Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

Melinda Heights Elementary School - Facility Needs Assessment and Plan

About Melinda Heights

Melinda Heights Elementary School is located in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita, educating students from kindergarten through 6th grade. The school opened its doors in 1998. The Melinda Heights family is dedicated to superior teaching and active, engaged learning resulting in assessment scores consistently higher than State and District averages. The school is the proud home of more than 10 different languages, three SAI Educational Specialists, GATE Cluster classes in grades 3-6, lively music programs at all grade levels, a STEM lab, arts instruction, and families that are dedicated to making Melinda Heights the finest elementary school in SVUSD.

Technology continues to be an area of emphasis and an integral piece of the instructional program, resulting in increased engagement and academic achievement. The focus of the Melinda Heights technology plan is to see technology as a tool for learning and critical thinking, rather than an end in itself. Students have access to the use of technology for communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity daily.


The motto for Melinda Heights Elementary School is Melinda Heights Mountain Lions ROAR. The students show Responsibility, Own their Choices, Act with Integrity and are Responsible. Positive student efforts toward ROAR are reinforced through the School wide PBIS – Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program. Trimester assemblies recognize students not only for their academic strengths, but also for their exemplary behavior. The students are well behaved, with few requiring serious disciplinary action.


Some Improvements Identified

Facility Improvement Plan