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Rancho Christian School

Private | K-12 | 586 students

We are best known for our Christ-centered & quality education.
 
 

 

Living in Temecula

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $271,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,610.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 19 ratings

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School Official Point of View

Posted October 22, 2010

On behalf of Rancho Christian Schools, I would like to thank parents for their sincere and constructive comments. It is our desire to continually improve our great school. It is the dedicated faculty, staff, students and parents which make a Christ-centered education possible. We value the community involvement and seek to partner together to ensure that our students are both University and life ready.

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Posted October 3, 2014

My spouse and I love RCS. We have 3 children in the school and this is our 4th year at the school. The faculty are the best. They really work with you to help your child reach their potential. I love the focus on the arts and on technology, and the fact that it goes through middle and high school is a huge plus. We don't plan on ever making a move to a different school. Our kids LOVE it, come home singing praise songs learned in music class and chapels, and have fantastic friends. It really is a big family here, and I know my children will be ready for life and college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2014

Preschool Review. Less than thrilled. My child attends 3 days a week. There is a child in his class that is obviously special needs and she has thrown chairs, screamed and clawed at her eye until damaged, constantly disrupts the class and several parents have moved their children from the room. I spoke with the director and was given many excuses fir the childs behavior. She needs special care and they are ignoring the obvious that they are not equipped to care for her. She has not been moved or recommended for other programs but left to substandard care for her challenges. Additionally My son informed me that an aide has been pinching the childrens ears while resting. I addressed this also with the teacher and it has ceased but they admitted they have problems with her. So why is she there also??? Too many problems and the director has taken zero actions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

I love Rancho Christian Schools! My kids have been here since preschool and now are in elementary and middle school. They have a wonderful christ-centered education which is very strong in academics and arts. It is a very well-rounded program. The teachers are highly qualified and are so nurturing to the students. They take the extra time to get to know the students and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

I am very happy with the school. The teachers care about the students and if there ever is a problem it is resolved. The playground could be a little more kept up, but other than that everything runs smooth. My only wish is that their food options improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

We have been at RCS for10 years and have loved it. There have been some growing pains but I really believe they have put forth the effort to fix things. Overall, I thank God for this school! We have kept our kids in RCS through middle school and have switched to public high school mainly for more options and better sports programs. I know the high school has really come a long way and I hope they continue to excel. The lack of communication overall has been a little frustrating. We've loved and appreciated most of the teachers. Math and writing have been a tough transition from RCS to public. I'd give the Elementary School a 4.5 / 5 and the middle school a 3 / 5.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

This school is run by the students. Parents pay to drop them off and forget about them. Grades do not matter. No effort is given to advance learning. If you have a problem or need help they will listen and that is all. Neutrality is the foundation from which they lead. If your child is under attack every witness will turn their backs on them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2013

This review is way overdue ! Best school experience available... My daughter has been at Rancho for 5 years and is now entering middle school and my son just finished Kindergarten... I am amazed daily by the high values of not only the teachers staff and administration but also the parents at the school ... Academically the school is superior to not only public but also other Christian schools in the area . As a former teacher , I value good education as well as a solid loving Christian , God fearing environment . I do feel that there is certain favoritism among a few teachers but that is a human flaw and does not reflect on the school itself ! Great after school activity program too We love our school and are excited to start another wonderful year !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

My child attended this school for 4 yrs. Prior to moving to the larger campus this school was great. Unfortunately, bigger isn't always better. It became more focused on money than on providing a nurturing, loving, Christian environment. There is ALOT of favoritism and many cliques amongst the parents, teachers, and administration. My child received a much more Christian experience at a PUBLIC elementary school here in Temecula. We found Rancho Christian School's math is behind compared to the local public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

Year two for my kids at Rancho and I am happy with the school, administration and faculty. The leadership changes have really made a difference. My kids have gone to another private school in the area and we tried public when we thought that we couln't afford private any longer. Rancho is less expensive (by a couple thousand) and you get an above par education and loving teachers who really care about your kids. Parents, you may have a bad experience no matter where you go. It doesn't mean that the problem is not being addressed and policy changes are in the works. We as parents need to work with administration and faculty to make change. If you are looking for a Christ-centered school who has loving, educated Teachers, give Rancho a try. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to send my kids here (MS and Elem).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2012

My child went to kindergarten there and we will not be attending into the first grade. The staff was very pleasant, but the cliques between parents and the lack of discipline for those children with parents with deeper pockets made me lose faith in their Christian values and focus on fairness and discipline. After living through numerous issues during the one and only year there, I felt that they did not want or feel the need to address negative behaviors exhibited by some of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

RCS has been a blessing to my children. The teachers and staff ALL take the time and effort to make their student''s school experience positive and productive. My children are very happy at RCS and so am I. Great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

Our children are in 1st and 2nd grade and I am blown away with the scholastic program. I volunteer in the Accelerrated Reading program in both classes and both teachers have ALL students reading at and above grade level and it's only midyear. As a former teacher myself I know how amazing this is. The 1st grade teacher and mentor teacher for lower elementary, has a handful of first graders reading at a 3rd grade level. She has taken readers well below grade level and has brought them at and above grade level and it's only midyear!! This school goes far beyond just teaching the curriculum. They create an enriching system that draws the best out of the students in an incredibly nurturing environment that is rooted and flows from the Christ centered approach to education. I cannot say enough good things about this school. They take the Golden nuggets of opportunities to reinforce Biblical teaching and living all day. What a blessing!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

We have been at Rancho for 6 years and we hope to stay another 7. The staff loves not only teaching but challenging the students ~ both individually and as a class. The atmosphere is second to none: I would attend simply for that. The worship team is awesome and the fine arts department is growing into something wonderful. The sports now include fifth grade, which is awesome for us: my boy got to play on the JV middle basketball team and he is learning much more than simply the sport. Now, do I have some issues with the school, sure ~ it's a school not nirvana. My concerns are addressed respectfully and the conclusions have been agreeable to all involved. Kids will be kids wherever they go and parents will be parents ~ I think you get what you give and being an x-public school teacher I know both sides and I will happily choose this side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2012

My children went to RCS for five years and moving to public school we have to take a step back..Couldnt belive!I was proud of being in RCS...i guess my reality was blindfolded! The administration is desorganize,has favorites and money talks.Children get away with no discipline. Integrity and Honesty are shallow. As a parent, I try to be positive,but I couldnt continue see the favoritism among teachers and students. Dont waiste your money and choose a Charter school,small class and same or higher education.I am a parent who loves high standars and a great Christian education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2011

My son is in 4th grade at RCS. He as been at RCS since preschool. We, as always are so impressed with the education, but more than that, the Godly influence he gets daily. He loves going to the high school football games. Such a great start for being the first year of football here. We went and watched them play Mater Dei Thursday and we only lost by one touch down. My son can't wait to play football in high school at RCS. The football players are so sweet to the smaller kids. They are so looked up to. I would recommend RCS Preschool through High School highly for a complete experience spiritually, educationally, socially, and in athletics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

This is a great school! The teachers are dedicated and caring, the principals are involved and easily accessible, and the staff is amazing! Not only is my son challenged academically, but he is offered the opportunity to grow spiritually, socially and emotionally in all of the enrichment and extracurricular activities that are offered each semester. This school has been a great experience for our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

Our family loves Rancho. This has been an awesome year and we have seen a lot of growth in the school. Our new principal is doing great things. Our family plan was for our daughter to attend Rancho for middle school and then go back to public for high school, but she made the decision herself to stay at Rancho because she loves it so much. She is being challenged academically, but more importantly she is strengthening in her relationship with God. The teachers there care about the students and have a personal one-on-one relationship with them. We are blessed to have found this school for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

GREAT school. FANTASTIC school year. Thank you Rancho Christian for all you do to love and educate my child. Thank YOU.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

My famliy just moved here this past year and we have been extremely happy at RCS. At RCS you are family, you can openly talk with the teachers, enrichment staff and administration at any time. Parents are encouraged to help out in the class room or with any event or function the school may have. I have been very happy with how the school handles itself, it's staff and most importantly the students. I have not at all felt like I am "nickeled and dimed". Yes, the economy is very bad, for some, but not for others, and I feel that RCS has done a great job in understanding that and doing the best job possible balancing that for the people that want to give and the people that just cannot give. There are those of us that don't mind giving money for parties and/or field trips. I know both of the elementary school mentor teachers personally and having done multiple projects this year with both of them and my child in class with one of them I have the greatest respect for them BOTH! I feel both of our children are learning about Christ everyday, and to be great Christians! We are very blessed to be at Rancho Christian and will continue to be there for many years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2011

My kids are having a great year, again, at Rancho. Thank you!!! I love all the new things for middle school and high school, especially Theater. But most importantly, Christ is the center. I wouldn't go anywhere else with my children.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 26%
Hispanic 13% 52%
Black 8% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Pacific Islander 0% 11%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Sonshine Preschool
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Cal Baptist University
Grand Canyon University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Korean
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Mike Johnson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We offer an I 20 program
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
500
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
600
Students typically come from these schools
Sonshine Preschool

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Cal Baptist University
Grand Canyon University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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31300 Rancho Community Way
Temecula, CA 92592
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Phone: (951) 303-1408

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