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La Jolla, CA
Students enrolled: 480

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8350 Cliffridge Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

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(858) 453-2323
(858) 452-6923
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March 15, 2015
Excellent school with great teachers and students. Both of my kids love it. Great location too.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
School performs because of the students (they take the tests reflected in the API), parent volunteers and their financial contributions to fill budget gaps along with the parent's high expectations who value education and insist their children are prepared for the future. 80% of the teachers are amazing and the other 20% are the typical losers that exist everywhere (thanks to the union). Hopefully the new Principal will impact these slackers who teach so they have summers off. They look/act like their jobs are a joke and harrass the kids daily due to their own personal misery. The new Principal is a long overdue, welcomed change. It's unlikely she'll tolerate the staus quo and will fix whatever messes the previous principal ignored or was afraid to address. Doubt she'll participate in the quid pro quo that's been so prevalent nor teach to the test for the coveted, competitive school ratings while pushing the kids beyond reason. Cookies, candy, no bathroom breaks, teacher stapling arm, belittling, fear, humiliation, homework due to time wasted during the day and deliberate indifference. Yep, it's all here and hopefully gone with the new Principal.........

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Jim Solo the principal is amazing! Runs a tight ship but the kids are well prepared for middle school with the outstanding staff and teachers!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2013
Its location is the best perhaps in whole California. Its name is great: Torrey Pines. The principal is great (Mr. Solo). Kids are great. Teachers are good. It is heterogeneous. It is the future of primary school in my opinion. I have 2 kids there and they are happy.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2013
I am surprised to hear negative comments about the school and the principal. Mr. Solo is out every single morning greeting students by name, talking to parents, directing traffic, picking up items for the lost and found, etc. He is completely dedicated to the school and has high standards for his staff and students. The teachers are competent and compassionate. My son is thriving and is reading well ahead of other kids his age that attend other schools. The parents of the other students are involved and friendly. Each of them knows my child and we all sort of look after each other. It is a fantastic, positive atmosphere. I don't know of a school out there that is not focused on test scores... until we change this backward system, that is what it is going to be like. I feel really lucky to have my son here.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2012
The school is outstanding in all ways with teachers/staff and parents and the principal dedicated to making it a strong learning environment while addressing the needs of the whole child. The children are learning in a dynamic way with lots of activities and resources, art, music, PE, and extra tech and science in all grades; the results are high scores, but that is not the goal of the principal. More importantly, the results are kids excited about learning and treated respectfully. They are creative thinkers and performing at the levels they can--which are high. The relationship the school has with the YMCA across the road enhances the PE, before and after school programs, and enrichment clubs. Perhaps another parent was turned off by the fund-raising, but without it we would not have such an excellent school and community, because the budget has been cut so much by the state.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
Because of the principal, this school is not as great as it seems! The good is that the majority of teachers is well prepared and dedicated and parents are very much involved in the many activities and in their children's lives and education. Unfortunately the principal is a very insensitive, rigid and cold person, he is focused exclusively on scores and money and he doesn't take in consideration important aspects of child's psychology. I must say that a good school is not measured only by scores, from the number of Promethean boards and the amount of money raised by the foundation, other things are more important: the children themselves and their mental, emotional and social development, after all, don't forget that this is an elementary school, not a bank.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
My daughter is in her second year at Torrey Pines, and so far, I'm very happy with the school. Aside from the outstanding academics (I am continually amazed by what she is learning), I really appreciate all of the "extras" the school offers from kindergarten up (pairing older "reading buddies" with new readers, class vegetable gardens, art, music, science, P.E., etc.). The fundraising required to do this is a little relentless, but worth it in the end. Another thing that has really impressed me is the focus the school places on good citizenship. My daughter attends on-site aftercare (K-5) and I'm continually impressed with the kindness of all of the kids I meet, and their willingness to help out the younger children.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
This school's focus is on looking like an exceptional school, not necessarily being one. We have been here for two years. Things started well enough and many teachers are great. The trouble comes when your child needs something more or something different. The policy is "Fit in or get out". For the hundreds of thousands raised per year *by parents* to support it, this school is not nearly as exceptional as it pretends to be.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2010
Watch out for this school. This school has many combo mixed classes where they will assign your third grade child to a combo grade 2 and grade 3 class that is 75 percent second graders with only a few (6)third graders. Most of the class time is therefore spent teaching the second grade students while your third grade student sits idly by doing self study without any teacher. Then, when asked to transfer your child, the TPES school principal refuses to transfer your third grader to a 100 percent third grade class saying that if he does, this will start a war with the other parents. He tells you he does not allow any transfers no matter what. So your child is now stuck in virtually a second grade class for the entire school year. Watch out for this school. It can severly hurt your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2010
Yes, I agree the school is too focused on scores. The principal is very rigid. He assigns classes without knowing all the facts, and then refuses to change class assignments once the facts have been explained to him.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
Our son has been in this school for a year, and I regret not having enrolled him sooner. The teachers are excellent at their job, the majority have been teacher for over 20 years. The principal is fantastic. I have spoken with other parents from other schools and they all wished Mr. Solo was their principal...As they say, Leadership starts at the top...and "The proof is in the Pudding..."

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2009
great school! great teachers and great pals!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
This school is too focus on scores. There's no such thing as working with each child's academic issue and unwilling to individualize it. Principal is defensive when a parent try to address it rather than facilitate teacher and parents working together to help a student which is too bad.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2008
This is an excellent school. The teachers my daughter has had so far have been exceptional. Mr. Solo, the principal, makes it a point to learn every child's name and interacts with the kids on a daily basis. The parent involvement is like none I've ever seen. I am so impressed with the opportunities she has had here, from the Wednesday enrichment classes, to the opera, to the week spent in Old Town. We look forward to one more year here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2008
Teachers are very nice and good educational environment. Parents are possitive to suppot the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2008
The principal of this school is wonderful! Mr. Solo is kind, competent and caring. The school is wonderful and the teachers are excellent. Great parental involvement that pays for extra classes.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 03, 2008
Great school! High academic standards but also lots of play and creativity. (For instance, the game Town in fifth grade, that teaches kids to run a town and businesses, is a great experience. So was the performance of the opera Rip van Winkle staged by the San Diego Opera with the fourth and fifth graders. The kids love the orchestra/band. I can go on.) The principal is accessible, friendly and highly competent. While he has turned this school into one of the best in SDUSD, he also cares deeply about disadvantaged children. The teachers are good and some are truly outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
The students are under pressure to perform and too stressed. The pricinpal runs the school like a business and is insensitive to social and emotional needs of the children and parents. The instructors are tightly controlled and several of the more empathetic teachers have left. Creativity, celebration and play are discouraged, even in kindergarten. There is too much homework to allow for family time. It s all about test scores. If you can afford the best tutors you ll do fine.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
April 10, 2005
This is the most awesome school. The teaching staff is attentive, creative and motivated. The administration - specifically the principal - is a fabulous leader who empowers his team to meet each child's needs and help them learn. The parent base is excited and participatory.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
August 25, 2004
Extreme emphasis on reading. Very little time for unstructured play. Excellent teachers, including awesome science teacher. Only 1 hour a month with the art teacher! No variety in PE classes. So overall high academics but needs improvement on extracurriculars.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2003
My second daughter comes to this school and she loves it, but in terms of safety they do poorly because their safety patrol lacks leadership/discipline. But overall she and I think it's a great school, and the teachers like to help out.

- submitted by a parent

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Torrey Pines Elementary School
8350 Cliffridge Avenue, La Jolla, CA  92037
(858) 453-2323
Last modified Torrey Pines 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.
Torrey Pines Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top