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About This School

San Altos Elementary School is a public elementary school in Lemon Grove. The principal of San Altos Elementary School is Larry Buchanan, whose e-mail is lbuchan@lgsd.k12.ca.us. 379 students attend San Altos Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic, Asian, and Filipino. 27% of the San Altos Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 99% of the 379 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at San Altos Elementary School is 16:1. San Miguel Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 63% 47%
Asian 6% 3%
Filipino 2% 2%
Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Unspecified 17% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 20%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 15%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0% 3222%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 99% 73%
Limited English proficiency 27% 28%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    Love it! I like all the play grounds and it seems safe and I love how they serve Pizza to the school mostly every Friday.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has attended since Kindergarden. Now entering 2nd grade. The class sizes are smaller than neighboring districts. The quality of teachers is excellent and the staff and parents are great. I am proud to have my child at San Altos.

  • (2 years ago)

    My Son has been attending San Altos for 3 years and unfotunately each year his grades and performance go down. He has special needs and the teachers do little to help him and work with him one on one. The Principal is horrible and expects kindegartners to stand up to peer pressure at such a young age he also brings his presidential politics into school which i think is completely inappropriate! We are no longer a part of San Altos and will never reccomend this school to anyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is wonderful...the staff the parents even the children.Each individual contributes their part to make it a great school and a very involved community.

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal and staff are great they really show they care and they are always willing to provide support. My son is fortunate to be able to be part of San Altos. Thanks San Altos for setting high expectations and and for expecting nothing less.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think the staff is extraordinary. They truly care about the kids and want them to succeed. The Principal is always available to address any concerns. He is fabulous! The PTA is the best in the district. I watch the same committed people (PTA) volunteering many hours of their time bringing programs to our kids that they would otherwise not have. Kudos to them. I have had no problems getting flyers ahead of time about events or programs being offered. In addition upcoming events are always posted on the sign in front of the school. Keep up the great work San Altos!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has attended San Altos since 1st grade and from the very beginning I was not impressed with the communication level of the staff or the PTA. All notices went out a day or two before the event was to take place. Very frustrating for a parent who has to give at least a week notice for time off. I do have to admit that four out of the five teachers my son had were awesome and he has learned a lot from them.

  • (8 years ago)

    Classes provide lots of technology interaction as well as opportunities for field trips to premiere San Diego locations. Parents are involved in PTSA and have art nights for students.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think all the teachers are great. The principal is very connected to the children which makes for a very positive relationship.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is my daughter's second year here; she started San Altos in the third grade. My only regret is that I didn't have her start sooner. Dr. Griffits is an example of what a principal should be; involved concerned about the students always open to new ideas. The faculty is top-notch and the parent involvement is outstanding. Kudos to San Altos.

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