Award Year: 2021

Carmel Del Mar Elementary School

12345 Carmel Park Drive
San Diego, CA, 92130-2222

(858) 481-6789

Ms. Julie Lerner, Principal at time of Nomination

Del Mar Union School District

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CDM, the School with a Heart, is grounded in our collective commitment to doing what is best for all of our students - academically, socially and emotionally.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 53%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 36%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Carmel Del Mar School is The School With A Heart!

Carmel Del Mar School is "The School With A Heart!"

Carmel Del Mar School (CDM), home of the Dragons, welcomes and educates neighborhood children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Affectionately referred to as "The School with a Heart," we have an ongoing commitment to educating the whole child; a staff and parent community dedicated to meeting the academic and social emotional needs of every Dragon; and a student body that is motivated to learn and achieve.

We aspire to help every student realize their individual potential through our challenging and differentiated academic program. This begins with a school-wide commitment to guiding decisions based on what is best for students. Our teachers utilize the Essential Elements of Instruction and Cultures of Thinking frameworks to guide lesson delivery and instructional decisions. Teachers use Thinking Routines to make student thinking visible and valued, provide multiple entry points for learning, honor diverse perspectives and background experiences, and deepen content understanding of key standards and skills.

We believe that building relationships is critical to meaningful collaboration and student success. To that end, we encourage the support and involvement of our families, community members, and community partners as we work together to meet the unique needs of each one of our students. During the challenging 2020-21 school year, in partnership with all stakeholders, we provided a full-time in-person learning program which most students attended, as well as a virtual option, to ensure all students engaged in meaningful learning. Our high-performing staff, coupled with our strong parent partnerships, makes CDM an outstanding place for all children to learn.