Del Mar Academy is an independent, nonsectarian, co-educational day school with a culturally and economically diverse student population, enrolling children 3+  through 12th grade.   At the youngest ages, the school’s programs are based on the philosophy and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. For our 11th and 12th grade students, we offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and in the middle years, we offer a bridge between these two philosophically compatible programs based on a constructivist understanding of teaching and learning.

Del Mar Academy School is a Candidate School for the Middle Years Programme (MYP). This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education Del Mar Academy School believes is important for our students.

Our Mission

The mission of Del Mar Academy is to provide our community of local and international students an academically excellent bilingual education that fosters a love of life and learning, caring for the environment and the community, global consciousness, and belief in each student’s power to make positive changes, and to share our knowledge and experience with others.

Our Vision

Del Mar Academy envisions becoming a leader and model of 21st century education. By tailoring a unique program to youngsters growing up in rapidly changing times, we aim for our students to graduate with the confidence to seize exciting new opportunities, and the preparation to face emerging challenges. 

Del Mar Academy is an authorized IB World School that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program to students in grades 11th and 12th.  IB World schools share a common philosophy and commitment to high quality international education. 

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Aims & Leading Principles

At DMA our goal is to bequeath to each student a legacy of limitless possibilities:

  • Love of life, learning, and laughter
  • Environments that engage, excite, and embrace everyone
  • Acquisition of skills necessary for a balanced, successful life
  • Respect for self, others, and the world
  • Nourishing self-awareness and peace within
  • Inspiring innovative thinkers
  • Nurturing relationships & fostering inherent worth
  • Global awareness & citizenship

Our Values

1. Enrichment: 

Our challenging, multidisciplinary curriculum is tailored to the individual needs, strengths, and interests of the children and our methodology is based on the best practices of enrichment teaching and learning. Creative problem-solving, decision making, and logical reasoning are infused into the program.

2. Empowerment: 

As active learners, our students are encouraged to develop their individual skills, strengths and talents and pursue investigations independently.   Students develop a sense of empowerment through opportunities to become decision makers, creative producers and active researchers.

3. Nurturing Environment: 

Our school offers a warm environment shaped by the values of respect, compromise, integrity, cooperation, tolerance and love. Our teacher to student  ratio is optimal for effective individualized and small group instruction.

4. Citizenship: 

Del Mar Academy is dedicated to the development of  the child as an active joyous learner, a collaborator, a citizen of his/her community and the world community.

5. Parental Participation:

Parent involvement is vital to the well being of the students and our school.  Parents are true partners in education. We survey interests, professions, and hobbies and request that willing parents join us and share their knowledge, (and) expertise, and experiences with our students.

6. Diversity:

Ethnic, racial, religious, and lifestyle differences among students and their families enrich the diversity of our school. Cultural diversity is valued and a rich variety of cultural perspectives and experiences are explored through the curriculum. Individual differences are celebrated at Del Mar Academy as a source of learning and joy.

7. Joy: 

We believe in celebrating life and learning with a sense of joy, appreciation and wonder.