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Ladera Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 399 students

 
 

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2012:
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19 reviews of this school


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Posted December 3, 2013

We moved back from China for the school reason. My son loved the school so much because the teacher encouraged him a lot . At the beginning, we worried his English was delayed. Luckily, his teacher paid a lot of attention to his English and get him extra help from the language therapist. We are so grateful to having such a supporting school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Ladera Elementary is a great school. The principal, Lori Wall, makes it her personal goal to get to know each and every child here to ensure their success at the elementary school level. The teachers all have great attitudes about teaching and working with the students. The 2013/2014 school year just recently started and what parent doesn't love to hear these words from their child. Last night my son was getting out his homework folder and he looks at me and says "I love the 4th grade Mom". Between the principal, the teachers and the office staff, I know my son is well supported and getting a great education at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Best school ever!! Great teachers that really know and understand the children. A principal that knows all the kids by name! An office staff that is always happy to see you. And parents who volunteer because they want to not because they have to. I'm so grateful we were zoned for this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

Excellent teachers, friendly and helpful staff , open communication, and an abundance of parent involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2010

We are a small school with an active PTA. Everyone knows everyone and we all look out for each other's kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love Ladera because it has that sense of family unity. It also teaches all the kids in school about children of special needs without them ever feeling that the kids are different. They are ALL treated with respect and dignity! My oldest daughter grew up with a friend with Autism and they are good friends. It's something my daughter will carry with her for the rest of her life! My daughter learned early in life that all people were the same but some were and will always be special. Ladera elementary will always be the best to me and my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We love Ladera because it's a community where everyone-parents, teachers, staff and students- looks out for one another. That's something worth noting!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Ladera has an amazing program for kids with autism, it teaches tolerance as well as provides full inclusion when its best for the child. This school along with the choral teacher changed my daughters life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

My child left another local Thousand Oaks elementary school and we have not looked back. This school is especially welcoming to special needs kids, unlike some other schools within the Conejo District. The regular ed children at this school have been taught patience and understanding of the special needs kids present at this school and the teachers are beyond kind and compassionate. Because we are so happy with this particular school and this district offers 'school choice', we will consider sending our other child here over the other elementary schools within the district. Ladera is a welcoming, kind respectful school to parents and the office staff is top notch. As a proponent of homeschooling, Ladera is so great that we are considering enrollment rather than homeschooling and that says a lot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2007

Both of my children attend Ladera Elementary and we love this school. We moved here from another school in Thousand Oaks and we have never looked back. The school is small, and has an intimate feel. The teachers, the office staff, everyone seems to know the kids and cares about them. The school is kept very clean and they seem to update things often. They do have an art program and music, too. My children both love the music teacher. We have not tried the extracurricular activities, but they do offer a couple. I know they had spanish, and wood working, golf and a couple others. There appears to be a lot of parent involvement. You always see parents checking in and out of the office to go into the classes. The PTA seems really active, too. I cant think of anything negative to say at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2006

This is a wonderful school that shows real school pride. It is a California Distinguished School and it shows. Every where you look you see happy teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

I wish they had more opportunities for Art and Music and Foreign Language, but overall a great school, small, every body knows everybody!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

My son attends Ladera, has attended other elementary schools due to relocation, and thinks this is the best school, and loves his teacher. The school is safe, clean, and kids are respectful, which is a result of leadership. I noted, when asked to rate the school, that I didn't know about principal leadership, as I have never met the prinicipal, but I think it is safe to assume that there is someone very qualified who is doing a great job given the things mentioned above. Well done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2005

I like the fact Ladera is a small school. The principal know every child's name and which class they are in. I find the academics to be challenging just enough and reviewed throughout the school year. The teachers my child has had have been very involved with the children and go above and beyond to reach each of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2005

This school is top notch. In fact my daughter was in private school through 5th grade and this compares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2005

The extra curricular progams at Ladera are great, including a wonderful art program, computer lab, band and chorus. The acedmics are also great, with many diverse talented teachers. However, the current principal has come up with some odd policies, and I feel all these restrictions now placed on these kids are too great. Once they enter into middle school, all of these over zealous yard duties will be gone, leaving the kids to fend for themselves. I feel the children at this school are somewhat babied, yet the outstanding progams the school has to offer far outways the pointless rules.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 21, 2003

Mrs. Cosaro is a tremendous asset to the leadership of Ladera. In the two years she has been at Ladera she has completed amazing things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2003

My child started at Ladera last year (2002) and it was a wonderful experience. The teachers, office staff, principal, are wonderful. Every single person we came in contact with at the school was pleasant and helpful. THe PTA is very active and does a lot for the kids. If you are thinking of moving into the area and Ladera would be your neighborhood school, you'll be thrilled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2003

The new Principal, Mrs. Cosaro, has done wonders for this school, she is quite an amazing lady.


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

843

Change from
2012 to 2013

+22

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

843

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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

+22

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 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 56% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
60%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
69%
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

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students66%
Females76%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino13%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state62%

Math

All Students68%
Females72%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state67%
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

English Language Arts

All Students53%
Females45%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state51%

Math

All Students70%
Females53%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state74%
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

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Females84%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state94%

Math

All Students82%
Females89%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state88%
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

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females84%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state65%

Math

All Students55%
Females55%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
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 graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state46%

Science

All Students64%
Females68%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented80%
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 graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state62%
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 State average
White 63% 27%
Hispanic 22% 51%
Asian 9% 11%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: (805) 492-3565

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