School Details

Bernardo Elementary School

1122 Mountain Heights Drive, Escondido, CA 92029
(760) 432-2700
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 580 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

66%
45%
56%
71%
55%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
35%
46%
81%
55%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
52%
65%
90%
58%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
48%
60%
68%
45%
65%
67%
45%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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
  • Escondido Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bernardo Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Bernardo Elementary School is Lisa Clark and can be contacted at lclark@eusd.org. 580 children attend Bernardo Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Bernardo Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 20% of the 580 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Bernardo Elementary School is 19:1. Miller Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Filipino 3% 2%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 26% 64%
Unspecified 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 19093%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 57%
Limited English proficiency 11% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Bernardo School is wonderful! We moved here a year and a half ago from Poway and couldn't be happier! I have always heard that Poway schools were the best but I have to say I am far more impressed with Bernardo! Excellent teachers and staff great after school enrichment programs like chess Spanish guitar and weekly art and music classes! Great PTA with no drama is a big plus too!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school was amazing I'm a eighth grader at woodland park and previously went to Bernardo. This school is spectacular and amazing. All the teachers are nice and well educated. School is interesting. There's a great selection of cafeteria food and many fun groups and clubs. The school is large so I like it.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is a place with an amazing Kindergarten teacher named Mrs. Borecky!!! We are so thankful to be in her AM class. She runs things so smoothly and is a beautiful example of a caring teacher. She makes parents feel so welcome when they volunteer. The way that she runs her class is so multi-dimensional...she uses music and sign-language and makes things so fun for the children. She has a wonderful incentive program for the children and is very consistent in all things pertaining to the whole child according to their individual personalities and needs. We're so grateful!

  • (1 year ago)

    Love this school. Both my kids go here. The staff is so friendly and my kids are thriving in all areas! There is tons of parent involvment lots of activities and it is just an all around great school!

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved to Escondido 2 years ago and my two children (Grades 1 and 3) have attended since my son was in pre-school. We love this school! There is such a sense of community here and the parents involvement is amazing. The PTA funds the music teacher many of the field trips and many of the small events that happen throughout the school year to reward the kids. The curriculum is very good with focus on math science culture and history as well as the standard reading and writing. They have a "Friday Sing" each week to recognize high achieving students and to get all of the teachers and students together and give them something fun to do. We love Bernardo!

  • (1 year ago)

    The quality of education my child is receiving there is great. Since we've only experienced K & 1st this point I can't elaborate too much but there has definitely been a good foundation laid and now we will continue on! I do have a suggestion for the school and that is that the office staff be a little more welcoming. Many parents have commented that they have felt simply walking through the door that their presence is an inconvenience. Same here. They do good work and I'd love to be able to express my appreciation more but I've never been able to develop a good rapport. School is intense these days from Kindergarten on. I know the importance of education and what this means to classroom structure the teachers' approach to students etc. but it seems that we are forgetting that the kids learn compassion & kindness through peaceful guidance and example. Ok I'm rambling. In a nutshell good strong education. Presence-wise office staff needs a little tweaking same for a good number of the teachers.

  • (3 years ago)

    I <3 Bernardo! It's a great school! I was the first class to go through 1st-5th grade at Bernardo. When I went there I remember having to be at Miller with all the other Bernardo students because it wasn't finished being built yet. Miller doesn't even compare!!! Bernardo has a very nice campus. When I was in Kindergarten and Pre-school Bernardo didn't exist yet otherwise I would have gone there for that also. I graduated from Bernardo a couple of years ago in 5th grade obviously and now I'm going into 7th. I miss Bernardo but middle school is great! 5 out of 5 stars for Bernardo! I had a GREAT 5 years there!

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids love this school! We moved out here three weeks ago and I dreaded the thought of them starting a new school especially after the school year had already started. This school has been fabulous. Talk about parent involvement! The school has music computers etc. The kids made friends right away and it has been an all around wonderful experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in Kindergarten here and I have nothing but great things to say about the school teachers and principal. My son is excelling in everything reading and writing at 5 years old among other things. I cannot say enough good things about this school or the staff

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is a kindergartener this year at Bernardo and I have been extremely impressed with the exceptional instruction she is receiving in Mrs. Burdette's class. The daily schedule is very organized the weekly homework is do-able and builds on classroom learning and the ratio of teachers/parent helpers to students is very high. The best recommendation is that my daughter loves her class thinks homework is fun and looks forward to going to school everyday.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a wonderful elementary school. The teachers are well qualified and caring the office staff extremely helpful and the enviroment both academic and social couldn't be better. As a grandmother viewing all of this I couldn't be happier!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is in a great area and has an amazing staff!

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school! Excellent and caring teachers. Technology in every classroom and great library.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love this school! It was a blessing that my daughter got transferred to Bernardo. The leadership is excellent. The teachers are fantastic. The parents are great too. Parent involvement is beyond expectation. When we had to move we only looked for places within Bernardo's boundaries...just to keep my daughter at this school. Conrats Bernardo on winning California's Most Distinguished School 2008! Keep up the hard work.

  • (7 years ago)

    Congratulations Bernardo School for winning the California Distinguished School Award 2008. Staff parents and students worked hard to make Bernardo the best elementary school in Escondido; now the state of California recognizes that it's one of the best in the state. Bravo!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is my sons 2nd year attending Bernardo Elementary. We love the school spirit and parent/teacher involvement. Our son has loved both teachers and feels very proud to be a mountaineer.

  • (7 years ago)

    Draws from the most affluent section of Escondido. While Miller was the previous local school and is still a good one Bernardo was designed to be the best in the District and rivals Poway schools. The principal had free hand to pick the teachers he wanted. Strong emphasis on teaching leadership. Parental involvement is eager and pervasive. A quality operation all around.

  • (7 years ago)

    No negatives here at all. Fantastic principal teachers facility student body and parents. If you are serious about your child learning this is the place.

  • (8 years ago)

    We are so happy at this school. It was worth the wait. The teachers are fantastic and the learning environment is superior to our previous school. Bernardo is well on its way to becoming

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