Capistrano Unified School District 33122 Valle Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA92675 The Capistrano Unified School District includes 61 schools with a student population that has nearly doubled in…More the past 20 years to 51,000. The large district includes a substantial swath of South Orange County in 195 square miles including, along with Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and the communities of Las Flores, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Ladera Ranch and Wagon Wheel. The large district offices are located here in San Juan Capistrano. Superintendent Joseph M. Farley is under the direction of the Board of Trustees who include Ellen Addonizio, John Alpay, Jack Brick, Anna Bryson, Lynn Hatton, Sue Palazzo and Gary Pritchard.
Bathgate Elementary School 27642 Napoli Way, Mission Viejo, CA92692 This school is named for Patricia and William Bathgate, longtime Mission Viejo residents. Bathgate Elementary School…More 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.
Viejo Elementary School 26782 Via Grande, Mission Viejo, CA92691 Viejo Elementary is the third elementary school in the Capistrano Unified School District to start a "Two-Way"…More dual-immersion language program which trains students to be bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English. Viejo Principal Doug Kramer started the district's first Two-Way program at Las Palmas Elementary in San Clemente in 1992. The Viejo program began in September 2010 and helped reverse the trend of declining enrollment. Students at Viejo are the Vikings.
Newhart Middle School offers many programs not common in this day and age. It has wood shop classes and a home…More economics program, and its music program has been nationally recognized. Another program at Newhart helps new English speakers learn the language.
A product of the Capistrano Unified School District, and having attended San Juan Elementary, Marco Forster Middle School and graduating Capistrano Valley High School, Jeff Jones will begin his first year at Newhart as Principal in the 2010-11 year.
The school is able to use the city of Mission Viejo's nearby baseball, basketball and soccer fields for physical education. The school's mascot is the panther.
Patricia Kelley 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA92691 Trish Kelley, a Mission Viejo resident since 1977, was first elected to the City Council in 2002. She is married…More with three children, who all attended schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. She cites advancing the renovations of Montanoso and Sierra Recreation Centers as well as expanded hours at the library on her list of accomplishments. She also volunteers at her church, Grace Community. Kelley represents Mission Viejo on the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors for the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency. She also serves on the Southern California Association of Governments Transportation Committee and the Orange County Parks Commission. She has served as mayor in 2005, 2008 and 2010.