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Students enrolled: 412
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6550 51st Street
San Diego, CA 92120

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(619) 582-2728
(619) 583-6812
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November 03, 2014
Foster Elementary has been under-performing for years. Their focus seems to be more on the budget than the children. I've seen nothing compelling, new or innovative to keep the attention and curiosity of the students. Many of the teachers have been there for awhile and their practices are dated and they are set in their ways. In the student handbook candy is discouraged, but if you turn in your free/reduced lunch form on time you get a piece of candy...that's bullying and they can't even see it! My son was upset because I refused to fill out that info. I'm just glad it's his last year there. Good luck if your child is headed there, don't expect him/her to get any smarter.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
My school is definetly not awesome.this little girl I hate her.her brother is like really nice but she is not.she told me I was a high pitched singer at the talent show .the teacher didn't care at all.the food is gross.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
I like this school. It doesn't look special when you drive by on Zion Ave., but when you turn the corner you see a large grass lawn, trees, fresh paint, and the campus is clean and peaceful. The kindergarden playground is separate and sweet. Don't expect to see many LV bags or designer jeans. The community here is casual and low key. There are many excellent teachers that LOVE their job and make a difference in your child's enthusiasm for learning. There are a couple that just stick to the basics of teaching. The main problem with this school is lack of parental involvement. There lacks a sense of pride here. What Foster needs is parents to care, get involved and kick butt!! Revamp Fosters reputation!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
My kid loves this school her teachers is very good, they have science lab weekly for the kindergarten, when my kid jump from bed at 6 am to go to school this means she is happy to attend this school and as a mother I see this is the key which will help her to be successful academically too.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2011
My child went to this school and let me say that this school needs help in many areas .One good thing is the staff and Principal Downey who deserves credit for trying to clean up this school The students are very mean. This school has a good science program as well and music but no P.E.. So before you pick Foster just know that they are working on this school and Mr.Downey is amazing principal who knows everyone by heart.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 07, 2009
Foster teacher and faculty care. They are very active about the children academic growth.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2009
Having moved from a private school to Marvin, then from Marvin to here, I was nervous. But I the staff went out of their way to help us transition. I'm particularly impressed with Principal Downey, who is absolutely hands-on and who remembers everyone's names. Discipline here is great; kids are well-behaved. Plus- gasp- they actually say the pledge! I was particularly impressed when, on the first day we were there, they got my son into speech therapy, which no one had brought up at Marvin. My daughter is in the gifted program and while she likes her classmates and her teacher, she is not challenged. Parental involvement is high; there were too many volunteers at the Fall Festival . Parents are welcoming. I'm not worried about test scores; the tests are not hard and if you have reasonably capable kids and are an involved parent, your kid will score well.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
So far, not so good. We just moved to SD from Poway. Seeing the test scores made me a little apprihensive, But after reading the reviews about the new principle and talking with one of the Kinder teachers, I thought scores arn't always everything so I would give it shot with an open mind. Well - I have seen with my own eyes that some of thier choices for teachers are NOT, in my opinion the best. I am actually really disapointed. Also, they seem like a school that is just a puppet to the district. There is just this feeling of 'stress that seems to linger' that they have absolutely no freedom to be creative and positive. Like someone has handed them a text book for teaching and you must follow it every step of the way - regardless of how the children feel. As if they are robots.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
This school is ok but not great. Academically my child did good but the expectations in his class were low and I think he could have been challenged more... There were not many school activities and not much parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2008
Foster is a great school. I have sent 2 children through fifth grade. This is not my neighborhood school. I choice in from a more affluent community. Education should not be about snobbishness and elitism. Foster offers a educationally sound, culturally, racially and socially economically diverse educational experience for my children. I believe that many of the parents who opt out of Foster do so because of thier own issues about status and not thier child's best interest.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
Guess what, the whole attitude of the San Diego Unified School District is, 'if you don't like it, choice out.' Let's also remember that this policy was begun due to parental pressure on the school board to do so. In essence, we got what we asked for as a community. This is not unique to Foster. The other schools in the area have kids that are choiced in from out of the area, too. That being said, we are very happy with Foster; the teacher's are fantastic, and our son is getting a great education. We have no reservations about starting our younger son there, too, in another year. Kudos to the school administration for turning Foster around over the last 2+ years.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
This is my sons neighborhood school but now I understand why so many kids in Allied Gardens don't go to this school. Only 3 of the kids in his class live in the community so it's hard to develop friendships and there is very little parental involvent. Also in my sons class the kids have to sit at round tables and don't have there own desk or personal space --it's very distracting and I notice the kids have a hard time completing their assignments and spend lots of time talking and goofing off. I will be sending my child to a different school next year---it's unfortunate because it is our neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
I agree, out of all the children in my daughters classroom, 7 live in the boundry lines of Foster. And as you can tell by recent postings, there is absolutely no concern at all about working to keep local kids in the school. Our contention with Foster is the attitude, if you don't like it, 'choice out then'. So, as more and more kids choice out, scores continue to decline. It's unfortunate, but real. In response to just sending kids to school to learn and not build relationships, I disagree. Learning has as much to do with academics as with building friendships and being a part of a supportive community. A successful school is well rounded, both academically and socially. So until the school and the community come together to make Foster a better school, it will only be average.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
With the new principle at Foster Elementary School I have seen dramatic changes in our school. The care and concern for our children is more than evident. From the principle to the Vice-principle and teachers. The PTA at Foster is small and has a lot of heart. The lack of parent involvement is not because of the diverse population in our school it is because of divicive parents who are more concerned about their own personal desires instead of what will be best for all of the children in the school. Still, our small PTA trudges on with every single person doing more than they can really handle. What would make Foster the greatest school in San Diego would be if the parents who spend their time campaigning against progess would help or choice out themselves.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
I think Foster is a wonderful school. It's true that there are a lot of 'out of area' children, but I think this adds to the school, not detracts from it. I think it creates a more diverse and enriching community. Added to which, children should be sent to school to learn, not to build neighborhood friendships. It's true that the PTA does a lot of fundraising, but every penny is put back into the school. For every fundraiser, they provide at least three services. In fact, they provide over $30,000 worth of improvements. Yes, there is a lot of fundraising, but you can't very well improve a school without money. It seems to me that if the teachers are good, the classes are small, and the school is clean and safe, the school deserves five stars. If my child's school were 'below average', you can bet we would choice out!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
We are very disappointed. The majority of local neighborhood kids 'choice' into other schools in the area. Therefore, a large number of student body is made up of out of area children. Now, my complaint isn't the out of area kids, because they are good kids. It's the fact that there is no sense of community at the school or in the neighborhood, which in turn does not create an environment in which kids can build lasting neighborhood friendships. Also, I feel the PTA is more about fund raising and less about improving the school. The board members are unfriendly and disorganized. Now, on the positive side, the teachers are extremely seasoned and run a very orderly campus. Class sizes are small & the school is clean & safe. Overall, we won't choice out of the school, but, we are moving at the end of the year.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Kudos to our Principal, Teachers and Staff. The positive attitude at our school has improved greatly in the last year. We have a new principal to thank for the change. My daughters love going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
I am very happy with the quality of teachers at Foster Elementary. I have two children that go there currently. We have been at Foster for the last 4 years. We finally have a great Principal and things are going much smoother than the past years. The teachers are the glue that hold the school together!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2006
My daughter has been attending foster elementary school since kindergarten and she is now entering the fourth grade gate class. Her teachers every year has been very wonderful and caring. Parent involvement is wonderful. The down fall of this school is the lack of extra curriculars and activities. Also, I have seen many principal come and go over the past 4 years now. They need to have a stable and reliable prinicipal.It not only affects the children but us as parents as well. One thing my daughter did not like was that the lunch times are very short and rushed. By the time they get on those long lines, sit and eat there lunch, the bell ring and they have no time to play and get some exercise. The school would be better if they extend there lunch times, add more P.E classes and last but not least extra curriculars.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
My son is in kindergarten and I love his teacher. She is understanding of his needs and she cares about all of her students. I hope he is blessed next year like he has been this year. He loves going to the school library and having PE each week. He is always coming home saying 'Mom, did you know...?' My son has come such a long way from being the shy, quiet kid we all knew at the beginning of the year. I am confident he will do well in the coming years.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 19, 2006
Our five year old attend kindergarten at Foster Elementary and we are very pleased with the experience thus far. The teacher is caring, and the community support and involvement is wonderful. There is at least one parent volunteer in the classroom each day of the week. There are extracurriculur activities in sports, and dance (and I believe music for the older students), and we also receive information of community activities offered.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
I have two boy's attending Foster and both of them love the school, the teachers are great and truly care about the students welfare also they teachers will call the parents when the kids are doing well instead of just receiving a report that your child is acting up and for my boy's that is a huge encouragment for them to keep up the good work because they enjoy knowing that their teacher made a call to me stating they are doing well in school. I also enjoy the fact that so many parents are willing to be involved in the school and the options we have with our level of involvemnet, due to the fact that some of us work and can't give as much time as we would like to but there is more than one way to contributed to our kids education, and show our support.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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June 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Foster is a great school. The teachers are youthful and innovative. Socially they keep the children flowing. There is a comfortable mix between teachers and parents throughout the year. Communication is good. My daughter has made a complete turnaround since September when she started Foster from a Santee school. She now enjoys learning and her grades are iron clad.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2005
Since FY 2003 my son's academic scores have improved by 25%. Once a poor reader with a reading level of 19 in Second grade, he has now progressed to a reading level of 34. Love the staff and they are very helpful. We have gone through 3 principals in three years, but hopefully this one is here to stay. Funding for field trips and outside activities is very sparce, but what school isn't. Great new library with a 6 to 6 school program on campus. Parent participation seems to be higher in grades K-2nd and PTA have numerous events throughout the year. The school has at least 3 or more fundraisers a year which can be time consuming. Homework is standard and easy to understand. Great Website newsletter and teacher's posting area. Neighborhood is very well maintained.

- submitted by a parent
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Foster Elementary School
6550 51st Street, San Diego, CA  92120
(619) 582-2728
Last modified Foster Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Foster Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top