5 Things You Need To Know About Schools If Moving to Mission Viejo

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5 Things You Need To Know About Schools If Moving to Mission Viejo


One of the top questions I get asked all the time from people looking to move to MV is "What are the schools like?" 


So I thought I would talk about the educational system in our town and give you 5 great tips. 


Number 1: 

Mission Viejo is well known for its excellent schools and is served by two public school districts - Saddleback Valley Unified School District and Capistrano Unified School District. 


They offer Top rated academics, Top rated sports programs, Amazing Fine Arts courses, 

AP Advanced Placement curriculum and 

IB - the International Baccalaureate programs.  


For younger students, The Oxford Preparatory Academy, 

a K-8 center for kids that are pursuing university level studies and 

dePortola Elementary are both rated as 10 on GreatShcools.org. 

Other elementaries throughout the city perform well with ratings of mostly 6s to 8s. 


Our middle schools are amazing as well. 

Some are sixth thru eighth grade  and some are only seventh and eighth. 

La Paz Intermediate was the first middle school built in Mission Viejo and has continuously excelled as a National School To Watch 

as well as a National Blue Ribbon School and California Distinguished School. 


Their amazing music department continually wins competitive awards 

and the Jazz band has been a Monterey Jazz Festival winner numerous times. Other high performing Intermediate schools are Carl Hankey and Newhart Middle schools, both rated at 8.


Three high schools serve the city: Capistrano Valley, Trabuco Hills and Mission Viejo high schools are all top rated at 8s and 9s academically

 and are always tops in sports and arts. 

Mission Viejo High School for many years was a football powerhouse and several Major League Baseball players have developed on these schools baseball teams. 


The International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs I mentioned earlier are offered at all three high schools. Trabuco Hills offers the ROP program and  

Mission Viejo High School offers agriculture and veterinary courses as part of the Future Farmers of America program. They’ve even entered livestock at the Orange County Fair.


Number 2


Schools in both districts have won State and National recognition in academics and continually perform well above national averages.

In addition to great academics, our Mission Viejo schools excel at arts, activities, sports and more. 

Each of our schools has had award winning sports teams including football, basketball, swimming and water polo, performing groups like marching band, orchestra, drumline and theater, and plenty of on campus student activities like ASB, clubs, dances and grad nights.


Number 3 

For students looking to become fluent in 2 languages there are full day programs offering language immersion. 

Saddleback District offers Spanish immersion, and the Capistrano district offers both Spanish and Mandarin immersion. These programs may require your student to transfer to a school not in your immediate neighborhood. 


Number 4


Also available to students is the California Preparatory Academy 

which is an online K thru 12 learning option 

where students and parents meet with teachers on a regular basis 

but not in a traditional classroom. 

This is tuition free as it is part of the public charter “school of choice” program and is great for students whose needs are not met in a traditional classroom.


Number 5


Outdoor space - because of the great year-round weather in Mission Viejo,

school campuses have been designed to take advantage of it. Students pass from class to class in open areas and walkways and lunch tables are out in the open. 


We don’t get many rainy days so this works out well allowing them to get lots of fresh air and sunshine. Many of the physical education classes are held outside and most swimming pools are outdoors as well. 


And now, here’s my



You really need to check out the school attendance boundaries when you’re thinking about moving to Mission VIejo. When you look at listings of available homes, don’t assume that the nearby school is the one your student will be attending. There are many criss-crosses between the districts, so check thoroughly when you’re looking at homes. 


And BONUS TIP number 2


Finding more information about your local school is easy. Just go to either of the school district  websites and find the SCHOOL LOCATOR button. 

This will take you to a page where you can plug in an address and find out the local elementary, middle and high schools in your new home.


Another good resource is HomeTownLocatator.com.  I’ll post a link below. This site will show you the attendance boundaries for each school. 


It may also be possible to transfer your student to a school out of your attendance area by using the School Choice option where you may be able to move schools depending on space availability.


Better yet...contact me directly and I will help you sift through the districts and get you on the right track.


So, those are my tips of things you need to know about the schools in Mission Viejo. 


If you’re thinking of relocating to Mission Viejo or the surrounding cities in South Orange County, just reach out and connect with us by text, email, phone...whatever way works best for you and we’ll help you make a smooth move to Mission Viejo.


🏫Capistrano Unified School District - https://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/

🏫Capistrano UDS SCHOOL LOCATOR - https://betalocator.decisioninsite.com/?StudyID=209898


🏫Saddleback Valley Unified School District - https://www.svusd.org/

🏫Saddleback Valley USD SCHOOL LOCATOR - https://betalocator.decisioninsite.com/?StudyID=216461


🏫CA Home Town Locatator - https://california.hometownlocator.com/schools/sorted-by-cities,c,mission%20viejo.cfm


🏫Great Schools Mission Viejo - https://california.hometownlocator.com/schools/sorted-by-cities,c,mission%20viejo.cfm




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Richard Weeks
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Great information for buyers in your area.  I hope 2020 is a great year for you.

Jan 24, 2020 03:13 AM #1
John Alesi
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Thanks Richard Weeks for reading/watching. Have a great 2020 as well.

Jan 24, 2020 11:43 AM #2
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Excellent John! 


                                            You're a star in our eyes! 


Jan 25, 2020 01:55 PM #3
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