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About Us

Ocean Knoll Elementary School is an award-winning public elementary school located in Encinitas, California and has served multiple generations of kindergarten through sixth grade children since 1959. Ocean Knoll’s International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, authorized in 2013, provides all our students an engaging education in which students master twenty-first century knowledge and skills through an academically challenging curriculum, requiring students to take initiative, research, organize and complete projects, and speak in front of their classmates, preparing our children for critical thinking, community service, and college-level coursework.

Our program serves as a springboard for children’s love of learning, creativity, and readiness for the future where children reach their full social and academic potential. As an IB community, we value our nurturing environment that fosters inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

In keeping with the school’s philosophy that children learn best when they are actively involved, concepts are introduced and reinforced through inquiry-based learning. Students engage in interdisciplinary projects in each grade, developing their collaboration and critical thinking skills and allowing students to approach topics from multiple angles and disciplines. As students deepen their skills in literacy and math, they also broaden their education through weekly specialty classes in PE, nutrition and garden, Spanish, music, and yoga. Students have the opportunity to experience hands-on science, develop their cooking skills, and earn their Junior Master Gardener certificate with the Sage Garden Project pilot program on our campus. As students advance through the grades, they can take on greater school-wide roles and responsibilities through the SOAR program, the Kinder Care Club, the Green Team, the Dolphin Store Management, and on the school basketball teams.

Ocean Knoll Elementary School is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP). PYP schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that empowers children to be internationally minded and inspires them to make the world a better place. Ocean Knoll’s commitment to providing a comprehensive education is evidenced in the wide variety of course offerings it provides for its students. In addition to its academic program, students benefit from strong health and wellness, world language, and arts programs: Garden, Nutrition, Yoga, Physical Education, Music, and Spanish are courses offered to all students. In addition, Ocean Knoll’s programming (listed below) offers an enrichment and intervention block, called Team Time that provides additional support for those students working toward proficiency in Reading, as well as advanced offerings for those students who are functioning at or above grade level. This comprehensive educational program along with a talented and dedicated faculty staff and strong partnerships with parents and community organizations are the reason why the students at Ocean Knoll are so successful and continue to be recognized with numerous awards and honors.


Ocean Knoll is pleased to offer the following programs to enrich the lives of all our students. We have a number of award-winning programs in which all students participate, as well as various student clubs and teams in which all students may participate. Below you will find information on some of our unique offerings.

Art Ed ​​​​​​​ The Ocean Knoll PTA funds and teaches our Art Ed program which provides monthly fine arts lessons for each of our classes.
​​Dolphin Store The before-school Dolphin Store is run every Wednesday by 5th-grade students. They are responsible for inventory, organizing/displaying product, pricing items, cleaning after the bell rings, and meetings 2 times per month​. They must also demonstrate responsibility, a caring, respectful attitude, and integrity.
Family Wellness The Ocean Knoll Family Wellness Program is a program designed to create a safe and fun environment for children and their parents to exercise together before school. Group exercise classes, playground games, and running/walking club are offered. Not only does the program promote physical fitness but it also promotes family bonding and creates a positive community culture as families throughout the school get to know each other while exercising together.​ 
Health and Wellnes​s ​En​​cinitas Union School District provides all schools with a Health and Wellness program that focuses on lifelong health and wellness. 
​IB PYP Programme ​The International Baccalaureate Program at Ocean Knoll provides all students with an inquiry-based curriuculum aimed at developing internationally-minded, inquiring, caring, lifelong learners.  Visit our IB Wiki ​for more information.
Kinder Care Club ​The KC Club members serve as Kindergarten Peer Helpers, providing community service during their lunch hour to facilitate play and learning during the Kindergarten lunchtime. 
Green Team Club ​The Green Team members provide community service during their lunch hour by helping with recycling and campus beautification. 
Math 24 ​Math 24 is an unique, game-based teaching tool which sucessfully engages students in problem solving, computation, number sense, critical thinking, and pattern sensing. It is open to students in grades 3 – 6 every Friday after school outside room 11. There is a district Math 24 tournament every spring. 
​​The Ocean Knoll Farm is a Green Ribbon Schools award-winning program. It is used as a growing space for our school lunch program and as an outdoor classroom, incorporating some of our IB projects. The Ocean Knoll Farm is funded by Healthy Day Partners.
Ocean Knoll Farm   
​SISTERS​ Sustaining Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research in Society, or SISTERS, is an innovative after-school science education program for 5th and 6th grade girls, supported by the National Science Foundation and UCSD. The SISTERS Adventures develop a Growth Mindset and utilize an Engineering Design Process


SOAR (Sharing Our Acceptance and Respect) is our renowned ability-awareness program designed to help students better understand how it feels to be a young person with challenges and to facilitate friendships for students who have few or no friends. After being trained, the SOAR members help to facilitate social interactions and help our students with disabilities engage in group activities on the playground. They are assigned to support a student one day a week during a lunch period.   ​
STAR Tech  Team  ​The STAR Tech Team is a group of trained student technicians who provide technical support for students and teachers during the school day.
Spanish World Language​ ​Ocean Knoll is proud to offer Spanish as a World Language as part of its IB program. Students have a weekly Spanish class in school and access to Rockalingua on their iPads for further practice.
SWPPP  This science-based program engages student interns in a deeper understanding of the impact storm water runoff has in our community.  The production of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan provides a real world understanding of how we are all connected to the same goal of improving our coastal water quality. It also develops real skills that create a foundation for future learning and career development. 
Team Time ​Ocean Knoll’s award-winning program, Team Time, provides acceleration, on-level, or extra support in reading for every student. It utilizes research-based programs and additional teaching staff to provide targeted instruction across each grade level to each grouping of students.
TLP ​ ​Terrific Learning Provided, or TLP, provides weekly lessons to all students in garden, nutrition, physical education, and music. More about each component of TLP can be found below. ​
TLP Garden Lab ​ The Sage Garden Project​ has provided 24 classes every week in the Ocean Knoll school garden for the past 5 fruitful years (that’s over 3,000 lessons in the garden alone!). Students experience hands-on lessons in science, botany, and ecology as they plant, nurture, and perform all maintenance for the garden, including the worms and compost, installing irrigation lines, learning about organic solutions for garden problems such as pest control, as well as sharing in the delight of harvesting.
TLP Nutrition Lab  The Sage Garden Project​ provided Ocean Knoll with the welcoming Nutritional Science Lab, as well as providing lessons and funds for staff, with over $250,000 provided to Ocean Knoll since 2010. Classes in the nutrition lab cover a world of topics – nutrition, from the basics through understanding vegetarianism, food politics, importance of eating cover crops, and the important role food plays in history and culture. The lab is a natural place for lessons in math and science, as well as learning to work together and follow instructions.
TLP PE ​Our Ocean Knoll PTA generously funds a PE teacher to provide research-based physical education lessons that are inclusive, active, and fun. This is another component of our focus on the well-being of the whole child. All children receive weekly PE lessons.
TLP Music ​Our PTA also funds a music teacher, providing weekly music instruction for every student. Music provides our students the opportunity to learn yet another language and to develop spatial-temporal reasoning skills. It furthermore develops an appreciation of the arts, contributing to the complete education of our global students. ​