School Details

Carmel Creek Elementary School

4210 Carmel Center Road, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 794-4400
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 526 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

86%
83%
56%
89%
85%
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
  • Solana Beach Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
80%
46%
91%
89%
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
  • Solana Beach Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
89%
65%
92%
90%
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
  • Solana Beach Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Carmel Creek Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Carmel Creek Elementary School is Terri Davis, who can be contacted at tdavis@sbsd.k12.ca.us. 526 children attend Carmel Creek Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 12% of the Carmel Creek Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 526 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Carmel Creek Elementary School is 17:1. Solana Pacific Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Football
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 58% 71%
Hispanic 5% 9%
Asian 36% 18%
Filipino 2% 0.8%
Multiracial 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 0.7%
Unspecified 0.4% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 2879%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 9%
Limited English proficiency 12% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    The teachers are always absent. The level of some teachers absence is unacceptable. I don t understand how they can get away with it year after year. The school puts so much pressure to donate money and they make kids to raise money all the time. There is no GATE program and its definitely not a good school for gifted children. If they didn t have to pay so much money for substitute teachers they would have more money for our kid's education.

  • (1 year ago)

    Despite getting a week of half-days during parent/teacher conference week some teachers refuse to accommodate before or after school conferences. As a working parent I've had to hear about my kids progress second hand all year. On the upside I have had the pleasure of organizing and paying for one-off child care for this random week as the kids are dismissed at 12. Thanks! In fairness I've only come across one teacher in 4 grades with such an uncompromising stance.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child loves this school great teachers great ambiance all around the school. Lot of interaction and learning engagement between teacher and students in the classroom.

  • (2 years ago)

    Only positive experience I have from CC is my daughter was very happy because of the great teacher she had. But school doesn't provide kids with any extra-curricular academic experience like math science clubs where kids can participate in competitions like Science Field Day etc. Principal doesn't have any clue that these exists. So kids in this school is falling behind compared kids in other sister schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is currently in her 3rd year at Carmel Creek and I feel she has gotten an excellent education comparable to a private school. All of her teachers have been excellent. The school is clean and offers a lot of extras; like a nice library art p.e. media center computer room garden patio etc. Carmel Creek is doing a really great job and I am so thankful my daughter has been able to attend this great school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Carmel Creek is a fantastic school! Our children have excelled socially and academically there.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school! Teachers put real emphasis on students' psychological and academic development! Great foundation for kids' future!

  • (5 years ago)

    Yes the test scores are high. That seems to be a huge emphasis. The principal is in denial about the burned out tenured teachers. Most teachers are excellent with only x2 bad apples which is very good for a public school. They took a week off in observance of presidents day. Parental progress is measured in fundraising dollars generated. Overall a good school not a great school with some obvious flaws.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both my children attended this great school and I can say that I miss it a lot! from high academic expectations and very qualified teachers they even have a school psychologist and hold SST meetings with great concern for challenged kids. Star testing scores are way obove state average.Big thumbs up!!

  • (7 years ago)

    My child has ADHD and is gifted. This school has developed behavioral programs with incentives for my child and helped her achieve in every way. They really bent over backwards to help me and her without judgement. Standards are high as they should be. My only complaint is the pressure on kids to sell giftwrap to earn money for the school. Especially so early in the school year. I'd rather make a donation and be done with it. More PE would be good as well. Some teachers are young with only a few years experience but seem to be really good so I think the principal knows how to hire quality staff. Everyone from the teachers principal guidance counselor nurse and front office staff are truly exceptional. The after school child development program is pretty good and the enrichment classes cost money but are convenient especially for working parents.

  • (7 years ago)

    Carmel Creek Elementary is a very good school when it comes to basic learning. There are only 3-4 male teachers in the entire school. There is not much emphasis on PE (15 minutes per day I think?). Tag is banned before school and possibly at recess. Parental involvement is excellent. Fundraising is constant. Also many events are geared towards fundraising.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great facility and devoted teachers. The discipline method a bit rigid and too much time spent on worksheet

  • (9 years ago)

    Superb school in every respect!

  • (9 years ago)

    'Carmel Creek as a California School is slightly above the national average! It is not a great school especially coming from another state where education is given top priority. It is easy to see that this school has a way to go. Music art science computer science and PE classes are shockingly poor. The computers in the classroom are outdated and often don't work. The principal kind and warm has a very limited ability to lead the teachers in change and growth. The curriculum is geared toward the state testing and not overall educational foundations little year over year improvement is seen. There are many ESL students that require special attention. Significant funds are diverted to help increase the teacher s compensation package; taking the teachers out of the classroom much too often. Without the heavy parent involvement and the few experienced teachers the school ranking would decline in short order.

  • (9 years ago)

    Quality of academic programs Good Availability of extracurricular activities Good Level of parent involvement Good

  • (9 years ago)

    Superb school great staff and super Principal.

  • (10 years ago)

    Carmel Creek is an excellent school overall. This year they have moved the 5th and 6th graders to a new school so that it is no longer crowded. The principal has a philosophy that is developmental - not one size fits all. The teachers are very good at differentiating each child and his/her particular need. The faciities are excellent new and clean. The school could be stronger in music and art. There is no stage. The computers in the classroom are outdated and often don't work. The curriculum is very challenging but the homework is not overwhelming. There are many ESL students. Some are very transient in that their parents transfer jobs abroad frequently. This makes it difficult on the children. The teachers are terrific and take a personal interest in the children.

  • (10 years ago)

    So far I am very happy with Carmel Creek. My only concern is that I would like to see more emphasis placed upon emotional skills and a sense that teachers and staff are educated in gender studies. I sometimes get the sense that boys might have a hard time here especially in the early grades due to lack of understanding by female teachers who expect a certain docility. But the kids and parents are wonderful as is the library the after school classes and the overall spirit of the school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I was shocked to see a parent's negative comment about Carmel Creek. As a family we've been involved with the school since 1995 and all three of our kids have had wonderful experiences. The teachers overall are extremely dedicated warm and highly qualified. There is a tremendous amount of parental involvement.

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