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7-8
Public district
Fullerton, CA
Students enrolled: 915
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1700 East Wilshire Drive
Fullerton, CA 92831

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(714) 447-7765
(714) 447-7554
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March 11, 2015
I pulled my child out of another school into LV, and I have seen drastic improvement with her learning and focus. I have had private talks with her teacher and am more than pleased that they listened to my concerns and are helping me and my child along the way. I love that this school is not just academic based but focuses on the arts and having my child well rounded is what I am looking for.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2014
I am not sure how to rate the school right now. The school has provided well as far as academics and I do not have much concern on that. However, recent experience having a "one lunch time" is something to think about. I understand that short staff is happening at the moment but it is something to think about that can increase violence to the school. Individuals would want to cut the line so they can be ahead and able to have their meal and the others are UNABLE to have their meal because the bell has rang. We give children advice to eat. to nourish our brain to function well in education, well, then SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY because someone can get hurt because of trying to just have their food and survive the day. I have also encountered an individual was not able to have their lunch because of such a long time. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THESE CHILDREN, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE THEM STARVE DURING CLASS that can prevent them from focusing in school. Thank You!

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2014
Ladera Vista is such a special Junior High School. Their Administration and Staff are top-notch, and the environment is warm and caring. The recent emphasis on the Arts has been impressive,and my daughter absolutely loves going to school every day. Recently they held an event called Passport to The Arts, which included interactive stations for students to visit, a morning assembly featuring Aztec Dancers, Taiko Drummers, and a Renaissance-Style Quartet. In the afternoon students performed Shakespeare in the round. All the teachers even dressed Renaissance-Style! This school really goes the extra mile to ensure that students are offered fun and interesting learning experiences, and the environment is warm and caring. I couldn't be happier as a parent!

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2014
I am sad to say that Ladera Vista has deteriorated rapidly since my daughter graduated 3 years ago. Back then, it was a decent, if not great school, but now it is an awful school. My son, who is a good student and has always loved school, says this school is making it very hard for him to enjoy school. I see no supervision when I drop him off and pick him up. They used to have teachers on duty who supervised as kids arrived and left. My son says kids are urinating on the ceiling, defacating on the walls, bashing student's head until it bled against PE locker, and other disturbing behavior. I feel that my child is not safe when I send him off to school in the morning. He has many friends at LV but wants to transfer because he's tired of seeing kids out of control and the school staff not doing anything about it. All but 2 of his teachers are absent on weekly basis. Most kids and parents don't even know what the new principal looks like. We only know her through weekly phone recordings, and I think that's how she likes it. There is something terribly wrong at this school, and the district office really needs to look into what's going on.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2014
I LOVE Ladera Vista! Our school has been transformed under the leadership of our new administrative team! The school climate is so positive and my daughter loves coming to school every day. I love the high academic expectations and the focus on the arts to support student learning. This is the way that Junior High is supposed to be! Way to go LV!

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2013
LaDera Vista in the 2012-2013 school year has been unorganized and poorly lead by the current co Principal. The instruction and safety of the students have been compromised. An honest, experienced Educational Leader with the foresight to instill high standards of instruction, professionalism, procedures, and bully prevention is needed to change LV's current state.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2012
I have an 8th grader in this school and she is on the 504 plan. The entire year she has failed multiple classes and the school has refused to cooperate and follow the plan. She is supposed to be able to go in another room for extra help on tests and isn't allowed because the teacher said "she takes too long". She is supposed to have extra time to hand in homework and the teacher refuses to cooperate to give it to her when she is absent or missing an assignment. When we finally get it, he gives her half credit. They do not reply to any attempts of communication including phone calls, notes, or emails. The guidance counselor says she is very busy. This is her excuse to take one to two weeks to call back. I've been there several times for meetings and they promise they will do everything and NEVER follow through. They are supposed to check her agenda and sign it to make sure the homework assignments are written down and that lasted about a week. She is supposed to be able to make up tests when she gets a D or an F or misses school and they won't let her because she will end up missing class to do it and they won't allow her to stay after to do it because the teacher has things to do.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2012
I went to Ladera Vista seventh and eight grade and I have to say overall it is academically an excellent school. I took honor classes and they have helped me in high school. The teachers are amazing and they aid you in any trouble or area you have difficulty in. Proud to be an LV Spartan of 2010-2011!

- submitted by a community member
no rating
March 15, 2010
I am also a parent of a student at Ladera Vista and see no problems there. I believe drugs and gangs are at every school including private. It's how you raise your kids and trust the choices they will make because of their up bringing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 04, 2010
I am a parent of an eighth grader at Ladera Vista J.H. I have no complaints about the school's academics, but some of things going on, on campus are very disturbing. My child has told me that an numerous occasions drugs have been offered to her, on campus during school hours, in the bathroom and on the field. The staff is quick to react to these drug offenses, but maybe some practices should be put in place to be proactive about letting the drugs get onto school grounds. Also it seems like there are a lot of gang kids going to L.V. now as well. I would definitely think twice before I would send my child to this school if I were a new parent looking for a Junior High. I have a younger son and I will not be sending him to this school, looking into private schools now!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 13, 2010
I'm currently an 8th grader at L.V. and it's pretty fun but I personally think that some of the teachers need to retire. Some of my favorite teachers were Mrs. Ortiz for science she had no problem helping you if you didn't understand something,but she was also strict when she needs to be.Mr.Montoya for algebra readiness was also a great teacher he explains things well and is only concerned about you getting an education while enjoying learning about it. Mr.Martinez is also a good P.E. teacher he never gives you lower than a C if you try your best. Overall I'm happy at L.V..

- submitted by a student

September 17, 2009
There is a strong caring relationship between the teachers and students. They are encouraged to achieve their best academically and explore their potential through many electives. Our commitment has been acknowledged by increased enrollment, test scores, and students' enthusiasm for their school. We are the change!

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2009
The best academic teachers I've had were Mrs. Smith for Honors 8th grade US History, Mr. Elmore for Honors 8th grade Science, and Mrs. Rhee/Kim for 7th grade Pre-Algebra. All three of those teachers have always elaborated on the subjects they teach, and are always delighted to explain or help with something that is misunderstood. These teachers create challenges with a reasonable amount of homework which helps understands concepts of the CST tests. However, a vast majority of the teachers at LV are not in the same league as these teachers. With certain teachers at some point, you d have to teach it to yourself and deal with it. Academics could definitely be improved. Also, the kids there are very hostile and rude. I believe that the rules should be stricter to where that could solve the problem. Overall, it s a good school, but I d still like to see improvements.

- submitted by a student
no rating
April 26, 2009
I'm an 8th grader and ladera vista and overall lv is a good place. The teachers that i really enjoyed was miss. goettinger, miss trauscht, mrs. tavera. my math teacher gives us two thru 3 pgs of h.w. a night she explanis it well and we take note ( mrs. tavera). the problem at lv is that for sports they should give everybody a chance they give the same people. And thee really strict about discipline and dress code...

- submitted by a student

February 09, 2009
I am currently going to Ladera Vista junior high. I think that this school isolates the students to much. I mean the only sport we can play for lunch time is basketball! Also some of the teachers there are very rude including the staff in the office. I think the principal is very nice and some teachers are nice to but there can be improvement.

- submitted by a student

October 23, 2008
I also attended this school back in the late 80's it was great then its still good now some teachers are still there that i had back in the day i think their teachers are very good and they are involved i actually moved back to fullerton because i wanted my daughters to attend this school district and this particular junior high.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 23, 2008
I am currently at this school. And i love it the teachers are great. Although they should fire the vice principle Mrs.roads

- submitted by a student

March 11, 2008
I am currently a student at Ladera Vista and although Ladera Vista is a fun school, I am worried that I am not actually being prepared for high school. THe education can be improved.

- submitted by a student

August 31, 2007
I have been pleased and surprised, as of reading great schools parents displeasure that the surroundngs and the curriculum have been above standards. Compared to the other schools in the area , I am impressed and looking forward to another great year. My son is an honors student, and in the afterschool program, which helps with tutoring, homework, and even special extracurricular activities. I feel the feedback so far has been disgruntled parents with children feeling less motivated at home, bringing that to the table. My son and I moved to this district purposefully after much research.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2007
My son has wasted two years in this school. Very little homework is given and the parent/teacher communication tool needs a major overhaul. It seems like most of the teachers do not wish to discuss the students issue with parents until it is too late. I have also noticed this school has developed a more hostile environment over the last two years. When a child cannot wear clothing that say's 'OC' for Orange County because it's gang related, that is where I really start to wonder.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2007
[A] couple of teachers. Smith, Elmore, Chang have all been exceptional. Otherwise the school is a hostile environment for the students. Instead of trying to raise the bar, the administration tries to bring all the students down to one low level. The people who work at the school are rude to students and parents. These people make it worse for everyone.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2006
I am a current student @ L.V. And I love it! Its awsome. I love the elective choices. I am in asb and I love it! Its sooooo fun! Good teachers 2. Needs more sports and extra activies though.

- submitted by a student

March 03, 2006
I have not been impressed so far in the quality of teaching at this school. Our son has little to no homework, and has only read one book for Language Arts. I feel he will be unprepared for high school if this type of learning continues. He has teachers who are indifferent to learning. We were even told by one teacher that he gives multiple choice tests so that he does not have to grade essays or papers. I hope the new principal can change the attitude of the teachers, or this school will not do well.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2005
The academics of the honors/gate program are excellent, as are the teachers of these classes. Spanish, however, was a waste of four semesters elective. They were only taught approximately half of what they were expected to know entering Spanish 2 at the high school. Even with an A+ all four semesters, my child was ill prepared is repeating Spanish 1. She missed out on other electives and it was not worth it.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2004
The only saving grace of this school are a few teachers. Smith, Cass, Standring, Dewey,the Sams' have all been exceptional. Otherwise the school is a hostile environment for the students. Instead of trying to raise the bar, the administraion tries to bring all the students down to one low level. The people who work at the school are rude to students and parents. Jr. High is not easy but these people make it worse for everyone.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2004
This school seems to ok serving the regular student and the best impression is of the teachers who seem to be knowledgable and motivated to help students. I am not sure how well this school helps students at risk. I am also a little concerned regarding the overall safety of the neighborhood as there have been some incidents that put some students at risk. Communication regarding safety issues could be better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 22, 2003
Although Ladera Vista has many negative aspects, I must comment and praise on the positive aspects. A few teachers there have come to be my most cherished and I miss them terribly. Mrs. Smith, for U.S. history, was a magnificent teacher with patience and skill. Your child will be lucky to receive her. The fine arts program was wonderful, and the various electives were well taught and plentiful. Mrs. Cass, the advanced mathematics teacher, also had some amazing qualities. Overall, the classes were okay, but the campus is another story...

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2003
I attended this school from 1994 - 1996. Though I had some excellent teachers (Mrs. Judd, Mrs. Beecher), for the most part, I was not pleased with the experience. I was constantly harrassed and beaten up by other students. The administration was much more reactive than it was proactive - there were few efforts to make the students more sensitive; most disciplinary efforts were focused on stopping fights already in progress. Though I feel that this is a tough age for most any child, my experience at Ladera Vista was significantly negative, and I think it negatively impacted me for years after.

- submitted by a student

July 08, 2003
My oldest son went to LV in 1996 to 1998 and we were disappointed at the change on campus in 2001.LV had been a home away from home and now has a new atmosphere. The computer classes are fantastic but there was not many elective choices for my son. I guess it's great if your kids are into fine arts. The 8th grade history teacher Mrs. Smith was fabulous and prepared my kids for high school. Her room is a museum. A few great teachers but too many young inexperienced teachers.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
June 19, 2003
After being home schooled for 4 and 5 years I put my two kid back in school. They were in the 7th and 8th grade this past school year. We had are moments, but for the most part they liked Ladera Vista. They both had some 'Great' teachers.

- submitted by a community member

May 20, 2003
My name is Abbie Crosier i was enrolled in this school in 97-99 for 7th and 8th grade. I love this school. It helped me alot, the teachers mostly.thank u for eveything ladera vista!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member

May 15, 2003
This school is great! My kid loves her teachers and I would rate this school my top elementry choice!

- submitted by a community member

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Ladera Vista Junior High School
1700 East Wilshire Drive, Fullerton, CA  92831
(714) 447-7765
Last modified Ladera Vista Junior High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ladera Vista Junior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top