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1 Torino Drive
Foothill Ranch, CA 92691

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(949) 470-4885
(949) 586-9982
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May 29, 2014
My child is currently enrolled in this school. This school has some of the best teachers, but the PTA of this school is one of the worst. Awards are given (for e.g Science Fair) based on who you know in PTA, (or if your Mom is a class Mom etc), and NOT on merit. There is no motivational stuff that is done for the students. Kids are given food coupon rather than certificates or medals for their in class achievement. If there is an outside field trip planned, and the weather is 100 degrees outside, the school goes ahead with the field trip, with minimum to none consideration for the health of the kids. The school management spends more time on fund collection schemes (from parents), than ways to improve API score, or ways to motivate and reward the deserving kids for better performance.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I know foothill ranch elementary school... My two kids are studying in this school. very good school !! Teachers are very friendly,and helpful.Before we were in Irvine school..I like this school and teachers than Irvine school..

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Very good school. Kind & dedicated teachers! This school uses : SMART Boards Doc Cams SMART Notebook SRI My daughter here is very happy & progressing great! Lot of after-school activities to choose from which is so helpful !!!

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December 13, 2013
Very nice school..my daughter just changed the district and joined here this year..so exciting...she is so happy and satisfied that we made the right choice...great PTA & GATE program..thanks to the dedicated and kind teachers !!! 3 CHEERS!!!

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October 08, 2013
My son just started here. It's been great so far. The teachers are great and the school strictly enforces rules. Great FRKF. The homework materials are great and upto expectations.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
This school is amazing! What a terrific GATE (gifted and talented education) this school has and teachers that really care. Thie student body is well diversified. Outstanding PTA and FRKF (local kid's foundation) that make this school shine with extra programs most schools can't offer. The parents' involvement in this school is second to none. I have two boys that graduated from this school and they now straight A students - one of my kids is at OCSA (a charter performing arts high school and voted one of the best schools in the NATION). I also have a younger child at this school who loves it and is receiving the best education our tax dollars can offer. This is a community of smart, involved and kind people and this is reflected in the quality of the teachers and students alike. Anyone who doesn't like this school is an ANOMALY and obviously has their own individual issues. No school is perfect, but I feel like I gave my kid's the best by living in this community and sending them to this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
My son has been at this school for two years and is doing quite well. The teachers and other staff members that I have met are great. Classes are a bit overcrowded, but I know that is true of most California public schools today. From what I have seen in my son's classroom, his teacher is doing the best and the most that she can. It helps that there is a lot of parent involvement here. It seems as if there is often at least one parent helping in the lower grade classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
My son transferred here from Melinda Heights because SDC was overcrowded there and he was stuck in a class with horrible teacher. Since changing schools last year, he has matured so much and he is meeting grade level standards for the first time. We love Mr. Cuesta and the instructional aids. Thanks to great parent particiapation, the school is able to offer its large student population a variety of academic and extra curricular activities. Our SDC kids have great opportunities for inclusion in all of these.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2012
I go to this school and i am going in to 6th grade. Being a bobcat has changed my life comepletly. There are ups and downs....but i met the best friends there.

- submitted by a community member
May 01, 2012
Great school with great teachers --Mrs Liewer, Mrs Shoemaker (retired), Mrs McCarthy, Mrs Rubel (retired), Mrs Ray, Mrs McCurdy, Mrs Grove, Mrs Kimball and many more. Parent involvements also have made a difference in today's annual budget crisis.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2011
Foothill Ranch Elementary has an incredible Assistant Principal who has made a remarkable difference in the culture, enriching the academic programs, and working with the Parent Community to create a positive school culture that is indicative of success. The Assistant Principal has been at Foothill Ranch since the 2010 school year and has literally transformed Foothill Ranch from a good school to an excellent school. She is the constant presence at the site and is the go to for most parents. My children absolutely love Foothill Ranch and I attribute this to the teaching staff and the leadership of the Assistant Principal.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
A school of excellence in the SVUSD district. Smart boards in every classroom. State-of-the-art technology and new cloud system students can bring laptops to school for some classes. This school benefits from an active PTA and a excellent Foundation. Private funds from the community keep this school operating at top-notch while other schools are suffering in this budget crisis state. Great teachers and parent involvement!

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no rating October 15, 2010
I'm the grandmother of two boys who have attended this school. The now 14-year-old had straight A's from 4th grade and on through Intermediate school thanks to the great teachers at Foothill Ranch. The younger boy is in the 6th grade and also has had straight A's. The teachers at this school are invested in giving the kids the best they have to offer.

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February 25, 2010
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January 31, 2010
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no rating November 03, 2009
Great staff and faculty, good playground, nice grounds, safe

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2009
Great support by teachers and parents. The communication between teachers and parents is the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
excellent teachers, excellent before & aftercare located on sight and partners with a school in Paris for a foreign exchange program

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great place for kids to learn about valuable academic subjects, how to be creative, and how to discover what they love!

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May 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
Foothill ranch elementary school is an excellent school. My son is in 1st grade.He love his school very much. The teacher s are so cooperative, helpful, and understandable. They always try to help their student. They are just excellent.

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no rating October 24, 2008
my son is in kindergarten his teacher is ms. williams he absolutly loves her class. He loves going to school every day it is a great school. With lots of great parents

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October 14, 2008
Foothill Ranch Elementary School is an excellent school. There is a lot of parent involvement. I have 2 kids - one in 6th and the other in Kindergarten. They absoluately love it. The teachers and administrators are just amazing.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
Outstanding school, I have a son in 2nd grade and a daughter in 1st. They have been in FRE since they were in preschool, no complains whatsoever. The parent involvement is awesome, and the teachers are excellent, and the administration is top notch

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no rating July 31, 2008
I wentto this school the year it first opened and have watched my siblings go through this school as well. My youngest sibling will be going in to the third grade and is hoping to get the same teacher our Brother had (who is now 22). The school is like one big family and my goal is to raise my kids at this school as well. The teachers are awesome although I would agree at times it seems like the quantity takes over the quality. Great school! Extremely friendly administration. They remember many kids who come back to visit and that's because they get to know everyone on such a personal level. Parent involvement is amazing too!

- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2008
My children came to this school in Kindergarten and we have been here 5 years now. We love the teachers, the staff and administration. Our principle and Vice Principle are not only professional, but kind, compassionate and loving. They are alwasy available and on campus. They deliver birthday wishes daily to our students. Our office staff is the BEST! They are helpful, loving and on top of things. They work so hard to make out school what it is. OUr teachers strive to not only teach, but take each child as an individual person. We offer great programs: art masters, computer lab, chorus for the upper grades, but music for all grades. We also offer enrichment programs after school. I can go on and on about what an amazing school we have. We also have outstanding parent involvment and PTA !

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
I am a student here and this school is awsome!

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2007
FRE is a great school. The teachers are nurturing and caring; following the fine example of the school's principle. The staff is one of the finest and friendly bunch...they often participate in various activities with the students to raise awareness or to form cohesiveness. It is one great big family made up of children and adults from various backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2006
The school focus is on academics which are above average, but often based more on volume of work than on quality. There is little consistency among teachers so different teachers in the same grade(s) have differnt expectations and grading policies. Generally, due to state constraints, the teachers are forced to cover a multitude of topics without teaching any in depth...hence the impression that they 'teach to the test.' Very little attention is paid to behavior or character development. The huge size of the school is problematic and can overwhelm many children. The playground in particular, is chaotic. Parental involvement is good but prefferential treatment by administration is given to vocal PTA members.

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June 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
The curriculum has been too much of a shotgun approach, instead of focusing on the basics/fundamentals. All in all, not happy with the school. Geographically, there aren't any great private schools nearby.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2005
I have had two children at this school and one more on his way. I love this school! The academics are first rate and the school is top rated in the district. There is an after school curriculum program that includes various art classes and sports. There is also an art masters program incorporated into the school program which is fantastic! There is a huge amount of parental involvement!

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
My children attended FRES up until last school year, when we moved to North San Diego County. My older child attended from K-5, and my younger child, K-3. Our experience was mostly positive. We had a blend of seasoned and newer teachers. The parent involvement is really what sets FRES apart from any other school I've seen. It really is true that if parents are involved, the children can't help but excel. We have found this to be true in our current schools. The schools themselves were rated considerably lower that Foothill, but both children continue to excel both in classwork and on the SAT-9's.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2005
Kindergarten rooms are overcrowded both in clutter and in class size (29 kids avg). Some teachers allow parents to assist others do not.

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August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2005
The programs at this school are excellent. There is an Art Masters Program taught by 2 highly qualified teachers. My son was exposed to great artists and their techniques as early as Kindergarten. The school also sponsors 'Destination Imagination' which allows children on teams to compete locally and even nationally in challenges focused on drama, engineering, literature and most importantly, creativity. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are also very active at this school. Parents volunteers are everywhere. At the Kindergarten level, 4-5 parents volunteered everyday in my sons' class. The PTA pays for many extras for the children, including the ART Masters Porgram, PE Specialist, and Health Aides. The chlidren have access to a terrific school library, computers, the Accelerated Reader Program and there are many GATE students at this school (150/1400)so that they are able to cluster Gifted students as early as First Grade.

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February 11, 2005
Academic programs are phenominal. The Art Masters program is second to none. The PTA is very involved in this school. Reduction of class size being number one on their list.

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January 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
This school goes hand and hand with its community. A small town closeness filled with parent and teacher advocates for each of its 1400+ students. A community that comes together to save small class size and a PTA which funds important programs for our children. The dedicated staff, including teachers, administration, library, RSP, art masters and PE program personnel are truly amazing. Students are pushed hard to learn more, take responsibility for their work, and to become organized at an early age which prepares them better than many other schools out there. Parents have told me that their middle school and high school students were more prepared and successful than counterparts coming from other schools. The high level of parental involvement never ceases to amaze and delight me. The school welcomes parental involvement and the parents are able to really see the extraordinary programs and teachers in action!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I cannot imagine that I could send my children to a better school! We have an amazing team of committed teachers who truly care about the kids. Foothill Ranch is a community of young families, many of whom have decided that one parent would be home full or part-time...which means parental involvement in the school is very high. Our principal is awesome. He's no nonsense and takes his job seriously, but does so with a smile. He is warm, loving, friendly and affirming to each student. Every student in the school receives a visit from either him or our assistant principal (often both) on their birthdays, where they are also given a gift (last year it was a birthday balloon). He stands outside the school for 20 minutes before the start of the school day, greeting the children and their parents as they arrive. Foothill Ranch Elementary School is a safe, fun, nurturing learning environment (and our test scores prove this to be true). Committed to excellence in education and developing the full potential of each child, this is a truly exceptional school!

- submitted by a parent
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Foothill Ranch Elementary School
1 Torino Drive, Foothill Ranch, CA  92691
(949) 470-4885
Last modified Foothill Ranch Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Foothill Ranch Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top