A school embracing the future


Full S.T.E.A.M ahead

The proven Science, Technology, Engineering and Math school curriculum is made even stronger at Esencia School with the addition of the Arts. This gives students a well-rounded education that's not only future-proof, but supports a wide range of talents and interests, setting each child on their own unique path to a successful and rewarding life.

Athletics & Recreation

After-school awesomeness

Because Esencia School sits across from The Pavilion, an extensive recreational hub on The Ranch, students are in for some amazing after-school experiences—complete with a fully-equipped gymnasium, basketball courts and stadium seating for an audience of 300.

Adjacent to The Pavilion, athletic fields offer space for softball and soccer games, while multi-use outdoor areas are perfect for socializing.

Innovative Center & Tech

Where innovation meets inspiration

Instead of a traditional library, the heart of Esencia School is the cutting-edge Innovation Center, for hands-on learning and collaboration. Equipped with a robotics lab, makerspace, wireless technology and flexible seating, this unique space is designed for a progressive and inspiring education, no matter the subject or age.


A hop, skip and jump from home

Esencia School is located just a short walk or bike ride from every neighborhood in the Village of Esencia, with ample parking for those who prefer to drive.

And for older Ranch kids, the academically acclaimed Tesoro High School and Las Flores Middle School are also just minutes away.

Meet the Staff

The friendly faces of our Esencia School team

"We really spent our time on finding ways that students can be innovative, and helping them reach their maximum potential."

Josh Wellikson
School Principal

"Esencia School is marrying the arts and technology together in a way that hasn't been done before."

Becky Garcia
PTSA President

"We're a S.T.E.A.M. school at Esencia because that's really the 21st century way of learning."

Mrs. Manisha Fish
Kindergarten Teacher

Educational Opportunities
The Reserve

Discover the wonders of the natural world at The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, with field trips and activities just for kids.

Esencia Farm

Little green thumbs can experience the magic of growing fruits and veggies at Esencia Farm, where playing in the dirt is always encouraged!

The Pavilion

Adjacent to Esencia School, The Tot Lot and outdoor gathering space at The Pavilion are made for after-class fun.

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