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Del Sur Elementary School

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Posted February 27, 2014

Del Sur Elementary school is a fantastic school in a lovely community. The school staff is making a big effort to get the best out of our kids. Principal Mr. Doug Johnson is very "visible" and 100% devoted to this school. We feel so welcome and blessed to be a student at DSES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

We moved to Del Sur mainly because of this elementary school and we have not been disappointed. The principle, teachers and parent involvement are outstanding and the fact that both of my kids love going to school everyday and love learning is great testimony.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Del Sur Elementary is a wonderful school with great opportunities for the children to explore and grow their talents. I feel so fortunate to be able to have my child going to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Love love love Del Sur! There is such a sense of community and working together to give out children the best childhood they can have. "It takes a village" and this is our village!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Fantastic school. It runs great and the staff is awesome! Five extra star to the principal which is always dedicated and passionate about his job and he is LOVED by every single student!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

My daughter LOVES going to school here! She went last year to the preschool and this year to the Kindergarten and she has made so many friends, adores her teacher(s), and is already reading just 2 months into the school year! She also gets exposed to art, music, the library, and PE during the day. One extra plus is that they start off slow the first 6 weeks (just 4 1/2 hours per day) before the children go a full day (6 1/2 hours) so they aren't exhausted the first few weeks of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Del Sur Elementry SChool the best by far great Principle & teachers for our kids love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

Awesome school and fantastic teachers. The best in Poway unified school district. This was our first year in school in 2nd grade and love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Exceptional. That's how I describe Del Sur Elementary. This is our first year at this school. We specifically chose to live in Del Sur because of the schools. The staff, teachers and principal are amazing. The curriculum is challenging. The programs offered to the children are inspired. My daughter came from one of the top schools in SDUSD, and she was never challenged as she is now. We have an incredible PTA and Foundation that help provide beyond what the school district gives us, such as dedicated art and music teachers, teachers for remedial and advanced kids, technology, and more. Mr. Johnson has built an incredible environment for families with superior people and facilities. I am an advocate for STEAM learning, and this school comes the closest to that from what I've seen. I'd love more in the sciences and engineering for our students, but the school provides a lot in the fields of technology, arts and math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

I cannot begin to start with all of the amazing things that happen at DSE. First it starts with top notch teachers, staff and principal. The curriculum is very challenging and seems to be above grade level compared to other schools. Most children live in the community, and the heart of the community is really the school. DSE is among the top in the Poway district on state tests. DSE scored 960 on the API for the 2011-2012 school year. This unique school offers many enrichment classes such as engineering, art, music, and band. There is an incredible foundation that funds a lot of extra's you wouldnt typically get, such as extra teachers, computers, software. This school is top notch in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2012

Everything about this school is incredible. The teachers, principal Johnson, the facilities, the resources, the special events - everything. We have 3 kids at Del Sur, and a fourth about to start, so we have a good feel. And we are thrilled. We live in the Del Sur neighborhood, and will not even consider leaving as long as our kids are elementary school-age. We love the neighborhood as well and would be reluctant to leave anyway, but we definitely will not pull our kids out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

We are so lucky that our son attends Del Sur. At first we were a little concerned because we actually live in the district for Stone Ranch. However that school is at capacity, so we were sent to Del Sur- and I couldn't be more pleased. Mr. Johnson is an outstanding principal who loves the kids and is totally dedicated to their success. The PTSA is terrific and as a result the school receives more funding thatn many other schools. Further, Parental involvment is really strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

We are so lucky to be at this school! Prinicpal Johnson is the BEST principal and provides such care and leadership to the school. The teachers are stellar and provide over and above in academics, as well as, a caring and nurturing environment for our kids. Wish the school went through 8th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2010

This school is AMAZING....from teachers to the vounteers and cirriculum! The first grade and kindergarden classes both have 1:1 laptops! The reading and math scores are soaring! Principal Johnson has dedication and great leadership skills. The PTA has added such a fun and spirited culture to the school it makes you look forward to the volunteerism which in turn make the kids thrive when parents get involved!! This school is so remarkable for its academic success and it's sense of community due to large parent involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2010

I can't say enough great things about this school. Del Sur Elementary has what you would expect from a great school --top notch teachers and a great leader in Mr. Johnson, the school principal. But even on top of all of this, for a public school in a very big school district like PUSD - DSE very much has the small-school feel of a private school community. The parents are very involved and it is clear that the philosophy of the school leadership is to help each of our children achieve their highest potential -- and doing so with a focus on "21st century learning" -- preparing them in ways that will help them adapt to their changing world and how technology can be used as a tool to advance their learning. It truly is a special place and I feel so lucky and happy to have my children enrolled there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2010

This is a fantastic school. The setting of the school and classrooms are so well equipped and tastefully designed . it feels like your kid is in a science/literary museum. Very well done and the teaching staff is great. Doug Johnson who is the Principal knows almost all kids by their first names. He is such a dedicated guy and a visionary. School has such good emphasis on Math and Reading. My kids has just finished Kindergarten and he has learned a lot. We love everything about this school. and really looking forward to another great year at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2010

Del Sur is a great school that is conservative. They don t try to push a bunch of socializing programs on our children. Parents are responsible for raising his/her children and Del Sur understands that. Del Sur is only responsible for teaching accurate history, math, science, and English. The only con so far is the PTA is a little annoying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

There are some many factors that make Del Sur Elementary great, but all starts with great leaders. The principal, teachers, PTA, and staff are truly committed to provide our children with not only the best education, but also the best environment. There is always people going the extra mile to make sure of it. This school has heart! kids love Del Sur and are getting an excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

The teachers and principal are the best. Very involved and want to make a difference. It's better than a private education. The facility is beautiful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

The entire staff is very involved. The Principal always seems to be approachable. All the parents seem very dedicated and there seems to be a great sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

972

Change from
2012 to 2013

+13

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

972

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+13

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
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 65% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
95%
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 60% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students91%
Females94%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state100%

Math

All Students96%
Females94%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state100%
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 Students84%
Females86%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner74%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state73%

Math

All Students90%
Females90%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner84%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state91%
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 Students99%
Females100%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only99%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state92%

Math

All Students99%
Females100%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only99%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state92%
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 Students95%
Females97%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students96%
Females94%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students93%
Females91%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 State average
White 55% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 11%
Hispanic 11% 52%
Black 6% 6%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 20%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Doug Johnson
Fax number
  • (858) 759-6915

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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15665 Paseo Del Sur
San Diego, CA 92127
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