This school is named for Patricia and William Bathgate, longtime Mission Viejo residents. Bathgate Elementary School prides itself on consistently ranking among the top elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. The school, which enrolls students in kindergarten through 5th grade, has a character education program called "Character Counts!" that nurtures character development, good citizenship, and responsibility. The school has a GATE program for gifted children as well as a future scientists and engineers program.