School Details

Cabrillo Elementary School

3120 Talbot St., San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 223-7154
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-4 186 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

44%
67%
56%
89%
71%
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
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

36%
59%
46%
63%
76%
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
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
76%
65%
72%
80%
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
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cabrillo Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Cabrillo Elementary School is Nestor Suarez and can be contacted at nsuarez@sandi.net. 186 students go to Cabrillo Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial, Hispanic, and Asian. 38% of the Cabrillo Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 77% of the 186 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Cabrillo Elementary School is 17:1. Silver Gate Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • German

Sports

  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
Hispanic 49% 44%
Asian 3% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 25%
Filipino 2% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 129055%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 63%
Limited English proficiency 38% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I happened to meet a great lady today.Her name is Marcella Kreizinger and she is 102 years young.She used to be a Kindergarden teacher at your school and she was wondering how things are. Maybe you could send her a picture of the school and give her an update. She would love that. Thank you so much in advance. Her address is Grossmont Gardens Retirement Center 5480 Marengo Ave. La Mesa CA.91942 A friend Hugo V.

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids and I love this school. The staff are a wonderful! We always have fun doing all the school events

  • (2 years ago)

    I have nothing but good things about the school.My child went through Kindergarten with Miss Carmen Barrett and was in 1st grade with Miss Elizabeth Carlos.It is an amazing school we are a military family and is currently stationed all the way on the other side of the globe but my daughter still misses Cabrillo and talks about the school from time to time.Even the parents i am still keeping in touch with whose kids are no longer attending Cabrillo talks about how much we miss the school environment and the warmth and dedication of the Principal Suarez and the teachers there.Thank you Cabrillo for everything you have done for our child!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has been doing very well when compared to others in the district. The test scores rate Cabrillo at a 4 in 2010 but this will soon change. As of this year they have adopted their German foreign language program and taught the GATE curricula. Although we started school this year over here I must admit that I am very surprised with the warmth and a sense of family-like environment at the school. My kids always feel welcomed and enjoy coming to school. My only complaint is that at times I have seen some teachers be abrasive towards the children. When they notice a parent is around they change their tone a bit- however it was not anything derogatory or offensive it was more like a parent telling their child they need to do something when the child hasn't listened 3x before LOL. Additionally I feel that the principal could be more avilable to the students and parents. The students look towards any principal almost like a tangible president. Perhaps instilling Principal fun-day once a month as a reward for good attendance would allow the kids to establish a better relationship.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been at Cabrillo for five years. There is nothing but amazing things happening in this school. We are a small but mighty. My children call this school their home. My oldest now goes to Dana and she loves it. But her heart will always be at Cabrillo. There is this warmth when my kids see their teachers and principle I as a child never had that feeling. But I can see the joy my children have when they speak of our school. We have many new things that we didn't have 5yrs ago. We have a computer lab German sister school and many more new things coming this spring. The only negative thing I can say is there isn't enough parent participation.

  • (3 years ago)

    Cabrillo is a GATE nurturing school which means that all kids K-4 are taught GATE concepts and curriculum. The critical thinking skills that the kids are learning really help them to be successful throughout their academic careers.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cabrillo is a great little school! We have a very diverse population with almost half of our kids coming from military families. We are the oldest elementary school in San Diego established in 1904 and celebrated our 106th birthday this year! Exciting news...we were honored by the School board in 10/2010 for exceeding our academic golas in the API & APY!

  • (4 years ago)

    Sorry to say but I have to agree with the previous reviewer. My daughter was in the same boat and I feel that she was not given the opportunity to learn the full 4 th grade curriculum. The class sizes are very large and the curriculum seems to be watered down.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is severely disappointing. We moved here midyear my son who has always gotten honor roll was put in a classroom of 3rd graders w/ 6 other 4th graders because there was apparently no room in the 4th grade class. The teacher tried her best to teach the 4th graders what they needed to know but it just wasn't possible to get the full curriculum ofa 4th grade class. The work my son has been doing is 2nd and 3rd grade work. Multiplying single digits and cursive writing towards the end of the year. There is a serious lack of supervision in this school as well. There is noone monitoring children at the end of the day and during and after field trips. Starting from the principal down many people need to be replaced to make this a great school. More to say but word count is limited

  • (4 years ago)

    I was very surprised when I found something negative written about Cabrillo Elementary. My children have been attending this school for 3 years now and through out this time I have had the great honor of working with several of the teachers. I have found them to be very helpful concerned and willing to do anything to help students succeed. The principal and support staff are top notch and have always been more than willing to address and work quickly to solve any problem I have ever had during the past three years. The PTA works hard planning multiple activities events and fundraisers to help benefit the students and the school. Any school is only as good as the people behind the scenes who work hard consistently to see continued growth and who recognize a problem and instead of complaining....work hard and find solutions.

  • (5 years ago)

    My 3rd and 4th graders have been at Cabrillo for 3 years (originally because it's close to home now we woudn't consider any other school. We couldn't be happier especially since we knew from the start that most families in our immediate neighborhood elect to go to more 'elite' schools. Even this year when budgets created some larger classes the teachers do an incredible job of providing individualized curriculum. We often notice how far ahead in math and reading our kids are compared to several of their same-age friends in private and charter schools. We also notice that they have a 'we're all created equal' view of the world which we attribute to Cabrillo's superb approach to a diverse student body. Many thanks to the faculty staff and after-school counselors.

  • (5 years ago)

    Poor teacher quality poor PTA involvement. This school has very little to offer students. I put my daughter in a neighboring school and we are both much happier.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has been here for 2 years going on 3. I love it. The school is very small so you really get to know everyone. The staff and principle is great. It is a very military friendly school which is nice.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have to children who have attended this school and loved it. My son K-3rd and my daughter 1st-4th. Because of the small size of the school it is more like a family than a school. Teaching styles varies by teacher but you can always ask for extra help and receive more support than you bargained for. I wold recommend this school to any child who likes a more home like atmosphere.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has had the pleasure of attending Kindergarten thru 3rd grade at Cabrillo. The past four years have been a pleasure for both my child and myself. The majority of teachers are caring dedicated and have effective learning styles. They truly care about their students.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was very happy with my childrens' experience in Carmen Barretts kindergarten class in 2007-2008. She is a dedicated and effective teacher and I feel fortunate to have had her as my childrens' teacher.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our daughter attended in 2002-2003 and we were extremely impressed. We were concerned at first that it wasn't rated as high as some of the other elementary schools in Point Loma but she had two exceptional teachers and we would have kept her there if we hadn't moved. Highly recommended.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a parent of two daughters whom attended this wonderful school in the past. I have personally met all of the teachers there They are professional teachers. The teachers that my daughters had were very committed and have shown there dedication passion and love for teaching. A wonderful school.

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