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!

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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

TPSF Gourmet Sandwich at Whole Foods
The Chef from the Winery has created a special sandwich for Tustin Public Schools Foundation that will be sold at Mendocino Farms in Whole Foods at The District. This wine-braised short ribs sandwich is $12.95 and all proceeds from the sale of this sandwich will go to TPSF! It's a limited time offer from now until Sunday, Dec. 4th.
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
It's almost here! Join us for our big event night at Barnes & Noble at The Marketplace this coming Tuesday, December 6th, from 3:30-6:30pm. We'll have plenty of awesome prizes, STEAM activities, Kindergarten singing some tunes, teachers reading their favorite books, and Leo the Leopard eager to take pictures with you! If you can't attend, you can also support us online from Dec. 6th-11th by entering Bookfair ID 11997103 at checkout. 
Restaurant Night at Pieology 
Also taking place on the same night as the Barnes & Noble book fair (Dec. 6th) is Ladera's Restaurant Night at Pieology from 5:00-9:00pm. Spread the word and help make a difference for our school with a few books and some great food! 20% of your purchase will be donated back to Ladera's PTO.
Winter Wednesday
Wednesday, December 7th is Winter Wednesday! Wear your favorite ugly holiday sweater, Santa or snow hat, scarf, various holiday colors, or anything else holiday related. Please remember to follow our school dress code guidelines to stay safe and appropriate. 
Family Movie Night
On Friday, December 9th, put on your pajamas, grab your pillow and blanket and bring the family for a FREE fun night of movie watching and cookie decorating in the Ladera MPR! Please bring an unwrapped gift for our toy drive benefiting CHOC and you will be entered into a drawing for four movie tickets with concessions and dinner at The Marketplace. 

5:30-6:00pm- Pizza dinner for purchase $5.00
6:00-8:00pm- Arthur Christmas movie/cookie decorating
** Hot chocolate and popcorn will be served! **

Congratulations Ladera!
Ladera has been awarded a $3,000 grant by the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. This grant will be used to develop and implement the Ladera Future Ready Lab, which will prepare students today for the careers of their future.  
Support Our School via AmazonSmile
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Ladera's PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Ladera Elementary PTO! For more information, please click HERE. To learn more about other ongoing fundraisers at Ladera, 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.