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2433 Denver Street
San Diego, CA 92110

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June 11, 2015
The principal is a good politician, but our family needed a good principal. With poor leadership, no school can achieve greatness.

- submitted by a community member

April 14, 2015
I have one child who currently goes to Bay Park and an incoming Kindergartener. I researched the various options in Clairemont for my children before deciding on Bay Park. I took a Kinder Tour (which I highly recommend) to get a sense of the school in action. I was met with open arms and was provided a ton of information and insight as to what my children's days at school would look like. The Kinder rooms are spacious and I love how they have a separate play area. It's like their little oasis. The other classrooms are dated, but lively. The school is older, built in 1939, but it is small enough to keep that sense of community my husband and I were looking for. We are active parents at the school which is highly praised by Principal Barnes. The PTA is wonderful and plans many extra activities and events for the students. They are a welcoming group of parents and teachers and put out a weekly newsletter to inform all parents. We are glad we Choiced into this school and were accepted!

- submitted by a parent

November 23, 2014
Both my kids currently go to BPE and we have been very, very happy there. Overall, the teachers are great (there are a few mediocre ones, but I think that's true everywhere), and the principal is pro-active and works with parents to make it a better school. She has also hired some great teachers over the past couple of years, so I think the direction is very good. The thing that stood out for me starting there is how involved many of the parents are. Lots of in-class volunteering, and the PTA fundraises and organizes a lot of 'extras' that you don't get with a less involved populace. Overall, really happy and we love the community there!

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2014
We LOVE this school! There is a real sense of community here and it has a very active parent community. The teachers we've had and have met are wonderful and caring and willing to go the extra mile. I read another review that said our school lost 8 teachers last year. That is simply untrue. As parents, we were sad to lose 3 teachers this past year to retirement, one to a career change and another great one to a speciality interest school. We've also had good communication with the principal. It would be great if there were more art and music available than just what the parent groups can provide that would be my biggest change more programs in the arts.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2014
With a child who's only in his second year of school, I cannot say that one school is better than another. Some of the teachers at Bay Park seem to really care, while most seem to be either new or ready to retire... some coming off as just plain rude. Out of the twenty something teachers, about 8 or so did not return from last year. The reasoning for this was not made public, but it could be because they were so unhappy with our new Principal, much like so many parents seem to be. There are some issues with bullies and as recently seen on the news, even a child 'escaping' and found several blocks away.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2014
I have a third grader at Bay Park and a sixth grader who graduated from Bay Park last year, and I've been extremely happy with the school. The teachers and staff have created a strong sense of community that is evident among the students and their families. There are a lot of very strong teachers and many activities available through PTA and the Foundation. Both my children have been in the GATE program and have been challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2013
After having 2 children attend K-5 at BPE, I can say that it used to be a fantastic school. However, under the "direction" of the current principal it has changed drastically, and NOT for the better. In fact, had it not been for the teaching staff, I would have moved my child to another school for 4th and 5th grades. The current principal has done NOTHING to encourage community involvement. In fact, the school's enrollment is way down, and it has lost most or all of the partnerships established by the previous principal. Additionally, she has taken a school that had gone to 75%-85% paper-free communication back to relying nearly 100% on paper delivered by young children. BPE's motto used to be "Every day is Earth Day at Bay Park," definitely NOT the case any longer. If your child is not good about bringing documents home, there is virtually ZERO communication. The principal refuses to utilize the ConnectEd System or email blasts. In fact, has been very dismissive whenever it's been brought up with her. Interesting, since she claimed to be computer savvy when she came to BPE. I am so glad that my children are done. Very sad to see what's become of what was once a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2012
Bay Park is a wonderful school! I have been at the school for five years with two children and wouldn't want to be anywhere else! If you live in the neighborhood or choice in, it doesn't matter...there is a great sense of a small community at this school. Parents and staff are very involved and work together to make great events for the kids and to combat any district budget cuts so the kids do not feel the difference. Test scores are high and even more the school emphasises character traits, civility and life learning beyond those scores. Just some of the events at the school are carnivals, snow day, talent and performance shows, before school jogging club, after school choir and more! We just LOVE this school!!!!

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2011
LOVE THIS SCHOOL!! Great school with such caring and great teachers, staff and principle. The parent involvement is wonderful and the parents are all very nice. Have a really good time volunteering and look forward to doing it again.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2010
My daughter loves this school! After a rough transfer from another SD she was a bit bashful but with the help of the principal we were able to place her in a class where she can thrive! Some pluses are the amazing gym teachers, Mrs. Yates - who does choir, and all but one of the office staff members are full of knowledge and ready to help. My daughter is learning so much more than she was at another SD school in Science, History, and Math. I was disappointed the one time I volunteered as the women were very standoff-ish, but otherwise, I love this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2010
Bay Park is the best!! The teachers are all awesome and obviously learn and grow with their students!! I love that every single morning the entire school stands together and says the Pledge, as well as, sharing morning announcements! Incredible....what other school has that sense of community and family?!?! The parent involvement is amazing!! It' so obvious how loved each and every child is at Bay Park!! Awesome....I am proud to call Bay Park my children's school!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2010
We are Bay Park residents and my kids have been in this school for the last 3 years. The K-2nd grade teachers are very good at this school. There has been an overall improvement in the API test scores year on year (which is why I ranked the school 4 stars) although 5th grade scores are well below other comparable schools. The improvement to test scores for this school came from the previous principal, Mr T. who was very committed to the school, students and parents. The new principal is unproven but her emphasis does not seem to lie in improving test scores as her morning openings (when she does show-up) are focused on Charger football or PTA events.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2009
We love Bay Park! My son just completed kindergarten, so we've only been here for a year but our experience so far has been very positive. There is a wonderful, community-like feeling here and lots of parent involvement, which can only spell success for the children. Our teacher did an excellent job keeping us updated on our son's progress (she even maintained a classroom blog!) and the principal, Mr. T., was fantastic! One thing I really like is the daily Morning Assembly, where students line up w/their class on the blacktop at the start of each school day for the Pledge of Allegiance, a song and important announcements. It makes you feel really tuned in, as a parent. I am sad to say, though, that Mr. T is not returning to Bay Park this coming school year. The new principal has some big shoes to fill!

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2009
We have been at Bay Park for about a year and a half and have had a wonderful experience here. After a nightmare experience at Kate Sessions Elementary we transferred our special needs child to Bay Park and could not be more pleased. We recently had an IEP meeting that ran close to three hours into the early evening and no one even yelled or cried. It was one of the most positive experiences we have had. The teacher is in constant contact with us and the principal, Mr. T. is the most involved and concerned principal we have dealt with. This school has a great special needs program with a team of dedicated professionals. We couldn t be happier.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 13, 2009
All of my children went to Bay Park. Two of my children did well and enjoyed the school. The early grade teachers (K through 2) are fantastic as well as an amazing 5th grade teacher. My children loved him! We would like to have had extracurricular activites, but there weren't any (at that time). The PTA members at the time were extremely clickish and snobby which made it hard to participate. One of my children had learning disabilities and I do NOT reccomend Bay Park for children with special needs. Check out other programs and meet the resource specialist before enrolling. I wish I would have done that. My son hated school. He left the school and did much better in another program. My other children attended Bay Park from K through 5th and overall had a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 21, 2008
My son started at Bay Park in the middle of this last year after a very traumatic move. His reading level went from 18 to 28 in only a few months. His teacher communicated with me on a daily basis to know how he ws doing and what he needed help with. The principal and staff make a point of knowing all the students names and who their parents are. I have been more than happy with our experience at Bay Park. Now that school is less than 2 weeks away, my son is actually excited about going rather than dreading it!

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2008
Bay Park is an excellent school with the guidance of Mr T the new principle. A great school not only requires great teachers but also parents that contribute. Bay Park encourages parent involvement at the school. One parent volunteer to does a choir class before school starts at 830am. Another has a running jogging for students at 830am. A lot of volunteer parents and volunteer teachers get together for the annual Halloween carnival, donating time and baked goods. The school allows girl scouts and boy scouts meeting at the school. If you are considering Bay Park for your kids then stop by and see the school. The teachers are caring and encourage the children. I have my two kids at this school. They love the school, the teachers, the Principal, the office staff and the parents. Its nice when parents and teachers work together to make the school better

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 28, 2007
This is a terrific school! I have one child who requires more help and resources in order to excel and one who excels easily and needs greater challenges. Both get their needs met and exceeded. The principal, teachers and support staff are exemplary!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 27, 2007
This school is great. Teachers are caring and have an open door policy. Office staff is helpful and sincere. Since the our new principal Mr. T came there has been great improvement. He has been a wonderful asset to Bay Park. I would recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2006
Academic programs continue to fall at Bay Park Elementary. Focus is on non-English speakers.No music, art programs. Staff is unconcerned and unmotivated

- submitted by a teacher

January 25, 2006
I have two children who graduated from this school. There were plenty of opportunities for parent involvement, with an active PTA, committees and a few events every school year. A small music program was available, and my son learned enough to participate in the music program at Marston (middle school.) Not really any special art programs that I remember. Academically, my children received a strong education in the primary grades and a lot of support for some learning difficulties. The upper grade teachers they had are no longer at the school.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2006
Unfortunately the principal is more concerned with keeping her high-ups in the district happy than genuinely serving her students or their parents. If you are seeking a special ed placement for your child this is not the place for you, though I must say the support staff was top-notch, especially the speech teacher and occupational therapist. I think it is quite telling that at the very small private school my child switched to this year there are 2 other refugees from Bay Park there as well. I frankly never felt welcomed as a parent volunteer. The PTA vibe is more cliquey than welcoming.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2005
The school removed the music program and then brought it back this year due to parent-PTA pressure. Unfortunately music is during the same time social studies and science is taught and I was advised to remove my child from music so he could keep up with his class. The Principal is too protective of the teachers and showed no concern for my child when I had a concern. There are good teachers at this school but I m sorry to say that since Katharine Wolfe became the principal, Bay Park has lost its high academic performance rating that it once proudly had.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2005
Academic programs focused too much on 'basics' - not enough enrichment in other areas like science, social studies, art. Recently terminated a fabulous music program. Parents very involved and great community commitment to school.

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2005
Baypark is one of the most positive educational experiences available to the kids. The staff genuinely cares about the students and show them great respect. Kudo's to Principal Wolfe and especially Ms. Konishi and Ms. Risty.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2004
Great community involvement. Wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2004
Bay Park is an excellent school. They have an excellent literacy program that provides family reading nights once a month to help promote reading with in the family. Also they have a learning garden that the kids actually grow and maintain themselves. Principal Wolfe is wonderful and was readily available to us parents at the drop of a hat. Cudo's to Bay Park. I am very happy to have my son return there this year.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2003
This school has some excellent education programs in the cirriculum. I especially like the reading buddies program. During reading buddies a kindergarten class is paired up with a third grade class and they meet once a week and read together. The kindergartener picks a book and tells the story based on pictures to their third grade buddy- the third grade buddy then reads a preselected story to the kindergartener. I am very impressed with this program and the school is incredible. I especially like Principal Wolfe.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
Both of my sons have needed Special Ed. and they both were transfered to Bay Park because they were failing at the other schools. I enrolled my oldest 11 years ago and let me tell you, when you have a great teacher and a great school,i t makes a great kid. Now my 10 year old has been going to Bay Park for 3 years and has the same great teacher my 19 year old had and he's doing great! My hats off to Mrs.Sharon Howe and Bay Park who has the best Teachers and the best Principl in San Diego!

- submitted by a parent
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Bay Park Elementary School
2433 Denver Street, San Diego, CA  92110
(619) 276-1471
Last modified Bay Park Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bay Park Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top