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About This School

Tierrasanta Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Tierrasanta Elementary School is Lorelei Olsen, who can be contacted at 542 students go to Tierrasanta Elementary School and identify primarily as Filipino; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 20% of the Tierrasanta Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 38% of the 542 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Tierrasanta Elementary School is 18:1. Kumeyaay Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Fencing
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Track
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 6% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 48% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 13%
Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 24% 44%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 129055%
Asian 12% 9%
Multiracial 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 63%
Limited English proficiency 20% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    so far I love first the pricipal how she is so involve with the kids and also so cheerful and outgoing with parents. she even took time to talk to me about how the process was of getting my daughter into te school which made it so much easier to understand. this is my daughters first year as a 1st grader and so far she loves it. also love the gardening and the after school program they offer which is every 8 wks long. more update toward the end of the year. I'm happy I choiced this school for my daughter .

  • (11 months ago)

    Tierrasanta Elementary is by far THE BEST Elementary I've had the pleasure of putting my kids in. Having 2 out of 3 of my kids on the Autism Spectrum they were welcomed by the other students and nurtured by the staff. My daughter just finished 5th grade and it was quite a challenge for both her and her teacher Mrs. Lach but she never gave up on her. The principal Ms. Olsen is one of the best principals I've ever known. Since my daughter started school I've never known a principal to be out with the road guards in the morning to make sure that the parents and their kids get to school safely. She does the same thing in the afternoons as well. Ms. Olsen also takes it upon herself to get to know her students and the parents. Whenever there was an issue with one of my kids it was dealt with appropriately and professionally even when my child was at fault. The other teachers I want to commend there are Ms. Brozda and Mr. Sprong. Ms. Brozda is a very caring but strict Kindergarten teacher which was exactly what my youngest son needed. My oldest son had Mr. Sprong and he was very patient with him and his ASD behaviors. I absolutely adore this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    Of the 5 schools located in Tierrasanta/Murphy Canyon this is one of THE best. VERY active parental involvement. Parents can be seen all over this school every day of the school year. The partnership with the USS San Diego offers the school additional adult support and leadership as well. The principal is seen daily before & after school and has an open door policy in regards to parents & students. The majority of the teachers are excellent at this school and genuinely care about each of their students as their own. There are a few that are questionable but if 99% of something is good statistics are on your side as far as quality. This school really has a family feel and supportive environment. Its a little hidden gem in Tierrasanta since its not as widely "known" as other schools in the area. But that is a good thing! Less over crowding as the other schools have seen.

  • (2 years ago)

    Well I must say that I have given it over two years and it has led to a festering wound. I may have a bit of backlash for what I am about to say; but seriously this school is a mess. A certain kindergarten teacher at our first parent teacher conference threatened to FAIL our daughter because she was not reading yet. I believe this teacher has failed as a teacher. Yes we all know of budget cuts and the number of students one teacher is assigned to. This should have stood out as a red flag for this teacher as she was responsible for a special needs student and one that I have discovered is still in a standard classroom environment where the child unfortunately disrupts teaching. It cannot be the student's obligation nor the administration's obligation to turn this situation around. If said teacher reads this review remember that the "squeaky wheel always gets the grease". Take me for example I tried reaching out to you and you blew me off. The next effect Sending my daughter to a private school where she thrives in leaning. What a sad ending to a beautiful beginning that ended stone cold as the fallout for literacy. Shame on Tierrasanta Elementary.

  • (2 years ago)

    My sister brother and I went to Tierrasanta Elementary School in the 90s. Since then my sister has obtained her law degree from USD my brother graduated with honors from UC Berkeley's school of architecture and design and I'm graduating this fall from UC Irvine with a degree in speech language pathology. None of us have forgotten how this school engrained the love of knowledge in our minds and hearts. Thanks Tierrasanta!

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter and myself love this school. I have nothing bad to say about the school at all.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has special needs this school has done great things for him. The principle teachers and support staff have gone above and beyond for our son. In the past 2 1/2 years that we have been there they have helped him improve in every subject and helped him adjust and cope with issues that were not academic. Bullying is not an issue at this school which is a relief for any parent! We are moving out of state and can only hope we find a school as good.

  • (4 years ago)

    After not getting into any of the public or charter schools we wanted we decided on Tierrasanta Elementary. I couldn't be happier. The kids are generally very well behaved friendly and helpful. Minimal time is spent interrupting the class with disciplinary problems. The kids exude interest and excitement on the playground and in the classroom. I love that the kindergartners have 5th-grade buddies. The 5th-graders get to feel like rock stars and the kindergartners have a blast sharing special projects with the older kids. The principal is usually outside with the 5th-grade crossing guards every morning and afternoon. She's brave enough to handle crossing-guard duty alone when it rains. I just like that. There is a nice variety of after-school activities for a fee. These kids are learning and loving it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Tierrasanta Elementary not only promotes excellent academic education but also has a character building program. The entire school participates in learning and practicing a particular character trait such as honesty for six weeks and then a school assembly is held.

  • (5 years ago)

    My family of 3 kids have been at TES for 5 years. I have seen enrollment go up while other schools are going down. Afterschool extracurriculars are the best around. We have a broad range of teaching styles from male and female teachers. All students get Fine Art Character Education and Drama. Field trips are educational and fun. TES has a great GATE Seminar program with highly educated teachers. I've spent the past 5 years directly involved with the program. PTA seems to be the 20% who do 80% of the work but that seems typical for SDUSD. Teacher radios are 1 20 in K-3 and 1 32 in 4th and 5th which is also typical but really should be lower in the perfect world. The new principal is very friendly and fair.. dosn't play faveorites. I recoment TES and it's worth being on year-round to have my kids there.

  • (6 years ago)

    We have a child with Special needs and we have had problem after problem with the teachers and Administration. First my childs teacher did not want to deal with her and decided not to teach her like the other kids. There are three health assistants that seem to not communicate properly which affects my child and puts her in danger. The only thing the pricipal does is tell us what we want to hear but never follows through with anything. The one good thing about the school is my childs new teacher.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has been with Vista Grande from 2-4th and we just moved back for the end of 5th grade. The PTA is fantastic they have tons of fieldtrips and the teachers are over qualified with attention to the kids and their needs. They have a terrific Fine Arts program and great volunteers that really give each kid a sense of belonging. I can't wait until my 4 year old is going there.

  • (6 years ago)

    The Principal's focus is on building up the Special Ed and Seminar departments. Great news if you have children who could benefit from these specialized departments but the reality is the majority of the school does not fall into Special Ed or Seminar. Great local volunteer base for PTA Foundation & Art.

  • (6 years ago)

    I appreciate TES. My child's teachers have been conscientious and still seem to enjoy teaching after 10+ years each. Special Ed has been first rate; my daughter has benefitted from speech and occupational therapy as well as organizing guidance for some ADD. Parent involvement is very good. The non profit Foundation arranges many extracurricular opportunities including chess and Jr. Theatre. Add to this the community feel and we're very happy to be in this area. The only two negatives are the responsibility of the District not the school. The grounds are unattractive! The front features messy pine trees and weedy concrete. The second issue is that were without an OT for months. Again the District's responsibility but TES experienced the results. Lastly Principal Janie Wardlow has been accessible and proactive with us. Nothing but good things to say about her. I really am a parent! Just very pleased.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school puts a lot of effort into the kids that go there. The teachers are hardworking and well qualified. The parent involvement is very good and offers the students a lot of enrichment opportunities. As a parent of a special needs child I do not agree with the parent comments related to special needs students. The District as a whole is clearly over its head related to helping these kids and I believe that Tierrasanta does a great job considering the framework for which they work in.

  • (7 years ago)

    As the school principal I would agree that our school has strong parent involvement this provides extras such as Art Corps drama classes instrumental music dance arts-related assemblies a great science fair and a 'family friendly' Open House. I would disagree with the statement about the 'mediocrity' of our teaching staff. Most of our teachers hold Masters Degrees and have many years of teaching experience. They care about our students and work many hours beyond their contract in preparation for their instruction and students. I agree that we have not met the social emotional and educational needs of some of our children. We are building our GATE Seminar Program from one class to two full classes. In 07-08 we will begin a school-wide program for our English Learners. This endeavor is supported by our SSC and SGT. I will make our Special Education Program a priority at Tierrasanta Elementary in 07-08.

  • (7 years ago)

    Children with special needs get lost in this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school has some strengths; parents are involved and the school has some nice extras. But the things its mandated to do teaching the 3Rs its performance is ordinary. The staff and administration are fortunate the school is located in an affluent neighborhood. But the actual performance of teachers lead to nothing but mediocrity - good students do well poor students do not. There is no special effort to make poor students better and good students outstanding. The school is particularly weak when children have special needs either academically or emotional/socially. Even when they see problems they don't act proactively unless it threatens to become a public relations problem. When the staff recognizes individual needs then it may become a good school.

  • (7 years ago)

    What a special place! A school where parents administration and faculty work together for the good of the students. The staff is dedicated to its students often working extra hours to prepare for class or helping a student in need. School diversity is nice too. This school has two parent volunteer organizations a PTA and a Foundation. These two groups work together to provide service and raise funds to add enrichment support curriculum and provide equipment at TES. This school celebrates childhood without sacrificing academics. TES supports fine arts as well as performing arts a science lab and a science club a character ed program band and more! Celebrations include Red Ribbon week and Multicultural week. Parents work together to organize a science fair and talent show. Assemblies brought to the school included San Diego Opera and Classic for Kids. They even have a Safety Patrol. A welcoming community.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think there are a lot of extracurricular programs for the children. They need some updating as far as adding more computer instruction into the curriculum.

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