Programs & Services

CHOICE Program
The San Diego Unified Schools CHOICE program provides students with the opportunity to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. The school CHOICE program allows students to apply to any school, (based on available space), within the San Diego Unified School District, with the exception of Magnet Schools.

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Class Size Reduction

Grades K - 3 has approximately 24 Students

Grades 4 - 5 has approximately 32 Students

District Literacy Framework
All students, grades K-5, participate in the district-wide literacy program. Three hours of the day are dedicated to literacy development through a balanced approach of reading, writing, and word study instruction.

Gift and Talented Education (GATE) is a California Program which provides challenging curriculum and instruction to identified students. Students are identified by district psychologists who administer tests to all 2nd graders and students who are new to our school in grades 3, 4 and 5. The results determine placement in the GATE program for the following year and through grade 12. GATE cluster classes contain groupings of gifted and high-achieving students in a classroom with a GATE certified teacher. All third through fifth grade classes at Tierrasanta Elementary are GATE classes. Watch for GATE Committee meetings or GATE reports on the Governance Team agenda.

Music Program
All 5th grade students participate in 1 hour of music every week. They may choose to participate in band or orchestra. The discipline of music is not only an art form, but an academic subject that accesses a variety of learning styles. The performing arts are an important part of a complete education, and musicians often fare better academically in all subjects.

We are proud to have a school library containing a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction and reference materials. The library provides resources to teachers and parents, and teaches students library and research skills.

Physical Education
Every classroom participates in some form of physical education every week. While actively participating in age appropriate physical activities, students are also taught sportsmanship skills.

San Diego Police Department Programs
Our SDPD officer will visit all classrooms to deliver a program regarding child safety. At the lower grades the program addresses proper emergency procedures, stranger danger and bullying. At grade 5, topics also include the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

Special Education and Supportive Services
Parents may request that a district psychologist and resource specialist evaluate their child for learning disabilities. Requests are to be made to the principal. The IST (Instructional Study Team) will meet with the parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine the appropriateness of the request.

Resource Teacher
The learning disabilities resource teacher serves as a member of the Instructional Study Team to assess the academic needs of students. If students qualify, a program is designed to meet their needs.

School Psychologist
The school psychologist serves as a member of the Instructional Study Team to assess the academic and emotional/behavioral needs of students recommended by their classroom teacher.

District Counselor
The district counselor assesses emotional and behavioral issues of children and how they impact their attainment of educational goals. He/she may see students in a small group setting or individually on a short-term basis.

Speech & Language Specialist
The speech and language specialist assesses children who require additional support in developing communication skills appropriate to their ability/age level. If the student qualifies, the speech and language pathologist creates an individualized program for the student and provides the needed support.

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