Award Year: 2016

Paloma Elementary School

660 Camino Magnifico
San Marcos, CA, 92069-7323

(760) 290-2199

Mrs. Dana Spencer, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

San Marcos Unified School District

School Website


Our mission is for every student to receive a quality standards-based education in an environment that will help them develop into responsible global citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 35%
  • Hispanic: 42%
  • Asian: 12%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 29%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Paloma Flag Salute

Paloma Flag Salute

At Paloma, all students receive a quality, standards based education in a learning environment that fosters the 21st Century skills of critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration. Teachers employ Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD), Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE), Nancy Fetzer writing strategies, and Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) Math strategies to implement Common Core aligned language arts and math units. Our severely handicapped classrooms utilize the Unique Curriculum which tailors instruction to meet the exclusive needs of their students. Technology is used extensively throughout the day in every PK-5 classroom for all academic areas. Paloma students have access to either ChromeBooks or iPads. With technology so readily available, students have ample opportunities to extend their knowledge in all subject areas with our computer based personalized learning programs: Lexia, DreamBox, Tenmarks, Accelerated Reader/360 and through our Coding Club. Each classroom incorporates Genius Hour into their day once a week, where students of all levels are empowered to explore their own passions.

Paloma Elementary is a school where all stakeholders feel valued and respected, and where parents are encouraged to participate and be a partner in their child's education. The tight knit, involved community of Santa Fe Hills assumes an active role in the success of Paloma students. The Paloma Elementary School family creates an environment of mutual trust and respect where all children have an equal opportunity to achieve academic excellence, develop a love for learning, and acquire skills to become responsible members of society.