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9545 Cuyamaca Street
Santee, CA 92071

(619) 956-5500
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October 27, 2015
My son has really come out of his shell since being at this school and in Santee. We moved from Bay Ho where he went to a really small school. I loved the small school I thought until we moved to Santee. My son has made a lot of new friends and isn't as shy as he used to be at the other school. He is doing well academically and I love the teachers he has had so far! I would give this school 5 stars but I do not care for the lack of caring in the front office. Compared to other schools in the area they area lacking. They come across as cold and inattentive.

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May 28, 2013
My 2 grandchildren grow a little every day at Rio Seco. Next year another will start attending there. I wish all 7 of my G-Kids could go there as well. The more parents are involved, the better the experience for their children. I'm so glad that the moms and dads of my grandchildren take an active role in their children's education. I also love to volunteer in their classrooms (I know they love it too)!

- submitted by a community member

August 23, 2012
My family was part of Rio Seco for 11 years . In general Rio has many good teachers who treat their students fairly and the curriculum standards are high. However, I am disappointed in a handful of teachers who misuse their position to gain favors. For example, I was told by a teacher that it wouldn't matter what her child scored on the GATE test because "I'm a teacher and I can do that". While other students have to earn their spots other children are given preferential treatment. This same teacher would years later call me at home to rant at me and threaten my child(phone tapes can confirm this). After speaking to the principal next day the principal said she would take care of it and speak to the teacher as well as both kids to clear the matter. We never got an apology or a follow up call. With that being said my kids managed to do well at Rio but I am saddened by the lack of integrity and accountability by a few teachers who we trust to instill honesty among our children. Children should earn their successes not think they are entitled.

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October 29, 2011
My son went to this school when he was in KG for 2 months until I pulled him out and moved him to a much better school. His first day of school, his teacher came out and told me to take my son to his Dr because he was out of control and probably needed medication. I made an appt right away but really this is not the way a teacher should be talking to a parent. I got him in to his Dr and put on medication for ADHD but before I got a chance to get him in, she had put his desk in a corner facing a wall and told him that he did not deserve to be with the rest of the class. Even after he was on medication and was doing 100% better (teacher s words) she still kept him in the corner facing the wall. This is no way for a child to be treated even if they do have ADHD. In my opinion, he should have never been put in the corner even before he was medicated but he for sure should have been moved back with the rest of the kids after he improved right?? This teacher also put him out in the hall one time by himself and when she brought the kids out after school, she had forgotten he was in the hall and left him in there by himself!!!! I DO NOT RECCOMEND THIS SCHOOL TO ANYONE!!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2011
Rio Seco is a wonderful school with many learning experiences. The best thing about this school is probably how well the teachers work with the students. Also since its a k through eight school you get to know everybody. I would pick this school over any other santee school. This school teaches you how to have faith not just in others but in yourself, how to save the enviorment, and how to be yourself. I would reccomend this school to any parent i suggest you do that to.

- submitted by a community member
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September 16, 2009
I love my childrens school because the kids are treated as individuals not a group.

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May 18, 2009
My daughter is new to the district & is in 6th grade. We chose Rio Seco because she is a Cluster Gate student; and the ratings were impressive. Although our experience is limited to one year, we LOVE her teacher, the bar is set high, and the end result is a great learning experience. All schools have room for improvement, but considering all facts, i HIGHLY recommend Rio Seco - and so does my daughter.

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February 02, 2009
Art and music don't exist at school. The children aren't supervised much on the playground. The teachers are cold and uptight. I regret sending my child to this school. I hardly see any parent involvement.

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January 31, 2009
My son is in KG. They started out half day and after xmas transitioned to full. It really helped him and me to adjust to school. The teachers are wonderful. There is a lot of parent involvement. I am very pleased.

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October 11, 2008
I love this school and the staff is really caring towards us and its a great learning enviornment for us!im in 6th grade right now

- submitted by a student

September 26, 2008
My daughter has been going to this school since Kindergarten. The standard at this school is higher than the state standard. They feel that if the bar is raised, children will rise to it. They are right! My daughter's future is bright! Her homework load is more than other schools but her retention level is also higher. I'm very happy with this school and my son will go here too!

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March 22, 2006
My two daughters attend Rio Seco there and I am a parent volunteer. The teachers really care about the kids and it shows. The school community is very involved and every event is well attended. The school allows me to teach chess during class time to three classes (grades 1,4,5). We've had grandmasters visit the school while they were in town playing in the US Chess Championship each of the last two years. The before/after school care 'Project Safe' is absolutely terrific! There is homework time, playground time, movies, cool projects, and tons of fun things to do with your friends. We made playdough yesterday! Yes, it's so fun I stay to play with the kids sometimes!

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August 15, 2005
My daughter attended this school last year for 5th grade and I couldn't be happier. After a transition period that could have been very difficult, she adjusted well and was extremely happy with her new classroom. Her teacher was supportive and lessons in the classroom were engaging and varied. The positive atmosphere at the school makes students feel very welcome! Great school!

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2005
Excellent School. It provided me with a great foundation that helped me succeed in life.

- submitted by a student

January 16, 2005
The Academics are strong at Rio Seco. Art and music programs are limited at best. Parent involvement is not high.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2004
I have had one child graduate from this school and I currently have one child who has been there since 1st grade. The teachers in resource classes are wonderful! These teachers take the time needed to teach the children so they do not get left behind or feel alone! I love Rio Seco. I, too, believe that the children need discipline.

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August 22, 2003
I have two children that attend Rio Seco, and they both love it there as do I. I can't really say anything bad about the school except that the school population is not really that diverse. I do say this though in all fairness my children have not had one single problem here at Rio Seco, at first I was a little worried but I soon found out that I had nothing to worry about. I have beautiful Puerto Rican children and they are very happy here. They love Rio Seco and so do I.

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August 10, 2003
My daughter has been to many schools in the Santee Dist Rio Seco is the best! The staff are all very friendly and helpful. There is alot of parent involvment there and it really is a special place.

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August 10, 2003
Our three children love the school, the teachers and the kids. The parent involvement is great, they really work hard at the 'fun' stuff, halloween carnival, action to raise money, and many other great things. The teacher involement is great. They really keep us up to date on how our kids are doing and if there are problems the principal and vice principal are right on top of it!! This will be our 3rd year at Rio and we have gone out of our way to stay there (all three kids are on a transfer to go there)! Kids are going into 1st, 4th and 6th.... Rio is great!

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2003
Our experience is limited to a few months. Rio Seco's special education department is good. They were very helpful & insiteful in retesting our son. I did not notice a lack of involvement with the parents of the children in special education, which is a shame. The teachers are very helpful, and concerned with the children. They take a lot of time finding the correct methods for helping them. The staff is warm and friendly and always willing to answer any questions. I think the biggest problem we have seen is the lack of decipline with the children. They are rude and unruley. I think the best thing they could do at Rio Seco would be to start a tolerance program with the children and stop the bullying problems reguardless of the special needs. I belive all children would improve with a positive reward for kindness & consideration of others program.

- submitted by a parent
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Rio Seco Elementary School
9545 Cuyamaca Street, Santee, CA  92071
(619) 956-5500
Last modified Rio Seco Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rio Seco Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top