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About This School

Toler Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Toler Elementary School is Peggy Lewis, who can be contacted at 289 children attend Toler Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial, Hispanic, and Asian. 42% of the Toler Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 62% of the 289 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Toler Elementary School is 16:1. Whittier K-12 is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% %
Hispanic 53% 44%
Asian 4% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 33% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 129055%
Filipino 0% 7%
Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 63%
Limited English proficiency 42% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I live in the neighborhood. My children attended this school. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the staff Administrator Mrs Peggy Lewis parents and students. The neighborhood parents I speak to love this school and everyone who works at this school. If you do enroll your child/children at this school they will get a wonderful education and have a great educational preparation for middle and high school.

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter was here for 2 years the teacher in kinder was really nice and good the first grade teacher Mrs S is the one I didn't like so much she said some inappropriate comments about some of the kids and you can see that she didn't have a lot of patience my daughter one told me that when they were taking the teacher hit the table scream and then go out for counting with her fingers I think that was totally ethic. Then one day she forgot one page of her homework at home and she was really worry I told her it was ok. and just explained to the teacher and she was almost crying and told me that the teacher was going to be upset and that the teacher was so stress if something like this happen. If you want to talk with the principal about something that bother you they give you an appointment and the teacher was there all the time they support more the teacher than the children.

  • (1 year ago)

    I researched schools throughout San Diego and was nervous about my son beginning kindergarten. After the new student orientation at Toler I felt completely at ease. From our first day it was obvious that every person on staff at the school is thoughtful and focused on creating a vibrant and eclectic school culture. Above all I love the culture at Toler which encourages collaboration well-roundedness and learning from the world around you. The teachers are very warm empathetic and patient. The school is well maintained with a fantastic library computer lab and garden. The homework is just enough to maintain focus and practice skills outside of the classroom but not burden family time. In the mornings before class the children participate in Toler Trekkers which has been great for my energetic little one before settling into a morning of class time. The school hosts a variety of family-focused events throughout the year where students showcase their work. My only wish is that the school district had better meal plans in place. My little one wouldn't eat lunches I packed since his friends bought lunch and I cringe thinking of the food he eats there.

  • (1 year ago)

    My Son was educated in. Toler 10 years ago and he had a great education and today he is excelling in High School. 10 years after I am so happy to have my daughter attending Toler and so happy to have the same teacher who taught my son.. This school has the best teachers who are involved in laying the correct foundation in students. With limited resources due to budget cuts still they go out of the way to make each students life better.

  • (1 year ago)

    Though we were originally hesitant about switching to an unfamiliar school two years ago we have had only the best experiences with the faculty the principal the childcare staff and other parents. Our son has grown so much as a student because of the attention and care he has received at Toler. He has also been able to be involved in a variety of after-school activities of very high quality. We have learned that the bells and whistles of other schools are not as important as genuine care and good experience to achieve quality.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has been at Toler for three years now and as a second langage learner has been greatly helped and encouraged by his teachers. They are devoded and open to dialogue - always- . Thank you Toler teachers and staff we are lucky to have you in the neighborood!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am sorry to see the post from a parent who feels the teachers at Toler are uncaring and just working for a paycheck. As a member of that group I have not seen this at all. Teachers here put in long hours making sure they have lessons that meet the needs of all their students. Because we are a small school the staff knows the children and can greet them when they see them in the halls. Our school has posted double digit gains on the CST for the past 3 years. Unmotivated uncaring teachers do not inspire that kind of growth. With the constant budget cuts and reductions this staff has had to pick up the slack in order to make that growth possible. This involves more teacher time. Would the teachers described in the Feb. 5 posting be adding to their already heavy workload if this description is true? I do hope that this parent will meet with the teacher or principal and discuss their concerns. Our school is a community school - children parents neighborhood. Our goal is make sure everyone in that community feels that Toler is the best we all can make it.

  • (1 year ago)

    I visit a lot of schools & recently visited Toler. I had exactly the opposite impression from the Feb. 5 poster below. To me the students had an unusual amount of energy & enthusiasm and the teachers were unusually engaged and caring. Some fine things are going on here.

  • (1 year ago)

    Earlier this week I received an email notifying me that a new review had been posted about Toler on Great Schools. I was shocked and disappointed to read the message. I have been a teacher for nearly 30 years and have chosen to stay at Toler the majority of that time. This is a fine school with outstanding teachers involved families and a capable supportive principal. If the parent in the previous post communicated concerns (which are not specifically mentioned) to the staff or principal they would definitely have been addressed. Last year Toler was awarded the California Distinguished School honor which recognizes the state's most exemplary and inspiring public schools. This was earned by a dedicated group of (mostly) veteran teachers a strong principal and committed families. I am proud to be part of this superb learning community.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers at this school are looking for there final years of a paycheck before retirement. They lack the love and want to teach any student. Do all us parents a favor and retire. The kids deserve better. Good Luck if your in this district cause going against one teacher is like taking on a gang of teachers who blindly follow there principals orders.

  • (1 year ago)

    We recently moved from an excellent school out of state. I was worried that our new neighborhood school would not be up to par with what I had experienced prior. kids and I have never been happier with a school. The school is very well staffed most teachers have been there for decades and some even went to school at Toler themselves. They are all very dedicated to the learning environment and give it their all every day. The extra curricular activities are extensive and well planned. The principal is amazing and gives personal attention to all children and parents. She knows every child's name and most parents. I cannot believe how welcome we felt on out first day of school. She is also very adept at putting the school's money in the right place. There is an extensive high quality volunteer program. Both of my children are excelling at this school both academically and in extra-curricular activities. I am glad to have discovered this gem and would highly recommend it to anyone as a wonderful neighborhood school with a private feel.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is a 5th grader and has attended Toler since Kindergarten. Yesterday my son had his first day in Kindergarten at Toler as well. We are so pleased with this school for it's dedication to the high academic success of all of it's students. My daughter has done very well on California Standardized Assessments and has had wonderful opportunites to grow in leadership and social awareness through this school. The Prime Time program at this site is also excellent. We are very appreciative of the quality teachers staff and leadership at Toler and we are so pleased that all three of our children will attain a solid education here.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is in 2nd grade and absolutely loves this school. She has learned so much and quick the teachers are very helpful too.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in kindergarten at Toler and I couldn't be happier. He is writing full paragraphs and can read books designated for second graders. They also have a lot of scince exposure I wasn't expecting in kindergarten and he will occasionally have science experiments to do as homework. The icing on the cake is there are only 15 students per class in K-2 thanks to a study Toler is in regarding lowering class sizes. This is the level I would expect in an expensive private school!

  • (6 years ago)

    This was a wonderful school that has a new principal and it turn into a horrible place as of now looking for a new school desperately.

  • (6 years ago)

    Best teachers/best principal/many volunteers Great programs/Challenge children and are always getting the children to strive for excellence/classwork is taught in enjoyable ways so the child is not bored or overwhelmed .Simply put a perfect school .My child left there ready for Middle School.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have three sons who attended Toler and they were very successful. The principal teachers staff and parent volunteers are absolutely fabulous. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive environment for my children to to be educated. The campus is really lovely and all of the buildings are in great shape. My husband and I love attending all of the great programs and family fun nights. Our youngest child will be attending kidnergarten at Toler in the Fall. We know that she will be receiving a fantastic education at this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a first grader attending Toler Elementary and a child that just graduated from Toler. I couldn't have chosen a better school. All the teachers and staff are highly motivated to help anyway they can and the principal is incredible! Toler also has many voluteers which are made up of parents retired teachers and even an ex- principal. People always want to come back to Toler Elementary because of the great atmosphere and caring staff. My sixth grader loved it my first grader loves it and I love it and absolutaly recommend Toler Elementary school to anyone wanting the best for their child.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is the first year of school of my children. My son was in kindergarden and my daugther was on 4th grade. I'm very proud of them because on this school they have a high level than before. The Toler school is great. The children have the oportunity to express their own way to learn and go foward.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is my son's first year at Toler and I'm very pleassed to have him here. Toler is a school were kids are always first and they get the attention that they need. Toler is a school that lets kids be and express them selfs by showing the right way to do.

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