School Details

Del Mar Heights Elementary School

13555 Boquita Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 755-9367
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 445 students 14 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

98%
89%
56%
99%
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

82%
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

92%
94%
65%
96%
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

93%
90%
60%
94%
90%
65%
87%
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

93%
92%
60%
91%
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

Del Mar Heights Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Del Mar Heights Elementary School is Wendy Wardlow and can be contacted at wwardlow@dmusd.org. 445 children attend Del Mar Heights Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Hispanic. 7% of the Del Mar Heights Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 445 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Del Mar Heights Elementary School is 14:1. Del Mar Hills Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% 63%
Unspecified 6% 1%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Multiracial 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 1%
Asian 13% 27%
Filipino 0.7% 1%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 4381%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 3%
Limited English proficiency 7% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    What a gem! My kids thrive here and love going to school. It's a really strong community of teachers and parents working together to provide the best possible educational experience for our kids (despite ongoing funding challenges at the state level). It has a small school feel and is "old fashioned" in all the best ways and yet cutting edge in terms of technology and teacher practices to deliver best in class education. I can't imagine getting higher quality at a private school.

  • (11 months ago)

    This has been a fabulous school for my child. Each year she continues to tell me how much her teachers care about her and take the time to listen. With some of the new programs they have during lunch she has found an interest in the arts. I am highly impressed by the principle who seems to know every child as she greets them every morning outside the school. We feel fortunate to attend such a wonderful small school that focuses on developing the whole child and not just academically prepared but socially responsible children.

  • (12 months ago)

    My child was bullied in this school. Snotty cliques between parents especially mom groups. If you do not have your lululemon complete workout gear and stepford wife attitude you are immediately ignored. I can't say much for the students here either. A lot of spoiled brats and entitled children. My daughter was bullied and teased relentlessly because she was held back. Her teacher at that time was very unsympathetic and told us that our daughter lacked social skills and compared her to one of her classmates who was also a new student. I am so glad we pulled her out of this mess of a school. Heavy weight lifted out of our family's shoulders that's for sure.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this school and was not impressed. Staff was not able to handle kids of more gifted measures and the kids there were mean and rowdy.

  • (1 year ago)

    Del Mar Heights School. My granddaughters were a year behind when they enrolled in Del Mar Heights coming from schools back east. Instead of holding both of them back for a year they got them special help and brought them up to speed. The teachers and staff are "The Best"

  • (3 years ago)

    amazing school community where every child is valued and the approach is to educate the whole child through academics and social raising ethical inquisitive creative learners. The school includes a full PE art technology program with lab based science Spanish and music. The school has a rich tradition with yearly events and teachers who are independent thinkers who value their principal but always focus on the child. This school lead the way with professional learning communities and is the district champion for second language. This school has 2 special day classes with many children with learning issues fully integrated - created their own Understanding Differences - award winning program. Amazing.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is just outstanding. We have been doing intradistrict transfers from a another school zone in the district with marginally better schools but 3 times the student population. This school has the feel of a private school with all the benefits of a highly dedicated/involved community. We are moving this summer and will be enrolling our kids in private school to compensate for what we are leaving; a well rounded educational institution that focuses on competency (not just teaching to the test). I have loved the "Peace builders" program that helps kids work through any conflicts that arise. This is a Zero-tolerance anti-bullying school it simply isn't allowed. If you are looking for a safe nurturing inclusive place where your child(ren) can flourish this is the place! 5 stars all the way!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have had two children go through the shcool and now have our third in Kindergarden. Our experience with the school has been very positive. The overall standard of the teaching staff has been excellent and the strong leadership of the Principal makes for a solid foundation.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our family relocated from the East Coast to the San Diego area in summer 2006. Del Mar Heights' teachers and staff are dedicated and professional. The academic curriculum is well rounded and the quality of the programming excellent including excellent science and computer labs. Extracurricular progras offer a thoughtful variety of choices. Parents are encouraged to get involved on the campus at whatever level of commitment their work or family schedules can accommodate anything from the occasional task to something more regular. As I said at the beginning our family is new to the area and the students have been warm and accepting of my fifth grader. As a parent I have found the same to be true of the other parents. The PTA is active in many fundraising activities and extracurricular programs at the school. I think Del Mar Heights offers an excellent well rounded elementary education.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had three children at Del Mar Heights who have loved their experience here. One of the special benefits of this school is the traditional sixth grade musical production. This year my daugher is Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz! All my children have looked forward to this wonderful whole grade event.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been 100% satisfied with this school. When I have had a problem the principal has been completely helpful. The majority of the teachers seem to be truly excellent. I am also impressed that many of the teachers have Master's degrees and the science teacher has a Ph.D. The instruction has been great. The parents seem to be appropriately involved. The children get weekly instruction in art music PE and drama (for the younger kids and I think band for the older kids) and in addition there are many parent and faculty-run lunch clubs for the children to participate in such as the chess club Pokeman chorus science and others. Great school overall!

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter has excelled at Del Mar Heights. She has enjoyed her teachers all of whom have been wonderful and she is involved in school activities such as chorus and science programs. Each of her teachers has made time to be available to her anytime she (or us her parents) has had any questions or concerns. The art projects she brings home are beautiful!

  • (9 years ago)

    A wonderful warm place to learn. Both of my sons got a great start on their education here.

  • (9 years ago)

    An excellent program. Love the Global Village concept. The kids learn about 1 continent per year so by the end of sixth they will have covered all the continents. Fabulous pull-outs. You couldn't ask for a better science teacher. The sixth grader are reforesting kelp beds for their service project. Wonderful teachers at every grade level. District is responsive to parental involvement. Heavy parental involvement. Expect to be part of the community.

  • (9 years ago)

    The music program at this school is equivalent to that at private school with a focus on the arts. The children who participate in band recive instruction twice a week--once as an ensemble and once with only their section (instrument group) present. They may also attend tutorials with the band instructor before school begins on Friday mornings. This is a free program for all students.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have very positive feelings about this school! My daughter had an amazing kindergarten teacher and really adapted well in this nurturing environment. School spirit is very strong and the teachers and staff are friendly helpful and great with the kids. Our first grade year has been a big step from kindergarten but all is going well with no problems. The parents are friendly and socialize often outside the school with their kids. I would recommend to anyone that can get in to do so. I love our principal Wendy Wardlow she is the best!

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a highly academic school in a beautiful location (it has panoramic ocean views). The school has an impressive science lab free band instruction for all students in 4th-6th grade a state of the art computer lab and strong parent involvement. The principal is very involved and accessible.

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