School Details

Birney Elementary School

4345 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 497-3500

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 407 students 12 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Birney Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Birney Elementary School is Amanda Hammond-Williams, who can be contacted at 407 students attend Birney Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial, Filipino, and Hispanic. 38% of the Birney Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 68% of the 407 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Birney Elementary School is 12:1. Aseltine School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Filipino 5% 7%
Hispanic 45% 44%
Asian 4% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 13%
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 129055%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68% 63%
Limited English proficiency 38% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    The teachers here are excellent at every grade level! I truly believe that the children at Birney have an advantage over non-Birney students by being part of an incredible hands on IB program. I didn't know much about the IB program before we started at Birney but now I see the advantages that the children are gaining. Some of the amazing classes here at Birney are Garden (earth science) Art and Spanish. The principal Ms. Amanda is a strong leader that continues to lead this little elementary gem to new successful platforms. I took a chance having my children go to Birney instead of the highly reputable charter schools and I am glad I did. The academics are truly amazing.

  • (10 months ago)

    My son has gone to Birney since Kindergarten. I am so glad that he is a part of a school that prepares him for future success. The specials program really gets the kids involved and the teachers and principle really cares for the children. They recognize the children who have done great as far as IB learning and I'm proud to say this was a goal we set for my son to make it on the list and he finally did. He is also going on the limo ride with many other kids who had perfect attendance. They go to a local ice cream shop to get ice cream for working hard to keep perfect attendance. I'm excited for my daughter to be joining Birney this Fall. I love how a lot of the parents are involved and we do a lot to raise funds to help keep the specials running. My son loves specials. I'm a very proud parent to have my kids attending Alice Birney Elementary!

  • (10 months ago)

    I chose this school for my daughters after touring the facility and being blown away by the principal's leadership and the implementation of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. So far I have not been disappointed. The quality of the teachers is top-notch the level of passion from the principal extends down into all the staff and I have been very pleased with the well-rounded education my daughters have been getting. I can't recommend this school enough!

  • (10 months ago)

    We were so fortunate to be allowed to choice to Birney Elementary. Its unique philosophy and specials programs sets this school apart from any school in San Diego. The IB component of the school encourages these children to explore the world around them think outside the box be risk takers and discover new things about themselves and others. The garden program is out of this world. Due to the amazing garden program at this school I feel the kids at this school have such a leg up on understanding science and biology. My Kindergarten son uses scientific terminology and has a true understanding of nature that I never had. The school grows their own food for the cafeteria and produces hardly any garbage due to the amazing compost program. My son eats amazing foods now including kale fennel beets. The principal and staff are caring and passionate about their school and I was blown away by the parent of involvement. I could not have asked to be helping such an amazing group of parents that care so much and put so much effort in making this school the best elementary school of San Diego. I am truly thankful for our family to be able to be a part of this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Birney is an amazing school. If you really want to embrace diversity there's a whole world on the blacktop at Birney. The staff and teachers are all focused on those long-term IB goals not just doing what the students need to succeed this semester but what will support them through the rest of their academic life. When we were looking at schools we kept looking at test scores and demographics. A lot of comparable charter schools showed demographics where most of the parents had at least Bachelors if not graduate degrees. Birney is not that way--some kids opt in for some kids it's their neighborhood school. The demographics are accordingly across a broader range; it's in a high poverty neighborhood. When we looked at the test scores in that light Birney's population--where a high percentage of kids eligible for free/reduced lunch and not every parent has a college education--was doing as well or better than similar schools where almost every parent had a college degree. To us that meant that the teachers and staff at Birney were doing more for a broader swath of the population than the other schools that were more self-selecting. That's been true so far in our experience.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been at Birney for 2 years and have nothing but positive things to say about our school !!!! ---- I spent a year looking for a great public school for my child. I visited and compared statistics for many schools. I chose Birney for the entire package it offers. The principal was involved and her strong leadership was evident. The IB principles were integrated through the curriculum by IB trained teachers. Although Birney was not at the top academically yet their scores have been climbing every year. I saw a good school rising to greatness and I wanted my child to be involved in the ascent. ---- Growing parent support and involvement can be witnessed in the continuation of special enrichment classes. As the education budget is cut parents have rallied and funded the programs themselves. ---- I am proud to be part of the Birney community !!!

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter goes to Alice Birney Elementary School. She loves her school. I really think this school's principal is excellent. She recognizes all students and their parents. She is so friendly and attentive to all her students and parents. This school offers IB program ( International Baccalaureate primary year) which teaches students for globalization inquiring and knowledgeable. I also need to mention that our PTA has been doing great job!! Although San Diego schools have budgets cut problems Our PTA manages a lot of fun raisers to get funds for Birney school. Finally I am glad for my dauther to go to this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son will be going into first grade this year. His kinder experience was excellent. He has ADHD and is on medication. They were very good about understanding his issues adjusting the expectations and meeting his needs as an individual. Miss Amanda- the principal- is fantastic. She's strong caring direct and dedicated. I highly recommend the school. We need to be more involved ourselves but the overall parent participation seems to be growing.

  • (3 years ago)

    Birney's principal is top-notch. She and the teachers show incredible enthusiasm and dedication for their school and students. There is a trickle-down effect and students test scores are rising year after year. The IB curriculum is fantastic! With classes like PE theatre music dance Spanish computers library and even a beautiful and bountiful garden it's no wonder the kids have smiles on their faces!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is truly a place where children and their well-being both physical and academic come first. Everything we do as teachers we do for our students. I feel privileged to work in an environment where parents and teachers work as a team!

  • (4 years ago)

    Because is a school that always try to bring parents to participate and the Principal always there if someone needs something.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am so impressed with the quality of the teachers at this school. they care so deeply for their students.

  • (4 years ago)

    Fantastic caring dedicated staff; great programs that include music art Spanish PE folklorico dance and drama; targeted interventions to help students attain grade-level proficiency International Baccalaureate (and magnet) program that promotes globally minded independent students; inclusive classrooms and successful special education program; teachers are given collaboration time for planning lessons and reviewing data so that they may develop lessons that target studnet needs-- all around AMAZING school led by the equally amazing leader Amanda Hammond-Williams.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have the best teachers at Birney and a Principal who truley cares and loves every student. We have alot of parent help and I believe that that effects the students. Our school is awesomeand I am so proud to be apart of Birney.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has been at Birney for only 3 months coming from a 9 rated school previously. He has gotten the attention that he needs for his reading and has jumped up almost 4 reading levels. He loves his new school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Because the administration teachers staff and parents are all on the same page working together to elevate and preserve a standard of excellence in teaching our kids the civic virtues they'll need to contribute to an enlightened citizenry a more equitable society a greener planet and the forging of common dreams.

  • (4 years ago)

    Birney both models and nurtures intelligence creativity community and compassion we all benefit.

  • (4 years ago)

    The principal and staff at Birney have repeatedly impressed me individually and as a group by maintaining an across-the-board committment to their students' best interests and unlimited potential. While we watch our schools' budgets and resources being subjected to annual slashing and chronic reductions we can also watch as our students' test scores rise and their curriculum evolves into an International Baccalaureate program. These folks are creative resourceful and they persevere.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school has consistently improved its overall performance year after year thanks to a dedicated staff

  • (4 years ago)

    My son comes home everyday with a smile on his face and is happy about learning. The administration and staff work as one. The IB philosophy is the way we need to teach and treat everyone!

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 31 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools