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Hearst Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Hearst Elementary School is Jamie Jorgensen and can be contacted at jjorgensen@sandi.net. 478 students attend Hearst Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Hearst Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 20% of the 478 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Hearst Elementary School is 19:1. St. Therese Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
Asian 7% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 63% 25%
Hispanic 22% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 13%
Filipino 1% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%
Unspecified 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 129055%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 63%
Limited English proficiency 9% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school did not even bother telling us that our grandson was reading below grade level. What kind of communication is this? We did not find out until the next year. We could have placed him in a summer reading class. This is not what we expected when we sacrificed to get him into this school. It is also something that should have been covered in parent teacher meetings as well as in daily communications.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our child has now promoted from Hearst. Looking back our experiences were very positive. The quality overall of the teachers was excellent. Their commitment to the students success was obvious. Since a change in principal leadership a few years ago the morale of the teachers and parent volunteers grew dramatically. The new principal Jamie Jorgensen leads with enthusiasm joy and inclusiveness.

  • (3 years ago)

    The Hearst promotes parents involvement in the education of the children. The teachers are fantastic and very involved even the office staff is genuine involve on the childrens wellbeing we fell our children are in fantastic hands and makes us fell they are safe all the time under great care.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is our first year at Hearst and we have been very impressed with the kindergarten team. The K-teachers work as a true kindergarten teaching team. The teachers are experienced and still very engaged in their professional development. With a grant Mrs. Baker along with parents began a Hearst garden club. My daughter has fed worms planted seeds and watched them grow and then harvested the produce enjoying salad with her fellow gardeners! Every week kindergartners have a computer lab library lab music lesson and P.E. session. The kids also have art lessons taught by parents. There is strong parent support and involvement at Hearst and a community spirit. The school acknowledges and rewards the kids success and Principal Jorgenson s weekly message Make it a great week or not the choice is yours builds a sense of responsibility and pride in the kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    this is my son first year at the school as a 3rd grader i'm impress of the good organization the principalteachers etc he is loving it .

  • (4 years ago)

    This is excellent school. I have 5 kids come from this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is our first year at Hearst and we are having a wonderful 'healthy' experience so far. We have had many undesirable experiences at other schools and this year my son finally said....'I want to stay at this school!'. Principal Jorgensen is really making a great effort to improve an already magnificent school and the parents come together as a close community and really support each other....We all appear to have the same goal which is to offer our children a wonderful school experience. With art corp and band program my son is having a blast! Kudos to Hearst....they have the right idea of what a school should be...FUN!

  • (5 years ago)

    all my 5 kids go to this school my kids love this school a lot...nice teacher

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school. My kids love this school and talk about school all the time. We have been to private schools and Hearst has higher expectations of learning and want the kids to excel. It's a great location and all the parents are involved. Principal Stern is finally gone and there is a new principal! There is a just great buzz of energy from the parents teachers and kids and joy for the future of the kids education and what the school can offer.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm pleased with my K student's teacher. She is good at her job. Principal Stern does her job though the office is a bit disorganized. That's improving. We can thank our local business community for their support/involvement AND those parent who are generous volunteers.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teaching staff is excellent they go above and beyond what they need to.

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal greatly inhibits the success of this school. There has been significant staff turnover. Parents are very involved.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have only had my child in Hearst for 1 year yet both her and I are both excited for the next year to start. The lock up policy helps me feel just a bit safer when I drop off my child. Parents and Staff are involved and always keeping a happy fun environment for the kids to learn.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had nothing but positive experiences with the principal she has even gone out of her way to help my family and I in the past. I think what's important about this school is that it has an incredible community of dedicated creative and active teachers parents and children. A community that is too exuberant and independent to be stifled by the actions or pressures of the principal. I think her intentions are earnest in wanting to ensure that the school remains competitive and demonstrates marked improvement. Principals come and go and she's definitely not the worst of them all. My child loves her classroom storytelling visit and if she's got my child's approval then that's as good as having mine. Despite all of this which the children seem to be unaware of anyway this school offers an ideal learning environment. I am very satisfied.

  • (7 years ago)

    The parent involvement at Hearst is dynamite! They have a PTA and a foundation that are extremely active in supporting the teachers and the work that is done at school. There are a lot of extracurricular activities that you may choose from all held after school. Most of the teachers are devoted to their students and the school and do a fantastic job. There is a new garden area that has made the school look much better. My children love to stop by and check for hummingbirds after school every day. The principal is the only big problem at Hearst.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am still happy with the education of my children I would just prefer that the principal would let the teachers teach!

  • (7 years ago)

    Extra curricular activities are great and there is a lot of financial support from the Foundation and PTA. The school library is open only limited hours and they do not have a nurse at all (a health aid is there for a couple hours). I don't trust the principal at Hearst. She will say one thing to your face and then go behind your back when your conference is finished and say the complete opposite. There are some great teachers who go all out particularly at the lower grades and in 4th grade.

  • (7 years ago)

    Yes they do offer music art etc but the lock down is just crazy. I have not had any problems with the teachers- I can tell you parent participation is great! Pick up is a pain also.

  • (7 years ago)

    We love this school! All of the staff is very welcoming. The teachers are wonderful! Everyone is more than willing to meet to discuss any questions or concerns that may come up. People speak badly about the principal but I have not had any misfortune with her. She does what needs to be done to keep her school on track safe and fair for all of the students. The parent participation is amazing! It's really like being at a private school. The music excercise and art programs are outstanding!

  • (8 years ago)

    Has it's own library some teachers are more able than others excellent after school care program at the school.

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