Recognizing that schools form the heart of a community, The Otay Ranch Company has conscientiously worked to ensure that community schools meet the high standards that have been set for the community as a whole. As a result, Otay Ranch schools are recognized as some of the most well-designed and technologically advanced schools in San Diego County.
Five new elementary schools in the Chula Vista Elementary School District now serve Otay Ranch Residents. Heritage Elementary, located in the heart of the village of Heritage, opened its doors to students in July 2001 on a year-round schedule. McMillin Elementary, a replicate of Heritage Elementary, opened in September 2001. Hedenkamp Elementary, near the western edge of Otay Ranch, opened in September 2003. A fourth elementary school, Veterans Elementary, opened in September 2005 in the village of Hillsborough. Wolf Canyon Elementary opened July 2007, just south of Montecito Ridge and adjacent to Olympian High School. In keeping with Otay Ranch's small town atmosphere, many residents are within walking distance of these schools. For older children, Rancho del Rey Middle School, Otay Ranch High School and Olympian High are also nearby.
Rancho del Rey Middle School offers a highly academic curriculum with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies. Otay Ranch High welcomed ninth and tenth graders in July 2003. Located on a 50-acre site, the 197,000 square-foot facility is considered a "flagship school" and one of the most technologically advanced schools in the district. The school, designed for 2,400 to 2,500 students, features an Administration of Justice Academy in conjunction with the Chula Vista Police Department as one of many planned community corporate partnerships. Campus amenities include a state of the art gym, football field with synthetic turf, and an Olympic-quality rubberized track. Otay Ranch High is home of the Mustangs. Otay Ranch's second High School, Olympian High, opened in August 2006 and is located just south of Olympic Parkway at Magdalena Avenue. Designed by Martinez-Cutri Architects, the school is heavily influenced by art and technology with classroom buildings situated in a radial fashion, anchored by administrative buildings and a library. This school has been designed to eventually accommodate around 2,400 students.
The Chula Vista Elementary School District (619-425-9600) educates elementary school children within the boundaries of Otay Ranch. The Sweetwater Union High School District (619-691-5500) serves both middle school and high school students. Each school district determines all capacity and enrollment issues. Please feel free to call either school district for additional information.