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About This School

Tijeras Creek Elementary School is a public elementary school in Rancho Santa Margarita. The principal of Tijeras Creek Elementary School is Diann Buckingham, whose e-mail is 587 children attend Tijeras Creek Elementary School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Tijeras Creek Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 5% of the 587 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Tijeras Creek Elementary School is 22:1. Rancho Viejo Montessori School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 73% 65%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 2% 2%
Hispanic 11% 19%
Unspecified 10% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 52468%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 19%
Limited English proficiency 2% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I've been at this school with multiple children from 2007 through the present (and will be here until 2016) during which time the district budget has been cut to the bone - (class sizes went from 20 1 to 32 1). Despite these challenges the principal teachers staff and PTA have all been amazing! They have not only made it work but actually made it better! The PTA is fortunate enough to have very active members who are able to fundraise to supply the school with programs and equipment that might have been lost due to statewide cuts. The teachers have always gone above and beyond the state curriculum. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. My kids have had nearly every teacher at this school for some portion of their education and I have found all of them to be genuinely interested enthusiastic and highly qualified. They do an excellent job differentiating the curriculum to meet the needs of each child. My oldest child was well-prepared to succeed in accelerated classes in middle school and my youngest was given the extra help he needed in the early grades to overcome his challenges. After starting out in an expensive private school I'm so glad we made the switch!

  • (9 months ago)

    We moved to Tijeras Creek in 2010 with a kinder 2nd and 3rd grader. We were all nervous to start a new school but were quickly put at ease as each child was welcomed as scholars. The pride of being a TC scholar is evident not only in the children but also in the teaching staff and admin. Every adult at TC works hard for the kids' education. TC has a strong PTA that is committed to enriching the children's educational experiences. Team Tijeras is really taken to the heart as the admin the teachers and staff and the parents all work together to provide a quality educational environment for the kids. We are very blessed to be a part of Tijeras Creek!

  • (2 years ago)

    TCES is a phenomenal school. Motivated dedicated teachers; an involved and hard-working principal who strives to keep parents informed; and a curricula that keeps kids challenged. Students are called "scholars" here for a reason -- they are all treated as if they can change the world! My daughters were extremely happy here made good friends and were well-prepared for middle school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Horrible school. Rude principal. Lost my daughter on the 2nd day of school. Luckily she was in the class where the teacher left her. The 3rd day of class she hit her head became ill from the head injury and didn't notify me. Also they blatantly ignored all my daughter's simple medical needs to avoid and allergic reaction to bandaging her head injury which sent her to the hospital. I had 3 meeting with the whole staff over her bandage allergy. One was the day before the incident. Needless to say but that day when I picked her up from school I took her school records with me. We will NEVER do a public school again! Former Public School Teacher for CUSD

  • (4 years ago)

    TCE is amazing!! My daughter is a 3rd grader and couldn't be happier. At the top of her class she is an excellent reader loves math and generally can't wait to go to school everyday. We are so lucky to be at a school where the teachers teach not only to be paid but because they truly love it. Thank you TCE!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Tijeres Creek is a wonderful school. The teachers are so dedicated and the principal is very involved. There is just the right amount of homework too. We were in a district where the homework was over the top. Here it's not so much that the kids are stressed out but it's just enough. We really like Tijeras Creek!

  • (5 years ago)

    The school was a gem. Now it is a teach to the test factory. Principal is more worried about scores than creating lifelong learners. Supervisors are so out of control that kids aren't allowed to run at recess. Such a shame.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child just transfered from a local private school. We are so happy with the change the school is about six months to a year behind the other school on some areas and this has allowed us to make a smooth transfer. So far so good!

  • (8 years ago)

    Wonderful experience! We couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have nothing but positive things to say about this school. The teachers are very committed to the children's education and the parents as well. The children are expected to do well and I think it shows in the test scores.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child just graduated from Las Flores. He had an excellent education high quality and creative academics dedicated teachers high parent involvement. His achievement soared with personalized attention and the teachers made a real effort to group him with students who could keep him challenged yet engaged. There is no real comparison with Tijeras Creek and other local elementary schools. Their philosophy of making and engaging scholars and providing an AAA model for the entire student population makes it head and shoulders above other schools public or private.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great parent and teacher involvement. Teachers love the children and are genuinely interested in their education.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think the academic quality is outstanding. my child had excellent growth in all areas of learning. The parents are involved and so are the teachers.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school! I feel like my son is getting a private school education at a public school. The PTA is exceptional and picks up the slack where the district has it's weaknesses. So far my son has had superior teachers and I am 100% happy with this awesome school! Annette Hurd

  • (10 years ago)

    I think Tijeras Creek is a wonderful school. The staff is great and they all make the children feel comfortable about staying in a safe place. I would really like to compliment Mr. Russo for using his sense of humor to teach students and becoming serious when needed. He is a wonderful teacher that has done a lot for my child.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school maintains the highest quality standards. The teachers staff and principal are awesome. I couldn't ask for a better school for my daughters.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is excellent. The high stanards show in the performance of the students. The teachers are very hard working.

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