Award Year: 2013

Ocean Air School

11444 Canter Heights Driv
San Diego, CA, 92130-6974

(858) 481-4040

Ryan Stanley, Principal at time of Nomination

Del Mar Union School District

School Website


To provide a nurturing, inspiring and rigorous educational program for each of our students.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 55%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 38%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Ocean Air is a high-performing elementary school within the Del Mar Union School District in San Diego County. With a dedicated staff, hard-working students and involved parents, our school’s academic success remains impressive and consistent. While very proud of our strong test scores, we do not rest on past achievements and continuously strive to improve our students’ educational experiences.

By maintaining a steadfast emphasis on the District’s core strategies, we have been able to develop and implement learning approaches and instructional strategies that address the Common Core State Standards. We have maintained a focus on written and oral language supported by in-depth professional learning for teachers. All classroom teachers implement instructional practices that help students develop deep mathematical understandings. Fourth through sixth grade students utilize technology with Chromebooks to support their writing, collaboration, and communication. In all we do, our school places a high priority on a coherent curriculum, effective instructional practice and authentic learning.

The Extended Studies Curriculum (ESC) program provides Ocean Air with credentialed teachers who specialize in science, technology, art, music, and physical education. ESC teachers work together with classroom teachers to enhance the core curriculum; thereby supporting our mission to educate the whole child by providing students with opportunities for hands-on activities, problem-solving, teamwork, and exposure to the fine arts beyond what is possible in the general education classroom.

Our inclusive, active school community, exceptional teaching staff, rigorous academics, care for individual student success, and focus on character-building and educating the whole child make Ocean Air an exemplary school.