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PK-5
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 635
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11775 Shoal Creek Drive
San Diego, CA 92128

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(858) 613-9080
(858) 613-0375
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August 26, 2014
Our daughters have been going to Shoal Creek for 3 years now. It is a really great school. I feel that the teachers push my kids enough, not too much and that they are given an excellent foundation to be successful in their lives. Both my kids love school and are in tears every summer when school is over. The teachers we've had have been professional, warm, loving and attend promptly to any issues there might be. Principal is very easy to approach and yet professional. Couldn't ask for better school.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
This school is fantastic! The fall festival was great! Strong School spirit. The Family Art Night was wonderful. The principle is approachable, kind, warm, and professional. The front office is wonderful. There is a high involvement in the community with this school and each event makes you wish to fund them more. High quality education for my two children . Engaging teachers and wonderful communication to parents make this school great. Should also mention the ESS program is top quality also!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
Shoal Creek is an outstanding school. All 3 of my kids have been going to Shoal Creek since Kinder. My oldest promoted to middle school last year. The teacher's are all top notch teachers. They all want your student to do well and to succeed. The curriculum is fun and enjoyable. The 5th grade teachers helped my son be ready for middle school. The staff is always smiling and helpful. The principal has is always there to talk and help. I feel welcome. There is no experience like elementary school and I feel that my kids will have memories that they will never forget! And most of all they will have a wonderful foundation for the years to come!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
My kids love school! They love Shoal Creek. My daughters teacher is the best. Her classroom is so inviting and a fun place to be. I can not say enough about this school! The only bad thing about it is the parking, but it is like that at every school in the district!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
We moved in to our new house and to our dismay the elementary school down the street from our house was full. We were forced to have our son go to Shoal Creek. At first we were very upset, but there was nothing we could do. What started out as a negative turned into the greatest thing ever! My son loves it there. The school is wonderful. The staff is very professional. The noticed my son had a speech impairment and immediately he was taking speech. The concern for my son was overwhelming. His speech has improved over the past years, his problem has been corrected. At Shoal Creek they go the extra mile to insure that each child receives everything they need to succeed. We don't want to go to our neighborhood school any more!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
Worst school ever, beware! My child has attended this school and it has been a living hell from the beginning. I would highly recommend you find a better school. I'm shocked at some of the recognition this school receives. The discipline methods used by the teachers, especially for the 5th graders, are extremely unfair. They will make your child hate school and want to give up all together. This school does not know the meaning of compassion, mercy, and love. They are brutally strict and will punish your child for the smallest of things, making him/her feel like a failure. I have pleaded with them to reward good behavior instead of forever punishing. But, they dont listen. They give 5 to 6 hours of homework PER NIGHT so your child will be robbed of their youth. My child isn't able to have any fun in life. I have complained repeatedly but nothing has changed. My daughter says this school is like going to jail. The teachers act like military drill sgts and will talk down to your child like he/she is very stupid. Your child will be left feeling helpless and worthless. Don't be fooled because your child and his/her happiness should be first and foremost.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
Good school, overall. Too much focus on test scores and stats. Improvement is needed in the implementation of technology to teach, to communicate, and to inspire. Many teachers don t act like we pay their salary, benefits, and retirement. It definitely has a big government feel to it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
There is tremendous parent involvement on every level. This is encouraged by the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
The community and parents really come together to help raise funds for the school so that it is able to have a P.E. assistant, Computer technician, and music assistant on staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
I consider my children to be so fortunate to be in attendance at Shoal Creek. There is a wonderful diversity amongst the students. The parental support is amazing. Teachers are experienced and earnest in their efforts to teach the children. Technology is available being taught to the children. The office staff is efficient, caring and helpful. The principal truly cares about the well-being of the student and the school

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
The curriculum is great and the teachers are amazing. Both of my kids went there and loved it!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
the staff and teachers make sure every kid gets included, enriched and loved as an individual

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
All my three kids went there(the youngest graduating this year), they had a wonderful time and enjoyed going to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
The academics are very well presented. The kids are encouraged to go beyond the basic. The amount of parent involvement is outstanding. A great place to learn!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Awesome teachers, fantastic students, unbelievalbe education! Shoal Creek Rocks!.....best in San Diego! The relationship between teachers and parents is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
My son loves going to this school - Shoal Creek has supportive teachers and staff and great kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The school has excellent teachers that help students develop great skills while having fun.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Shoal Creek is the best elementary school that my children have attended. No other school has had as many caring teachers who all go out of their way to help children become the best they can be. There are many progarms supported by the PTA and the Foundation. It seems there may be a parent that was unhappy about something and is trying to bring down the ratings, but don't be fooled, This school is top notch in every way. The only problem is the traffic, but it is simply a matter of the way the school is located. There is only one way in and out of the school. Seems like a city/district planning problem to me. It is certainly not the fault of the principal, teachers, or volunteers. Keep up the good work Shoal Creek.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
Excellent Principal! Uses available resources in an excellent manner!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 26, 2010
The staff is outstanding, they put the children's safety and education first!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Time and time again, I am amazed by the way the staff and parents work as a team. The teachers truly care about each student and celebrate their success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Excellent teachers and academics. Great communication with parents. Highly rated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
My nephew loves his teacher and they have a very good principal that makes the school a cohesive unit. Great participation from the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The Staff at Shole Creek is what sets them apart from other schools! They care so very much for the students and families.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Many initiatives are taken by the principal and teachers that helps the children. School is safe, clean and well organized.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Great school with greeat teachers- The education is well given. Even with all education restrictions and changes, teachers at Schoal Creek remain focus on their tasks and continue to support kids needs. Kids feel good and secured. Schoal Creek also spend alot of time to organize various activities to support children education. We love the school, the principal and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
It is a wonderful school with great people and students. I have had the pleasure of working there for many years. People are friendly and helpful and work together very well!! I hope to be there for many years to come. The teachers work very hard to educate the students and the students are genuinely happy and strive to do their best. The atmosphere is a positive one and the motto is to work hard and be kind!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Shoal Creek, not just a school, an organization of real educators that exemplify a dedication to our children's academic leaning, understanding and encouragement. Instilling individual value and team building success in our most precious resource. Guided by the leadership of a visionary who's knowledge and focus can only come from her real desire for all children to have every opportunity she can provide for them to excel! Thank you all very much for what you give, from the volunteers to the PTA, to the administration and teachers, and #1 Libby Keller.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
We have so many wonderful parent volunteers that help make the school and afterschool experience great for the kids! There is the annual Science Night, Talent Show, Otter Trot, Family Picnic, etc., etc., etc....

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Wonderful students, parents and teachers create a positive atmosphereat our school. Mutual respect between teachers and students make this a fun place to learn and teach.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The teachers are great. It's clean and well organized and my son loves it there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
They have many events for the kids as well as parents! I enjoy that!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
My son graduated from this school as an honorary student and may daughter is still in the Shoal Creek school. The staff are wonderful and the teachers always available.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Great school with committed teachers and lots of parent support

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Great relationship between teachers and students. Our grandchild loves Shoal Creek Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
excellent academic school! my two girls loves to go to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Shoal Creek is an excellent school! The parent support is wonderful - parents volunteer many hours in the classrooms, around campus, and host special events. The PTA and Foundation fund the PE and instructors as well as the computer assistant. The children are challenged academically to reach their full potential. I could not be happier!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
Great school, great teachers and a great and nurturing environment!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Excellent teachers and staff. Also a great group of parent volunteers who sacrifice so much of their time to raise money and coordinate events.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
The kids learn so much on how to be responsible. They seem to have lots of fun!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The school offers special education programs. The teachers and staff is friendly and they care about the students.Facilities are in good shape. The community is engaged with all school's activities and together are working to improve the school. Teachers are always in training and they keep a open policy with parents and relatives.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Shoal Creek is an excellent school. Great staff and curriculum. Great parent inolvement through the Foundation, PTA, and volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Everyone is working together for the kids. It's a great community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Shoal Creek has highly educated professional teachers. They really care about their students. The teachers work very hard to ensure that each student succeeds and is well adjusted.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Shoal Creek is a wonderful school. My daughter has be at the school for 6 years and is graduating 5th grade this year. We have been blessed with professional, caring, teachers in all grades. It has been a pleasure for our family to be a part of the Shoal Creek Community. The Foundation, PTA,and school volunteers work tirelessly to support our children and our school in concert with the wonderful staff team at Shoal Creek. We will miss everyone as we move on to Middle school. Shoal Creek Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Shoal Creek is an amazing school! The atmosphere and the energy of the school are outstanding. The parents are friendly, the kids are well-behaved and respectful, and the entire school community works together for the betterment of the school. We love our child's teacher and couldn't be happier with Shoal Creek.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I have grandchildren that attend Shoal Creek Elementary School. The staff, both teachers and others, really care about the students. They do many extra things. The kids actually like school and look forward to going.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
Incredible leadership, compassion, enthusiam, and integrity found throughout the teachers, admin, and other staff the past 6 years my 2 children have attended this elementary school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
It is a wonderful school where the families can be involved with their children's learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teachers are some of the very finest. They truely are dedicated to our children and their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The Shoal Creek community feels like you are with your extended family each day. . .people are giving, very involved, and care very much about the success and the well being of all the Shoal Creek students as a whole. The wonderful care, nurturing, and 'schooling' comes daily-- from the Principal, the teachers, the staff, and the parents--especially those involved in the PTA, the Foundation, and all of the wonderful programs and opportunities provided for the children. The students are getting a high quality education, and are thriving, thanks to the wonderful, well-rounded, well-grounded skills/lessons they are taking home with them every day! Shoal Creek is a GREAT place to be!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
We have had wonderful teachers who put their students first, are caring, and very qualified for both of our sons for the last three years. They have what it takes to help a child thrive academically and socially. Our children are very happy there and love their school. There are many caring parents and well rounded students that are receiveing an excellent education

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Shoal Creek instills school spirit and pride into all the kids that attend. The schools principles are based on Trustworthiness-Respect-Responsibility-Fairness-Caring-Citizenship. This shows in the students. The school encourages parent participation and the school and parents come together in all situations to support the kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
We have been incredibly unhappy with this school. My son has learned nothing, there are severe discipline problems in his classroom and the classrooms are overcrowded. It honestly makes me upset to leave him here everyday

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
One of the worse school. The only good thing about this school is the teachers, other than that bullying goes on and the principle does not do anything about it. All the staff including volunteers have abig ego yelingl at students.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
This school is bad, actually beyond bad. We have been lucky to have good teachers for the past couple of years,.but all the other staff do not care about students one tiny bit, they constantly scream at all the kids, slash down their self confidence and worse yet let bulying go on. If you try to complain to the principle or ask for help 'good Luck'. She will never follow up. The parents are very rude and use bad laguage, just try to go pick up your kid at school, you might get yelled at or be called names. They ask for money all the time, but they don't care about your kids. We have tried to tough it out for 4 years at this school in hopes of overall suitation getting better for our kids, but it really getting worse.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2010
Great school, with people who care deeply about students and staff. So many, many members of this community work towards supporting a well-rounded and academically balanced student. Poway Unified Schools work in unison to provide the best education possible.

- submitted by a community member
no rating December 29, 2009
The worst school my kids have ever attended! Completely overated. 'Themselves' and their 'image' is #1 at all cost... kids last on their priority list. They teach to the test and there is no continuity...one teacher may have spelling tests, teaching cursive and multiplication while another may not until the end of the year if at all. PE teacher is paid for by parents(PTA) and there is no staffed art teacher and music is only for fifth graders no other grades. Lots of fundraisers ...asking for money often. If considering this school go through the pick up line and see the chaos...parents using foul language and hand gestures, & cutting in line. Its hit or miss you may end up with a good teacher one year and the complete opposite the next. It's a gamble on the type of experience you will have...unfortunately for my family it was not a positive

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
I simply love this school. Everything is so much above average, from lunch, safety and discipline, and the whole school system in general! My second grader used to hate going to school, it would take forever to drag him out of bed and get him over there, but now he gets up on his own and practically jumps with joy at the mention of his school. Shoal Creek is definitely an A+ school!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2007
I have three children attending Shoal Creek and I am continually impressed by the fabulous teachers and staff. The principal has done an outstanding job her first year here. She hired a music teacher so we now have a music program at the school for all grades. The PTA and Educational Foundation are very active and have a lot of parent support. They raise money to pay for school equiptment and many in-school and after-school programs, including the P.E. teacher. My only complaint is the terrible traffic situation because of this school's location.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
I truly believe this is a great elementary school in the Poway district. I am so happy that my Kindergartener attended this school and was very fortunate to have a wonderful,classy,kind and the best teacher all around(in our opinion, of course)-- Mrs. Harvey. My son is a very shy boy and it was difficult for him to adjust in the beginning but because of Mrs. Harvey and the other teachers, my son began to love going to school every day and is so excited to read all kinds of books and confident learn new things. The principal, Mrs. Keller also is so caring & concerned with the students. She was willing to drive my 2 children home one day when I was delayed in picking them up which truly surprised me. An excellent school indeed!!!Thank you Shoal Creek...we will miss you!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
I have had three children At Shoal Creek. It is a great place for kids. The school is wonderful and the teacher's are all top notch. This year my youngest son is in second grade and has a male teacher. I wish all Shoal Creek students could be in that classroom. I do think the PTA should be more educationally oriented and not so worried about social events, but other than that the parent involvement is good.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Shoal Creek is a dynamic educational learning environment. The teachers are top notch caring people who know how to inspire, and the students are motivated to become independant learners. I am so thankful my children attend this great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
Great involvement with extracurricular activities( i.e. Father-Daughter dances, Mother-Son Dances, after school programs/workshops).

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
I'd put Shoal Creek in the middle among all elementary schools in the Poway School district. Some teachers are great, others are not - especially, if the teacher is nearing retirement. Opportunities for extra curricular activites are a little above average. Parental involvement is great.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2005
I would like to tell any new parent enrolling their child at Shoal Creek that the staff and teachers are good. I like the way they acknowledge students that are doing well and also by helping those who aren't. They really strive for excellence. They offer programs in art, dance, theater,yearbook, boead games, reading clubs, and other programs for children after school on Wednesdays. My children are learning and they really have been taken care of. The staff genuinely cares. The parent involvement isn't what is should be, however as parents we all have to do our part in that area.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
Having lived in the area for almost two years, I'm continuely impressed with the schools mission statement & mottos for the children. Excellent reminders for the children in order to learn, get through the day & work as a team. I'm very happy with the level & type of education my child is getting.

- submitted by a parent
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Shoal Creek Elementary School
11775 Shoal Creek Drive, San Diego, CA  92128
(858) 613-9080
Last modified Shoal Creek Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Shoal Creek Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top