School Details

Holmes Elementary School

4902 Mt. Ararat Dr., San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 496-8110
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 492 students 20 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

79%
67%
56%
82%
71%
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
  • San Diego Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
59%
46%
86%
76%
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
  • San Diego Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
76%
65%
91%
80%
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
  • San Diego Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
72%
60%
88%
72%
65%
92%
72%
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
  • San Diego Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
69%
60%
41%
61%
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
  • San Diego Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Holmes Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Holmes Elementary School is Jonathan Saipe and can be contacted at holmespta@yahoo.com. 492 students attend Holmes Elementary School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 7% of the Holmes Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 25% of the 492 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Holmes Elementary School is 20:1. Whittier K-12 is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Cheerleading
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 68% 25%
Asian 4% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 13%
Hispanic 17% 44%
Filipino 1% 7%
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 129055%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 63%
Limited English proficiency 7% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Each time I drive into the nice neighborhood at Holmes Elementary I feel thankful that my kids attend Holmes. It's got a warm community feel. The parents teachers and principal work together to make sure the kids are learning and having fun too. Great volunteer opportunities and STELLAR academics here. Good choice of before-and-after-school programs. We have been SUPER HAPPY with all the teachers we have had. A+!!!

  • (9 months ago)

    This is an amazing school! My daughter has attended for the last 3 years and has flourished under her caring teachers guidance. When it was time for our son to start kindergarten we were overjoyed to learn that he would have the same teacher our daughter did. The PTA is a cut above as they have provided extra curricular activities that have inspired both our children. We are eternally grateful to both the teachers and the parent volunteers that have given our kids so much.

  • (9 months ago)

    Our daughter is in second grade and has attended Holmes all 3 years. This is an incredible school. The teachers are all involved caring educators. The principal provides leadership and great communication. In addition the PTA and parental involvement create the environment for excellence. This is why this school is ranked so highly and why it's one of the best in the San Diego school district!

  • (10 months ago)

    This is a great school if your child dont have any problem ( no IEP no behavior ). But if you do I don't reccomend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    The parent participation at Holmes is what enables the school to provide a quality enriching learning experience for the children.

  • (1 year ago)

    Holmes is a great school! I have 3 kids that either are at Holmes or have been through Holmes. There are lots of after school programs. Weekly computer lab library and choral music/band for each child. Parent run Arts Attack for every room too! The needs of all learning levels of students are addressed. There is huge parental involvement at this school so many volunteers. This is what makes it such a great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Holmes Elementry is a diamond in the ruff! My son loves school and that is the greatest gift for our family. His teachers have been great at making learning fun. I have also been very impressed with the leadership of Holmes. I am impressed when I see the principal spending his time exercising with the students in the afternoons in order to allow his teachers to prepare their lessons!

  • (1 year ago)

    We choiced into this school after doing a lot of research. We have not been disappointed - everyone - from the lunch room staff groundskeepers office staff principal and of course teachers say they care about the kids & their learning first and foremost and they prove it every day. Our child is happy here and is learning fast. There are plenty of extra programs after school (for $) to choose from that keeps our son engaged and always learning something new. We are energized by the atmosphere and LOVE love love our current teacher (Yea Ms McGarr!!). There are some scary financial cutbacks that have caused some drawbacks (yeah the arts program was cut but hey right on PTA - thank you for Arts Attack! yeah landscaping was scaled back - but right on PTA/teachers for creating eco-friendly gardens tended by the kids!!!). PTA is great teachers are involved and there are a number of great school-wide activities every few weeks/months. It really does make a difference. Parents seem engaged as well. All in all we are stoked to have our child in this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Principal is a robot and enjoys the authority of being an administrator. Fine if you never have to engage with him regarding a real issue. Parents are amazingingly and lovingly involved. Campus is pristine and playgrounds and facilities are wonderful for students. Also library is fabulous.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a Kindergarten and 2nd grader at Holmes. LOVE this school the teachers and lots of parent involvement and programs. My kids are very happy here!

  • (2 years ago)

    Before I started my Kindergartner here last year I had heard all kinds of things about Holmes mostly good but a few negative comments. I toured probably 5 other magnet & charter schools and picked Holmes above them all. It truly is a great school--I felt it then and I feel it now. It isn't perfect but the parents and principal go above & beyond to make it the best school it can be with the massive siphoning of funds from the public school system. And there are FANTASTIC things on the horizon for this school!! RE some of the sour comments there are observations and there are emotionally loaded opinions. What I have found being an involved parent is that--like anything--it is what you make it! Bitter commentary comes from bitter mouths.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are a new family to Holmes and we are impressed. Sure there are some problems. No school is perfect. Mr Saipe is wonderful. Any measures that he has instituted are for the safety and well being of the children. As a parent volunteer I am glad for the changes. I want my children to learn how to read well (and enjoy literature) write (stories of the imagination) think well (and creatively) and enjoy math. I really don t care if they do that on a computer or not. Frankly the fanaticism that I see in some parents about the issue of technology is a bit scary to me. I want my children to unplug from the screen not be zoned out by it. I want my children to learn how to be a good friend and develop character. Some of the parents at Holmes are not very friendly but that is okay. The good people find each other. Holmes is a good school. It is not a perfect school but a good school. It has good faculty (who really care about the kids) good staff (who are efficient) good principal (go Mr. Saipe!) and a good parental (go PTA) involvement. The PTA at Holmes provides so much for the school. Yes it is run by imperfect people but look to the good. We are fortunate.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is top school that is just beginning to incorporate high tech technology. The entire district is implementing Promethean Boards and laptops for every student in each classroom. All teachers will be trained and a few parents last year were a bunch of whiners always complaining impatient and very aggressive in attempting to get their way and they became part of the PROBLEM not the solution. Holmes is a great school for teaching lifelong skills such as writing spelling math and reading. We have a 911 API also! For our students to be prepared in the 21st century they need a solid grasp of the basics to utilize technology to the fullest!

  • (3 years ago)

    Good BASIC public school but they are way behind on technology and project based learning. If you are ok with your kids memorizing worksheet after worksheet then this is the school for your child. Everything is based on test scores and the kids that are above average get very little push to do better. Holmes is stuck in the past and needs to be brought into the future ..... allow children to have an opinion and let them know that there is more than one way to get to an answer. They need a fresh outlook on teaching! Maybe the new Principal can turn things around.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have children attending this school for the past four years. The PTA is the best in the area and goes above and beyond. Not only do they pay for music art PE and other wonderful things that help inrich our childrens education experience they are also a huge support to our teachers and staff. The teachers have always been wonderful and we look forward to many more great years at holmes.

  • (3 years ago)

    the PTA runs this school...idle hands while Husbands are on deployment. my child will not be returning. Principal is leaving at the end of the year and we are getting voice mails for replacement votes...no thanks.

  • (3 years ago)

    On paper this school looks amazing..but the reality is far different. My child experienced multiple teachers and bullying all while in Kindergarten! This is not the experience I anticipated. The PTA raises funds to provide for a Music and PE teacher and has a very large voice in this school and the parents seem to be overly involved. The principal is amazing; however she is retiring at the end of the year. We will be choosing another school to attend.

  • (3 years ago)

    We love Holmes! The teachers are wonderful and the students are learning everyday. One issue I have noticed is that a small group of parents try to interfere with the classroom teaching too much. These parents are always taking the time of the principal and the teachers complaining criticizing and trying to cause drama. This group of parents try to run the school and I hope the new principal is learning to take the reins and be the boss.

  • (4 years ago)

    Holmes is a jewel. Wonderful sense of community as shown at each event and through the amazing efforts of the PTA teachers are stellar new principal is fabulous. Holmes is where the heart is )

  • (4 years ago)

    Definately one of the best schools in San Diego with "GREAT" teachers!! New principal is not scared of trying new things to get the school to the next level. I respect that in a leader. The only improvement would be for PTA to focus on "supporting" the school not running it. With the new elected PTA President there is hope.

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