"We are located next to San Diego State University and enjoy a strong partnership"
Students enrolled 420
Hours 7:40 AM - 2:20 PM
School leader Laura Alluin
Transportation options Yes
District San Diego Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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5420 Montezuma Road
San Diego, CA 92115

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(619) 582-0136
(619) 286-2016
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4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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September 11, 2014
My older son started Kindergarten at Hardy Elementary last year. He did the TK program at a scool in C.V. the year before and was so stressed that he had night terrors every night. The teachers there were always late and there was no supervision of the children before or after school. When we started at Hardy, I was immediately impressed by the parent and teacher involvement. My son's night terrors stopped completely. My youngers son is now in Kinder and I am now a board member on the PTA. For parents who feel their work schedule is not accommodated, I invite and encourage you to send a note in your child's folder addressed to the PTA because we listen. We're here to serve you. Our meetings are now at 7:50 or 8:15 in the morning. We don't exclude and we certainly are not here to judge. The teachers are caring and respond to any concerns a parent expresses. The staff knows all the children by name. Academically, our students are doing very well. We have a PrimeTime afterschool program that helps children with homework. If tutoring is necessary, I encourage parents to speak up at a PTA meeting to see if we can start a tutoring system. Let's work together for our kids!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
I wanted to love it. My child attended his first few years of school here. I found this past year to be an improvement over prior; the new principal is much more approachable and brought fresh perspective. My child's teacher was GREAT, but understandably overwhelmed by the large class size,which makes it hard to give some students the extra help they need. I didn't think there was enough supervision on the playground, especially among the younger kids, some who still need guidance and help making friends. A few incidents occured that I found somewhat alarming and preventable. Sadly, my other issue was that the school does not accommodate the schedule of a working parent, should we wish to volunteer or join PTA. The weekly meetings were at 5 or 6 making it impossible to attend. I helped when I could but often felt judged by PTA moms and staff. More than once, a certain office staff member made hurtful, inappropriate remarks to me like "Oh I expected dad to pick up (my child). I NEVER see mom." I struggle with working moms guilt as it is and for some of us working is a necessity, not a choice. Bottom line: good school academically, but my child never really felt welcome nor did I.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
We have had great experiences over the years at Hardy and are looking forward to another wonderful year. We have repeatedly seen Hardy parents get involved and work with our dedicated staff to make Hardy a warm, safe place for the children as well as a rigorous learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
I have 2 children at Hardy- we have been there for 5 yrs now & have been very happy with our children's experiences there! They both love school & have loved their teachers and the school overall. It is a small, diverse school with a wonderful school community and fantastic caring teachers. I am impressed with the testing scores given the number of children with ESL students they are still very competitive. There are many after school activities available mileage club (a running/walking program) before school and a school garden program. They also have 2 different after school care programs. It is not perfect, but no school is and I think they work hard to create a safe, nurturing, environment that fosters learning for children.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
I have 2 children in Hardy. We started 5 years ago and have been extremely happy ever since. The staff is caring and amazing with kids. It's nice to go to a school where most of thel adults know your child's name (it makes them feel accountable for their actions and a sense of community, knowing that they are noticed and looked after). I come from a small town and this is how it feels! This is a very kind, considerate and dedicated staff, intent on educating world citizens of many different cultures. Hardy is in the process of upgrading all of the school equipment so it might look a little dusty at the moment. But look beyond the dust and you will find a little gem of a school!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
I LOVE this school. I moved my oldest son to Hardy from another local school where he was not doing well. The teachers and staff at Hardy did a wonderful job working with us and my son. My youngest son is still a Hardy student and we will miss the school, teachers and staff when he moves on after this year to middle school. I have especially enjoyed being apart of the Mileage Club program and am thrilled to be running it this coming school year. I had not seen a program like this before coming to Hardy.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
To the parent post from March 2 2013- if you are referring the lunatic parents who want to protect children from teacher bullying that has occurred at this school and also within SDUSD and want the district to enforce policies that are in place to protect children, then you are referring this parent as well. If you want to attend a school where teachers and administration "pretend" things like teacher bullying have not occurred, then this is the school for you. If you enjoy having your child attend a school where only 78% of the student population were proficient or advance in Math and LA, then Hardy is the school for you. Ask the current admin at Hardy how they were able to obtain a Distinguished School Award when the school did not meet the Hardy SSC academic achievement goal of 81% the previous years? To future parents shopping for a school, read SARC reports, and ASK QUESTIONS!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
I have read some of these reviews and they are quite scathing. There are a lot of buzz words such as "mean" and "bullying" etc. I didn't see anything specific that would cause me to be alarmed. One comment in particular that caught my attention was that the principal was "unethical." That is a huge accusation to say about someone. I don't know the principal very well but she seems very sincere and eager to hear what parents have to say. I wonder if any of these unhappy parents dealt directly with the "problem" teachers? My son got off on the wrong foot with a teacher in middle school. He got stomach aches and didn't want to go to school. We met with the teacher and i helped facilitate the breakdown in communication between them. He gained a better understanding of what was expected for this class. I gave my son the opportunity and skills to take charge of a situation. I didn't fight his battle for him. Now my son is doing great in his class and he has found they have a common interest in Aztec basketball. Many parents think this would make it worse for the child but what message are we sending our kids if we don't first start with the problem head-on?

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
I was a student at this school and was bullied by a TEACHER who screamed at kids, told our class to shut up, threw things across the room, and humiliated kids for not knowing things or forgetting their homework. Most of my teachers were great but this one was really, really, really bad. I can't believe that adults won't do something about it! I can't believe that the adults think nothing bad is going on.

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2012
First hand knowledge of the wonderful staff at this school has led me to write this review. The children in my family have all had a wonderful experiences here that are reflected in their success in later years. Last weeks editorial sums it all up. Good teachers help our children thrive. How lucky any child is to spend their elementary years at Hardy. Kudos to this wonderful little school.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2012
Hardy is a very typical public school. There are some nice teachers, some awful. Nice staff will not protect children from the really mean teachers. The test scores are not truly that impressive. Like most public schools, parents are only allowed to do the bake sales and carnivals. If discerning parents who look more closely raise questions about test scores and chronically poor performing staff those parents will be on the "outs" with staff. This is a very, very "typical" public school. It is ok if you are looking for "babysitting"', but don't expect "stellar" .

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
Love this school. The people, diversity, and caring professionals all make this small community school a gem. The open door policy of teachers and staff give it a real sense of community. They are also trying to start a community garden which will benefit all in the neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
This is a wonderful school with many extra programs, including, music, art, and a running club before school. There are also gifted enrichment programs that run during recess and after school. The teachers are caring professionals that go above and beyond the call to help parents and students alike. I would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
If you are "in" with the principal you might have an "ok" experience at Hardy, presuming you can keep your kids away from certain "problem" teachers. I've observed parents who raise legitimate concerns be seriously mistreated. If your kids are lucky and avoid bad teachers or are "favorites" they'll do fine. All these very glowing reviews are beginning to sound very similiar. I wonder if my review will mysteriosuly be removed like other concerned parent reviews

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
My review was also removed from this website. We will see how long this attempt stays posted. There is no Gate program and Gate kids remain sorely unchallenged. There is a faction of parents who want to pretend that the school is ideal but the parent voice has been squelched and teachers' voices as well. What a disappointment this school is to many.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
Hardy truly is a Great School. I have been a parent here for several years and I didn't think it was possible for this school to improve, but it has! The academic programs continue to challenge the students to learn and grow at an incredible rate. The teaching staff is professional and inspirational. The current administrator has implemented many special programs for students, including a school-wide American Postcard Project and supplemental activities for the GATE students during lunch time (my favorite being the book club). My children are happy, safe and thriving at Hardy Elemenary and I wouldn't send them anywhere else! I love this gem of a school!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
I have taught at several high performing schools and prestigious areas in this city and our test scores at Hardy far exceed those other schools regardless of their communities and student populations. I have asked myself many times, what is it that makes Hardy so unique? We have such a beautiful blend of children from a variety of cultures that make our school a rich environment where children are encouraged to blossom and grow! Our children are thriving in a "real-world" situation each and every day. The students receive excellent instruction at school which is then reinforced at home with our supportive parent community. At Hardy, we are unique in the fact that we have very little transiency. The students that begin with us as kindergarteners remain at Hardy until that warm July day when they stand before us at fifth grade promotion more than ready for the challenges that await them in middle-school. Hardy uses a GATE cluster model which allows access to all students. Why should one test determine which children should and should not benefit from enriched instruction? There is not another school in this district where I would prefer to teach!!!

- submitted by a teacher
September 20, 2011
I wonder how this school can get such a high rating considering the following things: 1. although the teachers are 'GATE certified', there are no special seminar classes, and with the increased class sizes due to budget cuts, it is impossible to foresee the teachers who are already at their max with the work load, doing any special education or motivating GATE students in different ways. 2. For years now there have been serious complaints about a staff member, yet no effective action has taken place. The bottom line is the safety and well being of the children, and I guess it is really hard to keep that in mind when dealing with teacher's unions and district officials.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
I have had 3 children attend Hardy Elementary over the last 10 years and have had many great experiences. Despite the budget issues facing San Diego City Schools, Hardy Elementary has made their school such a treasure. Every teacher my children have had has been wonderful. The principle and teachers are easy to access via e-mail or after school hours to keep in constant communication so that their students succeed. The staff truly cares about each child as if they are their own. They value each child as an individual and foster a positive learning environment. They teach for the children, not for tests. The classrooms are filled with fun, learning, and laughter. Hardy has managed to staff a full-time art teacher, has a PE program in partnership with SDSU, computer education, English Learner instruction, and a wonderful "power hour" to strengthen all of the students reading skills. Hardy has a wonderfully diverse student population and continues to achieve higher than average test scores. Hardy is a "hidden gem"!!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
My middle child went to this school and graduated. It is very personal, off the beaten path, and excellent academics. They really work with your kids on progress and take a vested interest in my childs future. My daughter will attend until she graduates as well. I LOVE HARDY

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
This school is wonderful! My daughter just left for middle school. She came to Hardy from a private school, which was more interested in scores than the student. My son will continue because Hardy teaches him well, is very consistent and truly cares about the individual student. The only problem I see with this school is not having an on-site alternative to the wonderful afterschool program.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2009
My daughter attended for K and 1st grade before we decided to move to another school. Her last year there really contributed to our decision to move to a private school. I volunteered in the classroom and witnessed hours of wasted instructional time expecting the kids to do over an hour of 'independent' reading(which always ended up with the kids goofing off or staring into space), plus hours of (non-educational) movie watching. After only 2 years the principal is leaving so who knows what will become of the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
The teachers are wonderful. They take the time not just with the students but the parents as well. My daughter has improved by leaps and bounds, she impresses me daily with what she learns.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
This is the best school ever. I am so glad I decided on Hardy when my daughter started Kindergarten. All the teachers are great, Mr. Marshall was an excellent principal, we will miss him greatly, he knew every student by name. He retired at the end of this school year. We have meet our new principal briefly and he seems great too. The school has a small student body which makes it 'homey'. The kids don't get lost in the crowd. The school has an art teacher and a permanent art room. This is great for the kids, they love going to art every week. The PTA does many assemblies and extra activities for the kids. They invest a lot of time and effort to give the students the best. Parents are greatly involved in school activities. SDSU students does PE with the kids as well. A+

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2007
My son attended Hardy since the 3rd grade. The school is awesome. The teachers really take a vested interest in the students success. I would recommend this school to anyone in the district. Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Wilson were the most in depth teachers I have ever incountered.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2006
This school is almost perfect. The teachers are supported by the wonderful parents and the principal makes sure the school runs smoothly. The school's program is outstanding. PE is taught daily. The kids have a well organized art program and music instruction. The PTA promotes and supports a wonderful learning community.

- submitted by a teacher
July 11, 2006
Hardy elementary is a great school! I have had two kids graduate from hardy and a 3rd in a year! The teachers are exceptional. And as for the principal mr. Marshall he is the best. He knows every child by name and greets them every morning in the traffic circle. My kids loved and still love hardy!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
My daughter went to Hardy from K-5 grade. It's a small community feel school with older grades helping out younger grades at times. The Principal greets all children every morning by name and is out there in the afternoon to say good-bye. The classes work smoothly and diligently and get the most out of the students. There is ample opportunity for parents to volunteer and be involved at this school. Classroom work was paced so that students could work at an accelerated pace or slower pace as needed, not everyone having to plod through at the same time. They work with SDSU students for tutoring, and have after school classes for a variety of interests. This was an incredible school and I'm glad my child had that experience for elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
Hardy is an exceptional school. My son has attended Hady for 2 years and he loves it. The teachers love what they do and it shows through the kids. I will keep my son in Hardy until he graduates.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
My son has attended this school for 2 years (K-1st). His teachers say he is extremely bright, however the school isn't equiped to handle exceptional students. The principal is uninvolved in student-teacher-parent issues, and passes these issues off to the school counselor. Suggestions can be made to teacher, but teacher is not required to follow any suggestions. We are very disappointed with administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2005
Our son will be attending Hardy when she starts kindergarten. We've heard great things about the schools from neighbors, but are concerned that the API and test scores are below other nearby schools such as Hearst. Given its location in a socio-economically mixed part of town, the scores are very respectable, but for parents looking for 'the best', it's not clear that this is it.

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August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
July 05, 2005
Hardy Elementary has been called 'a victim of its own success.' It is one of the highest performing elementary schools 'south of the 8.' But what I really love about Hardy is that it is my friendly, neighborhood school, and many of my neighbors send their children there. The dedication of parents, teachers, principal and staff is unrivaled. As an example,last year when the district cut the budget for landscaping, our janitor of 18 years, Mr. Gilbert, called in sick and came to work to landscape so the school would look nice for Open House. Hardy has even named a special day in his honor! The principal, Mr. Marshall, knows each and every student and provides a lot of support to the teachers, many of whom have been teaching at Hardy for years. I have two kids at Hardy and plan on sending my third in a few years.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
i am a 5th grade student here and i love it. school has always been my favorite place to be. i have been here since kindergarten and i hope for you to let your child come here.

- submitted by a former student
April 05, 2005
this is a very caring, nurturing school, led by a very involved, interested principal. The ptg always does fun things for the kids,e.g., crazy hat day, pajama day, halloween carnival. Mr. Marshall greets each child every morning by name as they get dropped off in the traffic circle and personally places them in the classroom that he knows the child will do well in. It has certainly made a difference in my child's life.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Hardy Elementary is a wonderful and a great change for my child. My child transferred from a school where the test scores were very low and I decided to find a school whose reputation exceeded everything that I would ask for for my child. The teachers are wonderful. The principal chose an interest in the students like no other. Even the janitor is looking out for the kids. My child has excelled in every subject and is finally excited about school. The activities that they have for the children are wonderful. I have attended several activities and they are very different from other schools because you can tell that everyone is involved in making sure that your children are educated and also have a good time learning. Hardy is a very balanced school and that is what a school should be all about.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
Hardy Elementary school is a hidden gem. It is a small school by current standards and that is what makes it a gem. The teachers know all of the students at all grade levels. The school has kindergarten through 5th grade. I even attended Hardy and am now proud to say my children are attending. The school strives to keep up with current education philosophy and consistently rates high on all standardized test. I am proud that my children attend Hardy.

- submitted by a parent
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Hardy Elementary School
5420 Montezuma Road, San Diego, CA  92115
(619) 582-0136
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Hardy Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top