Balboa Elementary: Home of the Bulldogs
Our school features a great mix of diversity. With students from all over the world speaking as many languages as a mini-United Nations, our school offers unparalleled cross-cultural learning. While many of our students are working on their English language fluency, at the same time our entire student body is engaged in a challenging and academically rigorous curriculum.
At Balboa School, we know that students welcome challenge and rise to meet it successfully, given the right guidance and tools. Our test scores are on the rise. We have received multiple honors and awards, including being named one of the nation's top math-achieving schools. That award from the major computer company giant Intel. Our school won an award for a quarter-million dollars from Best Buy corporation for exceptional use of technology to make learning more fun. We recently received the Intel National Mathematics Award, a distinction that came with $150,000 worth of technology. We earned this recognition because of the strong mathematical instruction we strive to provide to our students.
Geographically, Balboa sits in the southwestern edge of the district borders, in a culturally diverse neighborhood with families from Mexico, Russia, Iraq, Sudan, the Congo and the Philippines.
We focus on the development of essential skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, public speaking, computer applications, algebraic reasoning and problem solving. To ensure the success of our students we have programs supporting English language fluency.
Our arts programs provide authentic, hands-on language learning experience combined with artistic education. Upper graders participate in our instrumental music program, as well as concerts and student performances.
Our teachers work in collaboration to ensure all students keep on track. Family involvement is encouraged with many different options and activities. We have two monthly meetings, coffee with the principal and Family Friday. Grade level presentations to families are held three times a year to clarify student expectations.
We invite you to come see Balboa in action.