Technology • Literacy • Character
It is our mission to instill in students the technical skills to succeed in the world of tomorrow, the power to think and express themselves clearly, and the values necessary to act well, appreciate life, and contribute to society.
- internet accessed, fully networked multimedia devices allocated to classrooms
- a mobile laptop computer lab using "airport" technology available for classroom checkout
- laptop computers provided for every teacher
- each teacher has been issued a laptop computer to use at school or at home
- portable LCD projectors for use in the classrooms
- Interactive Smart Boards in every classroom
- a library/media center that includes over 17,000 titles and 12 networked, internet accessible, multimedia computers
- an internet based library circulation program that gives students access to library records from their classrooms as well as home computer
- Accelerated Reader Internet based reading comprehension program which includes a reading list posted on our web site
- well stocked, leveled classroom libraries
- classroom sets of literature titles which include literature response questions
- 5th and 6th grade students can participate in Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Program, which is integrated with Student Council
- students are recognized for demonstrating outstanding character development
- primary classes work with partners in our Big Buddy program
The success of Melinda Heights Elementary School lies in the clarity of our vision, the dedication of the staff and community, and the enduring support shared by all. Above all, the true strength of Melinda heights is that love that is shared among and between the adults and children. As our mascot is the Mountain Lion, the school community refers to this love as, "The Power of the Paw".
The story of Rancho Santa Margarita began in 1882 when partners Richard O'Neill, Sr. and James Flood bought Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores in northern San Diego County and its adjoining Rancho Mission Viejo and Rancho Trabuco in southern Orange County. In 1943, upon the death of her husband, Richard, with the ranch lands held in trust, Marguerite O'Neill stepped forward to lead the family holdings. With great determination and pride, she kept the land intact and, as much as possible, in her family's control. To this day, Marguerite O'Neill's admonition to "take care of the land and the land will take care of you" continues to guide the family.
In 1986, a little over 100 years after attaining the ranch land, the O'Neill/Avery/Moiso families opened the beautiful 5,000 acre master planned community of Rancho Santa Margarita. The appeal of a safe, family oriented community located in the picturesque foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains soon brought hundreds of young families. It was in the spirit of a safe, vibrant, family oriented community that Melinda Heights Elementary School was born. Previously housed on the campuses of Cielo Vista and Trabuco Mesa Elementary Schools, the school's doors officially opened to 740 students in April, 1998. In the span of twelve years, the school's population has grown to over 1150 students instructed by 50 classroom teachers who are dedicated to the school's mission statement.