TORREY PINES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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8350 CLIFFRIDGE AVE
LA JOLLA, CA 92037
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Phone: 858-453-2323
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: San Diego Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 74.3
  • Number Students: 446
  • Number Teachers: 21
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5777
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Sarah Ott
  • 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 (25 ratings)
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    School Reviews (21 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-05
    "School performs because of the students (they take the tests reflected in the API), parent volunteers and their financial contributions to fill budget gaps along with the parent's high expectations who value education and insist their children are prepared for the future. 80% of the teachers are amazing and the other 20% are the typical losers that exist everywhere (thanks to the union). Hopefully the new Principal will impact these slackers who teach so they have summers off. They look/act like their jobs are a joke and harrass the kids daily due to their own personal misery. The new Principal is a long overdue, welcomed change. It's unlikely she'll tolerate the staus quo and will fix whatever messes the previous principal ignored or was afraid to address. Doubt she'll participate in the quid pro quo that's been so prevalent nor teach to the test for the coveted, competitive school ratings while pushing the kids beyond reason. Cookies, candy, no bathroom breaks, teacher stapling arm, belittling, fear, humiliation, homework due to time wasted during the day and deliberate indifference. Yep, it's all here and hopefully gone with the new Principal........."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-16
    "Jim Solo the principal is amazing! Runs a tight ship but the kids are well prepared for middle school with the outstanding staff and teachers!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-07
    "Its location is the best perhaps in whole California. Its name is great: Torrey Pines. The principal is great (Mr. Solo). Kids are great. Teachers are good. It is heterogeneous. It is the future of primary school in my opinion. I have 2 kids there and they are happy."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-07
    "I am surprised to hear negative comments about the school and the principal. Mr. Solo is out every single morning greeting students by name, talking to parents, directing traffic, picking up items for the lost and found, etc. He is completely dedicated to the school and has high standards for his staff and students. The teachers are competent and compassionate. My son is thriving and is reading well ahead of other kids his age that attend other schools. The parents of the other students are involved and friendly. Each of them knows my child and we all sort of look after each other. It is a fantastic, positive atmosphere. I don't know of a school out there that is not focused on test scores... until we change this backward system, that is what it is going to be like. I feel really lucky to have my son here."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-04-01
    "The school is outstanding in all ways with teachers/staff and parents and the principal dedicated to making it a strong learning environment while addressing the needs of the whole child. The children are learning in a dynamic way with lots of activities and resources, art, music, PE, and extra tech and science in all grades; the results are high scores, but that is not the goal of the principal. More importantly, the results are kids excited about learning and treated respectfully. They are creative thinkers and performing at the levels they can--which are high. The relationship the school has with the YMCA across the road enhances the PE, before and after school programs, and enrichment clubs. Perhaps another parent was turned off by the fund-raising, but without it we would not have such an excellent school and community, because the budget has been cut so much by the state."
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