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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Students enrolled: 400

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23072 Avenida Empresa
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

(949) 234-5300
(949) 858-3682
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June 23, 2014
The education at this school seems to be adequate, plus some. But the whole school is geared around raising money for something, everything! More teacher aides, science guy, who by the way is not even credentialed nor does he have a degree, etc. Auctions show the kids that the parent that has the most money to write a check wins....whatever the prize (lunch with a teacher, surf lessons with the principal, special parking spaces or front row seats for school programs) in other words, the kids do not have to earn anything to get these perks.....it all is on the mom's checkbook. I am a grandparent and I feel this attitude of the principal and PTA is teaching the children a upside view of life....And in ;the meantime, no money is spent on adding to the security of the school which has no lockable gates and no complete fencing surrounding the school for safety. I disagree with the whole philosophy of the principal. The PTA does whatever the principal wants and buys whatever she wants, There needs to be more separation of the two.

- submitted by a community member

April 16, 2014
Tijeras Creek Elementary is a wonderful school with a vibrant, intelligent principal and outstandingly smart, hard working teachers and staff. I have three amazing kids, one in kindergarten, one in first grade and another in second grade. My children enjoy going to school daily not only to see their friends but also because the principal, teachers and staff always treat them with care and respect. As a mother of a Type 1 diabetic child it is very hard to leave them in the care of others because Type 1 diabetes is a full time job. At Tijeras Creek my child is well taken care of and is known by each and every staff member at the school. Every staff member has been well trained about what to do in case of any emergency that may arise with my child. We have the most amazing nurse who takes outstanding care of not only my child but every child at this school. Knowing that the principal and the nurse have made every effort to ensure the safety of my child no matter what the circumstance has relieved many of my concerns and lets my child feel like just another scholar at Tijeras Creek. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
We moved to Tijeras Creek in 2010 with a kinder, 2nd and 3rd grader. We were all nervous to start a new school, but were quickly put at ease as each child was welcomed as scholars. The pride of being a TC scholar is evident not only in the children but also in the teaching staff and admin. Every adult at TC works hard for the kids' education. TC has a strong PTA that is committed to enriching the children's educational experiences. Team Tijeras is really taken to the heart as the admin, the teachers and staff and the parents all work together to provide a quality educational environment for the kids. We are very blessed to be a part of Tijeras Creek!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
I've been at this school with multiple children from 2007 through the present (and will be here until 2016), during which time the district budget has been cut to the bone - (class sizes went from 20:1 to 32:1). Despite these challenges, the principal, teachers, staff, and PTA have all been amazing! They have not only made it work, but actually made it better! The PTA is fortunate enough to have very active members who are able to fundraise to supply the school with programs and equipment that might have been lost due to statewide cuts. The teachers have always gone above and beyond the state curriculum. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. My kids have had nearly every teacher at this school for some portion of their education and I have found all of them to be genuinely interested, enthusiastic, and highly qualified. They do an excellent job differentiating the curriculum to meet the needs of each child. My oldest child was well-prepared to succeed in accelerated classes in middle school, and my youngest was given the extra help he needed in the early grades to overcome his challenges. After starting out in an expensive private school, I'm so glad we made the switch!

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2012
TCES is a phenomenal school. Motivated, dedicated teachers; an involved and hard-working principal who strives to keep parents informed; and a curricula that keeps kids challenged. Students are called "scholars" here for a reason -- they are all treated as if they can change the world! My daughters were extremely happy here, made good friends, and were well-prepared for middle school.

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2012
Horrible school. Rude principal. Lost my daughter on the 2nd day of school. Luckily she was in the class where the teacher left her. The 3rd day of class she hit her head, became ill from the head injury and didn't notify me. Also, they blatantly ignored all my daughter's simple medical needs to avoid and allergic reaction to bandaging her head injury which sent her to the hospital. I had 3 meeting with the whole staff over her bandage allergy. One was the day before the incident. Needless to say but that day when I picked her up from school I took her school records with me. We will NEVER do a public school again! Former Public School Teacher for CUSD

- submitted by a parent
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January 09, 2010
TCE is amazing!! My daughter is a 3rd grader and couldn't be happier. At the top of her class, she is an excellent reader, loves math and generally can't wait to go to school everyday. We are so lucky to be at a school where the teachers teach not only to be paid but because they truly love it. Thank you TCE!!!

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2009
Tijeres Creek is a wonderful school. The teachers are so dedicated and the principal is very involved. There is just the right amount of homework too. We were in a district where the homework was over the top. Here it's not so much that the kids are stressed out but it's just enough. We really like Tijeras Creek!

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2008
The school was a gem. Now it is a teach to the test factory. Principal is more worried about scores than creating lifelong learners. Supervisors are so out of control that kids aren't allowed to run at recess. Such a shame.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2008
My child just transfered from a local private school. We are so happy with the change, the school is about six months to a year behind the other school on some areas and this has allowed us to make a smooth transfer. So far so good!

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2006
Wonderful experience! We couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2006
I have nothing but positive things to say about this school. The teachers are very committed to the children's education and the parents as well. The children are expected to do well and I think it shows in the test scores.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2005
My child just graduated from Las Flores. He had an excellent education, high quality and creative academics, dedicated teachers, high parent involvement. His achievement soared with personalized attention, and the teachers made a real effort to group him with students who could keep him challenged, yet engaged. There is no real comparison with Tijeras Creek and other local elementary schools. Their philosophy of making and engaging scholars and providing an AAA model for the entire student population, makes it head and shoulders above other schools, public or private.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2005
Great parent and teacher involvement. Teachers love the children and are genuinely interested in their education.

- submitted by a parent

March 18, 2005
I think the academic quality is outstanding. my child had excellent growth in all areas of learning. The parents are involved and so are the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2004
This is a wonderful school! I feel like my son is getting a private school education at a public school. The PTA is exceptional and picks up the slack where the district has it's weaknesses. So far my son has had superior teachers and I am 100% happy with this awesome school! Annette Hurd

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2004
I think Tijeras Creek is a wonderful school. The staff is great and they all make the children feel comfortable about staying in a safe place. I would really like to compliment Mr. Russo for using his sense of humor to teach students and becoming serious when needed. He is a wonderful teacher that has done a lot for my child.

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2003
This school maintains the highest quality standards. The teachers, staff and principal are awesome. I couldn't ask for a better school for my daughters.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2003
This school is excellent. The high stanards show in the performance of the students. The teachers are very hard working.

- submitted by a parent
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Tijeras Creek Elementary School
23072 Avenida Empresa, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  92688
(949) 234-5300
Last modified Tijeras Creek Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tijeras Creek Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top