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Santa Cruz, CA
Students enrolled: 401
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1959 Merrill Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 477-2063
(831) 477-9555
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March 10, 2015
This school is off the charts out of hand. The "students" rule the school. The principal has no handle on discipline with them and the staff makes excuses for the way they behave. "They're just kids." Ummm no! Being disrespectful to adults, running a muck, and acting like entitled brats is not exactly creating a brighter future for all of us, is it? There are some genuine hard working teachers at this school but they need to get their behavior management in check because subs refuse to go back and deal with it! It all starts from the top and unfortunately admin has their head in the clouds.

- submitted by a community member

April 26, 2014
The teachers at Del Mar are highly qualified, committed, and caring. The community of families is quite diverse, and this is one reason we chose to send our child to Del Mar.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2014
Del Mar Elementary is a great school with caring staff and excellent teachers. It will never have a "high" score on sites like this simply due to the demographics of the school and district, but if you live in Live Oak/Pleasure Point and know anything about the community you live in, you will understand this. This school has a high percentage of English-language learners, and therefore, overall success on standardized achievement tests is not great. I personally believe that the quality and dedication of the teachers, as well as the cultural diversity of the school is more important than a high rating on great schools.com. If all you care about is having a public school that looks good on paper, I suggest you move to Scotts Valley. Otherwise, I would strongly advise you to give this school a try or at least a visit before you decide to shell out 10-20k per year on a possibly inferior private school that simply has a more affluent student population.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2011
Del Mar is a hidden gem! The staff and family make up a warm and caring community. The campus itself is lovely, with beautiful student-created murals, a gorgeous Life Lab garden, and a large, well-maintained track. The classrooms are each equipped with brand new smart boards that the students love to use. Del Mar is a wonderful school..

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2011
My daughter attended Del Mar and I am so sad that she has to move on to middle school. Del Mar was such a wonderful school with marvelous teachers and support staff that were so caring and so kind to everyone. We are going to miss Del Mar!

- submitted by a parent
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April 14, 2010
I love Del Mar because the teachers care about the students. The environment at school is friendly and geared towards learning and fun.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2010
My kids are more than releived to be here. this is the best school we have found in a long time.

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2007
As an educator myself, and a parent of two Del Mar students, it is refreshing to see a staff empowered. The population at Del Mar reflects the surrounding population and that, too, is quite refreshing. We are all responsible for instilling a love of learning in these youngsters, as well as preparing them for the various transitions they will face as they move through the levels. It is so reassuring that these students at Del Mar--all of the students--are getting such strong foundations. Thank a teacher today.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2007
I did a lot of research about where to send my child before deciding to send her to Del Mar. I am so happy that things turned out the way they did. My daughter has had an excellent experience at Del Mar, with a kindergarten teacher who produces amazing results whether her students are English language learners or high achievers; a 1st grade teacher who turns out amazing writers, and a 2nd grade teacher who gave my daughter amazing tools in math and made math satisfying and fun for her. Each year has brought her a teacher who has her own strengths and has given my child great learning tools. Del Mar has a wonderful blend of English and Spanish speaking families, and is working to make sure all groups are represented in the Home and School Club. The Principal is committed to all children/families at Del Mar.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2007
I love Del Mar Elementary. It has a positive and warm environment for my children. There is a multi-cultural social aspect that I find to be beneficial to my children's life education. I am a very active member of Del Mar's community, and there is always something fun happening on campus. Every teacher I have had the privilege of working with has made it abundantly clear that my child's education is of the utmost importance to them. The materials and learning centers engage the students. Being a public school, we are limited in funds, but the staff of Del Mar Elementary makes up for it in heart and commitment to their students achievements. Our principal, Pam Randall, is dedicated to our school. She is loved by the students, staff and parents, as well as being an amazing administrator. I feel very fortunate to be a part of Del Mar!

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2006
Although the Staff is good the audience is low class with consequent low standards. I might sound snob but I am not. I just care a lot for my children's moral values, their friendships, their manners, their environment, since they have to spend so many hours in school. I found it inappropriate for them.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2005
Wonderful School! Kindergarten teachers are the best! I moved out of the Santa Cruz area and had to transfer my daughter. I have never been able to find a school with such highly qualified and caring teachers.

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April 06, 2005
Ms. Solinas is our daughter's kindergarten teacher. She is bilingual so there are some kids in the class who don t speak English at home. That does not seem to slow down our daughter s development. She has learned a lot and enjoys going to school. We are involved in many classroom activities. My husband drives the kids on fieldtrips and I help cleaning the classroom. The classroom is equipped with relatively new computers, although little dirty fingers make it hard to keep them clean. The principal is attentive and has creative ideas that make this school a fun place for kids to learn and for parents to get involved. The school website could use some help and frequent update. Overall, it s a good school.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2005
I have been very happy with the teachers at this school. The principal is awesome; he is very involved with the children. Unfortunately, there is extremely low parent involvment and too many children per class. Parent involvement both at home and in the classroom is vital to boost the quality of education from a school. Otherwise, I have been mostly satisfied with the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

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Del Mar Elementary School
1959 Merrill Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95062
(831) 477-2063
Last modified Del Mar Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Del Mar Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top