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About This School

Del Cerro Elementary School is a public elementary school in Mission Viejo. The principal of Del Cerro Elementary School is Larry Callison, who can be contacted at 623 students attend Del Cerro Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Multiracial. 12% of the Del Cerro Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 21% of the 623 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Del Cerro Elementary School is 23:1. Heritage Christian School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Orchestra
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% 60%
Unspecified 5% 2%
Multiracial 5% %
Filipino 3% 3%
Hispanic 26% 25%
Asian 12% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 30867%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 16%
Limited English proficiency 12% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    Information of the upcoming Core test and the change in the academic performance and education is very good. Kids will be going in the high tech version and keeping abreast with the advancing world. They would fit the advancing world when they enter the Industrial world and work in their fields. I am and Engineering Scientist in the Aerospace field. The high tech techinques are the Core of engineering where the core type testing will help. They would be prepared to face the world with still a lot of challange. With this there is a need to train the teachers in the right field and have them adapt to the upcoming technology and the methodology Eleder teachers may not fit this criteria as we see. They should be respected and given good packages to make ways for young and aggresive teachers who are waiting at your door steps and eager to work. In any event I agree to the GreatSchools Terms of Use and the School Reviews and Gnuidelines. Goodluck.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Del Cerro for 2 years now and we have been very happy. The teachers are caring and concerned about the kids - even though they have to deal with increasing class sizes. The kids I've met from all grades are happy and well-rounded and the parents and PTA are great. We are moving out of state at the end of the year and my daughter is so sad to be leaving the school she loves.

  • (3 years ago)

    My two daughters just finished first and second grade at Del Cerro and we love this school. The principal does a great job being visible and available to parents and participates in all the activities. The PTA at the school creates a lot of fun activities for families. The teaches I've encountered so far have been rigorous direct and caring. I think the teachers are doing a good job of dealing with devastating budget cuts and large class sizes and communicating my children's homework needs and areas to work on to me as a parent. Having my children at Del Cerro has me feel like I'm part of a large caring community in Mission Viejo.

  • (4 years ago)

    Staff is okay but do not appear to encourage parent input (but encourage parent involvement). As a GATE school some teachers need further training understanding Gifted children and their behaviors. They are behind in technology with many teachers still using overhead projectors and a couple computers in each classroom. Overall the school is okay.

  • (5 years ago)

    Del Cerro has been a great experience so far for me and my children. My third daughter is going to be starting kindergarten there in the fall and I am looking forward to it. The staff there is always helpful teachers have been good to great and my children are happy there!

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent school excellent teachers excellent parents excellent students. My fifth-grade and third-grade children have both been at Del Cerro since kindergarten and have often told me they want to stay through 6th grade. The teachers have experience and most important encourage children to take responsibility for themselves. We purchased our home because of the great reputation of this school and have not regretted our decision.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter just started Kindergarten here she absolutely loves it! Her teachers are wonderful. Now Kindergarten is her favorite activity coming before her dance and gymnastics classes!

  • (7 years ago)

    With both myself and my husband being born and raised in Mission Viejo we wanted the same for our children. I myself attended Del Cerro for K- 6th grade and I also have a daughter enteing 5th grade and a son into Kindergarden. The teachers are phenomenal and the administation are warm and knowledgeable. There is something for everyone here and you can be as involved as you want to be. You only get out what you put in and you will have an amazing experience at this school if you put in any sort of effort. This school is like a family to us maybe that is why we will never leave.

  • (7 years ago)

    If you are looking for Great Schools in Mission Viejo than Del Cerro is one of the best. In addition to being a GATE school the Principal and the Teachers want to challenge all the students. I had an opportunity to meet the Principal prior to choosing this school and its clear that she cares about the kids and wants them to grow in social and academic areas. We had a Family BBQ last week and should have 70-80% participation in the PTA. (our goal is 100%) The PTA supports the School in many ways including Science programs Music Assemblies and Technology. In three weeks I have seen more involvement then foremost of the year at our last school. I look forward to the next 7 years for my youngest at Del Cerro.

  • (8 years ago)

    Overall I am very happy with the quality of education at Del Cerro. The principle appears to be very involved and has been at all the school functions I've been able to attend. Altogether my children have had 5 teachers there (K-3) and I've been quite happy with all but one of them. My reasons for not liking here were more to due with personality than quality of education so take that for what it's worth. i'm not qualified to address the music and arts programs. i know they have special teachers come in to give (weekly?) lessons. The school facilities are adequate but by no means elaborate.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am not impressed with the level of experience from my child's teacher. This is her second year teaching and she seems to be out of touch with what some of the lower performing students are doing. The school depends on help from the parents in the classrooms which seems odd to me since it was not like that when I was in school. The parents are not credentialed teachers and should not be giving lesson instructions. The principle seems to have a great understanding of children and their behaviors but the younger teachers do not and they should not be handed a classroom until proving that they are mature enough to handle the responsibility.

  • (8 years ago)

    So far not impressed with the school or its staff. Haven't seen much offered at all for the lower grades and they are most important. The early you teach a child the better off they are. If you are a parent that works full time don't expect a great big welcome from the staff or other parent helpers they seem to snub you if you work. The school could also use a good cleaning.

  • (8 years ago)

    We just started our 6 year at Del Cerro. For one of my children this was her 3rd school. I love the class size/school size. Having been at a larger elementary school and having the sense of 'getting lost' you wont find that here. The teachers are like family. Some grew up here and went to this school. That is important to us. I believe there is excellent parent participation. The PTA helps fund many art science and music programs. Most classing have full PTA membership. This school is also classified as a GATE school. You can't go wrong there!

  • (8 years ago)

    Del Cerro won the California Distinguished School Award two times ~ current one in 2004! The quality of academic programs are great. The upper grades have science lab; all grades have Art Masters and music classes. There are after school programs chorus before school and a winning math team. The teachers and PTA asks for volunteers every year and parents help in the class rooms with the PTA programs and with the enrichment programs. With GATE children and Special Ed kids there are a lot of choice families ~ because Del Cerro is a great school!

  • (9 years ago)

    I attended this school from K-12 and after having kids I returned to review its continuing progress. I am very pleased with the staff as a whole. They are very willing to do what is needed for your child. They had a good special ed. program and mainstream program.After school programs are available on site as well as variety of electives for the kids.

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