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K-5
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 749
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10050 Avenida Magnifica
San Diego, CA 92131

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(858) 578-5330
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October 03, 2014
We took our son out of a highly-desired charter school to attend Jerabek so that our youngest son could receive the special education services he required. We have loved the school (on our fourth year now) despite the many changes in leadershipt. Cannot say enough positive things about the special education department. The teachers are wonderful. My only complaint is that they have volunteers running the pick-up and drop-off locations out on the public street who are totally incompetent. If you are going to have a program like this you need to provide training for these volunteers. They are out of control with power and do not know what they are doing.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
As a kindergarten parent and first time going through the " system" wow! Great teachers, fantastic FFO president, Huge parent involvement, great Spanish program, science, dr suess night, jog a thon, great parent only spring fling, friendly staff, principal that my 5 year old talks to often! Great class mates and parents ! Schools are not perfect bc they are run by people and people are not perfect but this 35 year old school has consistently preformed. :) to think I was considering a private christian school makes me laugh. Save your money go here you will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
Jerabek teachers are amazing. Their care and concern for their students, their attention to curriculum, and their integrity as professionals is profound. My children were blessed to attend this school with the exceptional teachers!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Hats off to our new principal! She has had to make some drastic changes that were long overdue. Yes, some parents were upset that they were not able to request teachers. Yes, some teachers were upset they could not hand pick students. Welcome to the real world folks. Jerabek was dysfunctional the past several years. The new principal is creating a positive learning environment for all students - not just those from A-list families. Thank you for making some difficult changes and for your focus on academics.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
Jerabek is a great school. Outstanding teachers, a dedicated go-getter principle, high parent involvement and volunteerism. Jerabek offers wonderful and rich curricular opportunities including music, art core, super science, garden club, running club, chess club, reading across America program, and science and math nights for all grades. I have a 4th grader and a first grader, both love their teachers, enjoy lots of field trips, and opportunities hands on learning. There are promethian boards, computers, and tablets available to students. The school is not new, however it is well maintained and continues to be upgraded and updated. Security and safety of the children are of highest priority. I feel so lucky to be at Jerabek and am confident my kids are receiving an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
Used to be a great school till last year but the new principal is a huge disaster. Absurd decisions, changing everything into worse and with no respect for teachers, parents and children. Stay away from this school if you can.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
I agree with the previous reviewer. There are a handful of strong teachers at Jerabek. While the school has great families, parental involvement, extracurricular activities etc., I feel it lacks focus on individual achievement and academic rigor. So far my experience with the new principal, Mrs. DeVicariis, is very disappointing. Her lack of interest in my child's individual needs and his educational success is very disappointing. While once a great school, I fear we are heading down a slippery slop motivated by politics not education.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2013
There are a handful of strong teachers at Jerabek. However, there are also a handful of weak teachers that simply should not be teaching. It is next to impossible to remedy this situation (tenure). The former principal really let things slide. Many teachers feel quite entitled and resist change, training and constructive criticism. Look at the benchmark exams to get a better idea of the situation. Yes, this school has great families, parental involvement, extracurriculars and so forth... However, academic rigor is lacking!! I saw evidence of this when my GATE child moved on to Marshall and was not prepared.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2013
My son attended kindergarten at Jerabek and had a wonderful experience--but after a move to a nearby community, I made the difficult decision to pull my son out and put him in the school near our new home--what a mistake that was! I guess I thought any school in a good district and nice community would be equal to Jerabek. Well, I was wrong! After a year--and 2 schools later (including a private school)--I put my son back at Jerabek for second grade. It was the best decision I ever made. Jerabek stands out among other schools my son has attended because of its qualified, dedicated teachers and parent involvement. Students get to experience rich curriculum that is lacking in other public schools--this is because of our active FFO and parent support that raises money for programs like Super Science and Art Corps. There is always something going on at Jerabek--whether it be family math night or Dr. Seuss Read Across America. Teachers here are NOT teaching to the test, but rather developing lessons that are engaging and kid centered--and teaching kids to think--not just regurgitate! I HIGHLY recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2013
Jerabek is a great neighborhood school that has supported, nurtured and loved my children over the past four years. It is an asset to the Scripps Ranch community and we are blessed that it is our neighborhood school. I am looking forward t o the district wide, common calendar for the 14-15 school year. This will allow all of our children to be on the same schedule. We are looking forward to a great school year with new leadership to take our school to new heights!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2013
Our boys have had a wonderful academic and social experience every year for the last 7 years, including a very stimulating 4/5 combo. The teachers are excellent as well as the extra programs, like Super Science, Family Math/Science Nights and Art Corps. We especially appreciate the music program, including weekly music, recorder from 3rd grade, and optional band in 4th/5th grade. I'm sorry to see these negative comments and want to assure families considering Jerabek that they will be welcomed here. Yes, there are many involved parents, but we work as a team with our teachers and administration. We are looking forward to the future with our new principal.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2013
I have two children at Jerabek who are thriving. This is a great school where parents are involved and volunteer a lot of time to help at school. It is a welcoming community and the teachers are wonderful. This school has a lot of great programs such as art, music and Super Science that make it a wonderful experience for my kids. I also like the wide range of after school activities that are available on Thursdays and during school breaks. These include Lego Engineering, Whiz Kids, Flag Football, and Mad Science, to name only a few. We have a before school Spanish program that I've heard good things about and will be joining next year. After a few years of stagnation, we have a new principle who is a strong leader and I expect the 2013-2014 school year to be a great one.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
We have been at Jerabek 2 years and moved here from another local elementary. Our kids have had a mixed experience - primarily based on their teachers. Jerabek is in the midst of change and the new principal has made some very positive improvements. Outstanding parental involvement and lots of extracurriculars make the school shine. However, there seems to be a core group of parents who are very involved and year after year get the strongest teachers. Allowing siblings to get the same outstanding teachers - again benefits these same families. Hopefully the school can work on welcoming all students and creating a positive experience for ALL our kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2013
We've been at this school for 3 years now, with 2nd and 1st graders. The schools policy is that siblings have the teachers; so far it's a blessing. Our K teacher was fantastic, though lacked some organization. Our boys finished her class ahead of others from other classes here, and other schools. Our 1st grade teacher is even better. She engages the kids making them want to learn, and is organized as anyone I've know. We get newsletters and she is approachable. The 2nd grade teacher is a jewel. She sings when doing lessons, keeping the kids focused on her message; they love it. She handles them so well . She needs no help in a classroom of 24. If we continue having the excellent instructors and education, it would be amazing. The only negative I've found is that SR seems to have a group of parents that feel entitled. They conducted what I would call a witch hunt to have an autistic boy removed from one of the other first grade classrooms. They make statements that indicate they want to keep non SR kids out of OUR schools. They should be ashamed of themselves. It is a minority, however, they are here as they are almost everywhere. Most parents are caring and positively involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
I made the mistake of keeping my daughter at this school. She is in first grade and the whole year has been a disaster. Her teacher is emotionally stunted and displays that in her bulk emails she sends out to the parents that border aggression and hostility. my daughter's emotional and academic progress have declined. The school is also over run by under educated parents that have nothing better than time on their hands in making the school a social club for their own needs. It is highly expected that the parents that work, contribute enormous amounts of money to classroom parties or school supplies. It is stated that these donations are optional but they aren't. If you don't contribute time or money, your child will be left out of the parties and without school supplies or passwords/ usernames to the computer programs. The relationships between the teacher and FFO parents are inappropriate. They are bordering unethical school boundaries. If you have a financial or family crisis and the staff are privy to it, be sure that it will be the focus of the teachers and parents until the next scandal comes about. I'm a teacher and disgusted by this school. Best advice - don't go there.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2012
After 8 years of living abroad the military moved us to SD. We choose to move to SR specifically for the schools. After 3 weeks of school we are desperate to pull our 4th grader daughter out! Her teacher teaches only to the test, reads from the textbook without any added teaching, fails to engage the children in any critical thinking, and has no control over a classroom of 32 children. She is obviously immune from being fired. The principal is apathetic. Our 1st grader has an inspirational teacher who obviously spends a lot of her personal time and money on the classroom, yet with 24 students she also seems stressed. We will leave her in place to finish the year but we'll try to choice into a neighboring school that seems to have a better reputation before mortgaging the house to pay for private school. San Diego, California, and America- you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing your public schools to become the laughing stock of the world. The "bunglows" where our children are "educated" are run down and I doubt anyone would have inspirational moments sitting in a trailer all day long if their working environment were half as bad as what the children are forced to endure.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
This was our first year at Jerabeck. We looked at a lot of schools before Kindergarten and I wasn't sure what to expect but we were extremely impressed. Charter Schools will have you believe that if you send your child to a regular public school they will be bored and the scope of education will be very limited. To the contrary, we were amazed at all the things our daughter learned and experienced her first year at Jerabeck. The Art Corps program was top notch, they also did Super Science, Math and Science parent nights, fabulous field trips to the apple orchards, pumpkin patch, organic farm, wood working, zoo, seaworld etc. (which the teacher tied into wonderful class projects). There is also a music program which the kids get more involved in as they get older. The class size was larger than we'd hoped (25) but the parents really step up at this school and volunteer. Also the teacher handled the class beautifully, and we felt she really knew our daughter and how to encourage her. I hear from other veteran parents that the Fisrt Grade teachers are all excellent as well, so we're excited for next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2012
We spent 6 years at Jerabek. We moved our daughter this year as we have seen a huge decline in the quality of education provided by Jerabek. The principal does not support his teachers and does nothing to stop the bullying. He does not appear to be a leader and the school is downing downhill fast. It is a shame because Jerabek used to be top-notch.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2012
My son is in 1st grade at Jerabek and we love it. He has Ms. Cannon and she is the best! She is strict and provides my son with the structure and discipline he needs but at the same time is very warm and caring. She adores all the kids and it shows. My son has learned a lot this year and made many friends. We are very pleased with his progress. He enjoys going to school. We are a military family who had to "Choice" our son into this school and it was a great decision. I only wish we could stay for 2nd grade but we're leaving San Diego.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
The Principal lacks complete leadership, I do not believe he has the students best interest at heart. He does not take care of his students or the parents. Both of my children have been bullied and have not heard a word from him? NOT GOOD!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2011
I am beginning to think about private education as the state of "the best" public schools in town are not what I want for my child. Teacher morale seems low to me although they seem to be trying. This is the failing of our society in general for underfunding education for the past few years.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2011
I have two children at Jerabek. One is a highly gifted and truly unusual learner. His needs have never been satisfactorily met. He hates school! The other is also very intelligent, but a much more typical learner. She loves school and is sorry when she doesn't get to go. I have found that if you are lucky enough to get the exceptional teachers (and so far we have been), things are pretty good. But even with a string of all the best teachers in the school, my son has been very unhappy. He has been bullied and excluded by teachers and students alike, and I have worked with teachers and the administration to try to make his experience better. They have given me nothing but lip service. They are unwilling to change their "one-size-fits-all" teaching model! This is NOT working for my son, and so for his 5th grade year, I think we will have to find a better solution for him. My daughter will continue to attend, and she will most likely be very happy. But if you have an unusual child who doesn't fit the baseball playing, out-going, athletic mold, this might not be the best place for your child.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
As a former educator with three children, I have found Jerabek to be a top-notch school!!! Is it a bit 'cliquish'? Yes... but this seems part and partial to the area of Scripps Ranch. There is no denying however, that the teachers and parents who volunteer their time are providing my children with an amazing school experience. This is a truly great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
Jerabek Elementary is truly an amazing school. I have had 3 children go to Jerabek. They have been Seminar, GATE and regular. All were well challenged and engaged in the classroom. The teachers are amazing and the support from the parents in time and money is humbling. We moved into this area to have the benefit of a school such as this one. We have not been disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2009
As an educator with four children our family found you are either in a really great classroom or in a classroom where your child just filled space. Two years in a row our GATE child has been bored, unchallenged and not well supported by the teachers. Parents offer great support in the classroom but are cliquish and difficult to warm up too. We are now considering moving our children to another school in the area where their needs are better supported. We chose this area to live in because Jerabek is so highly rated and have regretted the choice now for two out of four years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 23, 2008
I have had three children go through Jerabek. We have always been impressed by the level of experience and dedication of our teachers. I am also impressed by the number of dedicated parents who volunteer in each classroom. It's like having two or more teachers in each class, every day. What was very surprising to me was the disconnect from the district. As a high achieving school, our funding is at the bottom. Parents have been the resource badly needed to provide extras like science, art and technology. I want to personally thank all parents who give of their time and money to make Jerabek what it is.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2008
Teachers and parents work together to form a perfect elementary school experience. Lucky children.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
Very disappointed in the teaching method of my sons teacher and 'one size fits all' attitude. Our GATE child was not challenged and became bored. Our experience was unfortunate but if you are in the right parental 'click' your child will benefit with some extra attention from the teacher. And this was just kindergarten!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
Jerabek is a great school in terms of the academic curriculum and parent involvement and in my opinion, rates high in those area. However, this school could really benefit from more diversity and inclusion diversity and inclusion. As compared to my child's previous school, the 'air' isn't particularly inviting. Many of the parents are cold and unfriendly and tend to huddle in their cliques.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 16, 2007
Although this school is strong overall there are some glaring deficiencies in the teaching staff. Most teachers are dedicated and caring, but some simply need to retire or move on. If your chid doesn't 'fit the mold' of the typical student they're out of luck in the classrooms of these teachers. The principal should be commended for the work he's done there to 'combat' this, but there is still a lot of progress to be made! All 5's for this school, except in the 'teacher quality' section!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 27, 2007
Jerabek is a fantasic school due to its teacher's dedication and the extreme amount of parent involvement. San Diego Unified School District continues to cut funding for all schools thus making Jerabek's administration heavily dependant upon monitary contributions from Jerabek families. These funds pay for many of the extra's that Jerabek provides to its students: ie. art, computers, librarians and yard monitors. Every child is given the best education possible. Jerabek will continue to be an outstanding school, as long as the families are able to fund the district budgetiary cuts. The only draw back is that Jerabek is on a year-round school schedule while all of the other schools in Scripps Ranch are on a traditional school year schedule. If you have children in middle or high school their vacations will not coorespond to Jerabeks. Taking vacations can be difficult.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
March 09, 2007
They don't get the true GATE child at all. If you like walking in lock-step, it might be a good school. Not for free thinkers. Spanish and art take up a lot of time that could be used to avoid hours of homework per week, or learning something interesting instead of rote memorization. Those used to be optional, here they are required.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
Jerabek is a great school. We appreciate the music and science programs offered here. This school is a great learning atmosphere and the teachers are great too. If we had another child, we would put them in Jerabek!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
This school has an outstanding set of programs including daily Spanish, Music (weekly), Computer (weekly), and Art and Science programs. The amount of parent volunteers really helps the teacher make the most of their time with the children.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2006
This community school really strives to provide rich academic content. There are so many programs available to add to the academics including computer lab, science lab, a wonderful music program, and Spanish lessons for all grades. You will see all sorts of involvement from parents across the campus.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
Excellent academics including extras that are above the standard curriculum in San Diego City Schools. Highly qualified, experienced, and dedicated teaching staff. Extremely high parent involvement.

- submitted by a teacher
February 21, 2006
We have attended Jerabek for 2 years now and love it. The teachers are great and parent involvement is very high. Parents are always kept informed on school information. Lots of extras chess club, karate, running club, choir, pizza sales for fundraising. We are very pleased with this school and think it is the best in all of scripps ranch!

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October 27, 2005
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September 12, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
March 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
Excellent teachers, extremely involved parents. I call it our free private school...

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2004
I have two boys at Jerabek and we are very happy with the school. Parents are very involved and the teachers we have had are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
Jerabek Elementary is without a doubt one of the best elementary schools in the state of California, much less San Diego. The teachers at the school are impeccable and the school obviously does whatever it can to take care of its students. Many parents do complain of a little overcrowding, but with the construction of a new elementary school underway, the overcrowding will not be a problem. I would definitely recommend putting your kids into Jerabek.

- submitted by a former student
August 30, 2004
If your child fits in a box, then it's a pretty good school. There are very few teachers who will bother to try to work with you if your child learns differently than other children do.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
Jerabek is all about test scores. God forbid if your child is not 'getting it' at the speed that is dictated by the curriculum. The school is grossly overcrowded. A school on the south side of Pomerado Road was blocked by parents worried that funds would be diverted away from this mega lower school. Now there is going to be a mega middle school in the worst possible location making traffic a nightmare in the community. Thank God there is no more land to develop serving this grammar school.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2003
Our daughter had the good fortune to begin school here. The teachers are efficent and committed to excellence. We miss the wonderful and outstanding Music and Spanish programs. Jerabek to us was private school quality education in a public school. If you have the opportunitty to live in Sripps Ranch or to request a transfer to Jerabek, do it!

- submitted by a parent
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Jerabek Elementary School
10050 Avenida Magnifica, San Diego, CA  92131
(858) 578-5330
Last modified Jerabek Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5
Jerabek Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top