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14085 Mango Drive
Del Mar, CA 92014

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5 stars
Based on 33 ratings

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December 18, 2012
I love this school because it is so fun and my kids love it i have3 and all of tthem went to the hills and loved i have a 3rd grader that still goes and says that every day is beter than the one before

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
I absolutely love this school! Del Mar Hills is a small public school with a private school feel. The teachers are excellent and the parents are very involved. It feels like there is a great sense of community and school spirit.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
Excellent school. Del Mar Hills Academy of Arts and Sciences provides a top notch education in a small school setting! The teachers and staff are excellent and the parents support continued growth at the school. My daughter attended elementary school there and my son is currently enrolled. I am thrilled to be part of such a vibrant program! The combination of arts and sciences provide a balanced education and my children have excelled as a result. The principal and the teachers continually impress.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
Del Mar Hills Academy has an integrated Arts, Science and Technology program that encourages children to think creatively. It's a small school where the children know each other and the older children are encouraged to help the younger ones. The teachers are amazing and work well as a team. We have a principal who supports the staff and listens to the parents. At the Hills, we also have a very active group of parents who want the elementary school experience to be the best it can be for the students - so that the students love learning and become the best they can be. I am very proud to be a parent and a supporter of Del Mar Hills Academy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Del Mar Hills Academy has a wonderful school culture and climate. The school is small and students, staff, and parents all know each other. The integrated Arts, Science, and Technology program is particularly strong thanks to excellent Specialist teachers. Parents are actively involved in school activities in and out of the classroom. Teachers seem genuinely happy to be at the school. The environment is friendly, warm, and constructive.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Very small school. Teachers and staffs are nice and kind, they know every children. Children know each other, either. They have good PC program for learning math, work hard on art, music and science.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 04, 2010
We transferred from private to the Hills this year and we are stunned with the exceptional quality of the education at the Hills. The combination of teaching staff, curriculum and Academy approach is very special. The Hills Academy approach emphasizes integrated learning. Very few schools in the country get this right - the kids literally learn about a subject and experience it in every discipline. Nothing teaches problem solving, reinforces learning and results in a more well rounded education than integrated learning. The Hills is a hidden gem.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2009
Amazing school! My daughter is graduating this year and we are sad to go. I can not say enough about the wonderful community we have here at the Hills. From the teachers to the parents, students and staff, I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
Del Mar Hills Academy and provides special instructors for the Arts, Science and Technology. Our son, now in High School, and daughter, a sixth grader, came from private schools on the East Coast and acclimated well because of the school's small, intimate size. Teachers provide individual instruction when necessary and are always available via email or for in-person meetings before and after school. We lived closer to Del Mar Heights School when we moved here, but the smaller, more intimate environment at Hills proved to be the right fit. The teachers are exceptional and the school community, although situated in a well-to-neighborhood, is not snobbish but welcoming to kids with various backgounds. The physical plant is also good: The community invested more than $1M 2-3 years ago to provide Hills students with a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center used for concerts, assemblies and community events.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
We have 2 girls at the school, 1st Grade and 5/6 Grade, when we moved here last year the girls were non-english speaking, the girls are now 90% fluent in English thanks to the time, care and understading of the excellent teachers and staff at the DMHills. Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
I am a parent of 2 children and have been a part of this school for 7 years. The education is outstanding and the community involvement is spectacular. My children have grown academically and with the Academy curriculum, they have received cross-over education in Art, Science, Technology, and Music which significantly enhances their overall learning process. This is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
This school has the highest quality of teacher dedication and excellence I have ever seen in a public school and the most wonderfully, warm family environment. Parent contributions to the PTA and Del Mar Schools Education Foundation mean that the children enjoy all the 'extras' they would at a private school, including state-of-the art technology, as well as excellent art, music, P.E. and science classes. In addition, students are respectful, kind, and hard-working - the caliber of student excellence is amazing! I wouldn't dream of sending my children anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
We have been at Del Mar Hills for 7 years and we have been completely satisfied with every single teacher. They truly care about the kids. I volunteer in the class room and I am so inspired by their competence and confidence in what they do. My kids have always loved going to school. The other great thing about Del Mar Hills is the parent community. It takes a village to raise a child and that is what I feel we have at the Hills. We watch out for each other's kids and support each other through challenges. I've never felt any competition between parents. We are down to earth, have lots of fun, and take our roles as parents seriously.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2008
Excellent school with great, caring teachers. Very down-to-earth environment for a child to grow. Great sense of community and encourages parent participation. There is a focus on academics, but also in nurturing the child as a whole to become a compassionate citizen.

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no rating September 26, 2008
We have 2 boys at the Hills and are extremely happy with the school. The teachers are amazing - passionate and committed.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
My son will be graduating this year after 7 years at Del mar Hills. My daughter is in her second year. From our experience, the teachers have made the difference and thye have worked hard to customize thier approach to the needs of each. A few people have complained about the principle; however, the teachers are the ones that make the difference in a childs learning and the staff at Del Mar Hills takes personal interest in every child. The children have a sense of pride about thier school and the small size of the class enables them to be special and not ost in the crowd.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
This is a very special school community.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
My child has been at this school from kindergarten and is now in 6th grade. It is outstanding and a wonderful learning atmosphere. Small for a public school, allowing lots of interaction with teachers and a full complement of specialist teachers. The program is creative and fun, engaging the students at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2008
Excellent school! The Hills attracts families that really take the time to examine curriculum and teaching methods. It's a blessing to be at school with so many families that choose to be part of a program rather than just ending up there because they fall in the boundary area. While we are part of a strong district that provides art, science, music, PE, & technology at all schools, the Hills is unique in the extent to which those subjects are INFUSED into all of the curriculum. This becomes increasingly true in the higher grades. We are proud to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2006
I have had several kids at this school during the past 10 years. At one time, this school was academically as excellent as the other elementary schools in this school district. Since the old pricipal left, the academics have gone downhill. Nice music programs and new auditorium, but what about the academics? Lots of rhetoric from the leadership about the 'infusion of arts into the curriculum', but what about the academics? At one time there was direct fundraising by the parents for the school. Now fundraising is done by the 'Foundation', with its highly paid full-time employees. The 'Foundation' raises a lot of money, but seems to be focused on it annual charity event...the local 'social event of the year' for the neighborhood parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 28, 2005
This is our family's 4th wonderful year at Del Mar Hills Academy. The school offers the finest in public education. Each year the staff gets better and better. The school program is incredible and gets even stronger year after year. The science, art, and technolgy and music programs are amazing, as is, every classroom teacher that my children have had! The atmosphere that the principal and front office staff creates at the school is warm and friendly. The staff, starting with the principal is patient, accessible and truly cares about children. I appreciate the 'open door' policy and the welcome feeling that I have as a parent. My children are enjoying the lunch time clubs offered this year.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
Del Mar Hills Academy is the best thing that ever happened to our family! We searched the entire district for the most accomplished elemenatary school and were immediately impressed with Del Mar Hills. The integrated curriculum is amazing! I have never seen children so excited to learn. The educational opportunities seem endless. As for the teachers? They are the most conscientious, hard-working and loving people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. They are lead by a Principal who is completely involved and supportive. Mrs. Francis is always available, open and friendly. She has the respect and admiration of the parents and the children adore her! Having my child at this exceptional school is a priviledge.

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October 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2005
We love Del Mar Hills Academy! We have two boys in the schools and we feel like they are getting better than a 'private' school education. Although we have a highly-ranked school within walking distance from our home, we make the extra effort to drive our boys to Del Mar Hills. The teachers and staff are outstanding and make all the difference. What I like best, however, is the great community atmosphere. I know the parents and the other kids and we all look out for each other. My boys not only know their ABC's and 123's but they are confindent performers, artists, scientists and computer wizards! This is really the look of a well-rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
Del Mar Hills Academy of Arts and Science offers you all the benefits of a private school at a fraction of costs. The school has a rich academic program infused with science, art, technology and music. The school offers enrichment teachers in these areas for Kindergarten up to 6th grade. Because DMH is one of the smaller schools but has an excellent support community in our parents and staff the classes are small but the curriculum is rich.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
Two of my three children have gone to the Del Mar Hills Academy for all of their elementary school years. My youngest is now in the 6th grade. Before I enrolled my middle daughter in Kindergarten at the Hills, I reviewed the top private schools in the area and sat down and talked to the Principal of the Hills. I decided after this review, that the excellence of the academic credentials of the teachers and the philosophy of the Hills, was superior to the private school options. My children have gone on to graduate with honors at the Hills, the Earl Warren Middle School, and are getting straight A's in the Torrey Pines High School College Prep curriculuum. I can only attribute the integrated art, music, science and technology program with it's focus on the whole child, to the academic success my children are experiencing. The staff and parents are terrific.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
I am a prent of three children at Del Mar Hills Academy. The Del Mar Hills Academy staff is second to none. The Academyu program is state of the art. The dedication of the staff, and parent community is outstanding. In addition to an acdemically rigorous program, true attention is focused on meeting the needs of the whole child. The integrated fine arts, technology and science program helps to promote a love of learning for every student K-6th grade!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
My daughter has attended Del Mar Hills school for six years and found it to be a great experience. The teachers are very observant of the individual needs of the children and develope plans to address those needs. After becoming an academy of Arts and Science they started to stress incorperating the curriculum learned in the academy classes into the classroom; thus giving the students added opportunities to understand material that might otherwise have been confusing. The homework load is quite intensive and I would not recommend attending this school unless one is prepared to spend many evenings supervising schoolwork.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2004
This is the 5th year my children have attended Del Mar hills Academy. I chose this school because I was told that the children were treated with loving care. That each child was appreciated for their individuality and encouraged to be true to their selves. I was told of the fantastic principal who got involved on a daily basis and made every effort to know each child individually. All true for the most part especially the fantastic principal. Every morning he was outside with orange vest and Stop sign directing traffic. When my kids got home they couldn't wait to repeat his joke of the day told during the morning loudspeaker address. Sadly, our beloved principal left after our first year. Replaced by someone who does not even come close to filling the shoes of the last one!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2004
My daughter has had many incredible experiences at Del Mar Hills Academy these past 6 years and I feel grateful. What does a parent look for in a school? Well, the obvious is the test scores but Del Mar Hills is so much more. Del Mar Hills is a distinguished school for several reasons but I have to point out and include all of the wonderful teachers who truly care about the whole child: social skills, emotional well-being and education are equally important. This is an environment where all children thrive. The art, music and technology my daughter has been exposed to is amazing. The parents all care and take responsibility; so you are included in decisions related to your child's education. Our school has the best of everything: we have the private school education within a closely-held community.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2003
Both of my children have had an outstanding educational experience at Del Mar Hills Academy for the past two years. They have flourished, both academically and socially, and truly look forward to school every day. They value the wonderful enrichment program that includes meaningful instruction in science, music and art. I have been thoroughly impressed with the current principal. Since her arrival, the physical facility has taken on a quality appearance; the excellent staff has improved even more with great teacher additions. Improvement in instruction is apparent, and most importantly, she has truly made our school into an academy. I appreciate her accessibility, ability to relate to kids, energy and enthusiasm. I feel so lucky that Del Mar Hills is my child's public school of choice.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2003
We love this school and feel truly blessed to have this principal's leadership. She and the quality teachers on staff are investing themselves into our children and their futures. We should lift them up, not tear them down. The high education standards this principal sets and current results the teachers bring out in our kids is what metters most.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2003
Del Mar Hills is a great school! Our daughter is thriving there. The teachers are fantastic and represent the very best of the teaching profession. Academic standards are achieved with innovative methods that make learning exciting for the children. The school provides a positive, nurturing environment and our family feels fortunate to have the school as part of our community.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
2003/04 will be my childs third school year. She and I both have loved each teacher she's had. All have had her best interests at heart including her emotional well being. It was important to them that she become a confident student who came out of her shell and thrived in the classroom. Each did all they could to achieve this end. That said I have an entirely different opinion of our new principal. I don't feel she is as involved as she could be with the schools daily activities and she does not treat everyone equally, parents included. The previous principal was involved in every way. He was out directing traffic with the crossing guard every morning, he greeted every child by name, and in the afternoon he was outside making sure everyone got on their way home safely. His promotion was the reason he left, and he deserved it but we miss him alot!

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July 22, 2003
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Del Mar Hills Elementary School
14085 Mango Drive, Del Mar, CA  92014
(858) 755-9763
Last modified Del Mar Hills Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Del Mar Hills Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top