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School Districts

Conceived in 1927, with roots dating back to a single schoolhouse in 1905, our rich and treasured history reflects a deep commitment to the families of the Rancho Santa Fe Community. Today, the Rancho Santa Fe School District provides a high-quality, innovative education to nearly 800 students in grades K-8. Our students enjoy small class sizes (1:20 ratio school-wide), as well as a wide range of unique program offerings and exceptional extracurricular activities.

From those indelible moments of the past to the cutting-edge teachings of today, Rancho Santa Fe School District has always prided itself on an invaluable partnership with the community and families it serves. In fact, it is the efforts, dedication, and contributions of our many devoted parents that create the quality environment we so enjoy.

Our Foundation is responsible for funding programs and staff that otherwise would not be available to us. In addition, our families are active and involved in programs and events that take place both in the classroom and out.

The partnership with our community is the ideal compliment to the on-going endeavors of our highly-qualified staff, devoted administrators and tireless board members. The mission of Rancho Santa Fe School District is to ensure each child masters the knowledge and skills necessary to become a contributing, productive citizen. We strongly believe it is the harmony between all respective stakeholders that continues to make this vision a reality.

As an ever-growing, vital part of the Rancho Santa Fe community, our attractive, well-maintained campus is located just steps away from the quaint downtown of Rancho Santa Fe on the corner of La Granada and Avenida De Acacias.

The award-winning San Dieguito Union High School District is one of the nation’s finest districts, offering a wealth of academic and extracurricular opportunities in which its students can engage and excel. The SDUHSD educates students from the coastal North San Diego County communities of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia, and Olivenhain in the City of Encinitas; the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach; the community of La Costa in the City of Carlsbad; the community of Carmel Valley in the City of San Diego; and the communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.

Del Mar

Welcome to one of the fastest-growing school districts in California. The Del Mar Union School District has grown from a very small school district (two schools in 1992) to a medium-sized school district (eight schools in 2009) in the space of 15 years. And, we’re not quite done. In the fall of 2005, the District’s 7th school, Sycamore Ridge, opened to students and staff. Del Mar 8th school, Ocean Air School opened in August 2007. Our growth is understandable because of the desirability of the beautiful Del Mar/Carmel Valley area and the outstanding educational program for which Del Mar is known.

With growth, come challenges and opportunities. Not only do we have six modern, state-of-the-art school campuses in our newest sites, but our two older schools, Del Mar Heights and Del Mar Hills Schools, were completely modernized over the summers of 2000 and 2001 to reflect energy-saving, state-of-the-art improvements throughout all buildings. This reflects a district commitment to each and every student to be able to learn in the most optimum setting possible.

The District is proud of each school campus and the outstanding learning that takes place at each one. It is important to emphasize here that in a fast-growing school district such as ours, families moving into our district may find that their closest school campus in proximity may not be their assigned school of enrollment. This is especially true in the Carmel Valley part of our district. If you move into one of the attendance areas in Carmel Valley, and those schools are at their maximum capacity at the grade in which you are enrolling, then your student(s) will be placed at Del Mar Hills or Del Mar Heights. These schools are west of I-5 and have lower, more stable populations and can accommodate new students. Both Del Mar Hills and Del Mar Heights Schools are recent California Distinguished Schools, and Del Mar Hills received the further honor in 2001 of being awarded a Blue Ribbon of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.

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San Diego Unified School District

San Diego Unified serves more than 132,000 students in pre-school through grade 12 and is the second largest district in California. The student population is extremely diverse, representing more than 15 ethnic groups and more than 60 languages and dialects.

Since its founding on July 1, 1854, the district has grown from a small, rented school building with one teacher to its current size – more than 225 educational facilities with 15,924 full-time equivalent employees. More than 6,000 teachers are in classrooms at the district’s various educational facilities, which include 107 traditional elementary schools, 11 K-8 schools, 24 traditional middle schools, 28 high schools, 45 charter schools, and 13 atypical/ alternative schools.

The San Diego Unified School District is proud to call itself one of the top large urban school districts in the United States. Measures include its top scores on state and national tests, its leadership in areas such as technology, curriculum, neighborhood and specialty schools, career-technical education and food services. Its graduates include Hall of Fame sports stars, along with some of the nation’s top scientists, writers and leaders.

As the district moves toward its bicentennial, the Board of Education has undertaken Vision 2020, giving the organization the flexibility to make sure its students are always ready for the future.

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