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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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..
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
I am currently at this school. And i love it the teachers are great. Although they should fire the vice principle Mrs.roads
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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