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Capistrano Unified’s Newest School Opens to the Public

$35 million* state of the art campus features Innovation Center, multimedia classrooms and 21st century science labs


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA – Capistrano Unified School District will open the doors of Esencia School in the community of Rancho Mission Viejo for the first time for the community to see our newest state-of-the-art learning campus. Everyone is invited to this historic celebration.


Red Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Refreshments provided by Gelson’s


Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.


Esencia School
5 Aprender Street
Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694



  • Take the 5 Freeway to Ortega Highway Exit. If you are coming from the south, make a right and if you are coming from the north make a left
  • Take Ortega Highway about 3 miles to Antonio Parkway. Make a left on Antonio Parkway.
  • Turn right at Cow Camp Road
  • Turn left on Esencia Drive
  • Turn right at Andaza at the first roundabout
  • Make a right on Tierno
  • Make a left on Aprender. The driveway to the school entrance is on the left-hand side



Esencia Principal Josh Wellikson, CUSD Board President Martha McNicholas and Board Members, CUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital, and Rancho Mission Viejo Chairman and CEO Tony Moiso. Representatives from Senator Pat Bates’ Office, Assemblyman Bill Brough’s Office, and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett’s Office will also be commemorating this special occasion.


The school will officially open to students in grades Preschool-5 on August 21, 2018.


*Paid for with developer fees, Orange County CFD funds, and state matching funds




Posted by: Tania Cluttey, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District Published:8/9/18
Audience: Webmasters, K-8 Schools News Group, Elementary School News Group, High School News Group and Middle School News Group

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