Students enrolled 595
School leader Roger Mayer

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25350 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 770-1415
(949) 770-0257
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4 stars
Based on 18 ratings

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April 03, 2014
I have been a La Madera parent for 12 years with just a few left to go. I love the teachers and staff. It is a friendly and inspiring environment. There is a wide range of student diversity which is important to me.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
Couldn't agree more with the positive comments, after nearly a full year here. Pragmatic leadership, caring and committed staff, PTA, parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2012
My son's second grade teacher is organized, sets high expectations, and provides weekly feedback. She is also very responsive to my son's individual needs. Like most public school teachers, she is a highly qualified professional who sets high personal and professional standards. We are so happy with our experience at La Madera.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
This is an amazing school! We moved here from Irvine when my eldest was in 1st grade. We were welcomed by everyone. My oldest child is now going in to 5th grade and I have another going into 2nd grade. I'm thrilled with everything that this little school has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
Compared to what is out there for public schools, La Madera is exceptional. It is a very tight-knit, cohesive community that is very involved with one another and the children are very protected and looked after by both the teachers and parents. Bravo, La Madera!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Love this school, PTA, teachers and students are awesome the parents are pretty awesome too. :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
It has a great reputation for quality of education and teachers. It's a real neighborhood school where kids can walk to and from school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
We have some of the best teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
La Madera has wonderful teachers and a caring staff. My kids love their school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I love La Madera because the teachers, parents and students all have ownership in the school and work together to make it a great place to learn!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Hosts a Special Day Class program where GATE students from other elementary schools in the district can come to La Madera and be in an all-GATE class. Also has the best volunteer base I've ever seen!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Everything about this school is great, the teachers, students we love our sports

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
La Madera has amazing teachers, PTA and parents that give a lot of support to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It's a great place where efforts are made to teach all children respectfully and effectively!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
The administration, teachers, parents and kids are an awesome team. Fantastic, supportive PTA makes La Madera the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The PTA is awesome, they helped support a Librarian and Healthaid due to the state's budget cuts. They have fun activites planned this year and the parents really do a lot of work for the school to help the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
La Madera is a fantastic school with a lot of great teachers and families.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The teachers are great. The staff is great. The kids are great. The parents are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
La Madera students work hard and pull together when times are tough. Our teachers are amazing and parents are very supportive of the students and the PTA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers are very committed to the students and the supervisors are great!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The most amazing parent volunteers, everyone works hard to do as much as we can for the kids and for our staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Staff at LaMadara school really cares about its students. Parents are involved in their student's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It has a caring staff and good prinicipal; lots of community involvement activities and a great PTA. THe school has weathered tought times (it was on a closure list a few years ago due to budget cuts), but has an amazing spirit and can-do atitude.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is a great school where my children have grown both academically and emotionally and have made lifelong friends.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The teachers care about the children some much. All the teachers our children have had continued the love for learning that we instill at our home. What a blessing each teacher at La Madera is to our family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Nana Sandy has been supporting La Madera Elementary for 16 years with my 2 grandson's. They are 10 years apart but have so far had 2 of the same teachers who started their teaching careers at La Madera.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers and administration at La Madera really care about their students and foster learning. Despite budget cuts, they continue to help our children excel in learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I have been at this school for 11years. It is the best and has the best staff. The teachers are very caring and nurture our kids while they are teaching them. The PTA is very involved and provides some wonderful programs as well as help pay for the health aide and library aide.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love the teachers! They are devoted and full of expertise!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My grandkids are getting a great education along with social skills and learning how to be a part of the community as well as just getting involved

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
We are very proud to be a La Madera family! The school is great and the teachers are fantastic!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
La Madera has caring teachers and supportive parents!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
La Madera Elementary is a parents dream public school. It may not be perfect, but the staff is all about the kids first. The curriculum is rigorous without being unfair; the staff ensures that kids study more than just Math, Social Sciences and English. They do alot of art, learn musical instruments and really give the kids an opportunity to challenge themselves. Most of the staff has been with the school for more than 10 years, and they all work well together. Parents are encouraged to get envolved not only through fund raising, but classroom volunteering as well. There could be more extracurricular activites. My wife and I have been volunteering at the school for over 8 years, and we love every minute of it.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
Great school and gate program. They also haev enrichment programs after school

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
We removed our daughter from LM in favor of a private school program. In our opinion, LM is an underperforming school. We were lulled into believing our child was overachieving in the classroom but found she is only advanced for LM. Compared to U.S. and International standards she was far behind. We had to enroll her in Kumon to catch up on her reading skills. She received perfect scores on her tests, completed all of her homework assignments, and never missed a day of school. Yet, her report card showed her to be an average student. We met with the Principal and teacher we discovered the school decided to grade the student-body conservatively under a new State grading system instead of accurately reflecting individual work. We found this methodology unacceptable. When pressed, they admitted our daughter was one of their top students and would receive more challenging work going forward.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
So far, I am very happy about La Madera Elementary. My son is enrolled in the K/1 Combination. His teachers (there are two) seem very caring and offer stimulating academic work for his level. They offer a music enrichment program for K-3 that the PTA funds. The PTA is very supportive of the school and they fund many opportunities for programs the school cannot afford on it's own. We had a very successful book fair this year. There are parent/family fun nights. I like the principal--she seems approachable and concerned with furthuring the goals of the school in appropriate ways. So far, I am very pleased with the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2004
La Madera Elementary School is one of Saddleback Valley Unified District best scoring schools in academic achievement. A great school academic program, caring teachers and great Principal make this school second to none.

- submitted by a parent
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La Madera Elementary School
25350 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA  92630
(949) 770-1415
Last modified La Madera Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
La Madera Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top