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


Field Day: Calling all Volunteers

Field Day: Tuesday, May 21st from 8:00 - 10:30 am

Volunteers will stay at their assigned station while student groups will transition around the different stations. The stations will include activities like Jump Rope, Frisbee Golf, Egg Spoon Relay, Hula Hoop Pass, Tug-o-War, Dribble Relay and more!

A yellow half sheet went home requesting Volunteers for Field Day. Please bring your completed yellow half sheet to the Rancho office as soon as possible or have your student return it to their teacher.

Thank you for volunteering your time to this super fun event!

Día de campo: Llamando a todos los voluntarios

Día de campo: Martes, 21 de Mayo de 8:00 a 10:30 am

Los voluntarios permanecerán en su estación asignada, mientras que los grupos de estudiantes realizarán una transición entre las diferentes estaciones. ¡Las estaciones incluirán actividades como saltar la cuerda, el frisbee golf, el relevo de la cuchara de huevo, el pase de Hula Hoop, el relevo de regate y más!

Una media hoja amarilla fue a su casa solicitando Voluntarios para el Día de Campo. Por favor traiga su media hoja amarilla completa a la oficina de Rancho lo antes posible o pida que su estudiante lo devuelva a su maestro.

¡Gracias por ofrecerse como voluntario en este evento super divertido!


End of Year Family Dance Party

Hosted by PTA and Dinosaur School

  • Friday, May 31, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm!
  • Free Raffle Prizes, Fruit & Water
  • Refreshments and food will be sold by 6th Grade

Baile Familiar de Fin de Año

Organizado por PTA y Escuela de DINOsaurio

  • Viernes, 31 de Mayo, de 5:30-7:30pm!
  • Riffas, Agua, y Fruta gratis!
  • Los estudiantes del 6o grado venderan refrescos y comida
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Coffee Talk

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 8:30-9:30am in Room 24


Martes, 21 de Mayo, 2019 de 8:30-9:30am en Salón 24

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Library Schedule for Year End

  • May 28-31 - Last week to check out books
  • June 3-7 - Last week of library visits.  Please return all books
  • June 10-14 - Library closed

Horario de la biblioteca para fin de año

  • 28-31 de Mayo - Ultima semana para saquar libros de la biblioteca
  • Del 3 al 7 de Junio - Última semana de visitas a la biblioteca. Por favor devuelven todos los libros prestados
  • 10-14 de Junio - la biblioteca estara cerrada

Memorial Day

We are grateful for veterans and will never forget the valuable service they provided to our country!

In their honor, there will be no school on Monday, May 27, 2019.

Día Conmemorativo

¡Agradecemos a los veteranos y nunca olvidaremos el valioso servicio que brindaron a nuestro país!
En su honor, no habrá escuela el lunes 27 de mayo de 2019.

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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:

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 News

Highlands Highlights

Students created this video to share what makes Highlands Elementary School so special, including the No Excuses University Program, awesome staff and more.


Igniting ELD

International delegates from countries all over the world, including China, Russia, Bolivia and more, visited STEAM Academy to learn about Igniting ELD and how students learning English as an additional language are supported in LMSV.


LMSV Teacher of the Year Inspires G.R.I.T. in Students

La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools is pleased to announce the District Teacher of the Year - Manuel Aceves. Manny is a beloved third grade teacher at Bancroft Elementary School, located in the center of Spring Valley.