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Encinitas Country Day School

Private | K-8 | 244 students

Our school is best known for the citizenship and character of its students.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $575,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,720.

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2011:
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Posted April 11, 2014

This school is terrible. I paid top dollar to send my children here to receive an education and the teachers did not teach them anything to prepare them for adult life. I removed my children from this school. I had to enter a star rating in order for my review to post however this school does not deserve any stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

My son has attended this school in 1st and 2nd grade and has had excellent caring teachers both years. He loves the Art and PE classes and has thrived in the environment that encourages him to go at his own pace so that he is never bored but can work ahead on concepts when he grasps them quickly or try to learn something from different angles when it does not immediately click. The student diversity is great and the kids work as a team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

I went to this school in 7th and 8th grade thinking i was going to have good academic learning and i'll find friends, but no I was wrong. Very poor communication with the staff, The teachers do not seem to care about the child's needs and they just only seem to care about meeting the right curriculum. The teacher's didn't even care that I was failing most of my classes, and i had to have a different teacher for math because my teacher didn't care that I was falling behind, but all the other kids were doing well. I got help from a teacher who is actually a GOOD teacher but she quit a year before, On a positive note, English & History was good but Math and Science failed miserably. This is a good school for lower grades like REALLY lower but 4th and over is not so good... No one in my class really cared for the school, and i feel bad for those poor parents waisting there money..(some of it's ok.) The Art and Music program is all right but the school it self is just a big skip..Poor communication, Teacher's don't really care, and the campus..eh...it's not that pretty..Sorry..


Posted October 9, 2013

My son and daughter experienced ECDS. each classroom has a front yard so that the students can play 4 squres, soccer and even gardening. the teachers, parents and students are very friendly and considerate to my children. science, art, reading all those things are very well organized. we should back to Korea but we still remeber our ECDS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

I am a student at ECDS and I'm going into my 8th year at the school. I started at 3 years old so I know the school well. I love how teaches us to be kind to one another. All the students at my ECDS have been very nice to me. I was impressed with the sports teams and I learned a lot of new techniques. I think the academics are very strong, I learned a lot these past years. I enjoyed all the field trips we took. Next year I will be in 5th grade and I'm excited to go to Astro Camp. I really liked the science labs, I even dissected a frog last year. I am very excited that all my friends are coming back this year and I can't wait to get started.


Posted May 30, 2013

my son had a wonderful English /History teacher who was amazing, and he was able to get through the middle school years. He had to take 10 weeks of intensive math tutoring to enter SDA freshman level yet had strong grades at the school. Socially his grade was far too small and the school is geared to younger students. My daughter had a special needs child that was unknowingly aggressive in hes friendlyness but she was scared and the school would not help her. The academics were abhorent that year and the teachers and kids corrected the work. There were 9 in the class when we pulled her out with no tuition reimbursement,but the teacher mysteriosly disappeared 6 weeks prior to the end of the school year. The principal promised to keep my daughter safe yet everyday the student would grad my child out of nowhere and we had to put her in psychotherapy. She ias a normal kid who know is thriving in public school and learning a lot, and safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

We are new to ECDS this year and it has been an outstanding year. Our teacher is so accessible and we've had a couple conversations with their Academic Achievement person to provide our student with some enrichment choices. Our son has advanced so much this year and we know the smaller class size has helped. We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2012

ECDS has been a blessing for our kindergarten son. He exhibited some challenging behaviors, but is an extremely bright child. Our teacher and the Academic Success Director came up with a good plan and our son's behavior improved in a matter of days! It's a beautiful campus and our son loves going to school! We look forward to our son attending ECDS long-term.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

Our son has attended ECDS for two years. We have been pleased with his teachers but that is where it stops. As an educator myself, the leadership and administration is extremely poor. Lack of policies, communication, and willingness to work together is disappointing. Both the director and principal are on the defense and have very little patience and interest in dealing with issues that arise. They are reactive and not proactive when dealing with situations that need attention and evaluation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

This will be my daughter's 5th year at ECDS. We have found the school to be a nurturing, respectful and motivating environment. The curriculum is well rounded and geared to meet the needs of your child. The principal and teachers are very accessible and will take the time to talk with you regarding concerns, questions and successes. I strongly encourage anyone who is considering the school to take the tour and observe in the classrooms. The encouragement of building teams and approaching others with kindness and respect is priceless. Not only is the school academically oriented but also focuses on character values and relationship/leadership bulding skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

Our daughter has been attending ECDS for 6 years. She has thrived at ECDS, scoring far beyond her grade level in nearly all areas of academic testing and enjoying friendships that have endured her tenure there. This is a remarkable school, and should be toured while classes are in session to experience it from a student's perspective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

We will not be returning next year to ECDS. Most children do leave after 3rd grade due to the academics. My child brings a workbook home for homework and none of the homework assignments are actually taught in class, so I need to teach it. The tuition is very high for what your child actually learns. I think ECDS should stick to pre-school thru first grade only.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2012

We have 2 children in the lower elementary grades (1-3). We are finishing our first year here and after much thought have choosen to continue sending our children here. PROS: We have found the teachers to be very aware of our childrens strengths and weaknesses. Third grade has small class numbers, and the students are exposed to great science and geography lessons; in addition to math and language. The children are taught to read books for enjoyment (and not just to take a computer generated test). ECD is helping prepare our children to be motivated learners. CONS: tuition is high and it is difficult to manage; however we feel the investment is worth it. And to be honest, I couldn't come up with any other cons. As far as some of the other CONs listed in other reviews, go look at the school and form your own opinion. We are thrilled with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

My niece entered ECDS three years ago comming from public school, where the environment was problematic. After two years at ECDS she went to her public high school and excelled. This middle school foundation helped enormously to prepare her for a very successful high school experience. This story is the same from parents that i know who have also taken an interest in the school. My advise is start with a visit to the school - and take the tour -- see for yourself -- then make an informed choice. What ever you choose, the 90 min will be informative and enjoyable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

After seven years at Encinitas Country Day we have watched our children and this marvelous institution grow up together. I'm one of scores of proud parents who continue to be amazed at the learning and growth that takes place at this school. It's no wonder that even in this economy the enrollment keeps expanding, the campus keeps developing according to a master plan, and the staff continues to be refined, all with an eye toward creating an optimal educational experience for more than 300 students. Over the years, I've listened to parents who have taken issue with one thing or another, and have watched a subset of that group move their children to public or private schools for a host of reasons. During that same period, however, I've watched literally hundreds of families entrust their children, year after year, to the dedicated ECDS administrative and teaching staff and receive an exponential return on their investment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

This is the 6th year at ECDS for our 2 children. They've had a great educational experience, and I am so impressed with how much they learn every year at ECDS. The teachers and staff are wonderful. ECDS has been the perfect choice for our family, and I highly recommend it to any other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

We were new to the school last year for 2nd grade. Our child was ahead of the game when he entered ECDS. Unfortunately he did not get proper guidance with reading or math and I had to have him tutored over the summer. We ended up leaving and starting him at a new school for 3rd grade and he is very happy and the teachers are on top of it. One of the problems was there was no aid in 2nd grade. You definitely need an aid in a Montessori environment if there is over 10 children in a classroom at this age. I witnessed the children wondering around a lot and goofing off trying to figure out what they want to do next. Although my son had great friends there we had to move him. s


Posted September 3, 2011

We removed are children from ECDS due to the poor education level. Our kids actually scored well on their SAT tests. In fact our 2nd grader got 7th and 8th grade level in language, listening and reading. Of course this is not reality so I actually can not trust or go by these SAT scores. Our kids also scored well on math but at their new school they are behind, so off to tutoring they go. Hopefully ECDS can start hiring teachers with actual teacher credentials in addition to their montessori certificates. For the tuition ECDS charges it is not worth it. Once you leave you realize what a real education is. I feel like we wasted so much money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2011

Our children have attended ECDS for 6 years and we couldn't be happier. Our children love their school, teachers, and friends. We would recommend ECDS to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

I am the one who posted a comment last week about our son entering 3rd grade in the coming school year, and that contrary to recent postings on this site, ECDS students as a whole achieved high SAT test scores and demonstrated above average proficiency in math. I am a parent of two students attending ECDS, and am not the Director (or a teacher). I simply did what the disgruntled parent of the child challenged with math did not or would not do: I asked the principal to show me test scores for the entire school, and inquired about the math curriculum and its effectiveness. Apparently, this information has always been freely provided to parents of both students and prospective students. As I see it, every child has strengths and weaknesses, and as parents it is our job to take responsibility for monitoring and managing their education in conjunction with teachers and administrators. If the curriculum and/or teaching style at one school aren t a good fit, by all means move on to another institution. I think it is a disservice to your child and to others in the community, however, to act as though vitriol is somehow a virtue.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 11%
Hispanic 8% 52%
Black 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Graeg Lehmunn
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Montessori
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Global
  • Science
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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3616 Manchester Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Phone: (760) 942-1111

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