Best Of 2009 Education

Best Preschool (Tie):

The Gifted Preschool, Solana Beach Presbyterian Preschool, Horizon Prep Preschool And Horizon Christian Preschool

Geared toward the above-average preschooler, the Encinitas-based Gifted Preschool’s excellent curriculum seeks to help young kids learn about the world around them and encourages them to try even when the task is difficult. 760.436.9666, giftedpreschool.com

Solana Beach Presbyterian Preschool’s indoor, outdoor, music, and language programs aim to provide developmentally appropriate play and hands-on activities so that children can grow in awareness of themselves, God, and the world around them. 858.509.2580, www.solanapres.org

About to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Horizon Prep Preschool offers Montessori based, Christ-centered teaching in a loving environment focused on educating the whole child. “When I came onboard at Horizon Prep, everyone talked about the ‘love bubble’ of Horizon Prep – referring to the nurturing care and attention our students receive,” says headmaster Ken Kush. “Our track record is proving our Trivium-based classical approach to education stands the test – we have the best of both worlds.” 858.756.5599, horizonprep.org

Horizon Christian Preschool works to increase parents’ knowledge of child development, while teaching tots to gain a feeling of self-worth and confidence in a safe and God-centered environment. 858.277.4991, www.horizonsd.org

 

Best Public School (Tie): Earl Warren Middle School, Sage Canyon Elementary School, Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School, And Canyon Crest Academy

Solana Beach’s Earl Warren Middle School is a leader in the San Dieguito Union High School District with ample on-campus amenities and a neighboring Boys & Girls Club that provides athletics and after-school activities. 858.755.1558, sduhsd.net/ew

According to principal Peg LaRose, over the seven-year period from 2002-2008, Carmel Valley’s Sage Canyon Elementary School increased its Academic Performance Index (API) 48 points from a 920 in 2001 to 968 in 2008, the highest API in San Diego County. 858.481.7844, dmusd.org/sage

Located in the heart of the Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School boasts small class size, and innovative and engaging educational programs and extracurricular activities that champion active participation. 858.756.1141, rsfschool.net

It’s no wonder there’s a waiting list for Solana Beach’;s Canyon Crest Academy high school, as it offers specialized in-depth study, an extensive list of AP courses, and promotes lifelong intellectual, social, physical, and creative development. 858.350.0253, sduhsd.net/cc

 

Best Private School (Tie): Cathedral Catholic High School, Horizon Prep, La Jolla Country Day School, And Horizon

Cathedral Catholic High School in Del Mar emphasizes teaching the whole person and works to advance students in college preparation – 98 percent of students at Cathedral attend college. 858.523.4000, cathedralcatholic.com

Horizon Prep prepares students mind, body, soul, and strength with Christ-centered academic excellence. With standardized test scores in the top 94th percentile nationwide, first through eighth grade students receive instruction in core subjects as well as Latin, Spanish, the Bible, art, music, library, technology, and physical education. 858.756.5599, horizonprep.org

Students at La Jolla Country Day School can expect to be pushed to reach their full potential as scholars, artists, athletes, and community members with a top-notch education, a wide variety of extracurricular activities, and consistently high AP scores. 858.453.3440, ljcds.org

Horizon is a non-denominational Christian school offering classes from preschool to high school, as well as recently developed online college courses. 858.277.4991, horizonsd.org

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