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4885 Kelly Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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(760) 331-5800
(760) 720-0635
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May 07, 2015
Mrs. Armstrong is wonderful! Ms. Hensch, Mrs. McQ and Mrs. Cornell in Room 25, the LRC, are wonderful. Ms. Jury is great. The school really steps up and helps out special needs children, cuddles them and teaches them and yet also integrates with the mainstream. I couldn't be more happy with the progress my son made at Kelly School. It's also a beautiful school, lovely playground, gorgeous trees and tropical vegetation. The Fit Kids USA soccer is incredible after school as is PLAYBALL and the lunches with Chris and Rose are outstanding. Rose helps you get a discount if you qualify too and the lunches are superb. 5 STARS

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2014
This is a great elementary school. I attended in the nineties and am now a Ph.D. candidate. I am not saying that is totally due to my elementary education, but the solid foundation of skills that I obtained at Kelly can't be discredited. Great school.

- submitted by a community member

September 27, 2013
I went to this school, and now all my kids have gone to this school. AMAZING... No complaints. In fact my son has a learning disability and kelly schools amazing care and help saved him on many levels. I am not one to BS or hype up basic stuff, to get my love takes a lot. Going here as a child myself, then my 14yr old and now my 10yr old and my 2yr old will too, ive seen MANY MANY years of hands on here and not one complaint like ive seen at other schools when picking kids up or helping out. MANY of my friends who went here, have there own kids here now and we all agree its the BEST and its a blessing if you are able to come here. You can't please everyone, and unfortunately the ones who complain are the ones who are blind to the real issue and just need something to blame. Of course all the cuts stink, and of course its not ideal, but you can't blame the school........ They are the ones trying to jump through the hoops to save our kids

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2013
There are 33-35 kids per class, as with all the other public schools in Carlsbad. I don't understand why this website has such inaccurate class sizes. My child attended Kindergarten here last year and had a great experience. Kelly is a good school with a good principle and lots of parent involvement but I can't reccommend ANY school with that many kids in each class. The lessons are taught to the masses without consideration for kids who are above or below the level being taught; but that's the only way a 33 kids:1 teacher ratio can be managed. It's very unfortunate to see how our high property taxes are wasted. I'm now paying for private school.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2013
Our family loves Kelly school! My oldest son first attended Kelly school after we moved to Carlsbad in 2006. I was so impressed with how the school was run, the principal, and most of the teachers, that when we left to attend our newly opened neighborhood school (also within the district), I brought my other younger children back to Kelly school. I love the reputation the school has had of such great parent involvement, as well. I'm one of those parents! The school scores (i.e. API) have always been high, in the top 3 of Carlsbad Unified. Overall, in my opinion this school is great.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2011
I have 2 kids at Kelly and couldn't be happier with the results we're getting. Both kids are reading a grade ahead of their levels and both kids are excelling in math. They even finished the required math last year. This allowed their teachers to be creative and go beyond their grade level in math near the end of the year. My kids are very excited because Kelly will be only one of two schools locally with iPads. The teachers are extremely dedicated and committed to every child's success at Kelly. We also love the community and feel like everyone is free to explore who they are and do what they love. We are very happy the staff and administration understand the value of a "whole child" and don't just teach to the test.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2011
I have 2 kids at Kelly and used to love the school. As a parent, i find the teachers don't have the same interest as in the past (some are VERY good but most are average). The academic curriculum offered is below what is offered at other good schools. While there is a lot of parent participation (and the community is excellent), very few professional parents offer to teach courses (as volunteers) compared to other schools (where Mandarin, Robotics, Science, Biology is taught by volunteers). In addition to academics, sports and music offerings leave a lot to be desired. I used to be very happy with the school but not anymore. You can see the decline in the STAR testing scores and the trend continues - unfortunately. The potential is there but the school needs better direction.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2011
Both my daughter's LOVE Kelly Elementary! My 13 year old who now goes to Valley Middle School attended Kelly in 2nd through 5th grade through intra-district approval. We were living near the La Costa area at the time and I compared the reviews with other elementarys. After reading and comparing the reviews, I decided that I would commute to Kelly just so that Jasmine would be at a "better school". We moved closer to Kelly almost 4 years ago but we're still not in the same school district so each year I have to fill out an intra-district form so that my youngest one can attend Kelly Elementary. They approve it each year and inform us that as long as she keeps up her grades and attends class everyday, she is more than welcome! Milani is proud to be a Kelly Cougar and i'm proud because she's proud!

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January 11, 2011
This school community is amazing - it is truly one of a kind. I have never been prouder to be a Kelly Parent then I have been over the past few months.Great strides have been made in engaging and challenging advanced learners this year, we are very happy with the changes that have been made to ensure kids are being challenged to excel. The parents, staff and principal at this school all put the children first and that shows in everything they do. Go Kelly Cougars!!

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2009
Kelly school was a good school for all three of my children. Keep in mind that the teachers, like at most schools, are hit and miss. There are some amazing master teachers who provided wonderful years for my children but others that made school boring and difficult for them. In the down years a parent has to be prepared to pick up the slack. Kelly has a wonderful principal who is very responsive and concerned about her students.

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August 13, 2009
My son has special needs and is very well taken care of at this school. The teachers are attentive and understanding, the nurse administers his medication daily and sings and dances with him. The other children are accepting of my son and my daughter loves her teachers and friends. My children are very happy to be at this school.

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April 22, 2009
Kelly is a great school my daughter came form a school in Washington and was below grade level and is now right up there with all of her class mates and is enjoying it. I also have a son at Kelly that just started and is in kindergarten and is doing well he loves his teacher Mrs. Parrish and so do we. way to go Kelly.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2008
I think this school is great. My child came from Oceanside & was a year behind in reading due to the diffrent teaching [at] the 2 schools. In just a little over 2 months she has gone to be an above average reader. Great job to the teachers & staff!

- submitted by a parent

December 28, 2007
I've seen this school go through many highs and lows. With staff changes and such. I think the roller coaster ride is over. The school is back on solid ground this year.

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December 12, 2007
Kelly school is a very progressive high performance school that while not perfect, delivers an incredible educational experience. I have found that my son was exceptionally ready for middle school, and my kindergartner is progressing rapidly with reading and math. A school equips students with skills necessary to go on to future grades. We as parents are held accountable for all other 'skills necessary to be successful in life'.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2007
Kelly had average to below average support for Gifted and Talented students and the manner in which the student population was managed was poor. Little teaching was done related to conflict management. School taught directly aimed at the test and little in developing the skills necessary to be successful in life.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2007
Academics seem a little weak while activities are OK. The children are there to learn but out-of-school activities are stressed? Teachers seem just ok.

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January 03, 2007
I expected more from this school. The school needs some updating on the physical premises.

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October 08, 2006
We had considered private schooling for our child prior to being introduced to Kelly school. What a privilege it is to be part of the Kelly Elementary community and school campus. We have an incredibly supportive staff and group of teachers that care about each of our kids. We have a very special group of highly involved parents who take pride in our kids and work hard with our kids at home. We have demonstrated our academic excellence year after year. Our principal visits each classroom once/day to check on our kids, the teachers, and to make sure the homework is complete. Our kids are held not only to academic excellence, but also to the Golden Rule of treating others the way you want to be treated. My child feels safe and valued. He is challenged to his best ability and he is cared about by all the staff.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2006
My son was recently 'promoted' from Kelly school to Valley Middle school. He started at Kelly as a kindergartner, and attended there from 2000 to 2006. Kelly school was one reason we moved to Carlsbad, and it's one of the reasons we will stay! The quality of the academic programs were way beyond my expectations, and the incredible individual focus a student receives made for an outstanding elementary experience. The PTA and the overall parental involvement was another element that makes this school so successful. Everyone is made to feel part of the school family. There is a genuine care for the kids, and that they are getting everything possible for future success. A+ for Kelly School!

- submitted by a parent
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June 12, 2005
This is a great school! I recommend it to everyone!

- submitted by a teacher

March 31, 2005
Kelly Elementary has a tremendous level of support from the parents, as well as the staff. Parent volunteers can be seen helping throughout the campus on a daily basis. The teachers at Kelly are dedicated professionals and are very involved with the students, as are the entire staff. We feel very fortunate to have our child attending this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
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Kelly Elementary School
4885 Kelly Drive, Carlsbad, CA  92008
(760) 331-5800
Last modified Kelly Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kelly Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top