School Description and Mission Statement

Cubberley Elementary

Cubberley Elementary is located in the Serra Mesa area of San Diego, and has fostered excellence since 1959. Cubberley School primarily serves resident families, and also welcomes students from outside the area who choose to attend through the district's School Choice program.

We offer a comprehensive curriculum with a strong focus on academic excellence for all students. Instruction is focused on every student reaching or exceeding California State Standards. This year our teachers are working diligently to implement new Reading and Writing Units of study by Lucy Calkins. These units are built on the best practices and proven frameworks developed over years of work in classrooms across the country and around the world. Our teachers are offering state-of-the-art reading and writing workshops that help students meet and exceed global standards. In addition, this year, all of our teachers have participated in extensive professional development opportunities enabling them to teach mathematics for deep and flexible understanding.

Our school programs also include:

  • G.A.T.E. Cluster classes

  • G.A.T.E. Seminar Program starting in 2016-2017

  • Focus on Innovation, Creativity, and Design

  • Brand new Makerspace (iCAN Studio)

  • Project Lead the Way, Project/Problem-Based Curriculum (Engineering, Bio-Medical, and Computer Science)

  • Exploratory music for all 5th graders

  • Art Corps (a comprehensive, developmental curriculum, which teaches art fundamentals by bringing process oriented hands-on art experiences to the classroom)

  • i21 Interactive Classrooms equipped with a suite of technology which includes a smart board, teacher tablet, and student devices (iPads, Netbooks, or Androids)

  • Physical Education taught by a certificated physical education teacher

  • Access to an on-site library with books, periodicals, and electronic sources

  • English Language Learner support

  • Running Club

  • Robotics Team-First Lego League

  • Top-notch before and after school PrimeTime program includes homework help and an academic program.


  • Cubberley out-performs the district, as well as the state, in language arts, math, and science test scores

  • School wide focus on 21st century skills

  • Strong emphasis on individual and small group instruction

  • Strong Special Education Dept. serving student with disabilities, and providing appropriate support and related services to those students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  • G.A.T.E. Certified teachers who challenge and push students towards personal success (including Seminar program)

Family-Like Atmosphere

  • Nurturing TK/K program

  • School staff knows all students in our school community by name; this fosters a culture of belonging, accountability, and support

  • Small school means students are exposed to more opportunities to develop leadership skills

  • School climate is orderly, safe, student-centered, inviting, and attractive

  • PTA focused on engaging the community through student-centered events, programs, and fundraising

Comprehensive Student Services

  • Counseling Services 1 days/week

  • Nursing/Health Tech Services 5 days/week

  • Second Step Social Skills

  • PeaceBuilder Program

  • Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS)

Our Cubberley community strives to work together to promote a positive, responsible, respectful, safe environment through our PeaceBuilder program. Our overall goal is to develop students who take an active stance in their own learning and become actively literate, contributing members of society who make a positive difference in the world.

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