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14678 Tierra Bonita Road
Poway, CA 92064

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(858) 748-8540
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July 28, 2014
My daughter attends TBES, and she/we couldn't be happier. The teachers are committed to the students' progress, keenly observe them throughout the school year if there's any problems and constantly communicate with us, the parents. I might also add that the entire school's spirit is a reflection of Joe Erpelding, whom loves and is committed to the children and is just a great person overall to be around!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
Everyone cares...from the parents, to the teachers, and especially the principal....they all want what's best for the children and want them to succeeed! Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
Tierra Bonita has some innovative ways of teaching. Technology is the focus at this school with 1:1 iPads for all students 3-5. Because technology is the principal's focus, other very important foundational skills are left behind. Reading is not a focus at this school!!! There is a need for quality reading material (real books) at this school. Some teachers are very good but others need to be do the minimum to get by. Technology is good but overshadows everything else.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
The focus at Tierra Bonita is on 21st century learning with a large emphasis placed on personal responsibility and leadership skills. Our staff has worked hard to create engaging and meaningful lessons that will empower students and produce problem solvers who will be college or career ready when they finish high school. I love being a part of the learning at our school!

- submitted by a teacher
August 21, 2013
BEST in Poway Unified! Love how advanced students are really challenged, teachers are up wisth the latest technology learnings (teaching digital citizenship so effectively), parents are very involved, and the community is really friendly and close!

- submitted by a teacher
December 24, 2012
I am a student at Tierra Bonita and I love it. The teachers are great, the activities are awesome, and our principal is amazing.

- submitted by a community member
February 15, 2012
The principal at this school is very involved and genuinely seems to care about the school and the students. There are some very good teachers, but also some poor teachers who have been at the school too long and should retire. Parental involvement is high, but almost to a fault - helicopter parenting runs rampant to the point that I think the students will grow up to be spoiled and entitled (for example, parents are asked to clean up after art lessons, rather than having students clean up after themselves), and I am weary of the constant solicitations for donations to the school. The school's test scores are above the district's average, but this is probably attributable to the demographics - there are more educated and affluent parents, and few English as a second language students, which will naturally bring up the average.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Tierra Bonita has wonderful teachers, a caring, results oriented Principal and great families who want the school to be the best it can be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
We have a fantastic motivated principal that truly cares about our kids and our teachers are outstanding too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Principal and teachers are fantastic! My child is new to the school this year and her transition was made easier because of the exellent support of the staff at Tierra Bonita. Communication at Tierra Bonita is never overlooked and I can't believe the amount of parent involvement that goes on. It just goes to show how happy parents are with this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The staff goes above and beyond to make the school a wonderful learning environment for the kids and parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
We have been at Tierra Bonita for the past 5 months and absolutely love it. The principal is amazing, the staff is wonderful, and the curriculum is challenging. This is the best place for our children to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I have been a parent at TBES for almost 15 years and have watched this school evolve into a remarkable learning instritution. I am proud to have watched my children thrive in a safe, nurturing and thriving educational environment. Thank you teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
So thankful for Mr. E-he is wonderful dealing with the parents and students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Tierra Bonita has a wonderful staff. They are focused on making a positive environment. My kids love going there. The art & science labs that we've gotten this year have been wonderful additions to an already great school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
We have an awesome principal and our parents are incredible volunteers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
TB has been a great school for our daughter. The staff is very friendly and communicate well with the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
The teachers and staff are very involved and engaging. We recently moved from a good Los Angeles area school but our kids really consider this school a tremendous upgrade. Also, the principal is as involved with the school as a principal can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
We and our two girls love Tierra Bonita. The teachers, staff, and the principal (Mr E) have a great school. The parent community is active and supportive. We also love the ESS program (for before and after school care, for families with two working parents).

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Great staff and lots of parent involvement and that really does make a big difference.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Teachers and Principal are dedicated to the students. Even in these times of cut backs and layoff's, it is evident that the kids are the most important issue.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Principal (Mr E) is amzing. The teachers are very caring.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The teachers are fabulous and the kids actually like going to school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Teachers, staff, and families. Great small school feel, my child feels important at Tierra Bonita.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Teachers & Principal E are great. They are all very interested in making school a positive learning environment. Good Job!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The dedicated Principle, teachers, parents and volunteers. I like the new science and art lab as well as the different events that bring students and families together. I always feel very welcome at the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The teachers and staff are great! My E is so involved with the kids and the community. I am very happy all three of my children were able to attend this great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
The principal is by far the most relatable person on earth to students, teachers and parents alike. He sets the tone and executes the leadership skills with pride. The school benefits from a giving and supportive Foundation and PTA. Parents are truly invested in the growth of not only their child but all children at TBES! Everyone is made to feel like their idea to improve the school can come to life with a team supporting it. Its a win-win school for everyone!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Tierra Bonita Elementary has the best leadership and teachers. They truly care about each and every student. Parents are encouraged and appreciated for their involvement. We LOVE Tierra Bonita!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Tierra Bonita has GREAT teachers and parents to keep the school running!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2010
I love this school. This is our first year at Tierra Bonita. My son is in second grade and my daughter is in preschool. I think the Principal is outstanding! His concern for the education and well-being of these kids goes beyond the expectations any parent could wish for. I can't say enough for my son's teacher who loves to teach and it shows. The foundation is extremely hands-on and always trying to find ways to add 'education' to the school. Thank you, Tierra Bonita, for making our transition a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The Principal is great, he has a contagious enthusiasm for learning, fun and many different types of events and activities!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2009
I have so many positive things to say about Tierra Bonita as well as the preschool program. Ms. Luvy, the preschool teacher, is an exceptional leader as well as fun, outgoing and committed to her students and their education. I look forward to the education both of my children will acquire from the Teachers at Tierra Bonita.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
My son and his friend transferred from Highland Ranch to Tierra Bonita and started ESS in June 2009. I can not describe how comforting it was to be greeted by the staff as they displayed much enthusiasm to have them there. They were like that with every child who came through the door. I noticed immediately how organized and personable the staff was as well as the kid friendly environment. I walked into work this morning with a smile on my face because of the positive vibes I felt there. Shelly Marty is a very approachable leader who gives me confidence that I will be able to talk to her about any issues I might have though I don t expect any. It's important to give credit where credit is due and Tierra Bonita ESS as well as Tierra Bonita Elementary School deserve a large amount of credit.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2009
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March 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
We've crossed the country and landed in Poway for this school and have not been disappointed. We're just getting started. The kids have loved their first year here and are excited about the many to come. Plug for ESS - I could not pick a better group of adults and young adults to assist our kids. Thank you all.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2007
This school has a new principal and hopefully she will bring energy back to the aging staff. The above average kids are not pushed as in most public systems. Parents envolvement great when teachers allow it.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2006
This school has a tons of experienced teacher that have been teaching so long they are out of date, making them difficult to work with. I find about 1/4 teachers here still have the energy for the children.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2005
Great school, lots of parent participation in all school activities and with monetary donations to the school

- submitted by a former student
February 11, 2005
Good school overall. Academics have a high standard, even at Kindergarten. Music and art incorporated into the curriculum. Lots of extracurricular activities, including a on-site after school program and a diverse choice of enrichment classes. The after-school program, ESS, was convenient but many kids were bored after several months. Excellent parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 05, 2004
Tierra Bonita is a fantastic school. The teachers and Principal treat each child as their own.

- submitted by a parent
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Tierra Bonita Elementary School
14678 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA  92064
(858) 748-8540
Last modified Tierra Bonita Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tierra Bonita Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top