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Del Cerro Elementary School

Preschool | Grades K-6 | Saddleback Valley Unified
24382 Regina St
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 830-5430

About This School

Del Cerro Elementary School is located in Mission Viejo, CA and is one of 24 elementary schools in Saddleback Valley Unified School District. It is a magnet school that serves 599 students in grades K-6.

Magnet schools are public schools that offer a specialized curriculum or educational philosophy, often with a specific focus or theme. Magnet schools promote student diversity because they are open to students outside the normal school district boundaries and often attract high caliber students through competitive programs. See Del Cerro Elementary School's test results to learn more about school performance.

A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.

Del Cerro Elementary School had an API growth score of 862 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Del Cerro Elementary School's 2012 base score was 869, however the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.

In 2010, Del Cerro Elementary School had 25 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

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By a Parent on

The school is okay. My kids went, they learned, they came home, we reviewed. It got the job done. Sadly, the school's environment feels kind of stagnant and static. Not oozing in energy, innovation or inspiration.  Overall, I found the staff to be tired and uninspired. There were bright stars at each grade level. Teachers who loved teaching and sincerely care about children. These teachers went the extra mile, found new ways to reach the children, made it interesting. It was easy to spot the teachers who didn't have a passion for teaching. Yes, there are great teachers, but not enough to go around.  The class size is huge and the school-wide programs are mediocre. I attribute many of these gripes to the State Budget - but this is what those cuts look like in the trenches.  I would suggest that potential new families tour the schools in neighboring Capistrano Unified and Irvine Unified school districts by way of comparison. Those districts are also victims of the State Budget, but the energy - especially of the Irvine schools -  was different - better.  But for the real estate market, we'd be there.

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