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Principal's Message

7 months ago

Joy Harris, Principal

 To my fellow Coyotes:

I am proud to be the Principal of a uniquely outstanding school.  James Dukes' reputation for college and career-bound excellence is one that we are proud to continue.  James Dukes students are high academic performers.  Our young learners are thoughtful academic scholars and promising civic leaders.  Our students are prepared for the 21st century through innovative and creating teaching methods, resourceful technology in the classroom and a focus on building strong character through leadership.  We are a kind and caring pack.

Our community is very special.  Close collaboration with parents and community provides rich learning experiences for our students.  Constant communication is key in any organization.  Our Facebook page will keep you up to date on all the latest happenings at James Dukes.  If you've not already done so, visit our page for the latest news from our Coyote pack.

Joy Harris, Principal


Class Times
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:35 am - 3:10 pm Wednesday 8:35 am - 12:50 pm

School Profile

7 months ago

At James Dukes, we believe in dreaming big! 

James Dukes Elementary is one of the most distinguished elementary schools in San Diego County. Our reputation of academic excellence is one that we are proud to continue.  High expectations are reflected in our numerous achievements.  James Dukes Elementary was a California Distinguished School, recognized by Governor Davis as a high performing school and has an award winning Parent Teacher Association.

James Dukes Elementary located in northeast San Diego within the community of San Diego Country Estates of Ramona, California. It is nestled in the foothills of the Vallecito and Santa Maria Mountains, surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest. San Diego Country Estates is a geographically isolated community that is composed of professional, skilled and semi-skilled workers. The school has a low mobility rate with most families living in single family, owner occupied homes. 

Understanding differences and treating all with dignity is a cornerstone of our school's philosophy, and our students participate in a strong character education program.  Our student council is the largest and most active organization in it's history, and focuses on providing students with civic opportunities to be community leaders. 

We proudly house the only elementary Moderate/Severe Special Education program in Ramona, and our students in this program are engaged in the general education environment.  Every young Coyote at James Dukes is expected to perform at his or her very best.

James Dukes has a valued tradition of strong parent involvement.  Our PTA and staff coordinate activities that cultivate a sense of family within our school community. The school is a focal point in the neighborhood that supports a variety of community partnerships.

We've implemented a Board-approved schedule to enhance teaching and learning.  Our students participate in longer work days, allowing for a block of time (on Wednesdays) to address professional development, communication and articulation.  James Dukes Elementary is a dynamic school with committed professionals who are passionate about teaching, students who are excited about learning and parents who are supportive and actively involved.


Extended School Program

7 months ago

A school-age program designed for parents who want their children in a safe and enriching program before and after school and on minimum days.

The program offers enriching activities and healthy snacks, all provided by experienced and caring staff.  Students must be enrolled in RUSD to be eligible for participation in the program.

Fees are listed on the registration forms, which can be found on the RUSD website at


James Dukes Elementary

6:30 – 8:30

3:10 – 6:30

Wednesday minimum day: 12:50 – 6:30

PHONE # 760-788-5060 x 5009


Mission and Vision

7 months ago

James Dukes Elementary is a learning community where we are all valued and supported to be our best.  Students develop a love of learning through rigorous academic experiences.  James Dukes is a community of life-long learners.  Our students are high-level learners through a culture of collaboration with families and the community in the pursuit of excellence.  

Instructional Focus
All students will construct learning through relevant and rigorous tasks that demonstrate standards based speaking, reading, writing, creating and problem solving.

We are preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world. At James Dukes, we dream big.