Principal's Message


Doug Johnson , Principal

Del Sur Elementary opened its doors on August 19, 2008 and has built an impressive reputation over the last eight years.  
Our school is nestled in a booming suburban area of north county San Diego. At the heart of this thriving this community stands our school whose architecture reflects the rich Spanish heritage of southern California. 
Our mascot is the “Explorers”. Every day we invite our students to come to school to explore their world. This notion is enhanced by our building’s unique architecture and the interior decorative mural that depict the scientific realms of the hydrosphere, the geo-sphere, and the stratosphere. State of the art technology is available in each of our 36 classrooms with interactive white boards, document cameras, wireless access points, LCD projectors, plus a plethora of laptops and iPad devices. At Del Sur learning is not restricted to the classrooms. On any given day, one can observe parents and students engaged in individualized learning opportunities in the educational mall outside of the classrooms. 
Our district motto speaks of graduating students who are “college and career ready.” From this motto, we have brought the sense of college to our elementary students. Every classroom has an association with a college. Each Friday students wear their spirited university shirt. At our community-based Friday Flag celebrations, students recite their classroom created chants that they, as individual classes, have created. In visiting our campus, one will see college flags hanging outside of the classroom doors representing such universities as the University of San Diego, San Diego State, UCSD, UCLA, UCI, the University of Washington, and twenty-seven other institutions. 
Students and staff display their pride by following “The Explorer Way.” This motto encapsulates the six pillars of character as defined by the nationwide Character Counts! Program: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Each month Del Sur focuses on a specific pillar via classroom curricular embedded lessons, student council-delivered morning announcements, and Friday Flag skits. This program has yielded a positive school climate on our campus. 
The mission of our school is to be a technologically progressive school dedicated to providing high levels of learning for all students while being focused on exploring the richness of the past, the opportunities of the present, and the infinite possibilities of the future. 
Our vision is to inspire 21st century global citizens by educating the whole-child academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our child-centered focus will respect individual learning styles and nurture each student’s unique gifts and abilities thus allowing them to discover their own genius. Learning opportunities will foster curiosity, creativity, and academic achievement via the Common Core standards that promotes inquiry and discovery. 
Our community of learners will become caring, sympathetic, global citizens through service learning projects. Students will appreciate diversity, treat others with kindness, and be conscious of the natural environment and strive to preserve it. Partnered with our state of the art technology, our students will connect with the rest of the world giving them an unparalleled education. 
Our community of global learners will continue their quest to investigate the world around them. Students will become technologically literate and teachers are dedicated to continuing their own technology education. 
Del Sur has been recognized on numerous occasions as an exemplary school. In the realm of technology, our school has received numerous awards for student made videos and curricular projects. In fact one of our student made videos is housed in a museum in Chicago. This video focused on the life of Ruby Bridges and was produced by some of our kindergarten students. Our school has been featured in a video concerning our work with one to one computers. We have been named both a California Distinguished School and a national Blue Ribbon School. 
From our unique architecture to the exciting learning environment within our classrooms, Del Sur Elementary School is a dynamic, active educational center, filled with the promise of tomorrow. 
Mr. Johnson
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