs despite how good the school is this is a great influence on the high test scores. So do we have to move back to the ghetto to get some recognition? I hope they do something. Put it in gear please.

  • (3 years ago)

    Let's do a comparison. First let me say that community is a school starts with the principal then trickles down. If the principal is not at the TOP of her game then the system fails. At Carrillo the principal does the minimum possible because this is a job not a career for her. She collects her paycheck as does the least that she can. This trickles down to the front office. Please do not something like smile it may hurt and you don't get paid to smile. Why is this important? Is a school of 900+ students if the first thing you see is a grumpy face how do you feel all day? At Alvin Dunn Elementary the principal knows her students smiles her job is her career her happy nature affects everyone around her. The front office staff goes above and beyond to assist and make you feel welcome that you are at their school. Such an awesome difference. We have attended Twin Oaks Elementary San Marcos Elementary Alvin Dunn Elementary and Carrillo Elementary. If you based choosing a school on principals we would never return to Carrillo. She should retire.

  • (4 years ago)

    Carrillo is a great place for kids to go to school! There are fabulous teachers and tons of parent help! The campus is always clean and there are tons of afterschool programs to join ! With Education being a sore subject in CA--- you would never know it at Carrillo! They truly love the kids and that is what matters most! A great community an a fabulous place for your child to go to school! My son loves to go to school everyday and can't get there early enough! That says alot about a school!

  • (4 years ago)

    A lot of the reviews are correct this is a good school but with a lot of faults. The teachers are in general very good and some are excellent but I agree that any sort of complaint contrary to how the school is run falls on deaf ears with those in charge. They do push the children but some are progressed when they should obviously be held back. They lack severally in science and arts they claim to be focused on math and English but spend a ridiculous amount of time at flag salutes rewarding those who run surely this is extra curricular and academics should come first which it does not. They rely heavily on parent funding and participation which does provide many programs but gives those 'clicky' parents too much power in the school and certain staff pander to those 'in the click'. Class sizes are too big and students get lost if they don't cause problems there is no provision for those who are not struggling to excel just meet the requirements. The parking lot is not designed for the parents of 900 kids with no school bus it can take 40 minutes just to get to you child for pick up. My children are happy and learning and this year have amazing teachers to thank.

  • (4 years ago)

    We just moved to this community and I was very excited about the school. I was surprised at the high level of reverse discrimination. We are fair skinned but from another country with another language spoken at home other than english. I was shocked to see a Chinese program only offered to a selective group of youngsters bc a fund came from a private Chinese money. I see other AMericans of White color (many from all different nationalities mixed) but no particular class offered for them. Instead there money goes to the entire school program to facilitate all other children. IF the money collected came from the nationalities of other origins such as German IRish Denmark Australian etc.... then only those children should be allowed to participate! The school does not even have a art or science room and parents teach art. The school is over crowded and they provide a room for a Chinese class to take place. Then looking at the registration form why should it matter your race? THey have every nationality of Asian listed (about 20) and Hispanic And I am other white. I am from a foreign country and we do not speak english but my children are learning and have no choice.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has highly challenging academic programs and some of the best test scores in the district. Most children including mine perform above grade level. Unfortunately any concerns I have brought to the staff have been met with defensiveness and denial. Other parents have shared the same experiences. The rule here is "don't rock the boat."

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is a great school for children they keep them all motivated and the parent volunteer is great.

  • (5 years ago)

    Carrillo is a great school that continues to provide my children a well-rounded education. I have one in 5th and another in 1st. Thanks to wonderful parent support we have been able to hold onto a music program computer lab reading program and art. Many other schools in our area don't have these programs anymore. The running club has made physical activity fun for the kids. The teachers and staff are dedicated to do what is best for the kids. Parent involvement is high and encouraged at this school. I am thankful for the past six years I have had here.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has suffered a big loss. With the previous principal gone the school/staff is just not the same. The overall tone and atmosphere has changed. We love our teachers my daughter is in first and has 2 fantastic teachers (team teaching is a wonderful chance for my child to learn/be taught/guided/and have her needs met by two qualified people; an extra set of eyes to make sure she is getting exactly what she needs) My other daughter is in 4th and loves her teacher as well. Hopefully the district can get it together and help what was a connected happy school get back on track. There could be more emphasis on academics and less on running.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers great staff from the principle down.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter went here for a short time this year unfortunately we had to move and she couldn't stay at this school. I already miss this place and the teacher she had for third grade. My daughter who suffers from ADHD and usually hates school for the first time really started enjoying it and was excited to go every day her teacher was so patient with her and not once did this school try to talk me into putting my daughter in special education classes due to her ADHD like her previous school. The only complaint I have is the drop off/pick up process. This really does need some work but other than that the school and teachers are fantastic. After all what other school has two peacocks roaming the campus freely. They are adorable and even play with the children. As for the principle I met her a couple of times briefly yet she remembered my name and my daughter s and was always anxious to address any questions we had. .

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