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CUSD Planning for New K-8 School in Planning Area 2

The SJC Patch is reporting that Capistrano Unified is discussing initial plans to build the first school on Rancho Mission Viejo property, and that the school will likely be a K-8 facility able to hold up to 1200 students (and an additional 400 using portable classrooms).  The article is here.  We noticed that the Patch described the new school’s location as being “in the southerly portion of Planning Area 2 near the future extension of the 241 Toll Road, in an area the developer had to prove was flat enough to accommodate a school, according to the presentation.”  If you are curious where that might be, the initial infrastructure map for the Ranch Plan had one school slated for Planning Area 2.  We’ve identified it in the map below, with the caveat that the map is from 2006 and the plan has evolved since then:

Potential Location of New K-8 School in Planning Area 2

Planning Area 1 (the community known as Sendero) is not anticipated to significantly impact local schools, generating approximately 322 K-8 students and approximately 77 high schoolers.  In fact, according to the Patch article, CUSD now projects that Rancho Mission Viejo may not generate enough students to merit an additional high school.  This is largely due to the high percentage of age-qualified (i.e., 55 and over) housing units planned for Rancho Mission Viejo.  Current high school students in Ladera Ranch and Sendero attend either Tesoro or San Juan Hills.

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