Teacher and PTA-led extracurriculars

Tedxkids

A presentation literacy program where TED ambassadors complete an independent community service project and write a speech about their idea and the project. They give their speech at our school’s TEDxKids night and participate in other TEDxKids@ElCajon events in San Diego. The club meets weekly after school. 

Broadcast Club

Incoming third, fourth, and fifth grade students are eligible to audition.

Student Council

For fifth grade students.

Safety Patrol

Under the supervision of a Rancho teacher, these fifth grade students guard the crosswalk on Via Apolinaria during drop-off and pick-up. The students receive California Highway Patrol-designed training, and they play an important role in school safety. To qualify, students must have outstanding citizenship, academic scores, and attendance. 

Band & Orchestra

Open to students in fourth and fifth grades, under the direction of the Hillsdale Middle School music director. Students are exposed to music in a traditional concert setting and have the opportunity to perform in two concerts at Hillsdale Middle School during the year. Additionally, advanced students may qualify to play at Disneyland in the spring.

JOGGING CLUB

A Rancho San Diego tradition where students arrive at school thirty minutes early to run laps around our beautiful lower fields. 


Teachers love Jogging Club because it helps students calm down and be ready to focus when the school day starts. Parents love jogging club because it keeps their kids active and they can drop their students off early and avoid the long wait in the drive-through line. 


Sadly, we no longer have a Jogging Club leader. Jogging Club will start back up once we have parent volunteers to lead or co-lead the group. The club can happen on all mornings or just 2–3 mornings a week.

Independent clubs

Sonshine Club

A ministry that offers an after-school Bible club to children in public elementary and middle schools. Meets once a week after school for an hour and a half. 

Heartlight Dance

A non-profit kids fitness program that occurs on-site at San Diego County elementary schools. Sessions run several times a year. Meets once a week after school for an hour. Students are in a performance at the end of their session. 

Woodshop Wizards

With visiting instructors, students build hands-on wood projects using a variety of tools. Sessions run during various times through the year. Meets once a week after school for an hour. 

Spanish immersion class

Spanish immersion class meets once a week after school for an hour.