Nestled between gently rolling hills and located near several refreshing lakes, Santee offers the comfortable convenience of urban living with the serenity and safety of the country. A dedicated City Council and thoughtful City government have taken steps to preserve the community’s natural identity. The city is bisected by the San Diego River, a linear greenbelt that includes parks, trails and more than 1,100 acres of natural riparian habitat.

In addition to being a popular spot for mountain bikers, the city hosts a popular Southern California rock climbing venue called Santee Boulders. Santee Lakes Regional Park and Campground offers 190 acres for fishing, camping, bird watching and picnicking.

San Diego Christian College moved to Santee from El Cajon in early 2013. The college, which offers 15 degree programs, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college has approximately 475 students and 28 faculty members, but hopes to expand to as many as 1,200 students.

Santee is served by two school districts: Santee School District and Grossmont Union High School District. Elementary and Middle School education is unique in Santee. Each campus serves k-8th grade. The schools are divided into Elementary (k-6) and Middle School (7–8).

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