School Details

Knob Hill Elementary School

1825 Knob Hill Road, San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 290-2080
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 853 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

77%
70%
56%
88%
80%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Marcos Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
65%
46%
84%
79%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Marcos Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
82%
65%
92%
83%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Marcos Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
82%
60%
81%
85%
65%
72%
73%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Marcos Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Knob Hill Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Marcos. The principal of Knob Hill Elementary School is Carrie Geldard, whose e-mail is carrie.geldard@smusd.org. 853 children attend Knob Hill Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 24% of the Knob Hill Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 51% of the 853 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Knob Hill Elementary School is 20:1. Escondido Adventist Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 5%
Hispanic 52% 47%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 39%
Filipino 3% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0% 19085%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.5%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Unspecified 0% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 41%
Limited English proficiency 24% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has been attending Knob Hill for two years. The teachers and staff work together to provide the students with vast resources which plays a critical part in their educational growth. The students who need the extra help get it through after school programs in reading and math. Students are excited to attend school as there are many incentives to encourage them to do their best. I am extremely thankful that this level of education is still being provided in our public education system.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a son at this school and he is so enthusiastic about going to school every day. The teachers are always very interested in what the kids are doing. He is advancing in his reading and his math skills amaze me. The teachers and the principal are always very easy to talk to. I love this school and their positive attitute towards teaching kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two children that attend KH. I am really impressed by the excellent teachers that teach at this school! They were always encouraging them to go beyond grade level standards and most of the kids were. My children did not get lost in translation with the spanish speaking students as was mentioned in a poor review. I highly recommend this school!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 3 children all have been at this school since KG. My children are well advanced readers because of this schools interest and constant reminder of how important and how fun reading can be. My children are well advanced amongst children (cousins) their own age who attend Escondido school district.

  • (6 years ago)

    My kids have attend knok Hill since KG. We moved out of the area and fought hard to stay in Knob Hill. We are sappose to attend a school in Escondido no thank you! Knob Hill is a all a round great school!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent School. My 2nd grader daughter did benefit a lot during the year. Great Teacher and Staff. I am impressed. --Vineet

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very thankful with my daughter's kindergarten teacher I can see how much she focus on every single student to accomplish their daily routine she always go the extra mile. The principal at knob hills he is always there; supervising checking and reminding The Hawk Way.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think that this school is the best school to send your kids to. The teachers and staff are the most caring and amazing people that really care about your child/children and work to make sure that no matter what they get the best education possible. Love the school and everything about it!

  • (8 years ago)

    I believe that this school has a highly dedicated group of teachers who are sincerely interested in their students education.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am continually pleased with the high academic performance at Knob Hill school. The teachers are attentive to curriculum in particularly reading/comprehension. Incentives for student excellence are appropriate for grade level and students strive to achieve their goals. Staff are friendly and caring and I feel comfortable with the safety and health of my child at school. Parent/teacher contact is encouraged through phone calls impromtu visits before and after school as well as conferences when needed. Overall I am very pleased with my child's level of education and social development at Knob Hill.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a great school. Lots of parent involvement. Excellent principal. The vice principal was a 1st grade teacher and is great. I loved the families and the extra activities you could pay for that were available after school.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school have met my expectations as a parent that cares for his son education. I think the Principal and his team of teachers are doing a great job with our kids. They have many extracurricular activities that allows parents to get involved with school teachers parents and our kids. Congratulations to all the personel that works at this school because they are doing an axcellent job!

  • (9 years ago)

    One of the few schools still around that offers there students a music program and PE classes. They're not so driven on testing data to eliminate these needed programs. In addition lots of opportunities are given for parental involvement in family activity nights.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have two children enrolled in Knob Hill. One is a kindergatener. He has 30 children in his classroom with 2 teachers. He has a music class.computer class and library day once a week. He is learning by leaps and bounds. My other son is in 2nd grade. All 3 years that he has been there the teachers he has had have been great. The teachers are always willing to explain how they are doing. My 2nd grader had a little trouble with reading in the being of the school year. His teacher was on it right away working with us on how to bring him up to speed. He is now at the top of class in reading. At Knob Hill they are very much into making sure the kids get enough P.E and sports. I feel that Knob Hill is an excellent

  • (10 years ago)

    Not impressed at all with school. 35 students in kindergarten class only 8 spoke english. I helped out in classroom for the one month my child attended. The teacher and aid had to spend most of their time translating basic instructions (sit in your chair use your green crayon) So many of the children were staring out the window because they couldn't speak english and the the english speakers tuned out from hearing so much spanish. Tough learing invironment.

  • (10 years ago)

    This review is in response to the one posted this month. I would like to state that the information is incorrect. There has never been 42 kids in a classroom as the state maximum is 33. My child has attended Knob Hill since Kindergarten and he is in 4 grade right now and we have had nothing but a good experience with the school. The Teachers have been the best the Principal has been helpful and office staff has been wonderful. I also have a Kindergarten child there and he is learning by leaps and bounds. If you decide to bring your child back to a public school I would recommend that you get involved with the school/parent club so that you know what the guidelines are and so you are aware with what is going on within the school as I'm sure you would then have a different opinion.

  • (10 years ago)

    San Marcos schools are much worse than the test scores show. When my daughter started K there there were 42 students in the class. When we took her out around Christmas there were still 32 students and only 1 teacher. They did lots of independent study which means read to yourself or play with toys. It was more like a day care than school. We felt that our child was not getting any attention and was learning very little. The test scores are more related to economic status than quality school as most of our friends spent several hours a day with their children studying because they felt they were not learning.

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