"Our school promotes a safe, orderly, caring, and supportive environment."
Students enrolled 774
Hours 7:50 AM - 2:10 PM
School leader Yolanda Lewis
Transportation options Yes
District San Diego Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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3303 Taussig Street
San Diego, CA 92124

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(858) 496-8310
(858) 278-6549
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3 stars
Based on 50 ratings

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November 16, 2014
Awesome school with great support staff. Highly trained professional staff members who motivate thier students to learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2014
We have had a great experience with Hancock and look forward to our new principal at the school. As for the person who said they discourage parent involvement, I am sure you have the wrong school as there are over 50 parent volunteers at this school. Maybe you should join and involve yourself. The entire kindergarten staff is wonderful. I have never had a problem with the office staff. They have been very nice to me. Maybe your poor attitude can be seen from the moment you enter the door.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
I am trying everything in my power to change schools, or I will homeschool. The teachers (the ones my kids have) are a joke. Teachers cant keep meetings, make kids feel bad about themselves, an over all crappy school.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
This is not the type of school for family involvement. They actually discourage parental involvement. There is no communication from the school whatsoever about how your child is doing. My daughter is in kindergarten and I can not wait to get her into another school using school choice voucher. Another problem is the people who work in the office are so rude to the parents and the children. Just walk in on any given day and after you are ignored you will rudely greeted with can I help you. As if you are in the wrong for just walking in the office to ask a simple question. Lunch time for kindergarten consists of the kids getting screamed at with a megaphone, and whistles being blown to quite the kids. Very impersonal, it took until November for my daughters teacher to know who she was . If your moving to this area go to sandi.net and voucher to another school or drive your kids outside the district right down aero to angier elementary. 100xs nicer school. Hancock elementary doesn't even have a PTA. It's the worst school I have ever encountered.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2013
I have children in kindergarten and 2nd grade and I am very please with their teachers. I have high expectations for schools as I am a student getting a degree in education. We live in the neighborhood and moved here after we had a chance to choice our kids to another school. I am glad we were able to give this school a chance and will continue to go there. I volunteer 4 days a week in the classrooms as well and I have seen nothing but greatness come from these teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Prior to my children attending Hancock I had concerns in regards of the quality education my children would receive at a primarily military enrolled school but Hancock is one the best schools my children have attended. I have one child with special needs and one without and they are but receiving a high quality education. I am impressed with the professionalism and the range of services available. The staff and teachers are wonderful and our children are having an educational experience where they are both thriving in classrooms that teach to individual needs. We are one of the few officer families who choose to send their children to Hancock and I am amazed that more of our neighbors chose not to send their children to there. The teachers and staff are dedicated and thorough. The only difficulty I have run into is poor parental involvement, which is not at the fault of the school. With the teaching staff going above and beyond to ensure my children's needs are met, we are blessed to have found this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
This school is by far the worst I have ever seen. It seems that since there is a large concentration of military in this area that the district feels it can let this school slide to ruins. The teachers for the most part do not care about your children, however, there are a few stars in the bunch. My children were constantly late for lunch (not being allowed to eat) by fault of the teachers inability to manage her time properly. My son who is learning math at home is two full years ahead of his peers because his teacher uses a dvd to babysit and teach math while she does only god knows what. When handing in assignments he is constantly reported as delinquent or missing because his teacher refuses to flip the the assignment over to look for a name and just throws them away or in a basket she doesn't look in. Most of the teachers are just plain LAZY, RUDE or ignorant to what children need. If they are burned out then move on!!! The principal is never available to handle issues and allows her bully front office assistant to intersect and act on her behalf. The stars of this school are Ms. Effron, Ms. Cutler, Ms. Craig and Mr. Steel. If you need to go here then ask for these guys.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
Hancock Elementary: If your kid goes to Hancock then you DEFINITELY are a military family. Keep in mind: military schools typically come with a host of unique problems - parents serving deployments which can be disruptive to home life, family moves frequently, Parents less-well-educated than other mainstream schools (ceterus paribus for same socio-economic strata), etc. However, they also have a greater sense of shared community and a more-diverse student body, which has its benefits (though these don't typically come out in standardized testing). Wife and I live on the Officer side of the neighborhood and our daughter attends Hancock, 2nd grade. Her assigned teacher, Ms. Doran, could not be a more attentive instructor. She is professional, wise, kind and maintains a great learning environment for the children. She is the best teacher our daughter has had in 3 different states. Teachers should not be held responsible for the education of children, only the instruction (some persons fail to understand this, I know...) of said kids. Hancock is a safe, organized school, even considering the scene at pickup everyday is a big CF, but due to the parents not the administration ;)

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2013
Well apparently half of my review dissappeared - basically my 9 yr. old granddaughter who is new to this school is failing math - has ADD and altho she's in 4th grade is only working at a 3rd grade level in math due to her previous school. So after several attempts to get help for her and trying to get the school to accept her into an afterschool math program (they have the program available for all grades except 4th - so her mom tried to get them to accept her into the 3rd grade program since she's working at 3rd grade level anyway but it's full) but apparently they would prefer to see her fail than add 1 more child to the program. How ridiculous is this !!

- submitted by a community member
December 24, 2012
i go to to this school and im a fifth grader so i have to say to give it a five. one because my brother threw up in the bathroom and when he went to the nurse my mom wasnt told about it till after the day was over and she started to make a fuss about it. over all i love the school, it was where i met my best friend and we both excelled in the fifth grade so we are both hoping to go to the same middle school and i owe it all to my teachers who have brought me to the top and my best friend would probably say the same thing.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2012
This school is a big disappointment. Having come from IL, my son, who just got out of kindergarten, was on the same level as their 1st graders. I have family in VA and NY. I have family in both places have children in the same grade as my son. Both elementary schools in IL and VA are doing what Hancock is doing a year in advance. Knowing this depresses me because my son will be very behind when we move back to our home state of VA. I feel that they so not push children to excel. They just expect the bare minimum and that is what the children put out. I feel it is not the teachers fault. They are really good and caring teachers. As soon as I can, my child will be out of this school

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
If another child injures your child you are not told about it. The principal doesn't return e-mails or phone calls until she is told her supervisor's will be notified. They give preferential treatment to special needs children. One such child was allowed to tear apart a classroom while the other children watched. This happened not less than five times and he never received detention or suspension. He also tormented my son and nothing happened because he was special needs. The special needs staff are great but there is no discipline or standard for which the children are set to behave so lots of things go on in class. After talking to other parents they too had problems with destructive behavior as well as disrespectful children after school. It is a horrible school so make sure before November 1, you fill out an application to apply to a better school like Kumeyaay.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Great school. You can't blame the school for parents who don't care about their kids education. You only get out of a school what you put into it. The teachers at the school do an amazing job considering they have kids coming and going throughout the year. The new principal has done an amazing job getting it back to where it needed to be when the last one didn't care about anything. If you aren't pro-active in your kids education you can't expect the school to be anything less than horrible because your kid is probably a flake who doesn't do anything in class.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2010
Before my family (military) moved to San Diego, our daughter (who is in 2nd grade now) had been to 2 different schools in 2 years--this is her 3rd school since starting school. This is also the VERY BEST school I have seen since she started!! The principal--well I cannot say ENOUGH good things about her--she is AWESOME and she DOES care about the kids! My daughter's teacher has made the comment that "her students become HER kids while they are at school"--she cares so much. I have tried to get my daughter into speech therapy (she stutters) in her past 2 schools and NOTHING ever happened! It took LESS than a month from the time school started to get her into speech and she is doing SO much better because of it!!! Overall, this school has got the BEST team, they communicate with each other, the principal KNOWS her kids by name. There is nothing I have found negative about this school and I would consider staying at a San Diego command for ANOTHER 3 years JUST to stay at this school!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 09, 2010
my son just started half way through the school year and i already don't like the new prinicpal!! i've never met her. i have ran into a couple of issues at the school and the front office and teachers are very helpful but when i asked for the principal to call me about my issue the vice principal called me instead!! and now i'm finding out that she had a bad habit of doing that at other schools she's been at also!!! the school overall isn't that bad the principal is terrible!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 08, 2008
My daughter has attended Hancock since kindergarten and is now entering the 4th grade. She has had excellent teachers who have been nothing but caring and patient. The school, however, is very small, outdated, and definitely reflects the san diego school budget crisis. There are a number of bungalows w/no air conditioning to accommodate various grades including Special Needs classes. Because this is a military community school teachers are constantly having to address excessive absences, disruptive students (verbal and physical), large class sizes that often dwindle toward the close of the school year, and worse the hygienically challenged. There are no 'letter' grades at this school. Instead they use a basic progress report grading system. Families are involved in this school and Hancock does an exceptional job of setting up events for family participation. Please note their testing scores as they are a good reflection of what to expect academically.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2008
My boys are ADHD and I could have never asked for more patient and loving instructors. My kids love going to school and my son who is developmentally behind exceled in this school. Thanks you so much staff, you are a blessing to worring Mom's like me.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 07, 2007
Hancock is an outstanding school. The principal is on fire for the kids. My son's teachers this year, and last, are caring, hardworking professionals.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
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July 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 02, 2007
This school is great. They have fun and inventive ways of teaching the kids. My son is in 2nd grade and he is doing great. Very helpful staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
School has no discipline. It seems like no one at the school cares about the safety of the children either. Parent involvement is none. With 0 tolerance expected, it should be enforced by the school. Am transferring my child to a better school next year. No teacher involvement or concern for state testing. Scores reflect this. Would not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2007
Parents don't care about the childrens education. The school is trying to get better but the parents do not make the kids study enough or get envolved with kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2006
If only we have enough discipline in this school, I know this school will be great....We have too much disciplinary problems that affects the other students' performance in school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2006
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September 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
I love Hancock, our new principal started the year my son was in kindergarten and each year gets better. We are no longer in the military, but still live close by and I have chosen to keep my son at Hancock because of the love and caring of this wonderful school

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2006
We now have a new principal for the last two years and there are improvement that has been done...If only we can have discipline.....We have so many children who don't have respect at all and they are not punished.....

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
I love the principal because of her emphasis on reading and communication skills for all grade levels.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
I am a grandmother of two boys who attend Hancock Elementary and a retired teacher. The new principal has made such a difference! She has empowered the teachers and staff. The children appear to be so much more involved. Now it is time for all of the parents to give her their support. She can't do it alone, nor can the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
Awesome school. Closeknit community where the children are hardworking and families are very involved.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Hancock is a great school. We are a military family and have been in 5 different states so far and this is the first one to give my special educations kids the correct classroom setting without having to fight for it.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2006
I will say good school for military familly

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January 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2005
Hancock has its issues, but all around it is decent school with quite a few teachers that care about the students and the quality of their education.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
I was very disappointed in this school, with no activites such as art or music and the extreme lack of homework, this school recieves a huge 0 from me. I feel as though the school does just enough to get by without anyextra effort from anyone there.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
I loved working with all of the teachers and staff at Hancock. My children loved going to school there. My 8 yr old daughter did not want to stay home from school one day when she was sick because she loved being in class, she didnt want to miss a day of learning. We spent 5 yrs at Hancock, I volunteered and worked on the playground. The teachers appreciate the parent involvement and welcome it. The only thing i can think of to complain about would be that they took away the band program this last year. The P.E. and music teachers are very well loved. I absolutely loved every teacher my children had.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2004
Just read through the posts and you will find one common negative trait in the posts. The Principal! We have 1 child currently enrolled and the teachers are good, now if only they could remove some of the Management! -Jason

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2004
I have two children attending Hancock right now. In my opinion the school is over-crowded, lacks extra-curricular activities, and the school really needs renovation. My daughter is in a classroom without air conditioning, and it gets quite hot during the summer months. Luckily, my children were blessed with wonderful teachers. Many thanks to Mrs. Dungan, Mrs. Cutler, Mr. Pesquiera, and Mrs. Tighe!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2004
I have a child at Hancock. It's been my experience, the school is over crowded, lacks to many resources, both the teachers and support staff severly lacks passion and enthusiasm. When I go up to the school, it saddens me to see the dull faces of the teachers, who are responsible for inspiring and nuturing such young minds. The principal is very closed minded and seems to feel territorial. It bewilders me why this school still exists.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2004
My son goes to Hancock and he really likes this school. The teachers really seem to care, my son was alittle uoset due to lack of a play ground. the resorces are tight, but the have a great group of teachers that really help out the children. I know that Hancock may not have all the latest resorces but I have no doubt that my son attends a great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
Hancock Elementary has almost 850 students, with 90% coming from military families and 10% who are living outside this Military Housing area.The school have a 5 day nurse right now and 3 day Guidance Counselor, and 2 resource staff. A lot of the students that are military dependents are 'EFM' - Exceptional Family Members and are needing special services. The school tries to meet all the needs of the students but with limited staff, we really have to stretch on our resources. The school is indeed working within the boundaries of what it is expected to offer to the students.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
I have had a wonderfull experience with this school. Excellent teachers here. My son has had three teachers all of which have been great. I have seen more growth from my son due to the quality of the teachers he has had. My second son started kindergarden this year and I see the same with him. Big thanks to Mrs.Ortiz, Mrs.Connor and Mrs.Watz.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2004
This is a very substandard school due to the administration. All of the children here are military dependants and deserve a little added help, they do not give. They are behind on all the assesments for children with special needs and the principal just keeps putting you off. Their is absolutely no art going on in the school. They have poor organizational skills. Not to mention lack of school pride by all the staff. I highly advise transfer to another school if you have the option.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Both of my sons attended K-5 at Hancock, and my daughter will be starting kindergarten there this year. Most of the teachers I've met have been excellent, and willing to work with you to help your child if needed (especially Mrs. Robertson!). In my experience the principal hasn't seemed willing to really listen to parent concerns, but she holds a monthly meeting for parents. All in all I've had very few problems with the staff or quality of teaching, and I have no concerns with sending my daughter there.

- submitted by a parent
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Hancock Elementary School
3303 Taussig Street, San Diego, CA  92124
(858) 496-8310
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Hancock Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top