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About This School

Marvin Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Marvin Elementary School is E. Derwae, whose e-mail is ederwae@sandi.net. 361 children attend Marvin Elementary School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 15% of the Marvin Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 36% of the 361 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Marvin Elementary School is 16:1. St. Therese Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Field hockey
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 52% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 13%
Asian 5% 9%
Hispanic 30% 44%
Filipino 2% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 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 36% 63%
Limited English proficiency 15% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Marvin is our neighborhood school and we love it! Our son is in kindergarten and he loves to go to school every single day. His teacher is fanstastic Mrs. Brainard and we couldn't be happier with her. So glad we didn't choice into another school.

  • (7 months ago)

    I live near Marvin Elementary School and want to say to the former review the principal has no authority over what the city implements. The community complained to the city about no wheelchair access for the disabled. The principal sent out an advanced warning reporting the construction the city was implementing. This was out of the districts control. We thank San Diego School District for all the positive responses this principal has made to upgrade the access for the disabled. The parents and staff understand having access for any disabled is very important. The atmosphere at Marvin is very professional with many parents involving themselves in the school and it's activities. This is why Marvin is one of the most chosen and best schools in the district. The teachers take much interest in all the students and their academic development. The principal is very professional and is involved with the academic development of all students. We love this school and are greatly satisfied with the principal and staff at Marvin. Marvin is labeled as a California Distinguished School. We thank the principal and staff for taking Marvin to this level.

  • (12 months ago)

    First let me just say we choiced into Marvin. Our neighborhood school is actually Green. I am so glad we did. Last year our teacher was Ms. O'Hara. She is great and very active with the class. We just started first grade and so far so good. I have heard stories about the principle but every experience I have had has been positive and feel confident that when it gets down to it he makes sure every child feels included and needs are met. I look forward to the many years of being apart of the Mustangs! The ptf fully funded a PE teacher a new art program and lots of other cool stuff. As far as the negative reviews I am sorry that other families experiences at Marvin aren't positive. Kids can be cruel I know first hand. But because there is an issue doesnt mean you need to transfer to get the issue resolved. In my opinion that is setting an example to our kids that is it ok to run from your problems. Sometimes it is necessary however in the real world you cant do that so why teach our kids that. In my experience I have become a stronger person by taking a stand. If the teacher and principle arent giving you the results you need to go to the district and get it resolved.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been going to Marvin since Jr K and I have nothing but positive things to say. The prinicpal has been approachable and effective. I have volunteered in each class that my daughter has been in and feel as though they are getting quality education. Most of the parents are very involved and the PTF raises enough money for programs to be funded such as art class science class and PE. I believe that it is not only the teachers and principals that make a difference in the school but parents as well. Marvin has this. There a quite a few teachers that work at Marvin that went to this school as children. They are now teaching at Marvin and some of them even have their own children attending Marvin. This says alot. This school is a small neighborhood school that I feel safe sending my daughter to. She has grown by leaps and bound and I have nothing but positive feedback!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have 2 children at Marvin and love this school. Parents are friendly and we love the teachers. I volunteer in my childrens classrooms and always feel welcomed and are surrounded by nice people. We live in the community and walk to and from school with is especially nice. We have a great science program where the kids go to science class weekly. There is a Marvin Garden PE program art program marvin orchestra GATE and Seminar classes and a lot of parent involvement. I highly recommend this school. I believe attending your local elementary school and not choicing out is the best way to create a strong sense of commiunity and ultimately will make your community school better. Children will attend schools with kids on their block and it will promote more parents to be involved.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our first year at Marvin and I've been very happy with the experience. Our JK teacher is fantastic - She is funny and kind she appears to treat everyone fairly and she has been totally open to all communication - my emails are promptly responded to and she will chat with me before and after class. Any problems I've had have been addressed immediately. I believe communication is a 2-way street and parents MUST bring issues up with teachers AND make themselves available and willing to hear feedback. The school grounds are beautiful - clean and full of mature plants and trees. We toured nearby Hearst (a better performing school) and I was dismayed to see so much trash on the ground. Another nearby school was stark concrete with high fences like a prison. The surroundings of Marvin were a significant factor in our choice and we will probably return next year. I want to add that I wish Greatschools would filter results. Reviews with one sentence like "The principal is bad" are not helpful to anyone and so many such reviews for Marvin here make me think there is a troll lurking. Please elaborate your reviews and PLEASE COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CHILD'S TEACHERS.

  • (1 year ago)

    There is a problem with a male teacher bullying students and the principal will not help.

  • (1 year ago)

    We're not happy with this school at all. My child attends kindergarten and we had a bullying problem they did nothing to help my child. The teacher allowed boys to bully my son and the principal is condescending and refused to notify the parents of their childs' wrong doings. We are looking at better schools for 1st grade.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is very safe and the teachers are very caring. They work very hard and have the best interest of the children in mind. Some of the reviews on this page are ridiculous and mean. If you have a problem go to the teacher don't write a review on the internet slamming the whole school based on one off day.

  • (1 year ago)

    The principal has a couple of years until retirement and is just biding his time. He regards parent concerns with condescension and does nothing to make sure there is a culture of communication with teachers and parents. Teachers don't respond to emails and only respond when you see them in person. We have this modern tool called computers which apparently the teachers are not encouraged nor required to use. We will be trying to transfer our student next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is going down. I enrolled my daughter in it based on the reviews and the score. but they made my daughter she is in the K hates going to school. teacher doesn t care about the students feeling and has no emotional effect on them at all and the worth thing ever is; my daughter had cut in her neck deep one and no one bother to call us or even tell us when we picked her up from school. I don t recommend this school to parents who want their kids to be in a safe environment and looking for good learning experience to their kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter had always enjoyed going to school and learning until this year. The first day of the current school year she came home crying and had actually spoken the words I hate school ! Not something I had expected to hear come out of her mouth. Part of the problem is Marvin has some wonderful teachers and some not so wonderful ones. The Principal at the school is ineffective at leading. The GATE program is a joke. In the third grade they introduce GATE seminar/cluster kids to the wonders of the GATE program and what they can achieve in it. Then in the fourth grade they turn their backs on the cluster kids and only provide GATE learning for the seminar kids. If they can combine seminar/cluster for third graders why can t they do the same for fourth and fifth graders? They say the GATE cluster kids are in a combination GATE/non-GATE class but all of the kids in this combo class are learning the same things at the same speed. They are not being challenged. We had been happy with Marvin until this year. Hindsight is a powerful tool. Had we known what this year would be like for our child we would have switched schools when we had the chance.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughters 3rd grade teacher Mrs Henetz ---FABULOUS !! The best experience ever. She teaches 3rd gr GATE seminar and integrated learning and fun into her ciriculum. My daughter excelled in every subject because her teacher made learning fun. The kids were crying the last day of school because they were going to miss her. Marvin also started an art program and PE program along with a fun science program already in place. It just became a Calif Distinguished School and so it should be. I went to Marvin and loved it and now my kids get to experience that too.

  • (2 years ago)

    I was so disappointed in this school. I had heard a lot of good things and read many great reviews of this school. My daughter went to this school for 4 years (K-3) and i desperately wish i had pulled her out sooner. Her 2nd grade teacher told her repeatedly that she would fail and be left behind a grade if her reading didn't pick up. Instead of helping her she turned my daughter away from books. This school has no extra programs to help kids with reading and when i had spoke with the assistant principal she told me that the teacher really pushed her students and that was a good thing but some kids couldn't handle it. I allowed my daughter to stay at this school for 3rd grade because she didn't want to leave the friends she had but that was a mistake her third grade teacher was by far better than her 2nd but there was no extra help for my kid.

  • (2 years ago)

    From Teachers office staff and test scores to campus grounds and atmosphere Marvin is wonderful school to attend.

  • (2 years ago)

    My second child is about to promote from this wonderful hidden gem. We have 10 amazing years of learning and playing here. The PTF has just funded a PE classes and an art program. We have a full time science teacher and the library is still open at this school on most days! This school has a great gate/seminar program that my son has been in .Their special ed programs are amazing and my daughter was in that program for her whole time there. The PTF has great events and the campus is beautiful including a garden. We are going to miss it!

  • (2 years ago)

    Marvin is a wonderful school. My son went through the Junior Kindergarten program and is now in Kindergarten. The teachers are very approachable and work with parents to provide the best experience for the children. There is a high level of parental involvement and the PTF does wonderful things to support the school and the teachers. We have made lasting friendships with other parents and children in the neighborhood. I would highly recommend Marvin to anyone looking for an A+ community school. We have been very happy here.

  • (4 years ago)

    Marvin has a great Pre-K class for younger children not ready for K. The teacher Mrs Livingstone is amazing and my son loves her. The class is structured and FUN and the kids learn a ton. I would definitely recommend this school for pre-K or K. I have family members in Mrs Hana's class and she has a very good reputation. I am not sure about the teachers in higher grades. I have not had any issues with the principal.In my experience he is very accomodating to your family's needs. He has always been very friendly to me and my son.

  • (4 years ago)

    Teachers are good at least those ones my kids ever have are. As for specialty there is a science lab and kids get to have one hour a week science class in there and that's about it. Don't expect any other program or extra-curriculum. Seminar program is so so and combined grades class doesn't seem to work as good plus the curriculum is loose don't seem to be challenging enough for the gifted kids. poorly managed rude principle and admin staff.parents participation is low.Lot of neighborhood kids choice to Daillard Green Benchley or Hearst where your kids can get classes like music PE during school hours and even the academic score is much better . This is a going down school don't bother to choice here unless your kid needs to go to the special ed program.

  • (4 years ago)

    not a fan of the principle but why does he matter at all? the teacher is great and the kids are thriving!

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