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K-5
Public
San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 549
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6425 Cibola Road
San Diego, CA 92120

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(619) 286-1550
(619) 288-8395
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April 02, 2014
Having been associated with Dailard for the last six years as a grandmother I have found this school to be an outstanding example of a public school. The teachers have been consistently good, encouraging learning, caring for the students as individuals, offering their own creativity while working within the core requirements. The administrators, secretaries, custodians and staff have been supportive. The parents have been willing to help whenever needed. Everyone is working together for the education and welfare of our children. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a community member
July 28, 2012
We moved here from Marvin ( in same district) and are so impressed. My daughter went from not being able to read to almost catching up completely. She gets great help from teachers and aides. No school is perfect, but this is a good place, with good people that care. The teachers help prep my 5th grader and he had such a better middle school experience than my other student that was promoted from Marvin. We are now having our youngest start at Dailard and they offer a kinder camp that will not only help them get used to the way kindergarten is but also introduce them to some of the children.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
We are very pleased with Dailard. Everyone from the staff to the principal make it a wonderful school. Our son is so happy to attend school each day (he's in Kindergarten). We choiced into this school and are so happy with our decision.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
I love this school the teachers are awsome and it's the best school ever, i am now in middle school but the years i had there where awsome. They work hard a try there best i miss Mr.E but the new principal is alright but no one could ever beat Mr.E he sleept on the roof because we ran enough laps at the jog o thon i think every kid should go here GO DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Best school ever.Hope you like this school as muchas i did.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2010
Great school, great community. It is all about involvment and this school has it. Good teachers and good principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
We have been very pleased with this school over the last 3 years. We now have 2 students attending. Great parent and teacher involvement. The Dads group is fantastic; they support the kids in so many ways. The new principal (Mr. McDade) has done a great job. He is approachable, and friendly - and really seems to know his way around getting things done within the district.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2009
Dailard is an excellent school. My son has gone K-2 here and will be starting 3rd in Sept. Wonderful Teachers and helpful office staff. Lots of parent envolvment.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
My kids have all attended from K to graduation. I have CHOICEd them in since K and Dailard is so worth the drive. The kids have all super excelled and are testing very very well. All of them are reading 3+ years above grade level. The last principal, Mr Erpelding, was awesome, but I am not too sure about the incoming principal. I'll wait and see, and give him a chance. Overall, great experience academically and socially!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
My daughter is finishing her 1st year (kinder) at Dailard. Overall, we are very happy with the school and principal- his enthusiasm and dedication has a great effect. We really like her teacher too. I agree with another that said the afterschool program is not very good - it is not run by Dailard, it is run by the Y. We had her in it for awhile (part time) then were fortunate to find family to provide care and withdrew after a few months. The coordinators don't engage much and in Sept, they were very disorganized- not comforting to parents of a new kindergartner. Hopefully things will improve with next year's Y program. In the meantime, we look forward to 1st grade as Dailard dolphins! ;)

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
My son went from the kid that parents keep their kids away from... to a model student. He is reading above grade level and thriving. I love the teachers and the principal. I recomment this school to anyone who wants to see their child succeed

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2008
I am a parent trying to choice in for next year for third grade. I met with Mr. Erpelding one time and spoke to him on another occasion and I have to say....he is amazing! I have now encountered 4 different principals 3 of them private and none have had the degree of respect, concern and enthusiasm that Mr 'E' has shown to me as a mother of a young child! He seems to know we all love our children and shares our passion of wanting the best for them! What a lucky school! Keep up the good work Mr 'E'! Our children need more school leaders like you!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2007
We choiced into this school and have been very happy with it. The principle is great, very involved, positive and open to feedback. My son is in K and we love his teacher . The one thing that I have not been happy with is the afterschool care. This was somthing that I didn't really compare at different schools (and I wish I had!!) It is run by the YMCA and the first month I didn't feel comfortable leaving my kindergartener there because it was very disorganized. The organization has improved, but the kids seem bored.... whenever I see them they are either playing on the playground equipment or sitting around or coloring. Most of the time the staff just seem to hang out and watch the kids ( instead of doing activities with them) and some of the YMCA staff don't interact well with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2007
We moved to our neighborhood because Dailard was a good school, and amazingly it's even better now. Mr. E. the principal is enthusiastic, innovative, and very motivated to make Dailard the best. He empowers teachers, engages students, and listens to parents. Our children love going to school. They are challenged, involved and happy to be there.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
The Principal at Dailard is the best around, he is always there to help the children and the parents with any problem that arises. He is fair and genuinely concerned about the students and making the school the best it can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 11, 2007
To all parents looking for a great school. Dailard Elem. is amazing. The team of staff look at every child as an individual . They develop not only academics but each child as a whole. My child loves school and I have Dailard to thank!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
Echoing what many have said here, Dailard is an extraordinary school where the principal, teachers and parents are united in bringing out the best in our kids - academically and as people. When we first started a school search for our kindergartener, we were leaning towards a private education. We're so happy we chose to stay with our neighborhood school. Our daughter is thriving and Dailard is an example of a public school education at its best...if only it were a K-8 school!!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
As a parent of two Dailard students, attending back-to-school night was a real treat. The principal, Mr. E, sets a a great tone. Notwithstanding the fact that Dailard's test scores make it one of the best-performing schools around, Mr. E isn't satisfied to sit on his laurels. If the district doesn't snatch him up for some other assignment, I'm confident that Dailard will continue its steady improvement. Managing the surge in the student population that we've seen in the kindergarten classes will be a challenge.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
I chose Dailard based on the Principal and the teachers and I haven't been disappointed in either. I think he is giving tremendous energy & support to the kids & teachers. My daughter just finished her Kinder year and she is doing great. She is excited to go to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
Mr. Erpelding, a.k.a. Mr. 'E', is the best thing that has happened to Dailard. In the time that my daughter has attended there, the school has gone through at least three principals, if not more. The other principals did what they could in respect to parent and self involvement, but Mr. 'E' has been a phenom. He, from my perspective, has been the most involved, the most active, and the most dedicated. He is a great leader.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
RE: Class size. Dailard has taken great measures to keep class sizes to a manageable number. The teachers have done an excellent job of managing their class sizes. Side note: Guaranteed that Mr. Erpelding will take care of the issue next year if there were any problems from it this year. That's the kind of principal he is---he doesn't want the parents or the staff dissatisfied.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
Good principal = Good school. FANTASTIC principal = FANTASTIC school! Mr. Erpelding is a FANTASTIC principal!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2007
I have had a child at Dailard sine 2001 and now one in kindergarten. I love this school. The teachers are great and the principal really lets the kids know he cares about them and the school. I think the kids and parents are very lucky to have him and the great staff that make this school great! Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2007
RE: Class sizes. Someone below mentioned students 'crammed into classrooms.' I am assuming they are talking about the upper grade classes. Many parents do not realize that Dailard's 4th and 5th grade classes are significantly smaller in size than many other schools in our District. To the best of my knowledge, Dailard has relatively low student numbers compared to most schools!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
Dailard is a wonderful school! We as parents are so blessed to have a school with a teaching staff that cares so much about their students. I have lived in san diego all my life and a large amount of the schools around here are falling apart and do not have a strong backbone of teachers and parents like dailard. My daughter came from a private school and has continued to grow and learn with dailard.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
My only complaint with Dailard is kids are crammed in to class rooms, it is not conducive to a proper education.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
My child has attended Dailard since kindergarten and I have always supporrted and enjoyed the teachers, parents and volunteers that have worked hard to educate our kids and see to their well being. This year however I have been very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
Dailard has traditionally been a high performing school, with solid parent involvement and a talented staff. However, following our first year, top leadership has generally been mediocre. The recent addition of a new principal has catalyzed a good school into a great one. Staff participation in afterschool activities and parent involvment has never been better. We have had children at this school continuously for the past 11 years and this is the best year yet!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
I am very happy with the education my children are receiving at Dailard. The parents are highly involved and the teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
The Dailard community is great. MAny parents are involved and the PTF has great support from teachers and parents. Mr. Erpelding, our new principle is a breath of fresh air, and all of the students love him. The teachers hold high standards for the children, whcih is proven by their test grades. I hae my child at Dailard by choice, and it's one of the best choices I've made!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
This school was a pleasure for my daughter and us. Strong parent involvement was a primary reason as well as the teaching staff. Dailard is a small school (only about 500 students) located in a quiet secluded neighborhood. Academic programs were good, though somewhat constrained by local, state and federal mandates. Bottom line - my daughter enjoyed her 6 years at Dailard.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
The teachers are wonderfull they prvide a caring and insparational learning atmosphere parent involvment is encouraged . Security could be better hope this helps.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
I think the teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2004
Dailard used to be a school about educational acheivement as well as a strong social balance for the children. All of this has been lost now. The scores are dropping as well as the enthusiasm the children had. I don't know who wrote the previous review, but they sure do not talk to the teachers and the children. Mrs. King tries to avoid all child/parent contact when possible.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2004
Dailard has great parent/community involvement. The fund-raisers the PTF did, resulted in over $30,00 being raised during the school year. Some of the money raised was used to allow all classes to go on some sort of field trip. For example, the first graders went to the zoo and to Balboa park. The principal, Ms.King, is awesome. The school has over 500 kids and she knows most of their names. This school is great.

- submitted by a parent
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Dailard Elementary School
6425 Cibola Road, San Diego, CA  92120
(619) 286-1550
Last modified Dailard 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.
Dailard Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top