About Us

About Our School

Welcome to Los Ranchos Elementary! If you have not had the opportunity to visit Los Ranchos you should come by. Los Ranchos is a beautiful school nestled in between the rolling hills of the Country Club and the sweeping vineyards of Edna Valley. We are a neighborhood school with approximately 480 students that include our transitional kindergarteners and moving up to our sixth graders. Our staff includes a team of 44 teachers and staff all deeply dedicated to providing every student at Los Ranchos Elementary with an exceptional learning experience.

Los Ranchos Elementary is a school with an outstanding reputation. That reputation has been earned over the years due to our unwavering focus on the academic, social and emotional success of all our students, a focus that the whole school community shares.

Our success begins with establishing a positive school climate for learning. Our students, beginning in transitional kindergarten and continuing up through sixth grade, recognize the active role they play in maintaining a respectful learning environment where every minute of instructional time counts. Our teachers take full advantage of those minutes by planning and implementing challenging and engaging work across the curriculum. Our high academic standards are combined with a balanced physical education program and a rich music program (3rd-6th grade). These subjects are provided by district teachers, experts in their fields. In addition, we are very fortunate to offer a robust art program funded by our dedicated PTA.

Another critical component to our success is that we are a family of families. We work in close partnership with our parents knowing that parents are the first and most important teacher in a child’s life. Our army of volunteers also plays a critical role in our success. We could not provide so many enriching programs without the tireless support, active involvement, and generous donations of our parents, family members and dedicated community volunteers.


My name is Marlie Schmidt and I am honored to be the principal of Los Ranchos Elementary.

I have been an educator for a long time and I feel very fortunate to lead a school where the teachers and staff are deeply dedicated to every student’s success and families are involved and engaged their child’s school community. Los Ranchos is a family of families. These, I believe, are the ingredients to a powerful and meaningful education.

Through the years I have taught in different districts and at most grade levels. More recently I have worked at different elementary sites and at the district level supporting teachers as we deepen our understandings of the Common Core State Standards and the instructional practices that support student success. I believe that this is an extraordinary time to be a teacher, student, and a parent. The Common Core outlines standards that prepare our students for the challenges of college and careers in the 21st century. Our Los Ranchos students are in an ideal position to benefit from the rigors of Common Core and the extraordinary focus our district has taken to ensure its smooth and successful implementation. I look forward to ongoing discussions on the Common Core as we continue through the school year.

San Luis Obispo has been my home for over 25 years. My husband and I met while attending Cal Poly. We raised two amazing kids, one son and one daughter. My husband has had a long and remarkable career in the fire service with Cal Fire. We both feel incredibly fortunate to live in a community that we love doing work that we are passionate about. 

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