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The Del Mar Pines School campus is located in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego, one-half mile east of Del Mar. The school offers convenient access to all North County coastal communities including San Diego, La Jolla, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe, as well as inland locales such as Pacific Highlands Ranch, Del Sur and 4S Ranch. Our campus is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and the gated campus includes numerous security protocols.

As an Elementary School we teach kindergarten through sixth grade.

During the school year (late August – mid June) our office is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

  • School hours: 8:30: 3:05
  • After care: 3:05 – 5:30

During our summer sessions (June 23 – July 31) our office is open from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

  • School hours 9:00 – 2:30

Del Mar Pines School is a non-sectarian institution. We emphasize religious tolerance and understanding and do not ignore the symbols, expressions and spirit of major religions. Instead, through sharing and celebrating major holidays together, students become familiar with major religions’ similarities, including hope, peace, faith and good-will.

Tuition for the 2020/2021 school year is $17,000 with a $350 book and material fee. There is a $500 tuition discount for siblings.

Del Mar Pines School enrollment is approximately 154 students during any given school year.

Classes are usually limited to 22 students, however some classes may have one additional student due to extenuating circumstances. There are between 1 and 2 teachers per class depending on the grade level. Additionally, small group instruction is offered in both language arts and mathematics, with six to eight students in each group (four to seven students per group in kindergarten and first grade). Specialist instructors teach fine arts, Spanish, music and performing arts, technology, hands-on science, library and physical education.

First, explore our web site, where you can get a taste for what we do and why we do it. Then, schedule a tour from our web form or call our office. We'd love to hear from you! We will be happy to answer your questions and show you what makes Del Mar Pines School a great pace for children to learn, grow and thrive.

Yes! Del Mar Pines School offers Extended Care including before school and after school care. After Care is available from 3:15-5:30 p.m. throughout the academic year. Students can do their homework, work on individual or group projects, use the computer lab and/or enjoy a number of recreational activities. Children may also sign up for a variety of after school enrichment classes.

Yes, Del Mar Pines School has offered an exciting six-week summer program that has become one of the area’s most popular. Over a dozen classes focus on both personal and academic enrichment. Children develop and refine basic skills while expanding their horizons through creativity and innovation. Most of all, our program shows students that learning can be fun!

Del Mar Pines School offers a standards-based curriculum that far exceeds California's requirements. The typical student measures significantly above the national average on all standardized tests, with over 96% of children performing up to their quantifiable ability level. Del Mar Pines School graduates are motivated, self-confident, well-organized students who are prepared for the personal and academic challenges that lie ahead.

Art and music, taught weekly, are essential parts of the Del Mar Pines curriculum. Following a sequential K-6 progression of musical objectives, students study expression, melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, texture and form. In addition, special attention is given to musical traditions of other cultures, the study of classical composers, and the instruments of the orchestra. The art program is based on a system developed at the Getty Center for Education in the Arts. It is designed to bring a sense of accomplishment, joy and creativity through the use a wide variety of materials and artistic expression.

Yes. Starting in kindergarten, every student receives weekly Spanish language instruction, beginning with simple phonetics and progressing through vocabulary building and correct syntax. Besides learning the Spanish language, students are also exposed to all the Spanish speaking cultures around the world.

Technology is used to transform learning and teaching with 1:1 access to iPads (K-3) and MacBook Air’s (3-6). In addition to daily class work, students have a weekly class in Technology to ensure that all graduates are able to utilize technology to most effectively help them learn, explore, and communicate with others.

Children need to be five years old by September 1st of the year they enter kindergarten.

Campus tours and inquiries regarding enrollment are welcome at any time. The admission process typically begins during the October preceding the child’s target enrollment date. For example, parents of children who are interested in enrolling for the next school year, starting in September, should begin the application process in the Fall of the current year.

Typically a prospective family will tour our campus, submit an application, schedule an evaluation (based on class availability). We recommend applications are in by February 15th. Kindergarten evaluations begin in January for admissions to the following school year.

In addition to the completion of appropriate forms and payment of an application fee, the application process involves interviews with parents and children, as well as a comprehensive evaluation of each prospective student’s unique academic and social capabilities.

Siblings of current students are given priority status for upcoming enrollment. Please understand that space is extremely limited, and Del Mar Pines cannot enroll all of the outstanding candidates who apply for admission.

Del Mar Pines offers 30 minute Tours for prospective families starting October 1st throughout the school year. Tours are available by appointment only and can be scheduled Monday – Thursday at 9:00 or 9:30 am. Click here to schedule your tour.

We will accept children from other countries who move here with their families for a minimum of one school year. We do not accept partial year enrollment and we can’t take i-9 students without their parents or legal guardians. Please contact the office if you have additional questions.

Unfortunately, we rarely have any spaces available in our school for short term enrollment (less than a full academic year). We do not accept any i-9 applicants for international students. During our Summer Discoveries Program, we often have international students who are in San Diego with their families and they have a wonderful experience during the 6-week program.  Registration for Summer Discoveries opens on March 1st.

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Due to COVID-19, we can not allow visitors on campus, but we are able to meet with prospective parents through either Zoom or Facetime. Please complete the following form and we will schedule an interactive virtual meeting with you. During the meeting our Director will tell you all about our school, programs and share how our in person and remote learning is positively working for our children and families. She will also take you around the campus to see the classrooms and introduce you to the DMP experience.

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Tours are available by appointment only and can be scheduled Monday – Thursday at 9:00 or 9:30 am.

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