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K-5
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 406
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2150 Beryl Street
San Diego, CA 92109

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(858) 273-3111
(858) 272-0260
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June 02, 2014
We are a Military family who has had the luxury of our son attending the same Elementary school from Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Our son has only studied in the IB program, and it really suits his academic needs. I feel that the inquiry based learning, with the group project skills he has gained while studying has helped prepare him for his secondary education and beyond. Every teacher we have had has been dedicated, supportive and gone the extra mile to ensure that those who were willing to work hard succeeded. We have had an excellent experience with the staff and the school so far, and our youngest son will be entering third grade in the fall. We look forward to continuing to support Sessions Elementary as long as we live in the San Diego area.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
We're off to another great year! The new principal is working hard to have a good connection with the parents and teachers. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
Looking forward to a new principal. Last year was a disaster with Divicarris. We need someone to unify parents and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
We are looking forward to the 2013-14 school year as a new principal is on the way!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
I've had kids at this school for 10 years. Good little school and the additional of the International Baccelaureate program was just what this neighborhood needed! Kids learn critical thinking and it will help them in middle and high school. Love that this school has art, music, library. Even PE every week.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
Sessions is an incredible school! The teachers work long hours, spend their own money on classroom needs, and teach like their hair is on fire! Presently, 7 teachers have or have had, their own children attending Kate Sessions. I feel that my child is receiving a first-rate education there. I choose to send my "seminar" child to this school, even though they don't have a "seminar" program. They are using an incredible critical literacy program which is resulting in sky rocketing test scores. This is just plain and simple...one of the best schools in the entire city. Previous reviews sound as if they are based on a personality conflict with one or two people. It is unfair and inappropriate to base a review of an entire school, on the interactions with one individual! Just saying! Sessions is a beautiful, beachy, neighborhood school! The parents, teachers, and children love being there and working together...and the newest test scores speak for themselves....A+++!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
Worst School Ever! They are not kind and thoughtfu pepole. They are very mean and selfish. They don't care about children. They care own business. I am so glad I pullled out my kid. I don't recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
The worst school ever. The principal Susan DeVicariis has been one of the most difficult people to work with I have ever met. Too much preferences here. Don't go to this school!!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
We have been at this school for many years and I am really disappointed with the education my children have received. It may be all CA schools, or just IB schools, but instead of teaching the basics, this school wastes so much time teaching about things that are way over the heads of most 8 year olds. Why have a child present a report on Anne Frank when children haven't even learned about the history of the war or even where Germany is? And last year my children sat through several hours of presentations about how t save our oceans. Really? The school day is short enough as it is. I don't think a 6 year old needs to suffer through 5 hours of "don't litter." This school has some good teachers, but under the current leadership, the focus on IB has prevented the children from learning basic facts needed to excel at school. Also, there is a huge push for the teachers to teach what is on the CSAT test, so don't be fooled by this schools high ranking. In San Diego, we all have a choice on where are children go to school. I am choosing elsewhere next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
Getting more frustrated by the day having my children at this school. The principal has been one of the most difficult people to work with I have ever met. Unless it involves the IB Program, she doesn't seem interested. She wasted money on sending teachers to Hawaii for IB training this year and now the district is not even going to be funding the IB program. All that money wasted, and we parents are suppose to believe she didn't see the budget cuts coming? Selfish, just selfish!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2009
The experience at the school was overall good. I seem to have a little problem with the experience of some of the teachers. I am a little concern of how well prepare is my child for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
This school has been great for my two kids. The teachers have been outstanding, but it does appear that they are truly overworked. Also, 'special needs' children are placed in classrooms with 'normal learners.' This does distract most children and impedes the learning process. I feel that I do have to supplement my kids' education at home to keep them up to speed. The principal is nice, but is too wrapped up in the IB program and not focused on what is important...education.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
We have a child with special needs and we had a very hard time dealing with this school. The school made no attempt to deal with special needs concern and focused thier efforts on transferring our child to a 'special needs school.' The prinicple and teacher were difficult to deal with and it seemed like they had a general distaste for the hassle of dealing with special needs concerns.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
Having a daughter start school this year, I am so happy that she is having such a great experience in kindergarten. The teachers and the principal are so caring to all the students and treat the kids as individuals. This is so important in starting their education off on the right foot. My daughter can't wait to go to school every day and does not understand why she can't go on Saturday and Sunday as well!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
My daughter has attended this school for two years, and she loves it. The teachers are brillant, and create a learning atmosphere that is outstanding. This school provides an outstanding example for pluralism, and social justice. The children are encouraged to participate in enrichment activities as well as athletics. The PTO and parents are very involved at this school. If you are looking for a great learning atmosphere this is your school.

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June 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
Sessions is an awesome school with lots of amazing teachers. Parent involvement is very high. All staff is very nice and caring, from the custodian to the office staff. Would highly recommend this school to anyone. Lots of military children, which is great if you are in the military because the kids understand that they may not always have their friends there due to moving.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
I don't have a lot to draw from because I only have a child in kindergarten, but she loves her teacher Mrs. McDonald. She enjoys going to school everyday, and loves the opportunity having art, music, spanish, and pe on various days. The principal has wonderful standards for the school as a whole. Dress codes and appropriate behavior. The PTO is extremely involved and parents go out of their way to be there for the kids. I think it is awesome in comparison to the private school my child attended last year.

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January 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2006
I have had two students at this school and it has been a great experience. The teachers are amazing and offer extremely personalized attention to your student. They really take the time to know your student and challenge them. The music program can not be beat! The PTO does a great job and funds the entire music program, librarian, art teacher as well as various teacher requests. The school is small and the students and families are unpretentious. What I do not like is that the last few years the principal has been moving teachers into different grades. It has caused alot of turmoil and confusion with the staff and parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2006
I have two children in this school. The teachers are fabulous. However, the principal feels the need to mix them up a bit too much causing a bit of angst among the staff which filters down to the parents. We are hopeful that the turnover will settle down soon. The PTO is working on the fundraising to lower it a bit but keeping in mind it needs to raise quite a bit of money to entirely support a music program, librarian and art teacher. If the money is not raised, the kids lose out. Overall, I am pleased with Sessions and the awesome education my children are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2006
We have the best principal around. Our teachers are amazing and trully love our kids.

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June 16, 2006
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May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2006
This school has been wonderful. The teachers seem very involved and happy with their career. My daughter has learned how to play music, square dance, and paint. As far as I can see the parents all seem greatly involved also.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
good schoo, small but very good. teachers and students are al very nice. They have a great music program that is oferd from k-5th.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2005
great school, great teacher's. Students are very nice. They have a great music program. Special education program here is great.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2005
Teachers are good. Will not be an active support for parents with children requiring extra support and feedback.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My children have attended here for two years. I have been pleased with the experiences that they have had. Though the fundraising seemed a bit much when we arrived, I found out what all it pays for at Sessions. Without it there would be no music teacher or librarian. It also helps out each classroom with activities and pays for fun days as well. Parental envolvement is welcomed at this school and there seems to be a lot of it.

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March 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
This is my first experience with Sessions. My son is in kindergarten. I have been very pleased with his experience so far. He has a wonderful teacher. He is reading and writing and learning new things every day. There is a great amount of support from parents which allows for a physical education, music and library program.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
My daughter is currently in 3rd grade. She has been here since kindergarten. We 'choiced' her to attend this school because of it's high academic standards. The parent involvement is huge here, and without this, Sessions would not be the school that it is! Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, we have alot of fund raisers. But without this fund raisers, we would not have our wonderful music teacher, or librarian. These subjects are just as important as math, reading and science. We need these fund raisers so that our kids can be well rounded in all subjects. Thanks to our PTO, this is the best school our kids, especially mine, can attend!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
The shool does a lot of fund raising. This pays for the entire music and library program also for money lost due to state budget cuts. Very active parent involvment. Good core group of teachers, who work hard to keep up the standards. Know major displine problems at this school. Safe postive enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
I agree with previous post. Too much expectation to learn independently at a young age. Not a great environment for creative or social kids who need some basic structure.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2004
Good safe school but classrooms are too large and their is too much 'independent learning'. If your child needs small classes and more individualized attention you are out of luck! Beware of the fundraisers! Everytime you turn around the kids are having to sell something! Let's focus more on education instead of marketing! Sure we built a new library but where is all the other money being used? Tax and lottery dollars?

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2003
I have had an overall 'good' experience with this school. Having lack of funds the school lacks extracurricular activities for the students. However, there is lots of parental involvement.

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Sessions Elementary School
2150 Beryl Street, San Diego, CA  92109
(858) 273-3111
Last modified Sessions Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sessions Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top