La Jolla Elementary School – La Jolla, CA

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

La Jolla Elementary School

1111 Marine Street
La Jolla, CA, 92037-5131

(858) 454-7196

Ms. Donna S. Tripi, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

San Diego Unified School District

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All San Diego students will graduate with the skills, motivation, curiosity and resilience to succeed in their choice of college and career in order to lead and participate in the society of tomorrow.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 68%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 10%


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Donna S. Tripi, Principal and the dedicated staff of La Jolla Elementary School, La Jolla, CA.

Donna S. Tripi, Principal and the dedicated staff of La Jolla Elementary School, La Jolla, CA.


La Jolla Elementary School is a high performing K-5 school in the heart of downtown La Jolla, a suburb of the City of San Diego; it is part of San Diego Unified School District. Our school community's proudest achievements in recent years were receiving the California Distinguished Schools Award in 2008 and 2012, and the Gold Ribbon Schools Award in 2016.

Our dedicated and expert teaching staff uses professional development time to collaboratively design differentiated curriculum and study instructional approaches that enable our students to meet or exceed the Common Core State Standards in literacy and mathematics. Our literacy instruction is focused on enabling students to think critically about the texts they read and to communicate their ideas well both orally and in writing. We have worked to develop our students' skills in collaborative conversation to deepen their understanding of texts and ideas. Our focus in mathematics is on developing mathematical reasoning skills through authentic problem solving. Our approach to teaching science uses active experimentation to explore essential questions in earth, physical, and life science as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. The remainder of our comprehensive educational program includes art, dance, theater, music, technology, Spanish, and PE.

Our parent community partners with us in every aspect of our school. Parent representatives sit on decision-making groups and we have a large, active volunteer base. We have two parent groups, our PTO and Friends of La Jolla Elementary, Inc., which support our academic programs, fund raise, provide enrichment, and organize monthly school-community events.