Ladera Ranch is served by the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD), a highly acclaimed district with a tradition of academic excellence. Three new CUSD public school sites are planned for Ladera Ranch, including two kindergartens through fifth grade elementary schools and a kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade dual campus. These school sites are strategically located close to residential areas, parks, playgrounds, and nature preserves.
The Capistrano Unified School District advises that schools available to Ladera Ranch residents are:
Ladera Ranch Elementary and Middle School
29551 Sienna Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA
Grades K-5 and 6-8
Located on one, 17-acre site. The elementary and middle schools will be two separate campuses with a shared common administrative facility. A special feature of the two schools will be the addition of a first of its kind two-story public library. Ladera Ranch K-8 students will have exclusive access to the lower level of the library during school hours, with public access available at 3:30PM. The upper level of the library will be open regularly to the public. Ladera Ranch Elementary School is the second CUSD elementary built in Ladera Ranch while Ladera Ranch Middle School is CUSD’s first middle school in the community.
Chaparral Elementary School
29001 Sienna Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA
Grades K-5
Ladera Ranch holds the distinction of being California’s first connected community and capitalizes on this technological infrastructure with ‘e-learning’ opportunities for all students. At Chaparral Elementary, the mission is clear and vital: To help all children learn, to learn more tomorrow than they learn today, and to learn more next year than they learn this year.
Oso Grande Elementary School
30251 Sienna Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA
Grades K-5
Oso Grande Elementary School is the third K-5 elementary school to open in five years serving the growing community of Ladera Ranch. This beautiful facility is located adjacent to Oso Grande Park in close proximity to the new skate park and water park in Ladera Ranch. It is truly a state-of-the-art school featuring a large multipurpose room with multimedia capabilities, spacious classrooms for all grades with skylights, wireless internet access throughout the school and a covered lunch area located away from the main building.
Fred Newhart Middle School
25001 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA
Grades 6-8
Newhart Middle School is located in the heart of Mission Viejo and has been honored as a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School. Newhart’s Stanford 9 test scores are among the highest in the state. Newhart has a balanced and comprehensive curriculum, extensive parent and community support, and a safe and nurturing environment.
Tesoro High School
1 Tesoro Creek Road
Las Flores, CA
Grades 9-12
Tesoro High School, Capistrano Unified School District’s fifth comprehensive high school, opened its doors in the Fall of 2001. An extensive program in academics, including college prep and Advanced Placement courses, special education services, and fine and performing arts are offered.
Capistrano Valley High School
26301 Via Escolar
Mission Viejo, CA
Grades 9-12
Capistrano Valley High School is situated on a hilltop in Mission Viejo with a panoramic view of nearby Saddleback Mountain. Capistrano Valley serves a geographic area which includes portions of Mission Viejo, and San Juan Capistrano. Enrollment totals more than 2,500 in grades 9-12. Capistrano Valley has been recognized as a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School Finalist for overall excellence in academics, student achievement and athletics.
San Juan Hills High School
29211 Vista Montana
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Grade 9
San Juan Hills High School (SJHHS) was established in the Fall of 2007 as Capistrano Unified’s sixth comprehensive high school, serving the predominately suburban communities of San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, and Capistrano Beach. San Juan Hills offers a full program of academic, athletic, and extra-curricular activities to help prepare students for the future. It will graduate its first class in 2011.
One of the highlights of SJHHS is the outstanding modern facilities. All classrooms have LCD projectors; science rooms are designed to accommodate the specific needs of science classes and the arts classrooms are second to none. The “marquee” feature of the school is the 500-seat Performing Arts Theater and complex which is connected to state-of-the-art video production facilities and two dance studios. The all-weather football stadium and track are in the final stages of completion.