Students enrolled 83
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School leader Tom Potwora
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District Saddleback Valley Unified
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21801 Winding Way
Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 768-5252
(949) 768-5741
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4 stars
Based on 26 ratings

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August 22, 2013
This school makes me wish I was in school again.... My husband and I always say the teachers and staff are so caring. The principal is always outside in the morning greating the parents and kids. The school feels so safe and the students are so well behaved. The teachers seem to find the hidden ways to reach each child and help them learn. My children continue to thrive and do better every year in their classes. My children love to learn and love school. So many parents help out at school .... and the amazing thing is many of the parents WORK full time! The kids always dress up for spirit day and the teachers all get into spirit day too....But best of all my struggling kindergartener became a leader by the end of the year ! My 4th grader is getting As, her projects like the California Mission and the California landmark came out amazing. Plus the whole family visited the landmark this year because we all became interested in what she was learning! The school is helping my children shine! So five stars for making Stars out of my kids...So Grateful

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Good structure. Positive teachers & principles. Easy to talk with and lots of great opportunities for fun and family involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
Fantastic school with an amazing PTA. My children are getting a great rounded education and Rancho Canada even has a very strong TLC program.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
Great Teachers and Great Principal. Parents are kept informed via weekly phone or email msg. from Principal. Fun activities throughout the year for the kids and families. Parents are encouraged to help out in the classroom for Kindergarten and 1st graders. Good feedback from teachers at parent teacher conferences.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
Rancho Canada is one AWESOME school! This is credited to some super fantastic teachers and parents who work together to make sure students get the best possible learning experience. We are a terrific elementary school.

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April 27, 2010
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September 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
Our sons attend Rancho and we have been there for 4 years and it has been a great school. The staff is wonderful and they offer a wide variety of extra-curriculuar programs.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
My daughter attended Rancho this past school year 07/08 for the first time. She transferred from a school in Texas. She was a 5th grader and I wasn't sure how she would do as she had been at the same school since she was in kindergarten. Well, she had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Bagnall, who made school fun. They did fun stuff while learning and she had a great year thanks to this teacher. The PTA is strong and the funds raised are unbelieveable. I was rather concerned about the class size as she had 31 students in her class but parent helpers made it managable for the teacher. She also had a great year academically which was also another concern. I believe any child attending this school will receive a wonder education.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
My daughter goes to this school and I must say that she was actually challenged here and that's what's made our time here so well spent. It's unfortunate that the education crisis hit us this year, but I'm confident that parents/teachers/students and administrators alike will be able to find a more reasonable solution and keep these hard working teachers and this great school district in tact.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 25, 2007
My son used to go for their preschool connection pgm.It was a disaster.Teachers favoured some students over other. It was his first time in school and he was 3 1/2 when he joined.Teacher has only cpmplaints to share.He dreaded going their.I wasn't impressed by the preschool teachers, wouldn't recommend the school for sure.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
It is a great school! The level of parent involvement is amazing. My experience with the teachers, principal, volunteers has been a positive one. I feel that their focus to get our children the best education possible is successful. My daughter has advanced a lot compared to other kids her age within different school districts.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
I have not been overly impressed in the education my son is receiving from this school. Seems like they do not care if the child passes to the next grade as long as they get credit for the child being in the class.

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March 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
This is our first year at this school and we are very happy with the quality of education our Kindergartener is receiving. The teacher is experienced and wonderful. She's been very helpful in working with us and keeping us aware of what is going on with our son. The parents at this school are very involved and there is an active PTA. In my son's class alone there are over 10 classroom volunteers. Most days the teacher has 3 parent helpers. The principal is also excellent. He attends all PTA meetings and is always willing to address any concerns you may have. The teachers are also very dedicated and show a great deal of concern for thier students. The only thing I can really complain about is the class size. The national average for K is 20 students to a class and there are 32 kids in my son's K.

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September 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
Really great teachers esp. Kindergarten teachers, very supportive and work well with kids. Extremely dedicated PTA help fund art programs and fun yet educational field trips. I love this school for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
My child attended Rancho Canada Elementary School and had some positive experiences and one negative experience. My child was singled out - placed on a 'contract' and was disiplined a bit too harshly. I would suggest that the school reserve the 'contract' for older children. Other than this experience - the rest my childs experiences were very positive. The the staff was very kind and the school grounds were great for children - very spacious. The school offers after school care and a very active PTA. I enjoyed the extracurricular activities that are offered for the children during the year. Rancho days - is one of the main events. The seasoned staff at Rancho is a plus - very knowledgeable and interested in the success of the children.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
This school is remarkably behind in equipment and appearance for a school in such an affluent area. It is shocking how little school supplies are given...the parents are expected to purchase the rest. Their library is inadequate, they don't have enough computers, and their lunch program is ridiculous, unhealthy, and expensive.

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March 08, 2005
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January 22, 2005
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September 07, 2004
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August 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2004
I was a student at Rancho many years ago. I attended Kindergarten through the 5th grade. I thought the teachers were very positive leaders and great role models. My 3rd grade teacher, Miss Branigan, was the one teacher who made the biggest impact in my life and I went on and recieved my degree in Elementary Education. She made me want to be a teacher and change the lives of children the way she had a huge impact on mine. I will never forget how special she made me feel as a student.

- submitted by a former student
February 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2003
My three children have been attending this school for three years. The principal and staff are very helpful. There is a lot of parent volunteers which also make the school spirit. The best is my children have had wonderful teachers that have taught them so much. This is a great school!

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Rancho Canada Elementary School
21801 Winding Way, Lake Forest, CA  92630
(949) 768-5252
Last modified Rancho Canada 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.
Rancho Canada Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews.