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Del Mar Heights Elementary School5
Posted May 06, 2014
- a parent
Del Mar Heights is everything you want in a school. It has top-notch academics, great leadership, community involvement, and programs. The art, technology, and P.E. teachers are phenomenal. They provide so many "extras" that make students interested in their days. Oh, and you can't beat an ocean view from the playground.
What a gem! My kids thrive here and love going to school. It's a really strong community of teachers and parents working together to provide the best possible educational experience for our kids (despite ongoing funding challenges at the state level). It has a small school feel and is "old fashioned" in all the best ways, and yet cutting edge in terms of technology and teacher practices to deliver best in class education. I can't imagine getting higher quality at a private school.
This has been a fabulous school for my child. Each year she continues to tell me how much her teachers care about her and take the time to listen. With some of the new programs they have during lunch, she has found an interest in the arts. I am highly impressed by the principle who seems to know every child as she greets them every morning outside the school. We feel fortunate to attend such a wonderful small school that focuses on developing the whole child and not just academically prepared but socially responsible children.
My child was bullied in this school. Snotty cliques between parents especially mom groups. If you do not have your lululemon complete workout gear and stepford wife attitude, you are immediately ignored. I can't say much for the students here either. A lot of spoiled brats and entitled children. My daughter was bullied and teased relentlessly because she was held back. Her teacher at that time was very unsympathetic and told us that our daughter lacked social skills and compared her to one of her classmates who was also a new student. I am so glad we pulled her out of this mess of a school. Heavy weight lifted out of our family's shoulders, that's for sure.
Del Mar Heights School. My granddaughters were a year behind when they enrolled in Del Mar Heights coming from schools back east. Instead of holding both of them back for a year, they got them special help and brought them up to speed. The teachers and staff are "The Best"
amazing school community where every child is valued and the approach is to educate the whole child through academics and social raising ethical, inquisitive creative learners. The school includes a full PE, art, technology program with lab based science, Spanish and music. The school has a rich tradition with yearly events and teachers who are independent thinkers, who value their principal but always focus on the child. This school lead the way with professional learning communities and is the district champion for second language. This school has 2 special day classes with many children with learning issues fully integrated - created their own Understanding Differences - award winning program. Amazing.
This school is just outstanding. We have been doing intradistrict transfers from a another school zone in the district with marginally better schools, but 3 times the student population. This school has the feel of a private school with all the benefits of a highly dedicated/involved community. We are moving this summer and will be enrolling our kids in private school to compensate for what we are leaving; a well rounded educational institution that focuses on competency (not just teaching to the test). I have loved the "Peace builders" program that helps kids work through any conflicts that arise. This is a Zero-tolerance anti-bullying school, it simply isn't allowed. If you are looking for a safe, nurturing, inclusive place where your child(ren) can flourish, this is the place! 5 stars all the way!
We have had two children go through the shcool and now have our third in Kindergarden. Our experience with the school has been very positive. The overall standard of the teaching staff has been excellent, and the strong leadership of the Principal makes for a solid foundation.