Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) and Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) are the two school districts within the city of Rancho Santa Margarita.

Pre-Schools:

Morasha Jewish Day School

St. John's Episcopal

Rancho Viejo Montessori School

Montessori of Rancho Santa Margarita

Tutor Time Child Care

Country Village Pre-School

Mount Hope Community Day Care

Montessori at the Park

Elementary Schools:

Arroyo Vista

Las Flores

Melinda Heights

Trabuco Mesa

Tijeras Creek

Cielo Vista

Morasha Jewish Day School

St. John's Episcopal

Mission Hills Christian School

Rancho Viejo Montessori School

Serra Catholic School

Middle Schools:

Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School

Arroyo Vista Middle School

Trabuco Mesa

St. John's Episcopal

Mission Hills Christian School

Serra Catholic School

High Schools:

Trabuco Mesa

Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Colleges:

The following colleges are the closest colleges near Rancho Santa Margarita:

Saddleback College

Irvine Valley College (IVC)

Biola University

Orange Coast College (OCC)

UCI (University California Irvine)