About Stone Ranch Elementary School
Lisa Danzer, Principal
Congratulations Stone Ranch! Named 2014 California Distinguished School!
Stone Ranch Elementary School is a dynamic learning community which opened August 26, 2004. The dramatic buildings, clustered around the Center Courtyard, are home to over 1000 eager, inquisitive, energetic Trailblazers who are active participants in their learning. The school is one of the largest elementary schools in Poway. Our site consists of forty-five classrooms in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. Stone Ranch fully embraced all-day Kindergarten, which has provided teachers time to focus on both academic and social developmental skills of our young Trailblazers. For those students who have late summer of fall birthdays, we offer Transitional Kindergarten (two year Kindergarten program) to meet the students' unique needs and better prepare them for their educational career. For our youngest Trailblazers, we have three preschool classrooms on site to serve the needs of our growing community.
With a mission to Honor Our Past, Explore Our Present, Discover Our Future – and in the process realize that Our Stories Connect Us, our school is committed to ensuring that all Trailblazers feel like an integral part of our dynamic learning community.
A focus on writing ensures that our students have numerous opportunities to write, share stories, and connect. Weekly Wednesday Morning Gatherings help build community and establish the Trailblazers traditions of celebrating each other, honoring our country, and having fun. Our school reflects the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of our broader community. Fifty-two percent of the students are Caucasian, followed by Asian (25%), Other (5%), Filipino (7%), Hispanic (7%), African American (1%), (17% of school population are classified English Learner Students). We provide our learners with a rigorous, supportive culture that includes comprehensive instruction in basic skills, integrative units, problem/project-based learning, small group activities, and writing-reading workshop. A strong sense of community is built upon mutual respect and the meaningful contribution of all members. The emphasis on Character Counts! and the pillars of Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Respect, Citizenship, Caring, and Fairness support our efforts to develop citizens for both the present and the future.
Our Stone Ranch Trailblazers enjoy a rich learning environment and the respect and admiration of their teachers, support staff, and fellow students. They know that they are the center of our school and that decisions are made in their best interest, that the adults encourage them to learn, explore, discover. Our children know that we respect their opinions and are committed to giving them a voice and the tools they'll need to use their voice for the greater good.
Some of our students face the typical challenges of growing up: being new to the community and school, divorce, blended families, dual working parents, deployed parents, multi-generational families, and transience. Our competent and caring staff, Student Success Teams, leadership opportunities for children, early intervention programs, TK two-year kindergarten program, Primary Interaction Program, counselor, and trained parent volunteers prepare our children and their families for success. Come visit our dynamic learning community on our beautiful campus. We're not just about the dramatic buildings. We're about the wonderful learners who come every day to explore and discover. We're about the energetic learners who come every day to blaze a trail to our future!