Rolling Hills Elementary School, built in 1978, is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the San Diego suburb of
RanchoPeñasquitos. To the west stretches a developing canyon area. To the northwest is the 4S Ranch Community and the suburban area of Rancho Bernardo, and to the east, a major freeway corridor running North / South through the state, I-15. Single-family homes surround the school; there is a group of apartments adjacent to the south side, and a community park adjacent to the north.
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is at the center of the campus. The upper
grade classrooms (3,4,5) surround the LRC and there is a 40 station computer lab adjacent to the library. Sixteen classrooms surround the center building housing the primary grades, an ASD special education preschool for three and four year old children, and Grades TK to 3. The PUSD daycare for children of employees, known as the Poway Early Learning Center (PEARL Center), provides day care services for children six weeks to three years of age. There are six portable buildings housing special programs including Music, Counselor/Student Support Services, ESS, two District Preschool classes, and the Early Childhood Center (ECC), which is a Head Start program. The large multi-purpose room, outside lunch area, paved play areas, and grass fields cover over two acres.
The Rolling Hills learning community consists of 437 TK-5 students, 40 private preschool students, 1 Head Start class, 3 PEARL Center rooms, 16 classroom teachers, 1 EL Instructional Assistant, 1 Impact Intervention Teacher, 1 Resource Specialist Teacher, 1 ASD Special Education Preschool Teacher, 1.2 Speech and Language pathologists, 54 support staff, and one administrator. All certificated staff are highly qualified personnel with the appropriate credentials for their assigned position.
Most of the students live within walking distance of the school. The homes from which the students come range from middle class to subsidized low-income apartments. The ethnic diversity of the school is apparent, as over 20% of our students represent 21 worldwide languages and cultures. This rich cultural mix allows students to interact and learn about diversity and cultural literacy. Some of our families are military households.
Additionally, through the volunteer efforts of community members, murals representing the four regions of California are being added to our exterior, inner quad walls. We also have a beautiful Literacy Garden
that boasts some of the most hearty plants, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our resident volunteer gardner.