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San Diego, CA
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12345 Carmel Park Drive
San Diego, CA 92130

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August 31, 2014
Omg. I just heard about this person who is upset about the PTA ... Seriously? Talked to some people...We all couldn't believe it...so checked their 'logic' --- not seeing what they are talking about? Who has time to do stuff like this? You have such a problem with the people who spend time making a good public school better ... Then tell your kid not to use any of the stuff they buy or go evensts. No place is 100 % great, get over it. Kids are at this school are lucky.

- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2014
There are great teachers but also lots of not qualified ones. I recently found a fascinating fact about the PTA board members. If you look at the list of them, and locate their children, you will find for continuous years, especially 2012 - 1st grade, 2013- 2nd grade, now 2014- 3rd grade, kids of PTA board members always in one classroom:). Does that sounds good to you?

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
It's funny that recent comments think the school went downhill after Jones left - are you kidding me?? Do you value academics at all? Jones gave in to every teacher demand and did absolutely nothing for education - that's a big part why we have a lot of weak teachers that still hang on today at the school - no doubt they don't get along but that's because the old blood is angry with the new blood. Sitting around and just putting in time doesn't seem to hack it anymore - far be it for the school's leader to demand performance. As far as being a bully - I have no idea where that comes from - I have never seen anything of the sort. Look there are some great growing pains going on - it'd be great if the teachers that don't want to teach any longer would just retire ... or just quit, either way get out of the way. You are too important to the future of our children - if you're unhappy then please, please, please LEAVE.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
I have to totally agree with the negative reviews of the principal and staff. The principal is a paper pusher/admin type with no leadership skills at all. The principal frequently behaves like a bully while student bullying goes on unchecked. The teachers are no longer a happy team but just punch in their time and stay as little as possible. Some of the staff is rude. The school has gone downhill since Mr. Jones left. It became very obvious how bad the school is now that our child is at CVMS. There is no comparison. The situation is exacerbated by the PTA and parent politics. This school seems to be straight out of a mean girls movie.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
It is clear that a district employee is writing some of these reviews. The principal is so incredibly difficult and she often has erratic behavior. I have spoken to numerous teachers who are AFRAID to be honest with the superintendent about her behavior. I know two families that attempted to complain about her and there was retaliation against them. It is a scary thing.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I am so proud and happy to say my sons go to Carmel Del Mar. It is a wonderful school with dedicated and professional teachers and staff who genuinely care about the students. Everything is so well organized that I never have to worry about missing any important information that I am supposed to know. Teaching materials are also very comprehensive and well balanced. My sons love telling me everyday what they learn right after school!! I see my sons grow every day intellectually, socially and happily!!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Carmel del Mar is an excellent school, both my boys have attended classes there, and each of them got teachers that were very talented, and passionate about their job. We were extremely happy with the core activities, as well the ESC (music, physical education, science, technology) as well as afternoon enrichment classes that were offered.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
The feeling is that the "principal is very close to the superintendent"? Huh, how does that matter to the teachers? Look the Superintendent, through the popularly elected Board hires the principal (this one was hired under the former Superintendent by the way). The teachers work for the principal. Sounds like a a few angry "old school" teachers that are unwilling to yield to anyone (we can't listen to this principal because she's close to the superintendent, WHAT?!) want to go back to the old ways where the principal merely deals with parents and is dis interested in education. Sorry, thing have changed...for the better. Education is incredibly better today at CDM than it was 5 years ago - it will continue to improve. However, this changing education may not be a place for some teachers...they may have better luck looking elsewhere for jobs....more than likely outside of the District as I'm quite sure no other Principal here would take them.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
The teachers are outstanding! Location beautiful! The principal engages in strange and erratic behavior. She always looks frazzled. The teachers with whom I am close do not like her but feel pressure since the perception is that she is in very close with the superintendent. Many of us are trying to get intra-district transfers.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
My 2 daughters went to CDM K-6 grade and had an amazing experience! The school is very strong with their educational values, the teachers are wonderful and care very much for the children and the entire staff is warm and have a true concern for the families. We made great friends here and the teachers and staff are so appreciative and work so hard everyday to help guide the children in so many ways. I volunteered here endless hours and loved every minute of it. I learned what went on "behind the scenes" and could not believe the phenomenal relationships and care that happens. We moved to another school district 20 miles away and it was like black and white! My children had to be put in higher math classes and need to be given much more challenging work. My daughters cannot believe the difference in the 2 schools. Carmel Del Mar is by far the VERY BEST school any of my four children ever attended. I will always be so thankful for the opportunity we had to have been at this school. Nobody will ever have a better experience with teachers and staff than at CDM!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
I disagree with some of the comments parents made regarding office staff. We always found both administrative staff very helpful and polite to us. We did notice though that they both have way too much on their plates and that their environment can get very stressful especially in the beginning of the school year. Carmel Del Mar has a private school environment: small school in a great community with the phenomenal parent volunteers and high academic expectations. PTA does a great job to promote parent involvement! Teachers and staff are one outstanding group of people who do a wonderful job! Our kids love Carmel Del Mar!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
CDM is a great school. My son loves the 2 years he spent here. Some great dedicated teachers, especially in the ESC area. However, the principal is not very into academics so the bright students may feel bored with the curriculum. A lot of the extracurricular activities has been lost due to the economy. Very enthusiastic and open PTA.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2010
It's a great school with amazing teachers, and most students are high achieving. Our two children are above-grade level in all areas, and stay stimulated. The secretaries up front are very moody and on their best day are indifferent to parents. The front office staff have been there longer than the principal, so they aren't going anywhere. If enough parents wrote letters to the district office, then they would possibly be moved to another site.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
Overall the school is doing a fine job considering the economic times. The math and science program is great which is due to the ESC programs in place. The office staff is definitely rude. The school has two entrances, and I can hardly remember the prinicpal showing up at the other entrance to meet and greet children and parents. The reading program at the school is excellent. The same people seem to tbe running the PTA. That might have something to do with the economy. Small school environment!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2010
Agree with your comment. The principal is lack of leadership and sometimes behaves like a bully. The office staff's bad attitude is known among many parents and has never been addressed by the leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
I agree with one of the comments here. The office staff are rude and attitude is very unplesent.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
CDM is a really unique school due to the community support factor present. All children are special and important to this school, even those with challenges. All Staff are well qualified and caring. There is a high degree of student turnover within the boundaries, and that encourages everyone to adopt a more flexible manner of operations. This in turn results in a less stressful environment for our children!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
The office staff are very rude and attitude is very unplesent. the principal is extremely dedicated to his time to school. School teacher are average level for their teaching experience, but arts and science teachers are very good in wa

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2009
Small but Great school. My daughter loves to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2009
CDM is a great School!! From the Principal, Mr David Jones all the way thru the teachers and staff are dedicated, caring and involved!! The ESC teachers are the best!!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
CDM is just mediocre, the teaching uninspired. There are real problems with bullying and the curriculum is almost remedial.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 24, 2008
We were very impressed with Carmel Del Mar. My daughter went there for the last 3 years of elementary school. She felt that CDM prepared her very well for secondary school; especially in science, writing, and math. She particularly felt challenged by the 6th grade teachers. Teachers were hard-working & caring.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
CDM is wonderful. My 2 kids and us like the chool very much. Teachers are well educated in CDM. Specially their Music and Math program is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 28, 2008
CDM is just mediocre, the teaching uninspired. There are real problems with bullying and the curriculum is almost remedial. If your child has an IQ above 120, go elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2007
This is our third year at this school, we have always had excellent teachers. My child is extremely happy at Carmel Del Mar. The office staff is less than welcoming. Parent involvement is lacking. I feel that this is due to the fact that the same people year after year run the PTA, new people and ideas are not really welcome. They have a 'we have always done it this way, why change attitude' I only volunteer when it directly affects my child. Carmel Del Mar is a solid school. However, there is room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
Lack of adult supervision on the school grounds. The principal is closing his eyes to all of this. I am there only because I have to be.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
Overall, we have been pleased with the school. THis is our first year (3rd grade), and I do think one failing of the school (and others I suspect) is not to challenge the brighter kids. THere is a great emphasis on drills and test scores. My daughter has been complaining of boredom, but this sadly seems to be a feature of many of our public schools secondary to the no-child-left-behind nonsense. In short, I think the majority of kids will do well in this school, but do not be fooled by CA-state wide standards that have been dumbed-down.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
March 12, 2005
Quality of academic programs: High Availability of extracurricular activities: Excellent Level of parent involvement: the best -- coordinator for parent volunteers and the PTA help parents get acquainted with things we can do to help the school. Also lots of opportunities to help in class, even with not-at-home career. Other: Teachers are very well qualified.

- submitted by a parent

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Carmel Del Mar Elementary School
12345 Carmel Park Drive, San Diego, CA  92130
(858) 481-6789
Last modified Carmel Del Mar Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Carmel Del Mar Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top