Welcome to Ladera Elementary

Welcome to Ladera Elementary, a California Gold Ribbon School and home of the Leopards. Our mission is "Creating a positive learning environment with high expectations for all". We are very proud of our instructional programs, our safe, positive school environment, and the excellent progress demonstrated by our Ladera students. Go Leopards!

Calendar & Events

Awards & Accolades

2016 California Gold Ribbon School
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The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. 
2014 California Distinguished School
The California Distinguished Schools Program honors California's most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap. Approximately five percent of California schools are awarded this honor each year following a rigorous selection process.  
2013 Honor Roll School
Ladera Elementary has been selected as a 2013 Honor Roll school by the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Foundation. Ladera has been recognized for demonstrating consistent high student academic achievement. The Honor Roll schools are consistently raising student achievement and have made significant progress toward closing the achievement gap among all students. They are recognized not only for their accomplishments, but so that other schools can learn and replicate the best practices of Honor Roll schools. 
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Ladera Elementary School News

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We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Festival on Friday, October 28th, from 5:00-8:00pm (opens early @4:30pm for Preschool students only). All proceeds benefit Ladera PTO.
  • $15 Wristbands - Unlimited carnival games plus $2 worth of Fall Bucks
  • $7.25 Chicken Tacos or Salad, Rice, Beans & Drink
  • Carnival Games - Cake Walk - Photo Booth, etc.
  • Teacher & Staff Experiences
  • Costumes are not required (NO swords, knives or toy guns allowed on school property)
Cake Walk Donations
Calling all Cake Lovers! 5th Grade Promotion is looking for donated baked goods for the Cake Walk during our Ladera Fall Festival on Friday, October 28th.  All baked treats must be store bought, and does not have to be a limited to a cake. Cookies, cupcakes, cake-pops, pies, doughnuts, etc., are all acceptable too! Please kindly label your item, especially anything w/nuts. We cannot be responsible for returning any containers so please make sure you bring your item in something you can give away. Volunteers will receive your baked goods on the day of the event (10/28) at both morning drop-off (7:45 AM) and again at afternoon pick-up (2:53 PM). If you can help bring an item, please call/text Carri Klabo at 605-216-9968 or email carrilabo@ymail.com.
We are still collecting NEW SOCKS to give to the Orange County Rescue Mission. We will be collecting them through the month. Teachers have collection bags in their classrooms. Thank you for your kind donations! 
Operation Gratitude -
Halloween Candy Collection
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Donate your unwanted Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude, an organization that provides candy and other needed items for care packages they sent to our troops overseas! Since schools are closed on the 31st, candy bins will be dropped off on Friday, October 28th and remain through Thursday, November 3rd. Thank you for supporting our troops! 
Clear the Clutter!
5th Grade Promotion is looking for donations for our upcoming YARD SALE scheduled for Saturday, November 5th at 8:00am, hosted at the Ladera school parking lot. We are looking to gather (lightly used) items: clothing, craft items, tools, household items, kids' stuff, reusable sports gear, etc. (Please NO undergarments or broken electronics). Your donated item will be sold at the school YARD SALE and the proceeds will benefit 5th Grade Promotion. For added convenience, there will be volunteers to receive your donated & sellable items on Friday, November 4th (day before the sale) from 1:00-4:00pm. If you can help bring items, please email swetarx98@yahoo.com.
2016 Dinosaur Dash
Join us for the Dino Dash on Sunday, November 6th, at The Marketplace. Come join the Ladera community in showing pride and enthusiasm for education and our outstanding school! Each entry showing Ladera as the school will have a direct effect on Ladera continuing to house the coveted Stegosaurus trophy. The elementary school with the highest percent participation will win $500! Additionally, Ladera teachers will receive $6 for each online registration to be used for instructional materials. Click HERE to register today! VOLUNTEER opportunities for the Dino Dash are available! Click HERE for volunteer job descriptions. Thank you for your support!
School News Article "Math for Makers" 
"Math for Makers Ladera Leopards don't just do mathematics - they "make" it! When you walk the classrooms at Ladera Elementary, it isn't uncommon to see students building, creating, and exploring right before your eyes, in all subject areas." To view the entire news article in the November issue of School News, click HERE. 
Tustin Schools Open a Week Earlier Next Yr.
calendarSchool will begin earlier next year for all TK-12 Tustin Unified students. The first day of school next fall will be Tuesday, August 22, 2017, and the last day of instruction will be June 7, 2018. Parents will need to adjust vacation times and plan calendars to ensure students are ready for school mid-August. Click HERE to read the full news article.
Box Tops for Education 
Welcome Back to School, Parents! Help our school earn cash by clipping Box Tops from products and sending them to school! Each one is worth 10¢ and our school can use the cash for whatever it needs. See a list of products at www.BTFE.com/products.