Del Mar Pines School

Del Mar Pines School Photo #1 - Del Mar Pines School is a small private elementary school in San Diego CA. celebrating 37 years of excellence. We offer small group instruction with individualized attention for each student. Standard weekly instruction in Spanish, art, music, PE, technology and hands-on science.
Del Mar Pines School Photo #2 - Del Mar Pines school children have the opportunity to get involved. They participate in numerous classes and activities such as student leadership, yearbook, math club and much more.
Del Mar Pines School Photo #3 - Del Mar Pines School offers its students a traditional learning environment with a low student teacher ration and small group instruction. Technology is integrated across the curriculum for a dynamic learning experience.
Del Mar Pines School Photo #4 - Every year Del Mar Pines School puts on a school wide performance extravaganza affectionately know as Spring Sing. In addition to the school wide performance, each grade puts on a play that relates to the topics they are learning in class such as the solar system, revolutionary war and ancestors.
Del Mar Pines School Photo #5 - Students blend art, science and community action at Del Mar Pines School.
Del Mar Pines School Photo #6 - Award winning art program is just one of many standard enrichment classes offered at Del Mar Pines School. These include weekly instruction in Spanish, art, music, PE, technology and hands-on science.
Del Mar Pines School Photo #7 - Fun is never in short supply at Del Mar Pines School. The sports field is always put to good use.
Del Mar Pines School Photo #8 - At Del Mar Pines School, we believe in the buddy system. Each Kindergartner is partnered with a 6th grader and each 1st grader with a 5th grade student. They do activities and projects together and learn and laugh together. They are buddies in every way.
  • Del Mar Pines School was founded in 1978 to meet the individual needs of students from grade K - 6.
  • We support children with academic abilities ranging from average to advanced. To ensure that all students reach their academic potential, we have small instructional groups for language arts and math in an ability group at each grade level.
  • Students at grade level are challenged at that level, and children with more advanced academic abilities are given an accelerated curriculum that could be one to two years above their grade level.
  • In addition to our outstanding academic program, we also offer excellent art, Spanish, music, PE, technology, hands-on science and library programs.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-6
Year Founded1978
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students153 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeDel Mar Pines School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size22 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
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Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,150
Tuition NotesThere is also a $350 book and material fee for all students. Siblings receive a $500 discount.
Admissions DirectorMarci McCord


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Mad Science - Science in Action, Math Club, ThoughtStem Youth Computer Coding, Yearbook Club

Club or Organization:
Golf, Science Field Day

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Drama, Monart

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • Considering a private elementary school for your child Del Mar Pines School is one of the best. Every kindergarten through sixth grade student enjoys a core syllabus of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, complemented by extensive programs of music, fine arts, Spanish language, technology, hands-on science, library and physical education taught in a safe, nurturing environment. We provide our San Diego elementary school students the opportunity to express intellectual curiosity and creativity while promoting strong interpersonal relationships. Del Mar Pines school has a one-to-one student to technology ratio. With the latest Apple MacBook laptops and iPads, teachers integrate curriculum and real-world skills.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Encinitas
    Grades: PK-8 | 432 students
    4.7 miles
    3616 Manchester Avenue
    Encinitas, CA 92024
    4.7 PK-8
  • La Jolla
    Grades: NS-8 | 230 students
    7.5 miles
    2225 Torrey Pines Lane
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    7.5 NS-8
  • La Jolla
    Grades: K-6
    8.7 miles
    6510 La Jolla Scenic Dr S
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    8.7 K-6
  • La Jolla
    Grades: NS-6 | 275 students
    8.6 miles
    7380 Girard Avenue
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    8.6 NS-6
  • Encinitas
    The Rhoades School
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    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: K-8 | 300 students
    5.5 miles
    141 S Rancho Santa Fe Road
    Encinitas, CA 92024
    5.5 K-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
Great school! I can't imagine a better fit for my family.
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This is a wonderful school. The small size enables the children to develop in ways a larger school would not. The academics are rigorous, yet the staff maintains a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Small class size and small instructional groups enable teachers to really address each child's needs and help them reach their full potential.
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I have a 4th and 2nd grader at Del Mar Pines and I highly recommend this school. My children started in Kindergarten and have flourished in this amazing environment where learning is fun and the exploration of knowledge is a priority. My kids LOVE going to school every day and are thriving because of the very individualized attention they get from their exceptional teachers and the robust curriculum. They are challenged to reach their academic potential but never stressed or put under unnecessary pressured to achieve academic success. Del Mar Pines is a very special place for children and their families.
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Teaching kindergarten at Del Mar Pines is my passion and a joy every day! Our teaching staff is committed to creating a nurturing environment, to encouraging creativity, to instilling responsibility and to fostering life-long learning. The kindergarten class is a place where each child is celebrated for their unique qualities, and guided with patience and enthusiasm. Our small-group reading and math instruction allows each child to be challenged and to work at the highest potential. Every day is fun, whether we are discovering a stick bug with the video projector and looking up its characteristics on Wikipedia, or recording our voices on the iPad and exporting pictures about Martin Luther King Jr. The most rewarding experience is watching the children grow from kindergarten to sixth grade. It is a totally caring and supportive community involving the students, teachers, staff and parents. I have been teaching for over 30 years, and can t imagine teaching anywhere other than at Del Mar Pines School.
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