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Jamul Primary School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $375,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,380.

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Posted June 6, 2013

Our family has had nothing but great success at this school! Our children who have been at this school for 3 years now (currently 2nd & 3rd grades) both test well above state averages in all subjects. The teachers are the same great teachers that have been there for years, the same ones everyone used to rave about. Great PTA, garden program, PE and beautiful property. I LOVE the small town aspect of the school. I do not have much interaction with the admin but I dont have any complaints from my experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

Jamul Primary School - This is a wonderful school with the best teachers - my children cumulatively have over 8 years in this school system. The teachers all give individual attention to the kids. We have never felt like a number like other schools. The management is very involved. Great community! Love the parents that are engaged and involved - wish even more parents were involved!! Mrs. Frey - Love her...even though my kid can be a challenge, she knows how to connect with him and help him focus. Mrs. Bennett - she is involved in the community and knows all the kids. Would love to have more teacher to student ratio - but hey....that's why you should vote and not complain. They are nothing like the San Diego school district - this district operates within their means and their budget, which you certainly can't say for others. I respect and that's a great model for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

This school is a mess. Sure they have "arts" and "music" but how about doing the job that public schools were created to do: teach math, language arts, science and history? My daughter went here, and during that time, I volunteered in the class to see exactly how things worked. While the teachers are nice, professional people, the same can not be said about the management. And that trickles down as a general feeling that nothing is to be seriously taken. Including the three "r's". After being in a classroom for 6 hours, it is criminal to send excessive homework with a child, to be completed with the help of the parent. The parents get to do the school's work while the school is doing the fun stuff - art and music, gardening and cooking. Hey, doing the fun stuff is the reward for being a parent. Accepting tax dollars is the reward for teaching math, science, language arts, etc. Get it?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

I take exception to the review declaring that she "...witnesses daily drop off's of over packed vehicles of illegal students, with BC (Mexican) plates..." (sic)......such polarizing and alarmist declarations are a disservice to our children. Jamul is a small, artistic community which fosters visual and musical enrichment in our schools despite the obscene government funding cuts to our education budgets. Jamul is a nurturing environment of community support which includes our schools. Witness the recent (4/8/11) production of Seussical Jr., the musical, which played to a packed house and featured fifteen 4th and 5th graders; nine 1st and 2d graders; and two 7th graders from the Oak Grove Middle School Show Choir "Revolution".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

My children have been enrolled in JPS for three years. The other reviews look great, but check the Year posted, as most those wonderful teacher spoken of are long retired. The superintendent Ms. Bennet, acts involved, but when it comes down to taking action, she does nothing. The new Principal Ms Frye, is hash with students and not welcoming to the parents with issues over test scores and our children's needs. She focuses on downfalls and is quick to suspend a child, instead of finding a proactive way to help. The test scores are an obvious statement of the many downfalls of this school. You should also review the school's Accreditation. I bring my children to school ,and witness daily drop off's of over packed vehicles of illegal students, with BC (Mexican) plates, and no one questions them? We have lost at least 8 Children from the second grade, since start of this year. Lots of parent placing their children in Charter's. I plan to pull my children, to ensure they get quality education with children that are legal citizens of the United States. This is our Tax dollars funding these schools, what about our children?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2010

this school is great if your child dosen't speak english! lots of kids in the classrooms and a high teacher to student ratio. the amount of homework sent home leaves one to wonder what is the focus in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

Our school shows great spirit and delivers a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

My son has had a GREAT experience at Jamul Primary School. The teachers there are very experienced and deliver high quality instruction balanced to teach the whole child. I didn't know what to expect when we moved to Jamul, but my son had a chance to attend the Early Admission Kindergarten program and I was blown away by what the teacher, Linda Clark, could accomplish with a group of five year olds. He put together an impressive science journal which he chose to continue at home, began to read, gained positive social skills, etc. In kindergarten we chose the dual language program so our son could be exposed to Spanish at a young age. Again I discovered wonderful teachers who were dedicated to nurturing the children inside and out. There is also music and professional art instruction...could go on....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

I'm a parent of a 3rd grader and 5th grader. Great school and teachers. They put special attention on kids learning english. Also help kids in other areas of life not only academic. They only need a more organized curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

Great school if your child can be handed a stack of work and sit quietly at their desk and work independently. My child started in K above proficient and is now below in both language arts and math at grade 3. Curriculum seems unorganized with a lot of jumping around subjects and emphasis on test scores instead of real proficiency in basic studies. No additional resources available to bring my child up unless they have a learning disability or are an english learner. A lot of $$ spent on english learner programs with kids being picked up by cars with Baja plates?? Has one of the worst academic records of neighboring public schools but staff unwilling to take any responsibilty for their role in academic performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

My son attended this school last year. The work didn't seem hard enough. He was bored. Also, after a problem with a teacher, I left a message for the principal that went unanswered. I eventually had to email her. It took months to get my son switched to a new classroom. I guess if you don't run into any problems this would be fine. If you do run into a problem be prepared to jump thru hoops.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2007

My son goes to Jamul elementary school in second grade with Mrs. Crain she is an awesome teacher, who not only teaches subjects, but great values, she plays the guitar and piano every day to her students and lets them play percussion instruments,paint, plant seeds and take care of their plants all year long, it has been a great experience for my 8 year old son, who is in this bilingual program with lots of resources...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

This is the 2nd year for my daughter at this school it is the best! Her teachers have been nothing but supportive of her , she loves it and has done nothing but thrived and has helped her attitude in general,she is happy and never wants to miss a day its amazing,I am thankful for schools like this one,thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2006

Jamul Primary has been a great experience for me, with two children between K-3. Teachers are nuturing, the Principal is outstanding and it feels so safe there. My children are thriving and both advanced proficient in all subjects and above grade level at most. I am happy with the way they teach and what they teach. Could not be happier with JPS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2005

Does not teach scientifically research based reading methods. Unorganized curriculum. Has some great teachers and then those that are allowed to have bumper stickers in their first grade classroom that states to 'Party Naked' and 'Girls kick ***'.The board is not in unison and has know desire to improve the quality of the curriculum. This school needs change and unity. They are about 5 years behind the times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

Jamul Primary fosters learning and community between the teachers, parents, and the kids. We have many wonderful programs sponsored by the PTA and Friends of Jamul Foundation. Art, music, theater and after school enrichment programs to name a few. My children have down extremely well in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

Jamul Primary School is a great school for the average child, however children with special needs are overlooked too much of the time. Our principal is nice but we don't feel that she is the best person for the job. Our school district needs to be overhauled. Too many chiefs and not enough indians!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2004

This school is awesome. Not only are our children taught the state standards, but we have multi-age and bi-lingual classes as well as traditional classes. Thanks to the (teachers) educational summit, differentiation is a major focus. Our children have weekly art lessons from Art teachers. We have an excellent Art Docent program as well where we can go in to the classroom and teach Art ourselves. All children are given music lessons. Parent involvement is really good. The school has two educational foundations... Friends of Jamul which raises approx. $50,000 a year as well as the Jamul Arts and Music Council which raises approx. $20,000 A year. The PTA hosts many activities and encourages parent involvement. This school focuses on the 'whole' child and it s evident!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2004

A school system that does not strive for high achievement. The board and teachers are complacent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2004

Jamul is a very small closeknit community and the elementary schools play a very important role. I wouldn't want my kids anywhere else. The teachers are excellent, the staff is very supportive and the PTA is superb! We also have a foundation that raises funds that go to the library, arts, music and other important areas. With the recent budget cuts, this school has been able to continue on without any negative impacts to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


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807

Change from
2012 to 2013

-3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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807

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students52%
Females50%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females60%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students50%
Females43%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females70%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 54%
White 41%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/AN/A
English language learners 32%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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14567 Lyons Valley Road
Jamul, CA 91935
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