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PK-5
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 402
Before care: Yes
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4033 Ingraham Street
San Diego, CA 92109

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(858) 273-9830
(858) 274-5165
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December 21, 2014
Principal works hard, BSS works hard, teachers work hard, office staff works hard, PTO works hard. Students learn. This is a great school

- submitted by a teacher
November 26, 2014
I love this school! The teachers are wonderful, and the office staff is very friendly, helpful, and professional. The criticism of Mrs. Bartolini is not fair. If anyone has a complaint about class size, they should complain to the school board and not blame her. I am particularly excited about the Suzuki Violin program. We are so fortunate to have Mr. Luchs as our teacher. My Kindergarten daughter will be starting instruction after the Thanksgiving Holiday. This is after two months of parent instruction. A few months ago I couldn't imagine that I would be playing violin, but I can actually play! Parent participation is required for 1st year K, 1, and 2 students. 3d, 4th and 5th grade violin students do not require parent participation but parents are always welcome and encouraged to come to class. When you come visit our wonderful school, you will sense a family atmosphere. There is no other school like it.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2014
This school has gone about as low as possible. The new PTO President is as rude as they come, the Principal is overfilling classrooms severely. There is very little supervision during lunch and recess to the point of students getting injured by things that could be prevented had there been more supervision. My daughters friend is a special needs student and she got hit in the face by a basketball Being used for four square. That is against the rules that were sent home! Had there maybe been one more person on the playground supervising, that may not have happened. One girl who is supervising doesn't do a thing. She just stands around. Her work is so sloppy one of the ladies in the office has to help with buses now because the other lady is too slow! So when the office worker goes to buses, there's one worker for the office FULL of parents!! I'm fed up and I too will be calling the Quality Assurance office.There is a whole group of us making a call to Quality Assurance of we don't see some changes soon. Hopefully that starts with more supervision, smaller class sizes and a stern talking to the PTO President so she won't be as rude to families and volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2014
New Principal is unprofessional and a disappointment. Lacks communication skills and many parents left this school year because of her.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2014
Unless you actually work at an elementary school and know the hard work that goes on in the beginning of the school year, then please do not post any negative comments. Office staff has only 2 weeks to prepare for the school year. Teachers return a week before school starts, but come in on their vacation time to set up their classrooms!! And not to mention there are only 2 staff members in the office working their butts off to get all the students in class rosters, preparing for the Back to School event, making sure the school is nice and neat, and follow up on hundreds of email and district work that comes in over the summer! I know because I'm on the PTO and I see the all the work they have to do to prepare for the opening of a new school year. They are always looking for volunteers to help make each year successful and run a lot smoother. Step up and volunteer! THIS SCHOOL IS THE BEST SCHOOL MY DAUGHTER HAS EVER BEEN AT. GREAT STAFF, GREAT LEADER, GREAT TEACHERS, AND A GREAT STRONG PTO.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
UPDATE to my Aug 22 review. I have decided to change my rating of this school to one star due to numerous issues we personally had with the organization and administration upon the start of the school year. In short, assumptions were made about our status (i.e. "we thought you transferred") even though we had filled out all the proper paperwork last spring. Our kids were not assigned a class on Back to School night. We had to fight to get a class assignment, then within the first 3 days of school found it all both class assignments were wrong. Class sizes exceed the state requirements. We have contacted the Quality Assurance office about our concerns. Please note this rating has nothing to do with the teachers our kids have had this year, just the management and administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2014
This used to be an amazing little school with dedicated parents and a strong principle but ever since Muriel Bartolini came along there is tension amongst the staff and nearly every family that worked tirelessly for this school has gone elsewhere. We used to have a strong PTO/PTA but with Muriel in charge, parents efforts there are ignored and Muriel really only cares for her own agenda. I moved my daughter to Kate Sessions after being with CPJMA since she was in preschool. Last year my daughter's classroom had many children with extreme behavioral issues and I voiced my concern many times for additional classroom support. Muriel sat with me in face-to-face meetings, told me she would provide the support and never did. Then as an attempt to punish the children misbehaving (I believe it was the negative school environment causing many of the behaviors) my daughter's entire class was banned from end of year field trips. My daughter won awards that year, why should she have missed field trips? I met with Muriel again and she said all the children would absolutely go on the field trips and she agreed with me. But then when the time came to go, our kids missed out. Avoid this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2014
If you're someone who expects friendly office staff, a principle with strong leadership skills who is an effective communicator, and a school that supports your child's education and developmental needs, LOOK ELSEWHERE! My daughter has a medical condition which requires her to use the bathroom at least every two hours during the school day. I spoke with the principle and her teachers about the matter, I even received an email response from Mrs. Bartolini herself stating that everyone understood and that my daughter would always be able to use the bathroom as often as she needed. I can't express how many times my child came home from school wet, with stories about how the teachers would flat out tell her no, she couldn't use the bathroom. After speaking with Mrs. Bartolini and being assured that my daughter's medical issues would be swept under the rug, my daughter came home and told me the music teachers told her no she couldn't use the bathroom and stated, "If you needed to go so bad you should have went at recess." My poor child! She came home so many times in tears because no one would let her use the restroom. I feel bad for all of the children at CPJMA, thank god we left!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
Crown Point Jr. Music Academy is a wonderful neighborhood school with excellence teachers and parents. There are many great things going on at this school especially this past year with our new principal, Ms. Bartolini. She has done so many amazing things to beautifying the school. We strongly recommend this school to any family that wants their children to have a strong academic and music exposure.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
CPJMA is a great school!!! Plus, what other school provides so many after school music and dance programs for FREE. Nothing in this world is ever perfect, but the staff works really hard to do the best they can with what they got. Schools aren't the same as they were before with all the many changes that happen each year and so much funding being taken away from schools. More than ever this next school year is one where teachers, staff, students, and parents need to UNITE. Join their PTO and make a difference!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Love love this school. It went from a school that was going to be closed because of enrollment to a booming music academy. I have had the opportunity to volunteer/substitute here. The parents/staff and administration has been more that helpful. They are always warm and friendly. If you need anything just go to the office and the administration will do what it can to get it for you or help you. Such a wonderful neighborhood school and a music academy too,

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2014
This past school year has seen CPJMA go from being a super school, to being a below average school. Although we were spoiled by the effectiveness of our previous principal, I think that the community was ready to embrace a new principal who shared our goals for the school. Unfortunately, the present principal does not listen to the parents or the teachers, and doesn't seem to want suggestions or seem to care about this alienation. At the beginning, we thought she was just making mistakes because she was a brand new principal. But as the year went on, things got worse instead of better. She's lost what had become a strong PTA; she doesn't have the support of teachers; students don't seem to bond with her. Hopefully, if she comes back to CPJMA in the fall, her superiors will have helped her with her poor leadership and communication skills. If things remain the same as at the end of the year, this is not a school I would recommend for any new child---enroll in surrounding schools. CPJMA and the current principal are just not a good fit. Let's get the school back to the great school it was! Teachers are the same, parents are the same, just need a new leader.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
The worse nightmare for a parent with a special needs child. The school does not have the appropriate resources to provide the services outlined in each child's IEP. The classrooms became chaotic and children with special needs began to exhibit behavioral issues. My son has both ADHD and Autism. Upon asking for a review, the school admitted that my child had "fallen through the cracks" and had not received the services he was entitled to. I hired a Special Education Advocate to review my son's case. Over 200 hours of services were missing from the records. He had not received the special education support he needed in the classroom to succeed academically. His evaluation in May (done by school) confirmed it. All we received was an apology from the principal and a promise that "next year, they would do better". She explained that the two Special Education case workers assigned to her school were retiring this year and "unfortunately, they no longer had their heart in it". Like my son, many other children were affected. Unfortunately many have no idea or don't know how to request their children's records. I am hoping this will motivated parents to take action.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
As a parent I'm very happy with this school. The teachers are incredible. They care about the kids and hold high expectations. The multiple music programs are amazing and are something most other public schools don't have. I also love the community feel and the friendliness of the other parents and teachers. I would recommend this school to all!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
In my short time having my child enrolled I have come to expect nothing but the highest expections for this school. Time and time again I am impressed with the involvement by the principal and the teachers involved, I find not only will my child's teacher make him a better student, but make him a better person for being enrolled.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
The test scores and the teachers are great. Even better is school's use of the Orff approach to education and its Suzuki violin program. The school has many great after-school programs including a rock band, choral group, and dance, but for me everything radiates from its Suzuki violin instruction, which for those that choose to participate, occurs during normal school hours. The Suzuki program encourages a high level of parental support that trickles down into everything that goes on at CPJMA from test scores, to homework, to student self-esteem, and school spirit. I love this school and could not imagine sending my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
CPJMA keeps getting better and better. Test scores and academic achievements have soared thanks to the dedicated teachers who have gone above and beyond to teach each student. The music program is outstanding. Staff, teachers and parents have come together to successfully petition for the security of the Suzuki Violin Program. New principal for 2013-14 school year has accomplished much in just a few months.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
In just the relatively short period of time that Crown Point Junior Music Academy ("CPJMA") became a music academy and implemented the Suzuki Violin program, CPJMA has grown from 115 children to over 350. CPJMA is now best known for its rigorous academics, increased attendance, bridging the language and cultural gaps, and a unique and innovative music program that has cultivated students who appreciate the visual and performing arts. Noteworthy is that in the span of 5 years CPJMA s API score has rocketed to the top. CPJMA s PTO is active, vibrant and growing. Demographically diverse parents attend PTO meetings. I have seen the academic impact of the program on our own son, who started when he was five (5), and the positive affect on our entire family. Our son has developed self-confidence, self-motivation, maturity and discipline in the manner in which he completes his homework, does his chores, and practices his violin. Crown Point s program has drawn in our extended family as many of them have become involved and engaged in the school s activities and programs. I feel privileged to be part of the CPJMA family.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Take at tour of the school, attend some of it's events, watch a concert put on by the students and teachers, and see why so many families are drawn to the campus. We've since moved but anyone seeking an education enhanced wth music should explore CPJMA.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
The teachers at this little school are fantastic. What they have managed to achieve amidst continual (and demoralizing) slashing of funding is exceptional. The school has a happy feeling as you walk through-- big old windows, gardens outside of many of the classrooms, and lots of enthusiasm within. It's noteworthy that the teachers know most of the kids by sight and name. Additionally, the student body is quite ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. I wish the district wasn't constantly threatening to close it for budget reasons, but so far the teachers and parents have managed to keep it going.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
While my family is no longer in the Pacific Beach area, my daughter started at this school when they still had a full time preschool program and stayed there for 4 years. I cannot say enough about the teachers and staff and how much they go above and beyond to make sure their students get what they need. I was the President of the PTO, volunteered for the PTA, learned how to play the violin in the Suzuki program along with my daughter, worked at the school, and was so impressed by the community of parents that has supported the school and volunteered for the events that raise money to keep the music programs running. We have a new principal that started last year in 2011 who has come in and done a phenomenal job of supporting all of the teachers, staff, and parents in continuing the music programs and providing the resources to make sure every student is receiving the best education possible. You cannot make a better decision than to send your children to CPJMA where the whole family will be welcomed with open arms. Look at the music programs, test scores, and quality of the staff! Definitely a 10! We will greatly miss being a part of this wonderful school! Jen A.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
We have moved out of the state and can no longer attend this school, but I had to let anyone who is interested in this school to go check it out. Almost everyday my 2 children tell me how much they miss their old school. They tell people who ask if they miss San Diego that they really miss Crown Point JMA, and then ask me when my kids ask when they can go back to their old school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
If you re looking for a school that really cares about the kids and fosters a love of learning, Crown Point JMA is the school for you! This bijou little gem is San Diego's best kept academic secret. The school is small the smallest in the district and feels like a private school. Due to the staff's enthusiasm and the small size, it only takes a week or so for everyone to know pretty much EVERY child in the school by sight. The teachers and staff are dedicated and caring. Serving Pre-K - 5, the school has a wonderful library, active and involved PTA, enthusiastic and proud student body and is a music magnet school, offering music education from Pre-K on, including free ongoing lessons in Suzuki method for violin. Principal Boone is doing a bang up job. Scores are soaring and we couldn't be happier with our daughter's school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2009
I'm sad to see the end of the year approaching as I have been so delighted to be a part of Crown Point Jr. Music Academy. This school has been such a blessing in our lives as we transitioned from out of state; I felt so welcomed and accepted by all the staff, especially my child's 2nd grade teacher! I think the education he is getting is outstanding and he is being challenged each and every day. He is looking forward to furthering his music education, too! I feel so lucky to be a part of this school as I hear there is a waiting list to get in now. I can't wait to see what next year brings at this wonderful place!

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January 02, 2009
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no rating November 25, 2008
I have two preschool children enrolled (a 3 y.o. and a 4.5 y.o.) here and feel lucky to get in since there is a wait list now. My children love going to school. The teachers are warm and caring. My children are singing all the time and lately, my oldest draws musical notes and tells me he is composing a new song! The principle is wonderful and keeps parents informed. Great school and glad they changed it into an Magnet school this year. If you are considering this school, keep in mind it is a new magnet school so reviews older than Sept 2008 are from before they became a magnet school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2008
I can't wait to continue my child at Crown Point this coming fall! Especially now that they are Crown Point Junior Music Academy; what a wonderful addition to our neighborhood! I have never been disappointed in the quality of education my children have received at Crown Point and I look forward to seeing this school grow - it's fantastic!

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July 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 17, 2008
Give this school another look. There are more programs than represented here, the leadership from the principal is excellent, and they are on the brink of becoming a Junior Music Acadamy. Many parents I spoke with feel this is a hidden gem and pass by several other schools to bring their children there. Get your info first hand from this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2008
This is a very poor school. No funding for extra activities such as music and art.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2007
We only have 180 children so every student gets individualized help. We are like a small private school but we are free. We pay for a certificated, IB trained Library Media Teacher. She's the only one in the district. Crown Point families have access to a beautiful school library as well as online subscription databases for their inquiry projects. Students have a comprehensive Physical Education program as well as access to free Spanish language lessons beginning at age seven. We have a phenomenal program including afterschool care and pre-school taught by an IB trained teacher.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2006
Mrs. Cabrillo & the teachers & staff run Crown Point very well! From academics to art, sports, & music I think they are culturally diverse & they give my children the best education possible! We have been there for 2 years now & the school may be small but their school spirit & dedication shows through the childrens excitement to learn!

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March 15, 2005
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Crown Point Junior Music Academy’s unique and innovative Suzuki violin program facilitates the coming together of child, family and teacher to create a vibrant triangle of success. - Crown Point Junior Music Academy is a demographically diverse and cohesive school community that is closing the achievement gap. - Crown Point Junior Music Academy cultivates students who appreciate the visual and performing arts while providing a motivating and rigorous academic environment.

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Crown Point Jr Music Academy
4033 Ingraham Street, San Diego, CA  92109
(858) 273-9830
Last modified Crown Point Jr Music Academy is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Crown Point Jr Music Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top