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Admissions: the pathway to the RSM Christian School family

Come join us for our inaugural year as Rancho Santa Margarita Christian School — new name, same core values, and over 60 combined years of excellence in Christian education.

Questions? Call or text 949-334-7364

Lisa Espinoza, Admissions Director

Lisa Espinoza
Admissions Director
P: 949-334-7364

RSM Christian School's desire is to bridge the gap between who your child is and who God created your child to be. We strive to develop thriving disciples of Christ who love God, love others, and become world-changers for Christ. Not only do we provide a biblically integrated academic program in a godly and loving classroom environment and a safe campus setting, but we offer a myriad of other opportunities to assist you in discipling your child as a student of Jesus Christ. Qualified and committed faculty and staff train students to identify and achieve their God-given potential.

Admissions Policies & Procedures

Admissions Policy

Rancho Santa Margarita Christian School (RSMCS) seeks to partner with families who desire for their children an education that integrates strong academics with a Christian worldview. To this end, at least one parent must affirm a personal commitment to the Christian faith and the purposes of Christian education.

Requirements for Admission

Enrollment is offered only after the following admissions requirements are completed and approval of the administration is given:

  1. Completion of an On-line Application

  2. Submission of satisfactory academic and behavioral records from child’s previous school.

  3. Completion of student assessment by RSMCS faculty member (for students K-8th).

  4. Family Interview with RSMCS administration.

Placement of Students

Rancho Santa Margarita Christian School is committed to the educational welfare of each student and recognizes that each one is uniquely created by God. Throughout the admissions process, our administration seeks to understand each child’s learning needs and to assess his/her academic and developmental readiness to succeed at the grade level for which they are applying.  As appropriate, RSMCS may recommend that a student repeat a particular grade or that a student be referred to another educational institution where the specific needs of that student will be more effectively served.

Age Guidelines

  • Preschool: Must be 3 years old by September 1

  • Junior Kindergarten: Must be 4 years old by September 1

  • Kindergarten: Must be 5 years old by September 1

Enrollment Priorities

Re-enrollment for current RSMCS students begins in January. Open enrollment for new students begins February 1. Eligible students will be accepted in the following order:

  1. Children of RSMCS staff members

  2. Siblings of currently enrolled students (RSMCS seeks to admit an entire family at the earliest possible time)

Acceptance of new students is based upon space availability, class make up, academic and social readiness, and recommendations from pastor, family friend and/or previous teacher. Where classroom space is unavailable, a student meeting all admissions guidelines will be placed in a “PRIORITY WAIT POOL.” When space comes available, students in the Wait Pool will be notified based on all the factors listed under Enrollment Priorities as well as on date the application was received.

Admissions Process

Step 1 - Student Application

APPLY ONLINE

Apply on-line. A $100 application fee is due upon application completion and is paid online.

 The following forms may be uploaded into the application packet, emailed, or hand-delivered to the school office:

  • Copy of birth certificate

  • Copy of immunization record (please contact physician to ensure immunizations are current)

  • Copy of progress report or report cards (current and previous 2 years)

  • Copy of all available standardized achievement test scores(grades 1-8)

  • Family photo (for identification purposes)

Step 2 - Assessment

Students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade will be given an assessment administered by school faculty or administration.

Step 3 - Interview

Once all necessary forms are received and the student has been assessed, one of our Administrators will meet with you for a Family Interview to include the student as well as parents/guardians.

Step 4 - Acceptance Status

After steps 1-3 have been completed, the Admissions Review Committee will review the applicant’s file. You will be notified shortly thereafter of the Admissions Review Committee’s decision regarding enrollment.

RSMCS Non Discrimination Policy

RSMCS does not discriminate on the basis of color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies or programs. We do screen applicants on the basis of religious preference, grade level readiness, and student's potential for success within the RSMCS environment.

We are receiving a lot of questions about when we are reopening and what school will look like. We have created a page to answer most of your questions. If there there are any other admissions questions we can answer, call or text 949-334-7364.

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