School Details

Foothill Ranch Elementary School

1 Torino Drive, Foothill Ranch, CA 92691
(949) 470-4885
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 1133 students 24 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

71%
66%
56%
79%
74%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Saddleback Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
59%
46%
85%
77%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Saddleback Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
79%
65%
95%
79%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Saddleback Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
76%
60%
91%
73%
65%
95%
81%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Saddleback Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
77%
60%
67%
69%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Saddleback Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Foothill Ranch Elementary School is a public middle school in Lake Forest. The principal of Foothill Ranch Elementary School is Ed MacNevin, who can be contacted at macnevine@svusd.k12.ca.us. 1,133 students go to Foothill Ranch Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 9% of the Foothill Ranch Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 10% of the 1,133 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Foothill Ranch Elementary School is 24:1. Serrano Intermediate School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 54% 60%
Filipino 3% 3%
Asian 18% 7%
Hispanic 14% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Unspecified 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.09% %
Pacific Islander 0.09% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 16%
Limited English proficiency 9% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My 2 kids attend this school. We used to be in Irvine Unified. I like this school and district better. Parent involvement is high due to it being an upper middle class area with a lot of stay at home moms and dads who are working professionals with flexible schedules. There are many wonderful teachers at this school who actually live in the area and are involved in other aspects of our community such as Saddleback Church. It is also a beautiful campus with the best views in Orange County. This school has free after school childcare which other districts do not offer. There are also a lot of other after school activities offered. The demographics at this school are much more well rounded than some of the Irvine schools especially the newer ones. The principal is very nice. I recommend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is currently enrolled in this school. This school has some of the best teachers but the PTA of this school is one of the worst. Awards are given (for e.g Science Fair) based on who you know in PTA (or if your Mom is a class Mom etc) and NOT on merit. There is no motivational stuff that is done for the students. Kids are given food coupon rather than certificates or medals for their in class achievement. If there is an outside field trip planned and the weather is 100 degrees outside the school goes ahead with the field trip with minimum to none consideration for the health of the kids. The school management spends more time on fund collection schemes (from parents) than ways to improve API score or ways to motivate and reward the deserving kids for better performance.

  • (1 year ago)

    I know foothill ranch elementary school... My two kids are studying in this school. very good school !! Teachers are very friendly and helpful.Before we were in Irvine school..I like this school and teachers than Irvine school..

  • (1 year ago)

    Very good school. Kind & dedicated teachers! This school uses SMART Boards Doc Cams SMART Notebook SRI My daughter here is very happy & progressing great! Lot of after-school activities to choose from which is so helpful !!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Very nice school..my daughter just changed the district and joined here this year..so exciting...she is so happy and satisfied that we made the right choice...great PTA & GATE program..thanks to the dedicated and kind teachers !!! 3 CHEERS!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son just started here. It's been great so far. The teachers are great and the school strictly enforces rules. Great FRKF. The homework materials are great and upto expectations.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is amazing! What a terrific GATE (gifted and talented education) this school has and teachers that really care. Thie student body is well diversified. Outstanding PTA and FRKF (local kid's foundation) that make this school shine with extra programs most schools can't offer. The parents' involvement in this school is second to none. I have two boys that graduated from this school and they now straight A students - one of my kids is at OCSA (a charter performing arts high school and voted one of the best schools in the NATION). I also have a younger child at this school who loves it and is receiving the best education our tax dollars can offer. This is a community of smart involved and kind people and this is reflected in the quality of the teachers and students alike. Anyone who doesn't like this school is an ANOMALY and obviously has their own individual issues. No school is perfect but I feel like I gave my kid's the best by living in this community and sending them to this wonderful school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has been at this school for two years and is doing quite well. The teachers and other staff members that I have met are great. Classes are a bit overcrowded but I know that is true of most California public schools today. From what I have seen in my son's classroom his teacher is doing the best and the most that she can. It helps that there is a lot of parent involvement here. It seems as if there is often at least one parent helping in the lower grade classrooms.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son transferred here from Melinda Heights because SDC was overcrowded there and he was stuck in a class with horrible teacher. Since changing schools last year he has matured so much and he is meeting grade level standards for the first time. We love Mr. Cuesta and the instructional aids. Thanks to great parent particiapation the school is able to offer its large student population a variety of academic and extra curricular activities. Our SDC kids have great opportunities for inclusion in all of these.

  • (3 years ago)

    I go to this school and i am going in to 6th grade. Being a bobcat has changed my life comepletly. There are ups and downs....but i met the best friends there.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school with great teachers --Mrs Liewer Mrs Shoemaker (retired) Mrs McCarthy Mrs Rubel (retired) Mrs Ray Mrs McCurdy Mrs Grove Mrs Kimball and many more. Parent involvements also have made a difference in today's annual budget crisis.

  • (3 years ago)

    Foothill Ranch Elementary has an incredible Assistant Principal who has made a remarkable difference in the culture enriching the academic programs and working with the Parent Community to create a positive school culture that is indicative of success. The Assistant Principal has been at Foothill Ranch since the 2010 school year and has literally transformed Foothill Ranch from a good school to an excellent school. She is the constant presence at the site and is the go to for most parents. My children absolutely love Foothill Ranch and I attribute this to the teaching staff and the leadership of the Assistant Principal.

  • (4 years ago)

    A school of excellence in the SVUSD district. Smart boards in every classroom. State-of-the-art technology and new cloud system students can bring laptops to school for some classes. This school benefits from an active PTA and a excellent Foundation. Private funds from the community keep this school operating at top-notch while other schools are suffering in this budget crisis state. Great teachers and parent involvement!

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm the grandmother of two boys who have attended this school. The now 14-year-old had straight A's from 4th grade and on through Intermediate school thanks to the great teachers at Foothill Ranch. The younger boy is in the 6th grade and also has had straight A's. The teachers at this school are invested in giving the kids the best they have to offer.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great staff and faculty good playground nice grounds safe

  • (5 years ago)

    excellent teachers excellent before & aftercare located on sight and partners with a school in Paris for a foreign exchange program

  • (5 years ago)

    Great place for kids to learn about valuable academic subjects how to be creative and how to discover what they love!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great support by teachers and parents. The communication between teachers and parents is the best!

  • (6 years ago)

    Foothill ranch elementary school is an excellent school. My son is in 1st grade.He love his school very much. The teacher s are so cooperative helpful and understandable. They always try to help their student. They are just excellent.

  • (6 years ago)

    my son is in kindergarten his teacher is ms. williams he absolutly loves her class. He loves going to school every day it is a great school. With lots of great parents

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