Excellence in Education

San Clemente boasts some of the finest schools in the nation. By way of example, San Clemente High School has been designated as a California Distinguished School, and Newsweek Magazine in 2003 ranked San Clemente High School among the top 4% of high schools in the nation.

Capistrano Unified School District
32972 Calle Perfecto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Widely acclaimed for its innovative programs, the Capistrano Unified School District serves the City of San Clemente. Five of the district's public schools have received the National Blue Ribbon Schools award and 17 schools in the district have been designated as California Distinguished Schools.

Clarence Lobo Elementary School
200 Avenida Vista Montana
San Clemente, CA 92673
Clarence Lobo Elementary School opened its doors in September 1994 and is the first school in California to be named after a Native American. Clarence Lobo Elementary School provides preschool through grade 5 education. The school has earned a California Distinguished School designation.

Concordia Elementary School
3120 Avenida Del Presidente
San Clemente CA, 92672
A National Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished School. Concordia Elementary School is located on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1955, Concordia is rich in history, tradition, and culture.

Las Palmas Elementary School
1101 Calle Puente
San Clemente CA, 92672
The mission of Las Palmas Elementary School, in partnership with our parents and the community, is to empower students to achieve the highest academic, social and linguistic skills needed to give them an edge now and in the future. As a result, Las Palmas is proud to be recognized as a California Distinguished School. Our instructional programs focus on academic achievement, bilingual proficiency and technological aptitude.

Marblehead Elementary School
2410 Via Turqueza
San Clemente CA, 92673
Marblehead opened its doors in fall 2001. The campus houses approximately 540 students. Situated on the highlands in northern San Clemente adjacent to a neighborhood park, San Clemente's first two-story elementary school is of a unique design. Glimpses of the ocean can be viewed from several locations.

Palisades Elementary School
26462 Via Sacramento
Capistrano Beach CA, 92624
Palisades Elementary School is located in scenic Capistrano Beach and boasts an exemplary instructional program for students in a safe and secure environment.

Truman Benedict Elementary School
1251 Sarmentoso
San Clemente CA, 92673
Truman Benedict Elementary School sits in the inland foothills. The area surrounding the school is filling with many new homes, and a new community is emerging. The student population is expected to increase for the next two years. Benedict was established in 1988 and named after Truman Benedict, the first superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District.

San Clemente Public Elementary and Middle School:
Vista Del Mar Elementary and Middle School
1130 Avenida Talega
San Clemente, CA 92673
(949) 234-5950
It is the mission of Vista del Mar School to unite school, family and community in a collaborative learning environment with the primary purpose of supporting student learning, while building character, ensuring a safe, positive school atmosphere, and developing the individual talents of each student.

San Clemente Public Middle Schools:

Bernice Ayer Middle School
1271 Sarmentoso
San Clemente, CA 92673
Opened in 1998, Bernice Ayer Middle School is located in the Forster Ranch area of San Clemente. A caring, enthusiastic and experienced principal and teaching staff serve approximately 800 students in grades 6, 7 and 8. The school is named in honor of San Clemente's first school teacher, Bernice Ayer. Bernice Ayer is a California Distinguished School.

Shorecliffs Middle School
240 Via Socorro
San Clemente CA, 92672
Shorecliffs Middle School is recognized as a California Distinguished School and a recipient of a prestigious Golden Bell Award for program excellence from the California School Boards Association. Programs reflect a celebration of diversity, an appreciation of the arts and development of lifelong learning skills. Shorecliffs is dedicated to providing students with a challenging academic program, a comprehensive electives program and a variety of activities that promote active involvement.

San Clemente Public High School:
San Clemente High School
700 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA 92673
Serving 2,400 students, San Clemente High School was nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School in 1999 by the U.S. Department of Education. San Clemente High School has been designated as a California Distinguished School and is in its sixth year as an International Baccalaureate (IB) School. Select students pursue the prestigious IB Diploma as part of a challenging two-year academic program, which is recognized by universities and colleges throughout the world. Newsweek Magazine in 2003 ranked San Clemente High School among the top 4% of high schools in the nation.

Private Schools Serving San Clemente:
Our Lady of Fatima School
105 La Esperanza
San Clemente, CA 92672
Dedicated to the educational, spiritual and developmental needs of its students, Our Lady of Fatima School opened its doors in 1965 and serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is proud of its academic excellence and offers a broad-based education program including literature and phonics-based reading, computer science, mathematics, health and nutrition, Spanish, history, art, geography, religious and social studies.

Our Savior's Lutheran School
200 East Avenida San Pablo
San Clemente, CA 92672
Founded in 1959 as a ministry of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Our Savior's Lutheran School serves grades preschool through 6. New facilities are planned and upon completion, grades preschool through 8 will be served. The school's goal is to provide an academic and safe instructional program that facilitates the development of the whole child.

St. Margaret's Episcopal School
31641 La Novia Ave
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
St. Margaret's is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving students in preschool through grade twelve. Just three miles from the Pacific Ocean amid gentle rolling hills, the campus is nestled in the heart of lovely, historic San Juan Capistrano. The school was founded by The Reverend Canon Ernest D. Sillers, and opened its doors in 1979. St. Margaret's has grown to over 1,200 students on a beautiful 20-acre campus that includes first class facilities for science, technology, library and athletics.

St. Michael's Academy
107 West Marquita Avenue
San Clemente, CA 92672
St. Michael's Academy provides an educational program in grades K-8 that seeks to develop excellence in each of their students in spiritual maturity, moral character and academic preparation.

Nearby Colleges and Universities:

University of California Irvine
(UC Irvine web site links prohibit return -- visit at www.uci.edu.)


Mike Cotter, Broker Associate, DRE #00806890
Century 21 O.M.A., 229 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
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