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About This School

Foster Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Foster Elementary School is David Downey, who can be contacted at 412 students attend Foster Elementary School and identify as Multiracial, Filipino, and Hispanic. 21% of the Foster Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 67% of the 412 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Foster Elementary School is 16:1. Marvin Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
Filipino 4% 7%
Hispanic 35% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 25%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 129055%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 13%
Asian 10% 9%
Pacific Islander 1.0% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.5%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% 63%
Limited English proficiency 21% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I like this school. It doesn't look special when you drive by on Zion Ave. but when you turn the corner you see a large grass lawn trees fresh paint and the campus is clean and peaceful. The kindergarden playground is separate and sweet. Don't expect to see many LV bags or designer jeans. The community here is casual and low key. There are many excellent teachers that LOVE their job and make a difference in your child's enthusiasm for learning. There are a couple that just stick to the basics of teaching. The main problem with this school is lack of parental involvement. There lacks a sense of pride here. What Foster needs is parents to care get involved and kick butt!! Revamp Fosters reputation!

  • (1 year ago)

    My kid loves this school her teachers is very good they have science lab weekly for the kindergarten when my kid jump from bed at 6 am to go to school this means she is happy to attend this school and as a mother I see this is the key which will help her to be successful academically too.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child went to this school and let me say that this school needs help in many areas .One good thing is the staff and Principal Downey who deserves credit for trying to clean up this school The students are very mean. This school has a good science program as well and music but no P.E.. So before you pick Foster just know that they are working on this school and Mr.Downey is amazing principal who knows everyone by heart.

  • (4 years ago)

    Foster teacher and faculty care. They are very active about the children academic growth.

  • (5 years ago)

    Having moved from a private school to Marvin then from Marvin to here I was nervous. But I the staff went out of their way to help us transition. I'm particularly impressed with Principal Downey who is absolutely hands-on and who remembers everyone's names. Discipline here is great; kids are well-behaved. Plus- gasp- they actually say the pledge! I was particularly impressed when on the first day we were there they got my son into speech therapy which no one had brought up at Marvin. My daughter is in the gifted program and while she likes her classmates and her teacher she is not challenged. Parental involvement is high; there were too many volunteers at the Fall Festival . Parents are welcoming. I'm not worried about test scores; the tests are not hard and if you have reasonably capable kids and are an involved parent your kid will score well.

  • (6 years ago)

    So far not so good. We just moved to SD from Poway. Seeing the test scores made me a little apprihensive But after reading the reviews about the new principle and talking with one of the Kinder teachers I thought scores arn't always everything so I would give it shot with an open mind. Well - I have seen with my own eyes that some of thier choices for teachers are NOT in my opinion the best. I am actually really disapointed. Also they seem like a school that is just a puppet to the district. There is just this feeling of 'stress that seems to linger' that they have absolutely no freedom to be creative and positive. Like someone has handed them a text book for teaching and you must follow it every step of the way - regardless of how the children feel. As if they are robots.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is ok but not great. Academically my child did good but the expectations in his class were low and I think he could have been challenged more... There were not many school activities and not much parental involvement.

  • (6 years ago)

    Foster is a great school. I have sent 2 children through fifth grade. This is not my neighborhood school. I choice in from a more affluent community. Education should not be about snobbishness and elitism. Foster offers a educationally sound culturally racially and socially economically diverse educational experience for my children. I believe that many of the parents who opt out of Foster do so because of thier own issues about status and not thier child's best interest.

  • (6 years ago)

    Guess what the whole attitude of the San Diego Unified School District is 'if you don't like it choice out.' Let's also remember that this policy was begun due to parental pressure on the school board to do so. In essence we got what we asked for as a community. This is not unique to Foster. The other schools in the area have kids that are choiced in from out of the area too. That being said we are very happy with Foster; the teacher's are fantastic and our son is getting a great education. We have no reservations about starting our younger son there too in another year. Kudos to the school administration for turning Foster around over the last 2+ years.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is my sons neighborhood school but now I understand why so many kids in Allied Gardens don't go to this school. Only 3 of the kids in his class live in the community so it's hard to develop friendships and there is very little parental involvent. Also in my sons class the kids have to sit at round tables and don't have there own desk or personal space --it's very distracting and I notice the kids have a hard time completing their assignments and spend lots of time talking and goofing off. I will be sending my child to a different school next year---it's unfortunate because it is our neighborhood school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree out of all the children in my daughters classroom 7 live in the boundry lines of Foster. And as you can tell by recent postings there is absolutely no concern at all about working to keep local kids in the school. Our contention with Foster is the attitude if you don't like it 'choice out then'. So as more and more kids choice out scores continue to decline. It's unfortunate but real. In response to just sending kids to school to learn and not build relationships I disagree. Learning has as much to do with academics as with building friendships and being a part of a supportive community. A successful school is well rounded both academically and socially. So until the school and the community come together to make Foster a better school it will only be average.

  • (6 years ago)

    With the new principle at Foster Elementary School I have seen dramatic changes in our school. The care and concern for our children is more than evident. From the principle to the Vice-principle and teachers. The PTA at Foster is small and has a lot of heart. The lack of parent involvement is not because of the diverse population in our school it is because of divicive parents who are more concerned about their own personal desires instead of what will be best for all of the children in the school. Still our small PTA trudges on with every single person doing more than they can really handle. What would make Foster the greatest school in San Diego would be if the parents who spend their time campaigning against progess would help or choice out themselves.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think Foster is a wonderful school. It's true that there are a lot of 'out of area' children but I think this adds to the school not detracts from it. I think it creates a more diverse and enriching community. Added to which children should be sent to school to learn not to build neighborhood friendships. It's true that the PTA does a lot of fundraising but every penny is put back into the school. For every fundraiser they provide at least three services. In fact they provide over $30 000 worth of improvements. Yes there is a lot of fundraising but you can't very well improve a school without money. It seems to me that if the teachers are good the classes are small and the school is clean and safe the school deserves five stars. If my child's school were 'below average' you can bet we would choice out!

  • (6 years ago)

    We are very disappointed. The majority of local neighborhood kids 'choice' into other schools in the area. Therefore a large number of student body is made up of out of area children. Now my complaint isn't the out of area kids because they are good kids. It's the fact that there is no sense of community at the school or in the neighborhood which in turn does not create an environment in which kids can build lasting neighborhood friendships. Also I feel the PTA is more about fund raising and less about improving the school. The board members are unfriendly and disorganized. Now on the positive side the teachers are extremely seasoned and run a very orderly campus. Class sizes are small & the school is clean & safe. Overall we won't choice out of the school but we are moving at the end of the year.

  • (7 years ago)

    Kudos to our Principal Teachers and Staff. The positive attitude at our school has improved greatly in the last year. We have a new principal to thank for the change. My daughters love going to school every day.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very happy with the quality of teachers at Foster Elementary. I have two children that go there currently. We have been at Foster for the last 4 years. We finally have a great Principal and things are going much smoother than the past years. The teachers are the glue that hold the school together!

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter has been attending foster elementary school since kindergarten and she is now entering the fourth grade gate class. Her teachers every year has been very wonderful and caring. Parent involvement is wonderful. The down fall of this school is the lack of extra curriculars and activities. Also I have seen many principal come and go over the past 4 years now. They need to have a stable and reliable prinicipal.It not only affects the children but us as parents as well. One thing my daughter did not like was that the lunch times are very short and rushed. By the time they get on those long lines sit and eat there lunch the bell ring and they have no time to play and get some exercise. The school would be better if they extend there lunch times add more P.E classes and last but not least extra curriculars.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son is in kindergarten and I love his teacher. She is understanding of his needs and she cares about all of her students. I hope he is blessed next year like he has been this year. He loves going to the school library and having PE each week. He is always coming home saying 'Mom did you know...?' My son has come such a long way from being the shy quiet kid we all knew at the beginning of the year. I am confident he will do well in the coming years.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our five year old attend kindergarten at Foster Elementary and we are very pleased with the experience thus far. The teacher is caring and the community support and involvement is wonderful. There is at least one parent volunteer in the classroom each day of the week. There are extracurriculur activities in sports and dance (and I believe music for the older students) and we also receive information of community activities offered.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have two boy's attending Foster and both of them love the school the teachers are great and truly care about the students welfare also they teachers will call the parents when the kids are doing well instead of just receiving a report that your child is acting up and for my boy's that is a huge encouragment for them to keep up the good work because they enjoy knowing that their teacher made a call to me stating they are doing well in school. I also enjoy the fact that so many parents are willing to be involved in the school and the options we have with our level of involvemnet due to the fact that some of us work and can't give as much time as we would like to but there is more than one way to contributed to our kids education and show our support.

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