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Ladera Ranch Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1233 students

 
 

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Posted September 11, 2014

One word: AMAZING!!!!! with a capital A!!! Best Middle School in existence!!! Absolutely the best!!!


Posted November 14, 2013

I come to LRMS I think it is the best school ever I am in 7th grade I had a excellent year last year and this year. The teachers and staff are excellent.


Posted April 30, 2013

My son had an incredible experience here at LRMS! Most all of the teachers were caring, motivating and creative. The 8th grade science program was the best. In addition, the accelerated program is top notch. My son came from one of the supposedly best private middle schools in South OC where he was bored. He was challenged at LRMS and Loved it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

The school is not so great the kids are mean the bullying problem is bad the school is a f for fail the staff dosent do anything. The school has slot of prejudice, ok I'm just going to put it out strait the school sucks


Posted December 31, 2012

The teachers weren't that great, and I attended this school and ended up switching because I was being bullied. The cliques are unbelievable and the kids are extremely rude and pretentious. I was so happy to be out of that school. The staff does little to intervene with bullying and has weak leadership and involvement in the school. I'm in high school now in a different city, and now I can really look at Ladera Ranch Middle School for what it really is/was. All the kids live in a small little bubble in this community and are not well-rounded whatsoever. That's just my experience.


Posted December 30, 2012

I was a student from this school and i got to say it was the WORST 3 years of my life. The bullying in this middle school is horrifying i hated my life so much I highly recommend to not choose this school for your son/daughter.


Posted October 5, 2012

It is simply one of the best schools your child can ever attend. Great teachers, caring staff and good kids. The leadership is unparalleled to any other public school. Compatible to private schools and may be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2012

Not impressed by faculty and staff. Too many rude, immature, culturally ignorant and insensitive students, teachers, and of course, the principal, who doesn't even take the time to learn a student's name before announcing it to the public when the student wins an award. Come on people, this is 21st-Century California! If they created a more positive environment for all children, things could have been so much better since the academic standards are actually not too bad. I guess the school's character is a reflection of the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

My daughter has been at Wagon Wheel Elemntary since Kindergarten and is now if 5th. Great teachers, great parent involement and you can address any problem to Mrs. Parker (principal) & she more than willing to help resolve. Wish it was K-8!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

Serious bullying problem and the bully has all the protection. No help from the staff offering counseling or any assistance to my child and the incidents are becoming more frequent and more violent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

Like most parents, I was apprehensive when my child was getting ready to move on from elementary to middle school. LRMS did an outstanding job not only addressing my child's concerns, but mine as well. We were put at ease knowing the 6th graders are grouped together the first year, with classes and lockers near other 6th graders only. Older 7th grade students mentor the incoming 6th graders at an orientation prior to the start of the school year teaching the ins and outs of how to navigate the campus and lockers. Parents are still kept informed--even more so than elementary--with daily only communication using "School Loop." Most assignments and projects are posted and we have found this to be a great tool. Teachers provide quick replies and clarification via email and welcome the additional family interaction. Back to school night was impressive and each teacher is truly passionate about their subjects. While we loved our local elementary, I have to say we love the middle school even more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2010

We are finding the academics to be quite easy(too easy) for our son. Too many multiple choice tests, instead of requiring student s to know the information and write their answers. Not seeing a strong emphasis on writing and research in social studies or science. We have heard so many great things about Ladera Middle but have quickly become disappointed with the academic standard. Our son enjoys the social aspects of the school and really enjoys all of his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

Parents seem to think this school is wonderful. It is, great teachers, great academics (and i mean GREAT), but the kids are the not the nicest. They are all minnie Paris Hilton's. They get away with everything and they are so rude. Coming from a student, I don't like how many cliques there are and they can get mean. I am almost done with this school, but ever since 6th grade I have been really super annoyed with the kids here. I'm trying to transfer to another school currently.


Posted September 17, 2010

This is one of the great schools. when my kids came to Ladera Ranch Middle School they were English learners. As the years passed by, they not improved in English, they even improver star testing levels. Put your kids in Ladera Ranch Middle School please. It's a great school..... 5/5
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

Remarkable, inspiring teachers ... patient, supportive administration ... high parental support ...GREAT, talented, and creative students!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

The school itself is very nice. However, the kids are not. Every single person is a 'carbon copy'. There are too many cliques, it's hard to make friends, and if a kid does one thing slightly out of line (even sitting out of P.E. for medical reasons) everyone glares. There is something strange about the people at this school. The teachers (most of them) are great, and they aren't the kind that kids wonder if they're robots! If a kid talks to a teacher about anything in the world, they will listen. They are also very organized. The school's discipline levels are satisfactory, but the kids are still getting trickier. Recently, they put a new rule in that if a kid is chewing gum, they get an automatic office referral, because of the terrible gum problem at the school. All in all, an average school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2009

This school has been great for my daughter the teachers are incredible. They love the students and are willing to help one on one as much as needed. They challenge the students and are exceptionally good at preparing the children for high school. A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

This school isn't as great as many people think. My daughter is failing her classes, because the teachers won't communicate with her, and the students are extremely rude and immature. There's too much homework, and not many classes to choose from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

Great School. Great staff. Clean air. No gangs. Gate program. Laptop program. Good food. Great learning environment. A ten school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

We are thrilled with the education that our kids are getting in middles school here in Ladera...after being so spoiled at Chaparral Elementary we were worried about the transition...not to worry...these teachers and administrators have a very good handle on the emotional and educational needs of the kids...the kids are enjoying the accelerated classes particularly Algebra (7th) Both my husband and I have business degrees and did not take Algebra until 9th grade!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

954

Change from
2012 to 2013

-2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

954

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

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Change from 2012 to 2013
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10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

465 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

435 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
60%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Females89%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state80%

Math

All Students80%
Females83%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipino79%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students99%
Females98%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only99%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Females92%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state89%

Math

All Students83%
Females87%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students96%
Females97%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)95%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state91%

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Females96%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability69%
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state89%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students75%
Females79%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state70%

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state100%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students91%
Females93%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability59%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state90%

Science

All Students95%
Females95%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disability79%
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 70%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 5%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/AN/A
English language learners 1%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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29551 Sienna Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Phone: (949) 234-5922

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