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About This School

Penn Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Penn Elementary School is Joan Nelson, who can be contacted at jnelson1@sandi.net. 463 students go to Penn Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 30% of the Penn Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 79% of the 463 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Penn Elementary School is 18:1. St. Michael Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 43% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 25%
Filipino 28% 7%
Asian 23% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 13%
Multiracial 11% %
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
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 79% 63%
Limited English proficiency 30% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Overall this school is not of a high caliber in my personal opinion. I give this school two stars only because one teacher stands out - one male 4th grade teacher - as someone who genuinely cares about his students education. Otherwise my experience with this school for the 2011-2012 school years leads me to believe that many teachers do not care about the students they are overwhelmed with 25-35 students per class their PTA is unorganized and the quality of this school shows in the grades/work that is produced. I definitely plan on switching my children's schools for the 2012-2013 school year away from Penn Elementary!

  • (2 years ago)

    40 kids in 4th grade-1 teacher. 40 kids in 4th grade-1 teacher. 40 kids in 4th grade-1 teacher. I SAY THAT CAN'T BE GOOD-FOR ANY SCHOOL.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son enjoys going to school and it is because of his 2nd and 3rd grade teachers that make it enjoyable.

  • (5 years ago)

    I Think this School is Great! It has Great Education. My Child really enjoys her teacher. She loves school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Penn is the best school. My children are receiving a great education. The principal and staff make this happen!

  • (5 years ago)

    Under the leadership of the current Principal Penn has received the Distinguished School Award this year. I think the teachers and staff rallied together to make it happen. A school is as great as the staff students and parents make it to be. My child is having a great experience & is doing well academically.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think the principal should look at the no child left behind theory. Students and there are many are not getting the extra support and help they need in mainstream classes. The principal has a policy in place to provide extra support and help to students who scores are basic and above basic. The students who's score are below basic do not receive the support they need to succeed in school. I think money should be put into hiring aide for the teachers who identify these students who are struggling.

  • (6 years ago)

    Penn Elementary has become a school where teachers are leaving and parents are pulling student out to attend other schools. I would not recomend sending your child here at all. Only a few people there are happy; and they run the school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Penn Elementary School is a very good school. Here my son has become more confident in himself his studies improved greatly and I found the school to be safe. This is a nice neighborhood.

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