"We will promote an atmosphere that fosters creativity and self-reliance."
Students enrolled 411
Hours 9:00 AM - 3:20 PM
School leader Glenda Gerde
Transportation options Yes
District San Diego Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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3341 Browning Street
San Diego, CA 92106

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(619) 223-1683
(619) 224-1352
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5 stars
Based on 46 ratings

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April 29, 2014
Loma Portal Elementary is an excellent neighborhood school. We live just few blocks away and we are very pleased that many kids from neighborhood attend this school. Our third grader is in seminar class and is doing extremely well. He is enjoying challenging projects, independent studies and warm positive classroom environment. Our second grader is loving her teacher and school as well. A few of my friends have children in private schools ( one of them is in Montessori) and they cannot believe that our kids are at much higher reading and math levels. This school has the best teachers, who really care about the kids and academics. We notice the huge progress in our children every year. However, the best part is the friendly school environment, where kids want to go to school everyday. Both of our kids have met their closest friends here in Kindergarten and stayed friends since then.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
Attending this school is like attending a little private school right in our neighborhood. First, the school itself is almost 100 years old with beautiful architecture. It's tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. I have had a child at Loma Portal for the past 7 years and have watched the test scores improve through the guidance of the principal who is always focused on the children. We live 5 blocks away and have made countless friends in our own neighborhood who would never would have known if our children didn't attend school here. My older children received a great education and are consistently on the honor roll at middle school. The Foundation and PTA put on great events - some just for fun and some to raise funds. The funds raised support things that benefit every child at the school - a computer lab, music program, new PE equipment, shade covers, a wonderful new amphitheater and time with a librarian every week. If you live in Loma Portal's boundaries, don't miss the chance to be part of your own community. If you are able to choice in - you should!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
This school is a little gem in a tight neighborhood. It's the perfect school setting to introduce your child to their primary education years. The staff is dedicated, teachers want to teach there and many have been there for decades. The principal is all about the children and passionate about the kids' safety -- to the point that could offend others. But she is truly a committed asset to the school, serving since 2007. The size of the student body is not too big, or too small at around 400. The amount of neighborhood children has increased so much over the last 8 years that now it is a very hard school to choice into for students outside the school boundaries. It has the highest % of neighborhood kids enrolled at their neighborhood school for the PL Cluster. If you live in the school boundaries, enroll - it's not worth the commute to choice out. Parents and children (including my 4 kids) benefit from the families they have met that live blocks away. For further thought, teachers at Dana Middle have repeatedly pointed out that students from Loma Portal Elementary come to 5th grade the most prepared compared to other feeder schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
Choosing to attend our neighborhood school has been the best decision we have made for our family. We are able to walk to school every day, and have gotten to know all kinds of families in our neighborhood. It has simplified our lives greatly and has given us the gift of time and community-connectedness. Most importantly, though, this sweet school has been so good for my children, who are having a positive, nurturing, safe, and academically strong experience there.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
We absolutely love this school!!! Our daughter has. been at Loma Portal for 2 years now and we couldn't be more pleased with our Neighborhood School. The teachers are phenomenal! Parent involvement is encouraged on so many levels...from participating in the classroom to fundraising. There are so many ways to get involved! We are a military Family and love how many other military families their are in the school. The military kids club is wonderful and a wonderful way for the kids to connect with other military families. The school holds so many fun events throughout the school year for families! We really feel a wonderful connection to our school and community! We wouldn't send our kids anywhere else!!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
We love our local school, Loma Portal Elementary. The principal, teachers, and parent community are amazing. We are so fortunate to have such a great school within walking distance to our house. We would never send our kids anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
When considering Loma Portal, the community aspect is probably #1 in my heart. Invest your time, your money and your children in your community and the payback will be more than worth all of it! I did it, so I would know!! Go Dolphins!!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
Both of our children are currently attending Loma Portal Elementary. It is a fantastic school with lots of parent involvement. Both of their teachers are AMAZING. My kids feel challenged and love going to school every day. We feel fortunate to have Loma Portal as our beautiful, neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
We love Loma Portal Elementary, the Teachers and engaging and dynamic. The parent involvement is exceptional we have had nothing but great experiences in the past 5 years.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
We have two kids at Loma Portal and both are testing off the charts in reading and math. It's all about fantastic teaching at Loma Portal. The teachers have taken extra seminars to prepare for Common Core - paid for by the parent organization. If you care about your child actually LEARNING - Loma Portal is fantastic. Love all the parent friendships I've made over the years, too! So great to walk my kids to school in such a great community. We are so lucky we don't have to choice in - we live here and love LP!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
Best school in Point Loma by far! The teachers, staff and parents are really dedicated to learning. I have had children at this school since 2005 and every teacher we've had has been fantastic! I love the Spanish-style architecture and the layout - and a parent is spearheading an ecological school grounds master plan that is really going to transform the outside spaces. There is a LOT of parent involvement, which I love and feel that it shows how much the families care about their kids and the entire student body. I also love the Seminar program for those who test above GATE. The teacher Mrs. Magaudda is amazing. They have a real librarian who dresses up each year in a different theme - fairy princess, pirate, cowboy, etc. and her influence has really made a difference with my children reading every night. In the computer lab the kids are already learning the basics of programming in addition to typing skills and putting together powerpoint presentations. All the fundraising is centered around activities that bring families together . The spring auction is super fun as well as all the PTA/Foundation events throughout the year. Love that people walk to school!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
I have had children at this school for 6 years. It was our neighborhood school, and when we moved out of the area, we choiced back into the school rather then send them to our new neighborhood school, which was Silvergate, because we were so completely satisfied with the education our children were receiving. There is a lot of support from our community and parents. The school has a lot of fun activities and events for the whole family. The teachers really care and are dedicated professionals. There is a running club in the morning that all three of my kids participated in and LOVED. My oldest two are now at Dana and I have routinely heard that the Loma Portal students are better prepared for Dana because of our awesome 4th grade program, teachers, the computer curriculum, and the overall experience at Loma Portal.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
My daughter loved Loma Portal especially her 4th grade teachers. They really inspired her to do her best! They also prepared her for the middle school experience by switching teachers. She was very prepared for Dana Middle School. Our family has made many wonderful friends through our ties with Loma Portal. I am so happy that she attended Loma Portal.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
Loma Portal Elementary is a treasure! Fabulous teachers, Warm and friendly community, Involved families, Progressive curriculum with weekly rotations (music, computer lab, PE, and library) Plus a skilled principal who manages it all in times of drastic budgets!! Loma Portal is our neighborhood school - there was NO need to look anywhere else. If you live outside the school boundaries, hurry to get on the list to choice in. This is one of the BEST elementary schools within San Diego Unified!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
Our family loves Loma Portal! This is my child's third year here and he loves going to school everyday. Principal Gerde is great! She is very available, approachable, and does what she can to address any concerns. She's here for your kids! There are so many childen/school activites that the kids have so much fun! We offer Everyone a Reader progam to assist with reading challanges. This allows students to excell outside the classroom also.Academics are such a high priority, but so is the idea of family. Loma Portal has a strong sense of community.From the students to the parents. Parent involvement is crucial at any school and our parents are phenominal.There are plenty of opportunities to involve yourselve as little or as much as you want. Our teachers are great and really do put the children first. I'm happy that we chose Loma Portal as our school and look forward to being here for the next 5years and creating so many more fabulous memories!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
I couldn't be happier with Loma Portal. My two kids love coming to school and look forward to it every day. The teachers are wonderful - the lines of communication are always open - and I feel like both my children are thriving. The school puts on so many fun activities for the kids - from Halloween carnivals to variety shows, family dances to spring music festivals - there is always something to look forward to. Academically speaking, I have one child in kindergarten and one child in first grade and I'm amazed with everything they're learning. I'm able to volunteer twice a week in their classrooms and while they're pushed to do their very best, the teachers make learning fun. Kids are also held accountable for their actions and are expected to respectful to each other, their teachers and themselves. Five stars and two thumbs up for Loma Portal.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
My son recently went to this school. He went for first grade and 4 months of second grade before I finally had enough! The teachers are just ok, it really depends on which one you get. My son's first grade teacher was a space cadet and this second grade teacher seemed VERY overwhelmed and unpleasant. I had the following issues: the school changed my son's classroom from an all 2nd grade room to a 1st/2nd combined classroom 3 months AFTER school began for the year, without any notice to the parents. The mixed grade classrooms are NOT based on a kids performance but just based on the "numbers". This school is ALWAYS, ALWAYS,ALWAYS asking for money and fundraising. They target the more wealthy parents and push the poorer parents to the side. However the worst thing about this school is undoubtedly Principle Gerde! She is HORRIBLE! She is unprofessional, very confrontational, condescending and that's with parents! I hate to think of how she would treat a child in private. She has anger management issues and is on youtube hitting an individual on school grounds. Think twice because the "8" rating is down from the "9" it use to be. Your child deserves better!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2013
We have been at Loma Portal for 4 years now. The teachers are all fabulous. The principal on the other-hand, is a bipolar nutcase. I have seen her call the police on several parents over what should have been a simple conversation. She is unapprachable and horribly unprofessional. The majority of my friends who started at this school have pulled their kids out and put them in other local schools due to her crazy antics. Sadly I won't be starting my 5 year old there next year with his brother and sister because I can't handle 5 more years of this crazy woman. Several of the parents have withdrawn from the PTA and don't volunteer anymore because she makes everything so complicated. Most of her staff hates her but stay because there is such a shortage of jobs. Many parents have gone to the school board with complaints but she seems to be protected because she has been in the union over 10 years.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2011
Loma Portal is a very special place. As both a parent of three LP students and an 18 year LP teacher, I have to say there is no other place I would consider sending my sons, or working. The community support and involvement is amazing, the academic programs are differentiated and appropriately challenging, the staff is innovative and the leadership supportive, the music program is vigorous and joyful, the computer lab and teacher are cutting edge, and our librarian is a true gem! LP's PTA and Foundation support each and every child through both their fund raising efforts and their presence on campus. Where else will you find professional men and women, retirees, and members of our armed forces taking time out of their days to read with children: at Loma Portal as part of LP's Everyone a Reader Program. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful place to support and teach our children. I've been to many sites and have friends who teach at others, both within and beyond SDUSD, and would not consider sending my sons elsewhere. Our family LOVES LOMA PORTAL!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
The August 18th poster is prompting me to write this review. How can you say the classroom was disorganized, yet the teacher was great? A bit contradictory. I toured several Pt. Loma elementary schools when making a Kindergarten decision 2 years ago, and Loma Portal's classrooms made my decision easy. They were by far the most organized, well decorated, and orderly. The teachers are amazing (lots of communication), the students are very respectful to each other and parents/staff, and the atmosphere in and out of the classroom is extremely conducive to a great education. I volunteer in my 2 kids' classrooms 2 days a week and sense the "good vibe" first hand. Parents have many ways to be included/involved. The PTA and foundation provide funds for many extras including a music teacher and computer lab. Parents not friendly??? I have never heard anybody say that about Loma Portal. I went to private school growing up, and this school is better in many ways................

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
I was not impressed with the school when my child attended there. The classroom was disorganized and the parents at the school were not very friendly at all! The teachers, however, were great and really cared about teaching and the kids in their classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
I have been involved with Loma Portal Elementary for several years, my oldest child starts high school this year and my youngest is a Loma Portal. I am a so happy with the quality of education my children have, and are currently, receiving at Loma Portal. The teachers are amazing. They are experienced and dedicated to both the academic and personal growth of every child. The leadership is strong. The principal strives to know every child's name and is involved in all the school's activities. The PTA and Foundation put on many events for the students, support the classrooms with assemblies, funds for materials, as well as sponsoring a few well chosen fund raisers (silent auction, home and garden tour, sock hop, monster bash). Additionally, the PTA funds a music teacher and librarian who provide quality programs for the students. I couldn't have asked for a better elementary experience!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
There is a lot of parent involvement and the principal is very involved with the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Loma Portal is a wonderful, friendly school with caring, dedicated teachers who help each child become successful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
***A California Distinguished School!*** I have taught at Loma Portal for many years. The students are great thinkers, caring and take responsibility for themselves and their school. The parents are always willing to help us in class and work with their children at home as is needed. The staff is a group of dedicated educators. what more could one ask for?

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
My daughter is in K, and has thrived at this school. The teachers are great, the atmosphere is friendly and it has been a wonderful experience all around.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
My grandchildren are stimulated to ask questions and research the answers. I've seen a lot of growth in them both academically and personally.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
This school has dedicated teachers, a great sense of community, and an excellent music program. My kids (K and 3rd) love school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Loma Portal teachers are truly vested in our children. Many teachers have been with Loma Portal for over 10 years. Parents have so many ways to participate. They can volunteer in classrooms, help with programs, fundraise. We have a PTA, Foundation, and Dad's Club. I've been here for 7 years, and am excited to have my last child start this next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Terrific neighborhood school in a wonderful community. The teachers are amazing, and the kids are smart, kind, and respectful! A great place for your child!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
We have the best teachers and staff at Loma Portal, who truly care about our children's education. We chose to utilize the choice program for our children to attend this school as we felt it was the school of all the ones in our area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Loma Portal is an awesome school! Great school spirit as well as joint parent and teacher involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Best school in Point Loma by far! We live about 20 miles away from Loma Portal and have made the drive every day for 6 years because of the tremendous things that go on at Loma Portal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Loma Portal Elementary School has great Families,Teachers/Staff, Children and that all makes for a wonderful Enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
The campus is beautiful, the classrooms are inviting, and the teachers are the best that you can find. My children have learned so much in such a short period of time there that I have no one else but their teachers to thank. They ask me every day to go to school and it makes me happy that we made the right choice to put them in Loma Portal Elementary! I LOOOVVVVEEE this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
I love this school because they have amazing teachers and really interact with the parents. There are so many events to choose from to get involved. Go Dolphins!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
Great school, lots of involvement with the parents and great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Great music program, great teachers, great librarian great parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
It is a wonderful school with vast academic opportunities. The parent community is heavily involved and a plays a positive role in the learning environment.The staff works together with the parents making the students the priority always.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I believe this school has the right stuff to bring the kids into the future , with good morals and values , pluse a good education

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Wonderful teachers, staff and parents, and those great, creative, talented, smart and beautiful children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
The whole community involvement along with incredible teachers make this school amazing!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
It has great teachers, staff, parents and of course students. Music and arts are important to this school. It has a wonderful sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
I have experienced nothing but positive experiences at this school. The teachers that both of my daughters' (Kinder and 3rd gr. GATE) have been wonderful; all the way from Kinder through 3rd grade. I have heard that 4th grade is equally good and that the trip on the Star of India is an extra bonus that many public school kids don't get to experience, but ours do. The parents are very involved, the office staff and Principal is always available and kind, and the teaching staff is fabulous. I am a teacher with 18 years experience, at a different site, so when I see a good school, staff, and parental support I recognize it. I am proud to send my children to Loma Portal. It's a great school!

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April 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
Excellent quality of education. Would like to see more parents volunteer, seems to be the same ones volunteering. Teachers are very intuned with the student's needs. Office staff is exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
Our child experienced an extraordinary academic experience at Loma Portal. Each teacher has their own unique strengths, cannot single out the best because they are all wonderful. Received more academic challenging experience at this campus than friends of ours who chose to send their chidren to our local private schools.

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July 12, 2005
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June 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
This is our 5th year here. We love it! My parental experience ranges from special education to gifted. My assessment of this school is: teachers=superb, principal=wonderful, parents=involved, Loma Portal=success. New Updates for 2005-06: GATE: Teachers are expanding our successful gifted program. (4th grade) Social Studies and Science are to be added to our Oral Language, Language Arts and Math enhanced curriculum. We have a very successful program and with incredible teachers. Reading Teacher: A pullout program for students who are struggling in reading. Music: We have started an articulated K-4 Music Program. (The district/VAPA introduces instruments in 4th grade.) The music teacher will also support 4th grade students in choir who do not wish to play an instrument. Our feeder schools are strong in music also. Computer Lab: Our foundation has provided computers for every classroom & the library. This summer, it will begin construction to make room for a lab as well.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
I love working for Loma Portal! The staff is friendly and capable, the parents are supportive and active, and the students are eager to learn. I hope to teach here for the duration of my career.

- submitted by a teacher
April 25, 2005
I feel the quality of the academic programs this school offers are very good. Teacher and parent involvement first hand with the children is clearly visible. The availability of extracurricular activities is abundant. The parent involvement is excellent. It is a wonderful school for parents to truly get to know other parents as well as strengthen your own childrens friendship among fellow students.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
Loma Portal is an excellent school with dedicated, experienced teachers and an extremely involved PTA. My son has attended Loma Portal from K through 2nd grade to date and we have been very pleased with the high quality of his teachers and with the school generally. The school is very community oriented in addition to having superb academics, so we have become more involved with our community simply by having our son attend this neighborhood school. Many students are from outlying areas, however, which enriches and broadens the community of which we are now a part. The facilities are great--with a new library building and other recent upgrades. As a Ph.D. and former university educator familiar with how students with poor primary educations fare later in life, I am very pleased to be able to send my children (my daughter starts next year) to such a fine school.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
my son went here in kindergarden, and the school is great and teachers are wonderfull, we live in another contry now nad we miss the school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2004
Parent involvement at this school is the best I've ever seen. There is an extremely active PTA and foundation. Teachers are flexible and care about the kids genuinely. Brand new playground equipment and a climbing wall. Also the school has a ton of architectural character. The annual jog a thon is excellent too.

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September 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2004
Very active PTA and Foundation ensure that programs are fully utilized. The arts and librarian are funded by these groups. Teachers are granted an allowance for supplies. Community nights for both parents and kids are held. For a K-4 school we have a very active and friendly group.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2004
Loma Portal is a wonderful school. My daughter, who is in second grade, is receiving an excellent education. The teachers really love the kids and love to teach. They work hard to help each child reach their potential. There are many parents who help in the classroom, work in the library, help with family nights and PTA functions. We all seem to have the same goal - to help our kids be the best they can be. Our new principal, Mrs. Chris Cashman, is off to a great start and is working hard to keep Loma Portal going strong!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
I was a private school snob until enrolling my kids at Loma Portal. LP has an excellent teaching staff. Teachers are very dedicated and quite experienced. The curriculum is thorough. Students are well mannered. Our school functions are very well attended, ie. high parent participation. Before paying private school prices, you may want to try this school. Education requires the school and parent participation. Try getting more involved.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
Loma Portal Elementary School has truly dedicated teachers interested in individual student achievement. Parents are involved in the classrooms daily, providing enriching activities for the kids, and fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2004
The parents partner up with the teachers and staff to make this school a great place for kids to learn and grow. We love this school! the teachers are focused and put the kids first. The office staff is awesome and always willing to help. We have a wonderful library and p.e. department.

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January 24, 2004
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Loma Portal Elementary School
3341 Browning Street, San Diego, CA  92106
(619) 223-1683
Last modified Loma Portal Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Loma Portal Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top