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Lake Forest, CA

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24982 Rivendell Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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(949) 586-2820
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September 20, 2015
Mrs. Bouas! Mr. Hughes! Mrs. Whitesuie! Mrs. Lisardo! Mr. Dixon! Tina! (Former principal) Mr. Ledoux! Welcome new principal, Mr. Johnston! Linda and Suzanne! Mr. Jaime! Mrs. StoTomas! The PTA!

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September 20, 2015
We've been here for 3 years. We've enjoyed each teacher and watched our son grow academically and socially. Love the neighborhood and the neighbor's involved in it.

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June 18, 2015
Santiago Elementary is a fantastic school! I have had two children attend this school. One is heading into high school and my other child will be in fifth grade next year. There are so many things I enjoy about this school. Not only do we have a group of wonderful teachers but the community of kids and parents make the school experience fun for all of us. As a small school events like Family Fun Nights, Talent Show and Nutcracker performances allow for the whole school to come together and really form relationships as well as create memories for the kids. I have been really excited about all the new technology in our school. The Chrome books in the classroom have really exposed my child to a new way of doing school work. Overall such a great experience with Santiago and i would recommend it to everyone looking for a great elementary environment.

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April 21, 2014
My son went to this school last year in 2013 and he is in the special ed program. The special ed program in Santiago elementary is excellent and his teachers are wonderful. My son was in Mrs. Jasniys class and she is a awesome teacher along with her staff. I love this school and have had nothing but the best experience. I am not sure how the regular class instruction is but for special ed its a A+

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March 13, 2014
Love this little school in the woods. Great, dedicated staff that loves each and every student. Kids and parents love to come to school everyday and the principal even does valet service!

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September 25, 2011
As a family new to Santiago elementary this year we have been immensely impressed by the principal,teachers,staff and PTA. Dr. Norman is approachable, accessible and truly cares about the welfare of ALL of her approximately 600 students.Dr. Norman and her staff are committed to rolling out innovative technological programs and their application in the classroom to further enhance the educational experience of her students.The PTA is very active and dedicated and we look forward to more fantastic events like the the family fun night we just attended.Accommodations for any student , not just those for children with food allergies,can provide parents the opportunity to teach their children empathy and compassion for others and need not be viewed in a negative light. I have every confidence that we will have a spectacular year and am proud to now be a Santiago Eagle!

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2011
We have been told that due to one child being allergic to peanuts, the school is asking approx 400 other families to not send peanut butter sandwiches, cokkies or candy...... I believe this is wrong for the following reasons: First and foremost is if this child were mine, I would not be willing to chance my childs health on 400 other families doing what you requested......Life shows us 10% of the people never get the word... 40 families or there abouts is not worth the chance..........Now lets address the fact that kids love peanut butterand jelly sandwiches, especially younger ones and even doctors say peanut butter his healthy for youngsters..... There has to be a better solution rather than punishing all the kids that do like peanut products.......

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July 29, 2010
We changed schools from a below par to Santiago. The Staff is excellent and the Parents are very invovled. The students are creative and friendly. We are so happy that we moved.

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April 26, 2010
Santiago is led by a talented principal with positive leadership. The community environment fosters friendships, confidence and the academic foundation to be successful in middle school and high school.

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April 25, 2010
We love Santiago because even though its a small school, we have a great staff and great sense of community.

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April 24, 2010
The teachers are dedicated and really care about what's best for the children. The school is small and has a very good family atmosphere.The PTA is incredible and supports our programs with time and money.

- submitted by a teacher

February 23, 2010
Our family moved to CA from another state 3 months into the school year, and unfortunately Santiago is the school we were assigned to. Our child has gone from being a straight A student at her previous school, to nearly failing now at Santiago. I understand that a big move effects children greatly, but our experience with the school has been more than disappointing. The school as a whole seems to be fairly decent, but her insensitive, discouraging, harsh teacher has made it difficult to observe any good.

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February 08, 2010
Our family has been at Santiago for 6 years now and we truly love the school. From the principal, the quality of teachers, the support staff and the outstanding PTA and programs...Santiago is a wonderful school! Santiago strives to be a family and it is evident. Parent supported programs, like the Nutcracker performace are exceptional and well done. Dispite tremendous budget challanges, the parents and teachers have done a great job of meeting the educational and extra-ciricular needs of our children. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Norman, we feel Santiago is top notch!

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August 21, 2009
The office staff is wonderful, especially Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Perrotta.

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April 03, 2008
For the small amount of time my 2 children attended this school, I was impressed with many things the school had to offer. The computer lab and the teacher who ran it were excellent. The art programs ran by both teachers and parents was inspiring. Being a small school, the PTO involvement was incredible. From the Jog-A-Thon to the Science Fair, as well as the educational Family Nights made us feel lucky to be there.

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March 17, 2008
I think Santiago is a great school to be a part of. My children have learned so much from this educational environment. The children have blasts with the activites that our great P.T.A provides for this school. Everyone has an eaqul amount of atention from our teachers. Our kids are techies when they graduate and complete amazing projects that show they will be successful in Middle School and High School. In balance, the schoolwide Nutcracker Performing Arts tradition allows everyone time on the big stage. Personal attention, attention to detail and a place where everyone knows your name, this is an ideal school.

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March 12, 2008
A very good school. The principal Dr. Norman is fantastic and so are the teachers.

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February 01, 2007
This is our first taste of public school, and I am extremely impressed. The Principal Dr. Norman is fantastic. We have had problems w/ one of our child's teachers and Dr. Norman has handled each and every issue w/ diplomacy. I was worried that our child would be bored w/ normal class work so they put him into a combo class and he is very happy with the work and is challenged according to his personal development. Way to go Dr. Norman!

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November 14, 2005
As anyone in business knows, employees are motivated by strong management. The same is true in school systems. In order for children to be enthusiastic about learning, teachers need to feel supported by the administration team. Unfortunately this has not been the case at Santiago Elementary School. With the departure of an excellent principal about six years ago, this school has suffered through three progressively weaker and more ineffectual principals since she left. The current principal fails to react appropriately to situations that require strong leadership and decisive, appropriate action. Sadly it s the children who suffer.

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August 21, 2003
Having only one child to enter school, I did not know what to expect from kindergarten. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the kindergarten at Santiago. The teacher/parent involvement was great, as was, the curriculum. At the end of the year, I felt my child was more than ready to take on the challenges of first grade, and well prepared for her school career, overall.

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June 10, 2003
I went to Santiago in the early 80's, and now my daughter is graduating from 6th grade this year. I loved the school back then, and I have loved how good my daughter has done at Santiago as well.

- submitted by a community member
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Santiago Elementary School
24982 Rivendell Drive, Lake Forest, CA  92630
(949) 586-2820
Last modified Santiago Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Santiago Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top