BIRNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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4345 CAMPUS AVE
SAN DIEGO, CA 92103
Phone: 619-293-4400
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: San Diego Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 22:1
  • Students/Grade: 76.3
  • Number Students: 458
  • Number Teachers: 20
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5777
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Amanda Hammond-williams
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (27 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (40 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-11
    "Birney is an amazing school. If you really want to embrace diversity, there's a whole world on the blacktop at Birney. The staff and teachers are all focused on those long-term IB goals: not just doing what the students need to succeed this semester, but what will support them through the rest of their academic life. When we were looking at schools, we kept looking at test scores and demographics. A lot of comparable charter schools showed demographics where most of the parents had at least Bachelors if not graduate degrees. Birney is not that way--some kids opt in, for some kids it's their neighborhood school. The demographics are accordingly across a broader range; it's in a high poverty neighborhood. When we looked at the test scores in that light, Birney's population--where a high percentage of kids eligible for free/reduced lunch and not every parent has a college education--was doing as well or better than similar schools where almost every parent had a college degree. To us, that meant that the teachers and staff at Birney were doing more for a broader swath of the population than the other schools that were more self-selecting. That's been true so far in our experience."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-02
    "We have been at Birney for 2 years and have nothing but positive things to say about our school !!!! ---- I spent a year looking for a great public school for my child. I visited and compared statistics for many schools. I chose Birney for the entire package it offers. The principal was involved and her strong leadership was evident. The IB principles were integrated through the curriculum by IB trained teachers. Although Birney was not at the top academically yet, their scores have been climbing every year. I saw a good school rising to greatness and I wanted my child to be involved in the ascent. ---- Growing parent support and involvement can be witnessed in the continuation of special enrichment classes. As the education budget is cut, parents have rallied and funded the programs themselves. ---- I am proud to be part of the Birney community !!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-05-25
    "My daughter goes to Alice Birney Elementary School. She loves her school. I really think this school's principal is excellent. She recognizes all students and their parents. She is so friendly and attentive to all her students and parents. This school offers IB program ( International Baccalaureate primary year), which teaches students for globalization, inquiring, and knowledgeable. I also need to mention that our PTA has been doing great job!! Although San Diego schools have budgets cut problems, Our PTA manages a lot of fun raisers to get funds for Birney school. Finally, I am glad for my dauther to go to this school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-08-30
    "My son will be going into first grade this year. His kinder experience was excellent. He has ADHD and is on medication. They were very good about understanding his issues, adjusting the expectations and meeting his needs as an individual. Miss Amanda- the principal- is fantastic. She's strong, caring, direct and dedicated. I highly recommend the school. We need to be more involved ourselves, but the overall parent participation seems to be growing."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-07-18
    "Birney's principal is top-notch. She and the teachers show incredible enthusiasm and dedication for their school and students. There is a trickle-down effect and students test scores are rising year after year. The IB curriculum is fantastic! With classes like PE, theatre, music, dance, Spanish, computers, library, and even a beautiful and bountiful garden, it's no wonder the kids have smiles on their faces!"
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