Award Year: 2014

Del Sur Elementary School

15665 Paseo Del Sur
San Diego, CA, 92127-6144

(858) 674-6200

Mr. Douglas Johnson, Principal at time of Nomination

Poway Unified School District

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Our mission is to provide high levels of learning to inspire 21st century global citizens by educating the whole child academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 54%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 25%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 15%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Collaboration and the use of technology are keys to our students' success at Del Sur!

Collaboration and the use of technology are keys to our students' success at Del Sur!

In visioning Del Sur Elementary School seven years ago a key foundational building block was gleaned from research performed from the Gates Foundation Task Force on Education concerning the importance of the "Three R’s - Relationships, Rigor, and Relevancy". This notion constitutes the umbrella under which we devise and plan educational delivery systems. Of utmost importance are the positive, supportive relationships that we develop amongst staff, students, families, and the greater community. "The Explorer Way" is our overall affirmative climate vehicle that focuses all of us in our school community in ensuring a positive climate for learning. This focus on creating a tight relational community has yielded high praise from our families on a consistent basis. Our instructional delivery is grounded in being rigorous for each student in terms of their academic readiness. Our teachers are masterful in delivering differentiated instruction in a myriad of methods including adaptive software programs that help each student flourish in their academics. A nonnegotiable goal on our site is that each student will make a year’s growth in every subject as measured through multiple data points. For our students, presenting a rich curriculum embedded in problem-based learning with technological applications connect them to their community and the larger world. This, in turn, engages our students in the learning process.