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.  
Ladera Named as 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 theiraccomplishments, but so that other schools can learn and replicate the best practices of Honor Roll schools.  Click HERE for more information. 
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Ladera Elementary School News

State Testing 
State testing is taking place May 2nd-6th for fourth and fifth graders. Please note that the Ladera campus will be CLOSED in the mornings until 12:30pm on these dates (NO visitors/parent volunteers allowed on campus). We also request that NO DIGITAL DEVICES (iPads, cell phones, iPods, any battery-operated devices, fit-bits, etc.) be brought to school during testing week. Students may bring their own earphones. For questions, please contact the Ladera front office. 
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Did you know that our library closes for inventory in May? We encourage any students who wish to donate to the Birthday Book Club, to please do so by Monday, May 9th. Plan ahead and become a member today. Hurry, while there's still time! Please visit www.amazon.com for more titles found on the Ladera Library Birthday Book Club wish list.
Teacher of the Year Dinner
The Tustin Public Schools Foundation (TPSF) will honor the District's Teachers of the Year and all nominees at its Teachers of the Year Dinner on Friday, May 13th, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. Congratulations to Ladera 2nd/3rd grade teacher Kathy Okajima, who has been designated as the Teacher of the Year for our school. If you are interested in sponsoring a teacher's attendance at the event, please contact Carmel Ryan. Click HERE for more information.
School Supply Kits
Ladera PTO is excited to announce a new partnership with 1st Day School Supplies!  This partnership will help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at Wal-Mart, Target or Staples.  Orders are placed online and the prices are competitive. Kits will be delivered directly to your home before the first day of school.  So, this summer as the temperature hits over 100 degrees, avoid the mile-long lines at the checkout counter by purchasing your school supplies ahead of time from the comfort of your home!  You can make your purchase right now by clicking the graphic above or by clicking HERE. Questions? Please contact Karen Sisson via email.
Go-Bananaz Springtime Savings
Stop in at Go-Bananaz for some tasty premium frozen yogurt, and help support our school at the same time! Save 5% off your purchase from now until May 31st, and Go-Bananaz will also give 15% back to the Ladera PTO. Go-Bananaz is located in the Tustin Heights Shopping Center near Smart & Final. Click HERE to print the flyer. 

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This summer, the Tustin Public Schools Foundation is offering a fun and enriching summer program for incoming Kindergarteners through 9th grade.  The Summer Academy runs from June 27th - July 21st, Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-12:30pm at Orchard Hills School. Back by popular demand are courses such as STEAM, Fast Forward, Extreme Technology, and Cooking. Many new courses have been added this year, from Crime Solvers and Future Entrepreneurs to Lemonade Stand Economics and Extreme Babysitting. There are no shortage of options for all different ages and interests. Click HERE to browse the course listing in English. Click HERE for the course listing in Spanish. Be sure to sign your student up today at www.tpsf.net/summeracademy. It's sure to be an exciting and engaging summer!