Holmes Elementary


Features at a glance

An organic garden on campus

School-based sports and athletics clubs

Parent involvement programs, including a parent center

Wellness programs and onsite wellness coordinator

Safe and inclusive anti-bullying leadership programs

Community and business partnerships

Before and after school care

Additional Visual and Performing Arts clubs, partnerships, and opportunities

Gifted and Talented Education

Integrated project-based learning

"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. In 2012, Holmes Academic Performance Index score increased to over 920. The school earned a spot on the 2010 & 2011 Honor Roll List by the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE). 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 Cheer4Fun, Junior Theatre, LEGO Engineering, Mad Science, Mileage Club, Heartlight Aerobics, Golf, Tennis, and Soccer.

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.


Special Programs:

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

Middle School:
Marston Middle School

High School:
Clairemont High School

Contact us


Holmes Elementary
4902 Mt. Ararat Dr
San Diego,CA92111