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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Students enrolled: 1,222

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21001 Rancho Trabuco
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

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(949) 888-7311
(949) 888-7429
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March 13, 2015
I have sent three of my children to Melinda Heights Elementary. Our family has found the teachers to to be extraordinarily committed, highly educated, and caring. My children have been well prepared for middle and high school. The school offers many new and advanced learning opportunities. I am proud to be able to send my children here. They feel safe and cared for at Melinda Heights.

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December 05, 2013
Melinda Heights is a great school, this is my children's 3rd year at Melinda and they LOVE it, so do I. It is challenging and teachers are very involved. We have had a situation with a 1st grade teacher this year and it has GREATLY improved by just having a one on one conference with her. I will say the new principal is AWFUL she is not parent friendly or approachable. The PTA, parents and teachers are awesome.

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December 05, 2013
Melinda Heights is a Fantastic School. We have to children one in second and one in Fifth and they couldn't be happier. Teachers are Very open and really Love their jobs. I also agree our Prinicpal now is not friendly at all she is just down right rude. She is always lurking around and not letting our kids be kids. I really hope she's gone soon and not to soon enough. Now, we have a Awesome Vice Principal she is so happy and joyful and just Loves the children and always makes everyone feel so comfortable.

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September 26, 2013
We just moved here from out of state. We started at MH at the beginning of the school year. We have been going here for just a couple weeks, but the kids already have tons of friends and the parents are very friendly. I think both of my kids have wonderful teachers that really like what they are doing. It seems like parents are really involved and everyone is helpful and have a positive teaching environment.

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June 04, 2012
Been going to this school for 7 years. We have had only wonderful experiences and teachers until this year. So glad the current principal is leaving, perhaps now the school can get back on track. The PTA is top-notch and we love the parents, kids and this neighboorhood.

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February 02, 2012
I give this school two stars only because of the academics. It's really not that strong. I know people think it is, but having kids that have come from different schools, it isn't that strong. I have one GATE, and the others have been in just regular classes. Some of the teachers rush through the material, not really teaching very well and it seems that they don't care that they aren't teaching that well either. Many teachers have poor communication. Very few use websites; most don't do monthly newsletters, etc. There are a few absolutely amazing ones! If your child gets one of those you will definetly notice the difference. But most are just okay. They don't really challenge the kids. All of the principals and vp's we've had have been pretty good. One a good note, they have an AMAZING PTA. They are incredibly active, communicate very effectively and run some amazing programs and events. All of my kids have liked this school, in general, there are really good kids with really good families.

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November 03, 2011
I have to completely disagree with the other parent who said the kids are mean as they get older. We have two children at MH - one in 3rd and one in 6th. Both are in GATE and both have friends in and out of the GATE classroom - no one makes fun of them or teases/bullies/etc. Yes, there are kids who could be more socially graceful, but they are children, so it happens. As for the school, it is large, but the teachers somehow still manage to listen to parent concerns and teach each child. The PTA is very involved and has made it possible to keep library and art in the school. My oldest is in advanced strings and there is an after school Math Olympiads program for advanced mathematics as well! The teachers are extremely responsive and the principal is very involved. The assistant principal really cares about the kids and tries to get to know each one - he is fantastic! We moved to CA from the east coast a couple years ago and while the schools in general out here do not compare in terms of academic rigor and "extras" like true art and music classes, etc., Melinda Heights is the best we have seen for a public school in the area. They go above and beyond peer schools and it shows!

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September 20, 2011
We have two children at Melinda Heights. Both of our kids love going to school at MH. Our son is in 6th grade and has never had a teacher he didn't like. This school does have a large population, so parent involvement is important and well worth the investment. Just look at the state test scores to see that the children at MH are being taught extremely well. MH continues to have a music program when most schools don't . If we want the best education for our kids, we need to be willing to do whatever we can to make that happen too. I would definitely recommend this school.

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June 14, 2011
Great staff and great school. The new principal is also very friendly. The donation amounts are not ridiculous, as one review mentioned, and they are not required. With all of the budget cutbacks I am happy to donate to such a loving staff that have helped guide and develop my children. In regards to the reviewer talking about the mean kids, yes, kids can be cruel. However, it is not specific to RSM, nor is it any worse here than in any other city. I highly recommend Melinda Heights, it is one of the best elementary schools in Orange County.

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June 07, 2011
Beautiful school, ok teachers and pleasant staff. I always felt safe leaving my kids everyday. I was never impressed in the amount of $$ we always had to donate for teacher gifts and field trips. At one point, we were asked to help raise $800 for a camera the class mom thought the teacher wanted. Every year it was the same thing with extraveggent gifts. It got really old. Fields trips were extrememly expensive also, $30+ per student. Lunch provided was excellent, kids got mean and made fun of other kids as they got older but i guess its what to expect in RSM

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October 24, 2010
Melinda Heights School is an excellent school. While it has a large student population, through the generous support of the parents the school is able to offer a great variety of learning opportunites. As a parent of an SDC student, I am proud to say that our special needs students have inlclusion in all that is offered at Melinda Heights.

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September 12, 2009
This school is terrific. The principle and the staff are very caring. My son who is now a freshman in high school went to this school for 7 years. My twin daughters went to this school for first grade, 2008-2009 school year. I remembered very morning when I took them to school they always said 'Hi Mr. Rawlings'. Mr. Rawlings is the principle of this school and he always walks around to look out. Mrs. Selby, my twins teacher, was wonderful. Unfortunately, we moved this summer and thus have to move the twins to a different school. I am greatly regret that we moved school. Madison&Nicole Pham's mother.

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September 03, 2009
I have a son who gradated from this school and one in 3rd, my little one is just atarting. I have been nothing but happy with the staff, the teachers and the coriculum!

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January 17, 2008
Melinda Heights has been a great school. Mrs. Stone is a fabulous teacher (4th grade). The only issue I see is that Kindergarten has too many students in each class in my opinion. They really rely on paren support or Kindegarten. However, the school as a whole welcomes parents and has tremendous parent involvement.

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November 01, 2006
When my husband & I bought our home here almost five years ago I was not even really thinking of education, I know, I know! But, lucky me! This school is the best! The Principal, Mr. Rawlings, is always out walking around, the teachers phone home to talk to you, they know you by name, it's like a dream come true! It could not be better, and it shows in my two brilliant girls, ages 7 1/2 & 6. They both read, do math, speak french, can spell, you name it. Thanks Melinda Heights!

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August 19, 2005
Pros: Truly outstanding teachers & staff, wonderful parent involvement and support Cons: Way too many kids for an elementary school, classrooms often so small it is difficult to move around and upper grades have too many kids in a class, ridiculously tiny library. Music program is minimal and art is strictly the PTA supported Meet the Masters program. Lunch food served is of poor quality. Unfortunately many of these issues can't be dealt with at the school level. There will be a new principal this year so we will see how that goes.

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August 12, 2005
This school is of a superb caliber. My child has excelled in all ares due to quality of teachers, and overall support and morale enhancement. The parents are very involved and this is truly a neighborhood school, with all administration, teachers and many parent involvement in both academic areas and extracurricular activities... I would highly recommend this school.

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April 16, 2005
This is a terrific school, we moved a year ago and have missed it dearly. The teachers are terrific and create a fun and exciting learning experiment

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April 05, 2005
My daughter has attended Melinda Heights during 4th, 5th and 6th grade. I have been extremely impressed with all of her teachers' level of concern and true care for their students. I've also enjoyed the thoughtful, learning based field trips that have been planned for the students during the school year. All three of her teachers have been readily available to answer questions and/or offer advice on how to manage her education and maximize her success during her elementary school years. It's been a pleasure for her to attend Melinda Heights.

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Melinda Heights Elementary School
21001 Rancho Trabuco, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  92688
(949) 888-7311
Last modified Melinda Heights 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.
Melinda Heights Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top