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Ladera Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $489,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,210.

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2011:
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Posted September 5, 2013

Parent involvement in school and PTO is great. Teachers that my daughter has been having so far have been great and really care about the kids. After-school program choices is excellent. Even with after-school care (CDC), my daughter was able to go to after-school activity on campus then later walk herself to CDC on campus. I have been very happy with Ladera so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

It is a great school, but it is the parents that make it great. It is not really the teachers, or the principal, or the PTO. It is a lot of overbearing successful parents that want their kids to succeed. I am confident that any school can be as successful if the parents were as involved as they are at this school. Parents volunteer a lot of their time and spend a lot of time with their kids. We volunteered about 30 school days so far. I spend about 2 hours every day supervising my kids with their homework. It is tedious and the PTO is constantly begging for money, which likewise is tedious. Irvine has very good schools too, but for the same reason, very involved successful parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

Great school for learning, if you can get past the PTO and the over active parents! The awful principal is gone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

Teachers are great! PTO is the best! Beautiful and safe environment!But current principle is terrible! Fortunately he is leaving. Looking forward to the new principle after summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

We moved to Tustin mid-year and I really worried about my daughters having to transfer but we have had an excellent experience at Ladera. The teachers are fantastic, the quality of education is excellent, the students have been kind, responsible and friendly and the programs that Ladera offers have been top-notch. I couldn't have hoped for a better school for my girls. We're proud to be Leopards!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2010

Great teachers and great environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

I think Ladera Elementary is an incredible support because of it's great coordiantion and support from the teachers, the administration and the parents. We all work cohevisly together to do what is right for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

The quality of education at Ladera is outstanding! The teachers are topnotch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2010

It is an awesome place to learn and grow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2010

This school was awful! One of the teachers alienated me and my child to the point of a near mental breakdown and the principle stood behind her lies and deceit the whole time! It was truly a horrible experience and people should know that the reviews here are not reflecting the consensus at all. I know of at least two other people who have posted bad reviews about this school and not one of them is showing up on this board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

My daughter is in the Special Ed. Pre-school at Ladera. The staff and teacher are wonderful. Although I am not yet able to comment about the kindergarten yet, I will say that the competitive nature of the school is what has drawn me to it. My son seems to be one who will excel in their programs, but I do worry about my daughter. I will keep all posted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

I love this school! The school is competitive, as are all Tustin & Irvine schools. We moved into this neighborhood specifically for these reasons. It's a public school with private school curriculm. The teachers are warm and caring, and the principal works very hard to be personal with all the kids. The parent involvement is second to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

Ladara prouds itself by its test scores, too bad they dont look at children as what they are, children. If your child isn't an 'A' student-be careful. Somehow this school makes them feel dumb!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

It is obvious that academically wise this school is performing above average, however at the expense of children who learn differently and not at the fast pase that is silently expected by Ladera. There is no support for children who are left behind, they are ignored and wished gone. The principal does not follow through on what he begins. The school does not provide a well rounded enviornment for children to be school aged children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2006

We moved to Tustin Ranch specifically for the schools. We have not been disappointed. The Principal is hands on and has been great. Academics are great. Our Daughter is reading, writing, adding, subtracting, and even doing some multiplication. We love the rigid structure and applaude this. Lack of structure and discipline are the problems in this world. Keep up the structure and discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2006

Great teachers and tons of parent support creates a great place for kids to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

I am a parent of 2 children who have gone to LaDera Elementary. Both have been in the Special Education Department. The teachers that I have interacted with have been both professional and accomodating. The facilities are new. Parent participation at this school is very high. There are school wide art classes-ART MASTERS. There are many activities available for students to make a difference at LaDera.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

Academics seem to be paramount, even at the kindergarten level, at the expense of all else with test scores and the resultant funding being goal #1 of the school's culture. While the teaching staff works hard, the curriculum (no child left behind?) leaves little room for experimentation and/or customization for kids who don't fit the 'perfect size 6' academic (read: 'learn by rote') mold of the program. Parent involvement is high. Art, music and sports are practically non-existant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2006

Academic programs are very good, although they are lacking in the arts and rarely participate in out-of-school (i.e., city/county) contests and competitions. Paid after school programs are plentiful. Principal leads rigidly by 'book guidelines' due to inexperience. Overall, the teaching staff is committed and well-trained, the school is kept spotless and parent involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2005

Great school! Great involved principal and teachers. Best API score in the district!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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

This school's
API score

926

Change from
2012 to 2013

-18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

926

What is the API?
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

-18

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

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)

3 / 10

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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

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 Students78%
Females88%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
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 graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students87%
Females94%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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 graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students71%
Females91%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asian71%
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)69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
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 graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females88%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
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)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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 graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students87%
Females91%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
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)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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 graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students97%
Females97%
Males97%
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)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
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 graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students89%
Females95%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students87%
Females86%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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 graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students85%
Females84%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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 graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 50% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 11%
Hispanic 14% 52%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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2515 Rawlings Way
Tustin, CA 92782
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