School Details

Loma Portal Elementary School

3341 Browning Street, San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 223-1683
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-4 433 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

73%
67%
56%
84%
71%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
59%
46%
71%
76%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
76%
65%
80%
80%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Loma Portal Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Loma Portal Elementary School is Rebecca Penh, whose e-mail is rpenh@sandi.net. 433 students go to Loma Portal Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 14% of the Loma Portal Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 37% of the 433 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Loma Portal Elementary School is 18:1. The Rock Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 51% 25%
Hispanic 33% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 13%
Asian 3% 9%
Filipino 2% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Unspecified 0.5% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 63%
Limited English proficiency 14% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Loma Portal Elementary is an excellent neighborhood school. We live just few blocks away and we are very pleased that many kids from neighborhood attend this school. Our third grader is in seminar class and is doing extremely well. He is enjoying challenging projects independent studies and warm positive classroom environment. Our second grader is loving her teacher and school as well. A few of my friends have children in private schools ( one of them is in Montessori) and they cannot believe that our kids are at much higher reading and math levels. This school has the best teachers who really care about the kids and academics. We notice the huge progress in our children every year. However the best part is the friendly school environment where kids want to go to school everyday. Both of our kids have met their closest friends here in Kindergarten and stayed friends since then.

  • (1 year ago)

    Attending this school is like attending a little private school right in our neighborhood. First the school itself is almost 100 years old with beautiful architecture. It's tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. I have had a child at Loma Portal for the past 7 years and have watched the test scores improve through the guidance of the principal who is always focused on the children. We live 5 blocks away and have made countless friends in our own neighborhood who would never would have known if our children didn't attend school here. My older children received a great education and are consistently on the honor roll at middle school. The Foundation and PTA put on great events - some just for fun and some to raise funds. The funds raised support things that benefit every child at the school - a computer lab music program new PE equipment shade covers a wonderful new amphitheater and time with a librarian every week. If you live in Loma Portal's boundaries don't miss the chance to be part of your own community. If you are able to choice in - you should!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a little gem in a tight neighborhood. It's the perfect school setting to introduce your child to their primary education years. The staff is dedicated teachers want to teach there and many have been there for decades. The principal is all about the children and passionate about the kids' safety -- to the point that could offend others. But she is truly a committed asset to the school serving since 2007. The size of the student body is not too big or too small at around 400. The amount of neighborhood children has increased so much over the last 8 years that now it is a very hard school to choice into for students outside the school boundaries. It has the highest % of neighborhood kids enrolled at their neighborhood school for the PL Cluster. If you live in the school boundaries enroll - it's not worth the commute to choice out. Parents and children (including my 4 kids) benefit from the families they have met that live blocks away. For further thought teachers at Dana Middle have repeatedly pointed out that students from Loma Portal Elementary come to 5th grade the most prepared compared to other feeder schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    Choosing to attend our neighborhood school has been the best decision we have made for our family. We are able to walk to school every day and have gotten to know all kinds of families in our neighborhood. It has simplified our lives greatly and has given us the gift of time and community-connectedness. Most importantly though this sweet school has been so good for my children who are having a positive nurturing safe and academically strong experience there.

  • (1 year ago)

    We absolutely love this school!!! Our daughter has. been at Loma Portal for 2 years now and we couldn't be more pleased with our Neighborhood School. The teachers are phenomenal! Parent involvement is encouraged on so many levels...from participating in the classroom to fundraising. There are so many ways to get involved! We are a military Family and love how many other military families their are in the school. The military kids club is wonderful and a wonderful way for the kids to connect with other military families. The school holds so many fun events throughout the school year for families! We really feel a wonderful connection to our school and community! We wouldn't send our kids anywhere else!!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have two kids at Loma Portal and both are testing off the charts in reading and math. It's all about fantastic teaching at Loma Portal. The teachers have taken extra seminars to prepare for Common Core - paid for by the parent organization. If you care about your child actually LEARNING - Loma Portal is fantastic. Love all the parent friendships I've made over the years too! So great to walk my kids to school in such a great community. We are so lucky we don't have to choice in - we live here and love LP!

  • (1 year ago)

    Both of our children are currently attending Loma Portal Elementary. It is a fantastic school with lots of parent involvement. Both of their teachers are AMAZING. My kids feel challenged and love going to school every day. We feel fortunate to have Loma Portal as our beautiful neighborhood school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love our local school Loma Portal Elementary. The principal teachers and parent community are amazing. We are so fortunate to have such a great school within walking distance to our house. We would never send our kids anywhere else!

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Loma Portal Elementary the Teachers and engaging and dynamic. The parent involvement is exceptional we have had nothing but great experiences in the past 5 years.

  • (1 year ago)

    When considering Loma Portal the community aspect is probably #1 in my heart. Invest your time your money and your children in your community and the payback will be more than worth all of it! I did it so I would know!! Go Dolphins!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter loved Loma Portal especially her 4th grade teachers. They really inspired her to do her best! They also prepared her for the middle school experience by switching teachers. She was very prepared for Dana Middle School. Our family has made many wonderful friends through our ties with Loma Portal. I am so happy that she attended Loma Portal.

  • (1 year ago)

    Best school in Point Loma by far! The teachers staff and parents are really dedicated to learning. I have had children at this school since 2005 and every teacher we've had has been fantastic! I love the Spanish-style architecture and the layout - and a parent is spearheading an ecological school grounds master plan that is really going to transform the outside spaces. There is a LOT of parent involvement which I love and feel that it shows how much the families care about their kids and the entire student body. I also love the Seminar program for those who test above GATE. The teacher Mrs. Magaudda is amazing. They have a real librarian who dresses up each year in a different theme - fairy princess pirate cowboy etc. and her influence has really made a difference with my children reading every night. In the computer lab the kids are already learning the basics of programming in addition to typing skills and putting together powerpoint presentations. All the fundraising is centered around activities that bring families together . The spring auction is super fun as well as all the PTA/Foundation events throughout the year. Love that people walk to school!

  • (1 year ago)

    Loma Portal Elementary is a treasure! Fabulous teachers Warm and friendly community Involved families Progressive curriculum with weekly rotations (music computer lab PE and library) Plus a skilled principal who manages it all in times of drastic budgets!! Loma Portal is our neighborhood school - there was NO need to look anywhere else. If you live outside the school boundaries hurry to get on the list to choice in. This is one of the BEST elementary schools within San Diego Unified!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had children at this school for 6 years. It was our neighborhood school and when we moved out of the area we choiced back into the school rather then send them to our new neighborhood school which was Silvergate because we were so completely satisfied with the education our children were receiving. There is a lot of support from our community and parents. The school has a lot of fun activities and events for the whole family. The teachers really care and are dedicated professionals. There is a running club in the morning that all three of my kids participated in and LOVED. My oldest two are now at Dana and I have routinely heard that the Loma Portal students are better prepared for Dana because of our awesome 4th grade program teachers the computer curriculum and the overall experience at Loma Portal.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our family loves Loma Portal! This is my child's third year here and he loves going to school everyday. Principal Gerde is great! She is very available approachable and does what she can to address any concerns. She's here for your kids! There are so many childen/school activites that the kids have so much fun! We offer Everyone a Reader progam to assist with reading challanges. This allows students to excell outside the classroom also.Academics are such a high priority but so is the idea of family. Loma Portal has a strong sense of community.From the students to the parents. Parent involvement is crucial at any school and our parents are phenominal.There are plenty of opportunities to involve yourselve as little or as much as you want. Our teachers are great and really do put the children first. I'm happy that we chose Loma Portal as our school and look forward to being here for the next 5years and creating so many more fabulous memories!

  • (1 year ago)

    I couldn't be happier with Loma Portal. My two kids love coming to school and look forward to it every day. The teachers are wonderful - the lines of communication are always open - and I feel like both my children are thriving. The school puts on so many fun activities for the kids - from Halloween carnivals to variety shows family dances to spring music festivals - there is always something to look forward to. Academically speaking I have one child in kindergarten and one child in first grade and I'm amazed with everything they're learning. I'm able to volunteer twice a week in their classrooms and while they're pushed to do their very best the teachers make learning fun. Kids are also held accountable for their actions and are expected to respectful to each other their teachers and themselves. Five stars and two thumbs up for Loma Portal.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son recently went to this school. He went for first grade and 4 months of second grade before I finally had enough! The teachers are just ok it really depends on which one you get. My son's first grade teacher was a space cadet and this second grade teacher seemed VERY overwhelmed and unpleasant. I had the following issues the school changed my son's classroom from an all 2nd grade room to a 1st/2nd combined classroom 3 months AFTER school began for the year without any notice to the parents. The mixed grade classrooms are NOT based on a kids performance but just based on the "numbers". This school is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS asking for money and fundraising. They target the more wealthy parents and push the poorer parents to the side. However the worst thing about this school is undoubtedly Principle Gerde! She is HORRIBLE! She is unprofessional very confrontational condescending and that's with parents! I hate to think of how she would treat a child in private. She has anger management issues and is on youtube hitting an individual on school grounds. Think twice because the "8" rating is down from the "9" it use to be. Your child deserves better!

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been at Loma Portal for 4 years now. The teachers are all fabulous. The principal on the other-hand is a bipolar nutcase. I have seen her call the police on several parents over what should have been a simple conversation. She is unapprachable and horribly unprofessional. The majority of my friends who started at this school have pulled their kids out and put them in other local schools due to her crazy antics. Sadly I won't be starting my 5 year old there next year with his brother and sister because I can't handle 5 more years of this crazy woman. Several of the parents have withdrawn from the PTA and don't volunteer anymore because she makes everything so complicated. Most of her staff hates her but stay because there is such a shortage of jobs. Many parents have gone to the school board with complaints but she seems to be protected because she has been in the union over 10 years.

  • (4 years ago)

    Loma Portal is a very special place. As both a parent of three LP students and an 18 year LP teacher I have to say there is no other place I would consider sending my sons or working. The community support and involvement is amazing the academic programs are differentiated and appropriately challenging the staff is innovative and the leadership supportive the music program is vigorous and joyful the computer lab and teacher are cutting edge and our librarian is a true gem! LP's PTA and Foundation support each and every child through both their fund raising efforts and their presence on campus. Where else will you find professional men and women retirees and members of our armed forces taking time out of their days to read with children at Loma Portal as part of LP's Everyone a Reader Program. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful place to support and teach our children. I've been to many sites and have friends who teach at others both within and beyond SDUSD and would not consider sending my sons elsewhere. Our family LOVES LOMA PORTAL!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The August 18th poster is prompting me to write this review. How can you say the classroom was disorganized yet the teacher was great? A bit contradictory. I toured several Pt. Loma elementary schools when making a Kindergarten decision 2 years ago and Loma Portal's classrooms made my decision easy. They were by far the most organized well decorated and orderly. The teachers are amazing (lots of communication) the students are very respectful to each other and parents/staff and the atmosphere in and out of the classroom is extremely conducive to a great education. I volunteer in my 2 kids' classrooms 2 days a week and sense the "good vibe" first hand. Parents have many ways to be included/involved. The PTA and foundation provide funds for many extras including a music teacher and computer lab. Parents not friendly??? I have never heard anybody say that about Loma Portal. I went to private school growing up and this school is better in many ways................

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