About Holmes Elementary

Welcome to Holmes Elementary

There's No Place Like Holmes!

Holmes Elementary is a true neighborhood school, located in a quiet residential part of Clairemont.

Our mission is to work as a strong, accountable partnership of staff, parents and community members to create a challenging and supportive environment in which all students can strive for the academic excellence and the confidence necessary to become successful members of society.

Holmes students are high achieving, and it shows in their standardized test scores that rank among the highest in the district. Students in grades 3-5 did remarkable on the spring 2023 online Common Core Standards Tests. In English Language Arts, 90% of our students met or exceeded grade level standards. In math, 85% of our students met or exceeded grade level standards.  Our continued high performance is a testament to our incredibly talented teachers, rigorous academic program, hard-working students, and supportive families.  We continue to focus efforts on students performing significantly below grade level.

All Holmes teachers in grades 3-5 are GATE certified, all receiving the additional training that is part of the Gifted and Talented Education program for high achieving students. Their certification enables us to provide an extensive accelerated educational programs and GATE cluster programs providing specialized instruction.

In 2012 and 2018, Holmes Elementary was recognized as a Distinguished School by the California Department of Education.

Parent involvement and volunteerism are encouraged and appreciated. Our students enjoy many extras including an annual holiday program, jog-a-thon, variety show, Halloween carnival, field trips, and a Spring Fling event. Our PTA also funds an award-winning art program, choral music teacher and computer lab.
Holmes before and after school enrichment programs include Chess, MonArt, Heartlight Aerobics, Basektball, Tennis, Pickleball, and Soccer. Every Wednesday morning before school, we have Mileage Club where students have the opportunity to run and get their exercise in for the day!

Holmes students, parents and teachers take pride in our school by helping to maintain the campus. PTA funding and community support has supplied beautiful campus gardens, a rock wall, school mural, greenhouses and fitness obstacle course.

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Quick Facts

Address: 4902 Mt. Ararat Drive, San Diego, CA 92111 View Map

Phone: (619) 605-4400

Fax: (858) 496-8734

Principal: Jonathan Saipe

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday - 7:30am - 4:00pm

Daily Schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30am - 2:55pm

Wednesday - 8:30am - 12:30pm 


--Grades UTK-5
--505 Students
-- Before & Afterschool Fee-Based Child Care (YMCA and Boys & Girls Club)
--Boundary Locator
--Attendance Area Map

Special Programs:

  • English Language Learners
  • After School Programs
  • Art
  • Choral and Instrumental Music
  • Mileage Club
  • GATE
  • SAGE Garden & Cooking Class
  • Financial Literacy

Middle School:
Marston Middle School

High School:
Clairemont High School

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