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About This School

Cadman Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Cadman Elementary School is Elizabeth Ballard and can be contacted at eballard@sandi.net. 166 children attend Cadman Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 45% of the Cadman Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 73% of the 166 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cadman Elementary School is 16:1. Maria Montessori Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 65% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 13%
Filipino 3% 7%
Multiracial 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 25% 25%
Asian 2% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 129055%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 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 73% 63%
Limited English proficiency 45% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    The teachers at this school really care about their students. The school is small enough so that everyone knows everyone and I feel that my child is being nurtured as well as educated. The principal is so devoted that she always goes above and beyond all expectations. She has really made this an incredible and HAPPY place to be.

  • (9 months ago)

    Mrs Elizabeth Ballard is a visionary and basically came in and did amazing things for the school. She has a can do attitude and encourages parents to be Involved in everything. It's a hidden gem of a neighborhood school beautiful campus and safe community. She calls the students scholars and gives them positive reinforcement and support. Every child as early as 1st grade can open a bank account and start saving money through a program set up with a credit union that comes every Friday during running club. Assemblies are every Friday morning and kids earn prizes for good behavior test scores and running club. Parents are encourage to attend on Friday mornings for this. This is a small school with smaller classes. Kids' birthdays are actually listed on bulletin board (in glass case) . You will never feel like your kid is just a number. There's dance Spanish cheerleading Girl Scouts. This is an arts focused school but also taps into all programs available. iPads and computers awarded to school last year. I almost don't want to tell too many people about this school because it's truly a small personal treasure.

  • (11 months ago)

    The past three years have been an amazing uphill climb with Principle Ballard in charge. The school is art integrated with wonderful caring and compassionate teachers. The schools scores are climbing teachers are dedicated students are thrilled to get to class everyday and egar to learn! With lots or research and visits I can honestly say with my children as students at Cadman Elementary School it truly is the BEST school in San Diego! Stop by an see for yourself you won't regret it!

  • (6 years ago)

    We like Cadman. The Principal and her staff are very dedicated and provide a great education.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school and staff/teachers etc are great!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have personally seen Cadman Elementary School transition into a wonderful community school. The school has a small student population that allows the staff to really know the children. The school offers many many opportunities for parents to get involved. The staff demonstrates a genuine concern for all of their children. It is a great place for children. I highly recommend it!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a school that I wouldn't recommend sending your kids to attend. I recently pulled my children because they were bored in the classes based on the slower learning curves of the other students.

  • (7 years ago)

    Cadman is wonderful school. My daughter attended the school and my son is currently enrolled. My son has special needs and the size of the school the administration and the staff has made his full inclusion a success. The dedication that the teachers have for each of their students is genuine.The school's open door policy and problem solving ability is also a quality that separates Cadman from a large school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Cadman is a wonderful school! My kids have attended Cadman for 2 years and we couldn't be more pleased. The teachers are dedicated to my kids and I feel they are getting a great education.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has become a complete dissappointment to the neighborhood. It has continually digressed and I no longer have my children attending.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have visited Cadman Elem. Elem. and just really didn't like it! We are unhappy about our child going there. We are putting him in a different school this fall.

  • (10 years ago)

    Cadman Elementary is a great neighborhood school. I really enjoy the environment in which the students are taught and nurtured. There is strong parent involvment and Cadman. The kids love being able to get to know their teachers staff and fellow peers.

  • (10 years ago)

    Recently I spent 2 days with Ms. Manka in her 1st 2nd split. I was very impressed with her organizational skills and the time each student was given individually. More teachers like Ms. Manka should be hired by the District.

  • (10 years ago)

    Cadman has become a fantastic school under the leadership of Principal McCabe over the last year. Parents that take their kids out of this school to choice into Currie or one of the other schools are missing out on a prime opportunity to have their children experience a caring environment focused on learning.

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