School Details

Carmel Del Mar Elementary School

12345 Carmel Park Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 481-6789
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 438 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

94%
89%
56%
93%
94%
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
  • Del Mar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
83%
46%
95%
94%
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
  • Del Mar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
94%
65%
91%
94%
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
  • Del Mar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
90%
60%
87%
90%
65%
93%
91%
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
  • Del Mar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
92%
60%
84%
90%
55%

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
  • Del Mar Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Carmel Del Mar Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Carmel Del Mar Elementary School is David Jones, who can be contacted at djones@dmusd.org. 438 children attend Carmel Del Mar Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 16% of the Carmel Del Mar Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 6% of the 438 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School is 15:1. San Diego Jewish Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 63% 63%
Asian 25% 27%
Filipino 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Unspecified 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 4381%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 3%
Limited English proficiency 16% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    It's funny that recent comments think the school went downhill after Jones left - are you kidding me?? Do you value academics at all? Jones gave in to every teacher demand and did absolutely nothing for education - that's a big part why we have a lot of weak teachers that still hang on today at the school - no doubt they don't get along but that's because the old blood is angry with the new blood. Sitting around and just putting in time doesn't seem to hack it anymore - far be it for the school's leader to demand performance. As far as being a bully - I have no idea where that comes from - I have never seen anything of the sort. Look there are some great growing pains going on - it'd be great if the teachers that don't want to teach any longer would just retire ... or just quit either way get out of the way. You are too important to the future of our children - if you're unhappy then please please please LEAVE.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have to totally agree with the negative reviews of the principal and staff. The principal is a paper pusher/admin type with no leadership skills at all. The principal frequently behaves like a bully while student bullying goes on unchecked. The teachers are no longer a happy team but just punch in their time and stay as little as possible. Some of the staff is rude. The school has gone downhill since Mr. Jones left. It became very obvious how bad the school is now that our child is at CVMS. There is no comparison. The situation is exacerbated by the PTA and parent politics. This school seems to be straight out of a mean girls movie.

  • (1 year ago)

    It is clear that a district employee is writing some of these reviews. The principal is so incredibly difficult and she often has erratic behavior. I have spoken to numerous teachers who are AFRAID to be honest with the superintendent about her behavior. I know two families that attempted to complain about her and there was retaliation against them. It is a scary thing.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am so proud and happy to say my sons go to Carmel Del Mar. It is a wonderful school with dedicated and professional teachers and staff who genuinely care about the students. Everything is so well organized that I never have to worry about missing any important information that I am supposed to know. Teaching materials are also very comprehensive and well balanced. My sons love telling me everyday what they learn right after school!! I see my sons grow every day intellectually socially and happily!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Carmel del Mar is an excellent school both my boys have attended classes there and each of them got teachers that were very talented and passionate about their job. We were extremely happy with the core activities as well the ESC (music physical education science technology) as well as afternoon enrichment classes that were offered.

  • (1 year ago)

    The feeling is that the "principal is very close to the superintendent"? Huh how does that matter to the teachers? Look the Superintendent through the popularly elected Board hires the principal (this one was hired under the former Superintendent by the way). The teachers work for the principal. Sounds like a a few angry "old school" teachers that are unwilling to yield to anyone (we can't listen to this principal because she's close to the superintendent WHAT?!) want to go back to the old ways where the principal merely deals with parents and is dis interested in education. Sorry thing have changed...for the better. Education is incredibly better today at CDM than it was 5 years ago - it will continue to improve. However this changing education may not be a place for some teachers...they may have better luck looking elsewhere for jobs....more than likely outside of the District as I'm quite sure no other Principal here would take them.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers are outstanding! Location beautiful! The principal engages in strange and erratic behavior. She always looks frazzled. The teachers with whom I am close do not like her but feel pressure since the perception is that she is in very close with the superintendent. Many of us are trying to get intra-district transfers.

  • (3 years ago)

    My 2 daughters went to CDM K-6 grade and had an amazing experience! The school is very strong with their educational values the teachers are wonderful and care very much for the children and the entire staff is warm and have a true concern for the families. We made great friends here and the teachers and staff are so appreciative and work so hard everyday to help guide the children in so many ways. I volunteered here endless hours and loved every minute of it. I learned what went on "behind the scenes" and could not believe the phenomenal relationships and care that happens. We moved to another school district 20 miles away and it was like black and white! My children had to be put in higher math classes and need to be given much more challenging work. My daughters cannot believe the difference in the 2 schools. Carmel Del Mar is by far the VERY BEST school any of my four children ever attended. I will always be so thankful for the opportunity we had to have been at this school. Nobody will ever have a better experience with teachers and staff than at CDM!

  • (3 years ago)

    I disagree with some of the comments parents made regarding office staff. We always found both administrative staff very helpful and polite to us. We did notice though that they both have way too much on their plates and that their environment can get very stressful especially in the beginning of the school year. Carmel Del Mar has a private school environment small school in a great community with the phenomenal parent volunteers and high academic expectations. PTA does a great job to promote parent involvement! Teachers and staff are one outstanding group of people who do a wonderful job! Our kids love Carmel Del Mar!

  • (4 years ago)

    CDM is a great school. My son loves the 2 years he spent here. Some great dedicated teachers especially in the ESC area. However the principal is not very into academics so the bright students may feel bored with the curriculum. A lot of the extracurricular activities has been lost due to the economy. Very enthusiastic and open PTA.

  • (4 years ago)

    It's a great school with amazing teachers and most students are high achieving. Our two children are above-grade level in all areas and stay stimulated. The secretaries up front are very moody and on their best day are indifferent to parents. The front office staff have been there longer than the principal so they aren't going anywhere. If enough parents wrote letters to the district office then they would possibly be moved to another site.

  • (4 years ago)

    Overall the school is doing a fine job considering the economic times. The math and science program is great which is due to the ESC programs in place. The office staff is definitely rude. The school has two entrances and I can hardly remember the prinicpal showing up at the other entrance to meet and greet children and parents. The reading program at the school is excellent. The same people seem to tbe running the PTA. That might have something to do with the economy. Small school environment!

  • (4 years ago)

    Agree with your comment. The principal is lack of leadership and sometimes behaves like a bully. The office staff's bad attitude is known among many parents and has never been addressed by the leadership.

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree with one of the comments here. The office staff are rude and attitude is very unplesent.

  • (5 years ago)

    CDM is a really unique school due to the community support factor present. All children are special and important to this school even those with challenges. All Staff are well qualified and caring. There is a high degree of student turnover within the boundaries and that encourages everyone to adopt a more flexible manner of operations. This in turn results in a less stressful environment for our children!

  • (5 years ago)

    The office staff are very rude and attitude is very unplesent. the principal is extremely dedicated to his time to school. School teacher are average level for their teaching experience but arts and science teachers are very good in wa

  • (5 years ago)

    Small but Great school. My daughter loves to go to school.

  • (5 years ago)

    CDM is a great School!! From the Principal Mr David Jones all the way thru the teachers and staff are dedicated caring and involved!! The ESC teachers are the best!!

  • (6 years ago)

    CDM is just mediocre the teaching uninspired. There are real problems with bullying and the curriculum is almost remedial.

  • (6 years ago)

    We were very impressed with Carmel Del Mar. My daughter went there for the last 3 years of elementary school. She felt that CDM prepared her very well for secondary school; especially in science writing and math. She particularly felt challenged by the 6th grade teachers. Teachers were hard-working & caring.

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