School Details

Del Mar Pines School

3975 Torrington Street, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 481-5615

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-6 154 students 12 student/teacher

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About this school

Del Mar Pines School is a private elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Del Mar Pines School is Mrs. Marci McCord and can be contacted at 154 children attend Del Mar Pines School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at Del Mar Pines School is 12:1. Solana Pacific Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 76% %
Hispanic 4% %
Asian 19% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    It appears most of these reviews are written by DMP leadership. Dianne Wist is difficult and lacks the knowledge that is needed for her position. Many many of us have left the school due to her. The teachers are wonderful and the school is in a beautiful location. Parents are mostly great too.

  • (1 year ago)

    We transferred to DMP School because of dissatisfaction with our local public school. The impetus driving the change was a non-differentiation policy adopted by our school which resulted in our child becoming a disinterested student. We were fortunate to find DMP in the last semester of the 2012-13 school year. During the remaining semester at DMP we saw an immediate change in our child from a previously apathetic second grader to a thriving student. The biggest difference was the commitment and support by DMP faculty to foster the academic and social growth of each child. We were astounded by the superb quality of work and accomplishments our daughter was able to achieve. DMP provides a solid well-rounded education by utilizing traditional teaching methods while embracing current technological tools. I believe a quality PRIMARY school education is the best investment a parent cam make in a child's future. I would highly recommend DMP to any parent looking for a school which encourages children to embrace education. DMP assesses each child's learning style and provides the tools necessary to cultivate academic and social success.

  • (1 year ago)

    DMP is a very special school where children develop a lifelong love of learning and leave 6th grade with study skills and independent work habits that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. These skills and habits begin in K in a fun and positive atmosphere and by the time they are in the 6th grade they are ingrained and a part of who they are. After my boys graduated from Del Mar Pines they went on to attend another leading private school in the area. Not only were they prepared for their new experience but these study skills they had developed at DMP helped to make them into successful students. The small group instruction with leveled groups affords each child the opportunity to flourish at their own pace. Children are taught to treat others the way they would like to be treated. The golden rule is really just a part of the curriculum. The teachers are caring and nurturing and make every effort to ensure the success of each child. On top of a challenging curriculum for Language Arts and Math the school provides hands on science technology (1-1 ipads and laptops) art music Spanish and PE. DMP was a great launching pad for my children.

  • (1 year ago)

    I highly recommend Del Mar Pines School to anyone with elementary age students. It is a warm safe environment where learning is fun and the exploration of knowledge is a priority. My two children have blossomed into great people here. They truly LOVE going to school every day and NEVER complain about homework. They are thriving because of the individualized attention they get from amazing teachers and staff and the well rounded curriculum with a lot of extras. At Del Mar Pines children are challenged to reach their academic potential and encouraged to learn through hands on science the best elementary school art and music program you can imagine technology with iPads for every child Spanish PE and much more. I hear crazy stories about the class sizes and behavior issues that go on at our local public elementary school (a really good one) and I feel blessed that we were lucky enough to find the Del Mar Pines School. It is a very special place for children and their families so I encourage you to visit the school to experience it for yourself.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the absolute best school in San Diego! When my son was entering Kindergarten I was very worried about the "invisibilty" of gifted students in the public school classroom as the public school has ever increasing demands of dealing with underperforming students and dealing with behavior problems. Some of my friends children in public school were kind of left to fed for themselves while the scant amount of resources were being fought over. My child has had amazing instruction at Del Mar Pines! He is a full grade level ahead in reading and writing and two grade levels ahead in math. Del Mar Pines is the most successful school I have ever seen at individualizing instruction. Additionally my child gets music art spanish and hands-on science all as part of the regular school program. At my local public school most of these programs have been reduced if not cut completely! I just can't say enough how happy I am I put my child at Del Mar Pines. It has made a world of difference!

  • (1 year ago)

    DMP is a bit of a hidden gem and we are glad we discovered this school! While we were definitely interested in a school that would address our child's specific academic needs we also wanted a program that prioritizes social/emotional development and that helps students develop into thoughtful and caring individuals who respect themselves and others. We have found this to be the case at DMP. Additionally we have been impressed with the way the Director Marci McCord is always working to improve the teaching and experience for the students. She is clearly very invested in the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter is a kindergartener at Del Mar Pines and we have been so impressed with everything about this wonderful school. Our daughter has blossomed and we attribute that to the great teacher/student ratio and the warm caring atmosphere that the administration works so hard to foster and of course the academics are stellar. The staff truly care about each student and their families. Recently there was a student talent show in which any student was welcome to participate. There were some very talented kids and some not as talented kids- however the student audience never acted like they were bored or unimpressed. In fact when a preformer was getting nervous or scared the kids would start clapping to the music or waving their arms in time with the beat in order to encourage and support the child performing. As a parent it was amazing to watch. My daughter came home lit up because a lot of "older kids" came up to her afterwards and told her what a wonderful job she had done. These kids are being taught a sense of community that you just can't get anywhere. I would recommend this school without hesitation and we look forward to our younger children starting here.

  • (1 year ago)

    The decision to change schools can be a difficult one to make. However sending our two daughters to Del Mar Pines after many disappointments with our local public school is the best decision my husband and I have made regarding our children's education! They are both thriving in a safe nurturing and highly academic environment. The teachers are dedicated to each of their student's success and go out of their way to make accommodations for those who need more/less challenging material. Del Mar Pines really teaches to the individual child and not the masses. Since my two daughters started at DMP I am much more aware of what my daughters are learning and how well they are doing in school. There aren't anymore surprises come report card time! Del Mar Pines' Language Arts curriculum exceeds the standards that are set in public school. Other core subjects are equally challenging if not more than public school! Del Mar Pines exceeds my expectations daily!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Teaching kindergarten at Del Mar Pines is my passion and a joy every day! Our teaching staff is committed to creating a nurturing environment to encouraging creativity to instilling responsibility and to fostering life-long learning. The kindergarten class is a place where each child is celebrated for their unique qualities and guided with patience and enthusiasm. Our small-group reading and math instruction allows each child to be challenged and to work at the highest potential. Every day is fun whether we are discovering a stick bug with the video projector and looking up its characteristics on Wikipedia or recording our voices on the iPad and exporting pictures about Martin Luther King Jr. The most rewarding experience is watching the children grow from kindergarten to sixth grade. It is a totally caring and supportive community involving the students teachers staff and parents. I have been teaching for over 30 years and can t imagine teaching anywhere other than at Del Mar Pines School.

  • (1 year ago)

    I enrolled my child in kindergarten here. I can't say this school is worth paying tuition for. They simply follow the California state standards for curriculum and progress. The curriculum and grading is no different than public school. There was a dearth of afterschool activities compared to public school. The administration treats their employment as simply a day job there is little ambition or vision to make the school the best it can be. The public schools nearby are better. Some parents switched to public and thought it was better. Good teacher student ratio is a plus however due to low student population.

  • (2 years ago)

    Enrolling at Del Mar Pines was the best decision our family made. Some reasons why Del Mar Pines is such a special place (1) Many schools talk about differentiation but DMP was one of the few schools that has a systematic way in which they handle this. Kids are separated in groups by ability and then each of these groups works at a level that challenges them. (2) The school is completely child centered. It helps that there are less than 25 kids in the class with two teachers in every classroom. It also helps that when the kids are divided into small groups there are between 4-6 kids in each of these small groups and so the teachers can really get to know where your child is at how your child learns and tailor their teaching to the child. Diane Wist Head of Student Development is amazing with the kids and she genuinely cares about each and every one of them. (3) Marci McCord Head of School does a fantastic job balancing actively listening to the parents and at the same time being very practical and pragmatic about issues/solutions. Del Mar Pines is a gem. I am thankful that my kids have this chance to belong to this wonderful school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Del Mar Pines is a wonderful school. Our first child went to a "good" public school in the area and it pales in comparison to the level of teaching and attention to the children that DMP offers. It offers a small classroom environment with individualized instruction. Instead of focusing on high tests scores and attendance ratings the schools' attention is on state ot the art technology and resources effective curriculum and teaching as well as academic and social success. The school has created a real community that my child (and our whole family) are proud to be a part of.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a phenomenal school and is the most child-driven child-centered program we have ever experienced. The curriculum is constantly being evaluated and updated to meet the students' needs. The directors and the teachers put an extraordinary amount of energy into figuring out what makes each individual student tick and what will unlock his/her love of learning and social potential. The classrooms are joyous places and the students are a real community. Parental input is encouraged. The school takes concrete steps to be responsive to any suggestions for improvement. The directors meet with parents at the beginning and end of every school year survey them in between and share their research material. They do an outstanding job of balancing conflicting interests and opinions always with the best interests of the students first and foremost and the children are flourishing under their leadership. The teachers meet with parents four times during the school year and it is a true two-way exchange. They are a hard working group that is unfailingly generous with their time. The energy here at all levels is rare and very special.

  • (2 years ago)

    The current director of this school is AWFUL she is so out of touch and is restricting and picks favorites. otherwise this is an amazing school. btw i am a teacher there.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child attended Del Mar Pines School and has gone on to a private jr high school well prepared with a solid academic foundation. This is the result of the leadership team teachers and frankly how Del Mar Pines works with the 'whole child.' They are constantly improving curriculum technology and also are evolving by being current on the latest developments in neuroscience and learning which is a huge benefit for all children. Del Mar Pines provides children with a well rounded and balanced academic education including the arts Spanish music community service p.e environmental activities and so much more. I can't say enough about it as my child had a wonderful experience and obtained a solid academic base in the process.

  • (2 years ago)

    Del Mar Pines has so many amazing teachers and academic programs. You can't say enough good things about the entire community of students parents and faculty. There is no doubt that your child will receive a phenomenal education at Del Mar Pines. Students leave DMP with an incredible understanding of technology (far beyond the national standards) and they are confident and prepared to take on life after elementary school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is a 6th grader at DMP in her first year at the school. DMP offers her a brilliant education and it has set her on fire for school. She loves learning more than she ever has. Never once has she done anything less than smile about her school and dive into her homework! And her academic abilities have soared this year. I am not surprised. When I sat in on the teacher's presentation of their school academic plan never have I seen or heard of such a masterful level of brilliant and creative teaching. The cross-subject integration is almost unimaginable. The creativity and learning style variety infused into every subject is inspired. The daily emphasis on great character responsibility and kindness is real. That's the other thing about DMP - both the girls and the boys are the nicest most well mannered students my family has ever encountered in a school setting. No spoiled or ill mannered kids here. If you can't tell I just absolutely love this school and I am a HARD guy to please because I don't just want great academics. I require great education. Lastly I take my hat off and give a standing ovation to the teachers and to the director. They are each simply amazing.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child has attended DMP for 5 years. We are very pleased with the - accelerated academics (without being a pressure cooker) - leadership (whose goal is to put students first and look outward to remain competitive) - teachers (who teach to the individual and have the latest technology in classroom) - families (diverse but sharing a common goal of raising kind children with integrity) - strong social credo (cliques and bullying aren't tolerated) When considering any school be smart enough to read between the lines of overly negative reviews isolating blame. No school is perfect but having looked at other schools I feel fortunate that a school as special as DMP exists. It is an intimate environment that isn't the right fit for every family/child. That said we feel our child is getting a very well rounded education including art music technology PE hands-on science lab Spanish wonderful public speaking opportunities and an excellent creative writing program.

  • (2 years ago)

    The current director is not good at all. She has no prior experience with kids and recently has ruined two graduation ceremonies by sharing her "experiences" with each graduating sixth grader. These included " so and so is a solstice baby..." about a girl who was born a day before the solstice. Also she only said " always smiling" about 2 kids as well as stating that she wants her stepdaughter to marry one of the boys one of the students although her stepdaughter is in college. She is NOT insightful at all and should be replaced. Apart from that this is an AMAZING school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter graduated from DMP two years ago and is currently attending another top private school in the area. She was incredibly well prepared for middle school both academically and socially. She has been in all the honors/accelerated classes. Del Mar Pines School gave my child the confidence and skills to be successful in whatever academic environment she is in. The teachers administrators and families are all exceptional. It is an amazing community to be a part of.

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