Elementary, Middle Schools, High Schools, and Private Schools

Cardiff Elementary K-3

Cardiff School is a California Distinguished School with 18 Transitional Kindergarten through Third Grade classrooms, including a multi-age classroom with first through third graders.

★★★★★ This school really puts its students on a good path of education. The teachers care A LOT about their students, and the students love their teachers.

More Info1888 Montgomery Ave Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

Ada W. Harris Elementary 3-6

Ada Harris is a California Distinguished School serving students in grades three through six, with a multi-age class option for some students in grades four and five.

★★★★★ This is an awesome schools. The teachers are great the principal is great and even the office ladies are great. They have schools activities, and the classrooms on have twenty to twenty four students. If you are looking off a school this is definitely the place to go. I would definitely give it a thumbs up.

More Info1508 Windsor Road Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

Diegueño Middle School

At Diegueño, students are prepared academically and socially to reach their potential as life-long learners.  Students are guided by professional educators in an engaging and creative environment with relevant curriculum focused on 21st Century skills.

★★★★★ The administration, office staff and teacher give this school a real family feel. I’m so glad that we were able to get our daughter in here and she is blossoming!

More Info2150 Village Park Way Encinitas, CA 92024

San Dieguito High Academy

San Dieguito Academy is a learning community which nurtures the individual, promotes academic rigor, provides varied opportunities for success, and celebrates creative expression.

★★★★★ We are delighted with the school. My son made friends right away, even though he was coming from a private school and knew nobody. The program is rigorous, they have a great selection of foreign language classes at high levels, plenty of honor classes and we are very happy with the teachers and the incredibly friendly administration.

More Info800 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

La Costa Canyon High School

LCC is dedicated to providing each student a well-rounded education through exposures to creative and innovative curriculum through college-bound courses as well as opportunities in career-based courses. We also offer a Work Experience program that encourages students to develop career-related experience and skills by completing internships or working while receiving high school credit.

★★★★★ They both love their school and I find that they are having an enriching high school experience. LCC has so many wonderful clubs and extracurricular activities to get involved in which I think is important. I’ve also noticed that the teachers go above and beyond to help and encourage the students and that is so refreshing! Very proud to say my sons go to this fantastic school!

More Info1 Maverick Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Encinitas Country Day

At Encinitas Country Day School, learning is reinforced with hand-on activities in the primary and elementary years and through real-world experience in the middle and high school years. Personal development is enriched and balanced through school day programs and after school enrichment opportunities in the visual and performing arts, science and technology, personal development, physical fitness and athletic programs.

★★★★★ The school is amazing! The children are very happy and highly motivated. It is a very nurturing and warm environment and the Montessori Curriculum is a very nice child appropriate program. The Campus is very clean and is embedded in nature, the classrooms feel welcoming, very tidy and offer the kids such great variety to learn with the Montessori materials. The principle and the staff is also excellent, I could not be happier with having found this Gem of school.

More Info3616 Manchester Ave Encinitas, CA 92024

The Rhodes School

The Rhoades School supports the development of academically advanced, productive, creative, and socially adept students in grades K-8. Students are challenged with a rigorous curriculum, a supportive peer group, and suitable guidance in an encouraging and thoughtful manner. We seek to establish in each student the singular love of learning for its own sake.

★★★★★ Our 2 girls attended Rhoades, and both had a great experience. Teachers were caring, thoughtful and engaging. Parents were very involved and supportive. Our experience with administration was also very positive. Some of the comments about tuition and diversity are not unique to Rhoades, and would be true of almost all private schools. We would recommend Rhoades to anyone considering a private school education for their kids in the north SD area.

More Info141 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. Encinitas, CA 92024

Saint John Catholic School

Saint John School, a Christ-centered environment, empowers our children to gain a thorough understanding of the Catholic faith, achieve their highest academic potential, and share Christ’s love through Christian action. We encourage students, as unique individuals, to work cooperatively within both our local and the global community, fostering mutual respect and appreciation for all.

★★★★★ Love this school! They are constantly working on improving the campus, curriculum and overall experience. Nice families with good core values. The size of the school is nice as it is not to big, nor is it too small. The administration is hands on and addresses behavior issues quickly and efficiently. This is for the well rounded child and for those seeking a family environment.

More Info1003 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

Saint James Academy

At St. James Academy, we are committed to inspiring students to fulfill their academic potential while instilling moral values, social consciousness, and Christ’s message into the fabric of each school day. We understand the difficulty and importance of finding the right school for your children to flourish. We realize that growing up isn’t easy and children need structure and spiritual guidance to make wise choices for themselves. Therefore it is our mission to teach, care and nurture your children as if they were our own because at St. James Academy we are not just educators that love what we do—we are a family.

★★★★★ The school community is warm and friendly. Students are held to high standards in all areas. The teachers are approachable and genuinely care for the students.

More Info623 S Nardo Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Pacific Ridge School

At Pacific Ridge School, our mission statement guides everything that we do. Its pillars – academic excellence, ethical responsibility, and global engagement – support our academic program, as well as the extensive number of co-curricular offerings, extra-curricular activities and opportunities our students explore. Its aims – preparation for college and a purposeful life – are realized by students who come to understand that learning is a joyful, life-long pursuit, and that the world contains many kinds of classrooms.

★★★★★ We came from an excellent public school and this is my child’s first year at PRS. We are beyond impressed and ecstatic at the teacher involvement, and how the school has every little item figured out. The school assigns an adviser to check your child’s homework weekly. It is an amazing school. My child’s behavior is so proper and polite now and they are studying very hard. We’re very happy there and look forward to many years with the new school.

More Info6269 El Fuerte St, Carlsbad, CA 92009

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