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Welcome to Rancho Elementary School.  We are committed to creating a caring and focused learning community that fosters connectedness and prepares our students for personal and academic success. At Rancho, every child is known and experiences authentic connection with our dedicated staff.

Expert teachers curate meaningful learning experiences that engage and support your students to meet the rigorous expectations of California State Standards. We offer a broad course of study that leverages the power of technology with one to one devices for students in grades one to six to better address individual needs and to make learning relevant and engaging.  From our comprehensive and individualized reading and math instruction to motivating hands-on projects with a real-world and socially conscious lens through literature, science and social studies, our children are nurtured, challenged, and inspired to soar and transform.

Some Important Safety Reminders:

  • During School hours, only the main gate is accessible.  All visitors must have a valid ID and check in at the office.
  • There is no parking in front of the school so that parents can drop off and pick up students safely. The flow of traffic is from west to east to ensure that no one crosses the street.  Students may only exit or enter cars on the right side of the street. Students will exit campus upon dismissal and wait by grade-level on the sidewalk. We ask that you wait outside the gates and meet your child at the sidewalk in front of the school. On rainy days, staff will meet you at the curb and call for your child who will be waiting safe and dry on campus.

I look forward to working together with our families and students.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, praises or concerns.  


Elisa Holston-Arteaga, Principal
(619) 668-5885, ext 4699

Why You'll Love Rancho

  • A Small Neighborhood School and Beloved Community, Where Every Student is Truly Known, Connected to and Cared for by Staff
  • Located in the Hills of Spring Valley, Near Mount Miguel High School, Easily Accessible from Neighboring Communities in San Diego and South Bay
  • Boasts a Beautiful Garden, Designed and Maintained by Students Building Responsibility and Providing Relevant Hands-On Learning

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Important Information:

Class Supply Lists for 2019-2020

Please find the link below for the supply list for our next school year.

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Please follow Rancho on Twitter


Por favor siga a Rancho en Twitter

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Attendance is SUPER important and notifying Rancho of any absences or late arrival is, too! 

If your child is absent from school for ANY reason, PLEASE CALL: 619-668-5885, Extension 4.

Calls may be placed 24 hours a day!  Please leave the following information
* Date of Absence * Full name of the Child * Reason for Absence *

Doctor and dental notes are helpful if our attendance records are audited.  If your child has numerous absences, these will be requested. Please note that your call to report the absence does not "erase" the absence, but rather designates it as excused or unexcused depending on the reason.

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Accelerated Reader

Click on our new Accelerated Reader Widget to see updates each week with the pages and titles Rancho students have read! 

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Health & Wellness Policy

The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District promotes health-enhancing nutrition practices. According to the food guidelines sent out in the fall we are encouraging nutritious foods be brought for classroom celebrations: fruits, vegetables, whole grain crackers, pretzels, 100% fruit juice or frozen juice bars. Examples of non-nutritious foods with a more than 35% sugar content or fat content: soda, candy, chewing gum, snow cones, chips, fried foods, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, candy coated popcorn, & cotton candy. On your child’s birthday handing out special pencils or stickers is a good alternative to food.

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Rancho Elementary’s Student Dress Code

  • No Sunglasses
  • No hats inside. Hats are ok outside with the bill forward
  • Shirts must NOT have inappropriate images
  • Shorts and pants must not sag. Shorts must have a 4 inch inseam
  • No skate shoes/heelies with or without the heel insert
  • No cosmetics, artificial nails, or lots of jewelry
  • Shoulder straps must be at least 1 inch
  • No bare back or see-through clothing
  • No dresses or skirts unless wearing leggings
  • No open-toed shoes or sandals
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District Spotlight

LMSV Teacher of the Year Salute to Teachers

Enjoy this wonderful video produced by SDCOE celebrating the achievement of Manny and the impact he makes with students and his community each and every day. 



Enjoy this video compilation of footage from students and teachers from all of our school sites showcasing our district values of equity, inclusion and HEART.


Sonic Expressions at Spring Valley Academy

At Spring Valley Academy, the innovative Sonic Expressions music course combines creating music with social skills. As the saying in Sonic Expressions goes, "When words fail, music speaks."