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Harold J. Ambuehl Elementary 
28001 San Juan Creek Rd
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Main Line. . .  949-661-0400
Fax. . .  949-488-3158
Call In Sick. . .  949-661-3412
YMCA. . .  949-493-5327


Call-In-Sick Line

Please utilize the Call-In-Sick line to report your child's absence or to clear an absence.

Call-In-Sick Line

Office Hours

The Ambuehl office is available to help you Monday - Friday

7:30 AM - 3:00 PM



School Hours

Grades 1-5
7:45 - 2:05 (M, W, Th, F)
7:45 - 12:50 (T)

Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.:
Early Birds -- 7:45- 11:38
Late Owls -- 9:15 - 1:08

Early Birds -- 7:45 - 11:38
Late Owls -- 7:45 - 11:38

Today: 2/27/17
12:00 AM School of Choice window
All Day: Parent Conferences, Elementary (Minimum Days, Elementary School)

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Ambuehl will be hosting parent/teacher conferences Monday, February 27 - Friday, March 3. Students will attend school on a modified schedule. . .

  • Kindergarten (students attend together all week)
    • 7:45 AM - 11:20 AM
  • Grades 1 - 5
    • 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM 

2017/18 Registration

Ambuehl is currently accepting student registrations for all grade levels for the 2017/18 school year. Please note, children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017 to attend Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year. The School of Choice window opens February 1. Registration begins online at Once completed, print out the necessary documents and bring to Ambuehl to complete the process. The registration process begins at the child's home school.


Please note, you do not need to register current K-4 Ambuehl students for the next school year.


Please click here for additional information.

Read across America

This year Ambuehl Elementary PTA will hold its first ever Read-a-Thon100% of the donations will be given back to our school in order for PTA to continue all the educational programs we sponsor yearly. If you do not have a computer, you can still pledge by filling out this form and signing it to show that your child will pledge to read for these days.


No donation is required for your child to register and participate in the Read-a-Thon. Each child that registers and pledges to read will receive a mystery goodie bag regardless of a donation.


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”


Read-a-thon Information
Read-a-thon Student Pledge Sheet

Read-a-thon Donation Form

Read-a-thon Events


Please check the Ambuehl PTA website for PTA events and information.

Ambuehl Elementary Upcoming events:


  • Spring Pictures. . . Wednesday, February 22/MPR
  • Parent Conferences. . . February 27 - March 3/Minimum Day Schedule all week
  • Read Across America Week. . . February 27 - March 3


  • Parent Conferences. . . February 27 - March 3/Minimum Day Schedule all week
  • Field Trip (Chaddock). . . March 6 (return March 7)/Ocean Institute
  • PTA Meeting. . . Tuesday, March 7, 7:50 AM - 8:50 AM/MPR
  • Field Trip (Devaney). . . Wednesday, March 8/Discovery Cube
  • Ambassadors' meeting. . . Thursday, March 9, 2:10 PM - 3:10 PM/MPR
  • Field Trip (Kindergarten). . . Tuesday, March 14/Pretend City (modified schedule)
  • Yogurt Zone. . . Tuesday, March 14, 12:50 PM/front of school
  • Field Trip (4th Grade). . . Friday, March 17/Irvine Park Railroad
  • Field Trip (Caestecker). . . Friday, March 17/RMV Land Conservancy
  • Early dismissal. . . Tuesday, March 21 (modified dismissal)
  • Open House. . . Thursday, March 23 (regular dismissal schedule) 
  • Swallow's Day Parade. . . Saturday, March 25/City of San Juan Capistrano
  • Field Trip (Coon/DuCharme). . . Monday, March 27/RMV Land Conservancy

Drop off/pick up Reminders

  • Please enter the parking lot for drop-off/pick-up at the stop sign located at Cartagena.

  • After entering the parking lot, continue forward to drop-off/pick-up area.

  • Busses utilize the outside lane (closest to the curb), cars use the inside lane.

  • Pull forward as far as possible. The BLUE sign indicates the start of the drop off/pick up area.

  • Remind your children to have their backpacks and school materials ready to go before you enter the parking lot.

  • Do not leave your car unattended at the drop-off/pick-up zone.

  • Please do not drop off or pick up your children in the bus lane.

  • Exit the parking lot at Cartagena.

  • Model safe behavior and use the crosswalk on the street and in the parking lot.

Mrs. Sullivan teaching a lesson. Mrs. Bushell enjoys PTA McTeacher Night! Mr. DuCharme smiles during a class lesson. Mrs. Caestecker is ready for recess duty! Mrs. Tatarian smiles while in her classroom. Mrs. Young working with two students. Mrs. Devaney working with a student. Mrs. Chaddock in her classroom. Harold Ambuehl - 1977 Portrait Mr. Coon smiling while working with a group of students. Harold Ambuehl - 1950 Mrs. Weirath teaching students how to print the letter G. Harold Ambuehl - 1950 Copy (14) of 0 - BLANK FRAME.jpg Mrs. Fiorenza smiles while working with her kindergarten students.
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