Students enrolled 1000
Hours 8:45 AM - 3:10 AM
School leader Lynda McDonell
District San Marcos Unified School District

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910 Borden Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92069

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(760) 290-2400
(760) 290-2412
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4 stars
Based on 21 ratings

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September 26, 2013
Reception Staff is very helpful , Exellent teachers . More Art , Music ,Drama ,Talent Shows and sciense programmes

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
My daughter has been at Richland for 3 years. She has had two fabulous teacher and one horrible teacher. However, the new principal has made major changes and I can definitely see the imrpovements this year. The classroom size has increased, but this has happened at all schools in our district. Overall, the teachers, parents and students are very inolved in this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Richland wins awards in achievement but also in spirit, despite budget cuts and many students being poor and having to learn English as a second language. They could really use the award money for music, art, and so many things that were cut. Thanks for your support :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I like the class sizes, the structured ciriculum, the friendly staff!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Wonderful, Wonderful teachers!!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
I am very dissatified with this school. Last year we had a teacher that was less then understand about my sons medical condition and most of the time he came home in pain. Son was teriffied of his teacher. This year we are already 4 days into school and once again. The school is not fitting his needs! They told me that this is all they offered for school lucnh and breakfast. No lactose free! Am very irriated! Cant get an inter school transfer because all the classes are full due to our wonderful govener!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2009
The parents at Richland are very involved. It's a great school with a great student council.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 30, 2009
I am so very imppressed with Richland school! We recently moved and we came from a private christian school (both my 4th grader and my kindergatener). Didn't really expect wonders here, just wanted to get by our hard time, cut the expenses. And I was so wrong. The teachers here are so into the details, I felt the difference from the first teacher parents conference. We got more into the details than the previous school at the 5 minutes conference. Instead of saying 'your son's handwriting is messy', they said, he has hard time writing a good circle at his handwriting. What a difference!, you know what to do, what to help, where to put your effort!! 50 years does makes the difference. I am truly in love with this school, and we are not going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 24, 2008
Richland is 50 years old this year and going strong. We have generations of students who have pride in saying that they went to Richland Elementary School. Happy 50th Richland!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 26, 2008
I have had 3 children in Richland, it is a sensational school!

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August 27, 2008
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August 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
Richland School is the best. The teachers keep you well inform, the staff is great but most of all everyone knows everyone. I'm very glad my child attends this school.

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August 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
I have one child that is labeled high functioning autistic and another that is highly intellegent and exceeds her grade level standards. The staff at Richland have been exceptional in meeting both of their needs. The school district is wonderful for special needs children. I know people have moved into the district because of it's reputation, not only for special needs but for academics as well. SMUSD has the best of both. Richland has a great Parent organization and the teachers here are dedicated and creative. Plus, although the test scores are high, they make many efforts to include science, the arts, physical fitness and all that fun stuff that test score focusing has taken away. Both the principal/vice principal are very active in the children's daily lives and do a wonderful job promoting school spirit. They know the children by name and are genuinely interested in their success and happiness.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2006
I was very impressed with this school. The teachers keep you informed.

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March 30, 2006
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August 27, 2005
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August 19, 2005
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August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
Richland was honored with the California Distinguished School recognition for the year 2004. The principal and staff are all very involved with the school and the parents. Weekly newsletters are sent home reminding parents on how they can help continue their children's educations at home and on upcoming important dates. Parent involvement is greatly encouraged. There is before and after school care available. There is no such thing as a dumb class or the smart class. Classes are diversified.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2005
Richland Elementary has dedicated teachers and administrators. It deals with discipline problems as well as recognizing achievements in a positive and proactive way. My son, who is not a troublesome youth, was disciplined for a confrontation he had at school; at the time, my husband, son and I were able to meet directly with the principle and school counselor to clear up the issue and the counselor brought in the other children involved so the boys could work it out together. Both of my sons have had excellent teacher-student interaction, great learning experiences, and a pretty well-rounded education. I'd like to see more art and music, but CA I guess is known for having a minimum of that. So, I guess we're lucky with the parent association-supported programs that we do have at Richland.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
Richland provides an excellent standards based education for students. It is a very diverse student population. Students and staff are welcoming and friendly. It definitely has a good feeling tone when you arrive on campus. My children have received above average education at this school. I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2004
The overall environment at Richland is a nurturing, child-friendly one. Students are looked at individually for academics and given motivation to go beyond average. The parent involvement at this school is second to none and the teachers and administration appreciate the community committment.

- submitted by a teacher
June 01, 2004
I can not say enough about Richland Elementary. We just recently moved to their district and in the short time that my children have attended I have seen a dramatic improvement overall. My son was struggling due to many faults in our previous out of state elementary school, i.e. my son's teacher never came to work. His Richland teacher, Mrs. Goldkorn has really turned him around and now we are certain he will pass 1st grade. Active parents can only do so much if it is not reiterated by the teacher and vice versa. I am so thankful to Richland and the outstanding teachers. Mrs. Winters is a rare find as well. She cares so much for her children and it shows. My daughter thinks very highly of her and will try even harder to gain her approval. I wish my children could stay at Richland.

- submitted by a parent
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Richland Elementary
910 Borden Rd., San Marcos, CA  92069
(760) 290-2400
Last modified Richland Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-1, 3-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richland Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top