School Details

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School

8707 Adobe Bluffs Drive, San Diego, CA 92129
(858) 538-8403
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 400 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

87%
82%
56%
95%
86%
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
  • Poway Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
73%
46%
90%
87%
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
  • Poway Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
88%
65%
88%
88%
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
  • Poway Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
86%
60%
71%
85%
65%
81%
81%
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
  • Poway Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Adobe Bluffs Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Adobe Bluffs Elementary School is Mark Atkins, who can be contacted at matkins@powayusd.com. 400 children attend Adobe Bluffs Elementary School and identify primarily as Unspecified, Filipino, and Hispanic. 11% of the Adobe Bluffs Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 9% of the 400 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School is 16:1. Deer Canyon Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 8% 6%
Filipino 6% 7%
Hispanic 6% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 55% 55%
Asian 33% 17%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 34490%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 11%
Limited English proficiency 11% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers in this school are not that much mature to understand that when they make a mistake and are told by parents they need to admit that they were not right. It's that simple! Instead they lie to you. My kid does the home works properly except one time that she didn't finish it while she thought she did. The teacher said she lied to her Instead of being positive and say that possibly the kid didn't listen to her expectation for homework. This school makes me sick. They face with kids as if they are 50 or 60 years old not just an elementary age who still needs guiding in a positive way not condemning them to lying. Talking with the principal regarding that? It's a big joke and wasting your time since he won't take your side no matter what. It becomes even worse if you come from a different culture which means that they discriminate your kid easily at this school. They take you and your child self-steam away instead of providing a healthy environment . Not a nurturing mentally healthy school at all. Like this incidents has happened many times to others too. The website doesn't let you leave a review without giving star/stars. Otherwise I would give it a zero!

  • (1 year ago)

    The issues I've had here that is taking away two stars from my original review at the beginning of the new year is that aggressive behavior from other children is prevalent. As much as the district talks about the core characteristics which include "respect" and "kindness" the fact is that many kids have none when it comes to interacting with their peers. It's more than a challenge for an otherwise thoughtful child when constantly exposed to this negative behavior from other students. The worst part is that the teachers do little. "Yard Duty" have been reported to completely ignore an upset child in favor of chit chatting with another monitor. They also claim they don't see ANY of the issues that have come up on a daily basis. I'm exhausted from trying to deal with the problems that arise on the home side that originate at school. I've had conversations with the school about this to no avail. I tried working with them. The bottom line is that it falls to the parents most of whom are not teaching their children how to treat others with kindness and respect. Sad. I'm removing my child from school and will be homeschooling beginning this coming year (2013/2014).

  • (4 years ago)

    We were new to Adobe Bluffs last year. Our family is so happy of be a part of this great school.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is an amazing school! This is my daughter's first year here- 4th grade- and it's been fantastic. She's lucky to have a creative and supportive teacher (Mr. Knorr) who understands how to motivate encourage & teach kids better than any teacher I've known to this point. He's also great at working w/ students & their parents on an individual level. The principal Mr. Atkins seems to support the teachers by providing a great environment for them to teach. I agree w/ other comments that the entire environment is conducive to not only learning but also loving to learn; from parents to teachers to support staff to the PTA and the kids themselves. I've seen my daughter grow & excel here and she absolutely loves it. I'm lucky that she goes there and can't wait for my son to start there next year!

  • (5 years ago)

    Yes this school rightly deserves a 10/10! My son went here for 4 years he's had wonderful teachers especially Mrs. Bollish (K) and Mrs. Marks (2nd-3rd). They have a special type of class where the student stays with one teacher for two grades. This does help because by the start of the 2nd year the teacher can quickly and easily give your child the attention and help they need because they already know their strengths and weaknesses. They had great activities like Diversity Day Thanksgiving Potluck and Winter Carnival. Academics was great but so was the atmosphere! Great PTA. The kids at this school were all really polite and kinda sheltered meaning they didn't act tough or old for their age they didn't know about swear words or promiscuity or things like that they were just happy little kids. I know that comes from having strong and loving families.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is an excellent school! The quality of academic programs is very good. The PTA does a great job providing art sports and extracurricular activities. There does need to be more music at all grade levels. The principal is very active and absolutely the best. The PTA president for 2005-2006 will continue next year and there is no better president. The level of parent involvement & volunteerism is very high. I highly recommend Adobe Bluffs.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter loves her school. As with many public schools there is always a need for more funding but the parents in the community really rally to give their support and time. I happy to see that the school encourages physical activity along with academics and creativity through the arts.

  • (9 years ago)

    I feel very lucky to be able to send my two children to a public school of this caliber. New programs new ideas new methods are initiated by the teachers and supported by the principal every year. The teachers really dig deeply to identify the personal needs of each student. Their communication to us 5 teachers in all has been honest caring and has focused on the specific needs of each of my children. I/we have been amazed. It does take a village to raise our kids and I've been inspired by many very active volunteer parents to become even more involved (to the degree I can as a working mom). ESS however needs much more space to accomodate this growing school population. I like the launch of 'Father's lunches!' this last year!

  • (9 years ago)

    The principal Cindy DeClercq is the best. She is smart energetic caring and respectful of students teachers and parents alike. Because the Poway Unified School District does not provide funding for music art sports etc. (except for 5th grade band) Adobe Bluffs is doing its best to raise money for these programs from parents and businesses. We now have Arts Attack a full parent administered art education program and Sparc a parent funded physical education program. Parent involvement could be better. I am not sure but I think we have a lot of dual income families. The core group of volunteers works very hard but there is room for a lot more. I think teachers may be frustrated that there isn't more involvment but have not really surveyed them. Teachers are very dedicated and professional.

  • (9 years ago)

    Adobe Bluffs is an excellent school with a principal and teachers who go above and beyond for the students. PTA and parent participation is large and seems to be growing all the time. Many enrichment programs are offered each year along with in class programs that are continuing to grow. Though the student body has multiplied over the last two years it continues to have a tight community and small school environment. It is becoming a more diverse student body which will bring opportunity for more cultures to come together starting at the elementary level. A wonderful experience for all!

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is too big for the facility too many kids. But the principal is great the teachers are fabulous K-3 (my only experience so far). Parents are fairly active though it is the same ones who do most of the work. PTA and Foundation help to pay for the state's down fall. Unfortunately school relies on the parents more and more. But we are getting an excellent education.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is a great school with a new principal this year. Enrollment is now over 700 and will continue to grow due to all the new housing being built. Parent involvement and PTA efforts make the school!

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