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Ladera Elementary School8

Thousand Oaks, CA | Ventura County

August 8, 2014


Fantastic school While not the best funded, this school makes up for it with care and attention. The Principal, Lori Wall, makes a huge effort to make sure all students feel as though they are cared about and belong and everyone shows a genuine concern with all the students' success. Connie Weidner in the third grade is without a doubt the best teacher we have had for any of our children.

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December 3, 2013


We moved back from China for the school reason. My son loved the school so much because the teacher encouraged him a lot . At the beginning, we worried his English was delayed. Luckily, his teacher paid a lot of attention to his English and get him extra help from the language therapist. We are so grateful to having such a supporting school.

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September 12, 2013


Ladera Elementary is a great school. The principal, Lori Wall, makes it her personal goal to get to know each and every child here to ensure their success at the elementary school level. The teachers all have great attitudes about teaching and working with the students. The 2013/2014 school year just recently started and what parent doesn't love to hear these words from their child. Last night my son was getting out his homework folder and he looks at me and says "I love the 4th grade Mom". Between the principal, the teachers and the office staff, I know my son is well supported and getting a great education at the same time.

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September 12, 2013


Best school ever!! Great teachers that really know and understand the children. A principal that knows all the kids by name! An office staff that is always happy to see you. And parents who volunteer because they want to not because they have to. I'm so grateful we were zoned for this school!

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January 5, 2012


Excellent teachers, friendly and helpful staff , open communication, and an abundance of parent involvement!

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October 2, 2010


We are a small school with an active PTA. Everyone knows everyone and we all look out for each other's kids.

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September 16, 2009


We love Ladera because it's a community where everyone-parents, teachers, staff and students- looks out for one another. That's something worth noting!

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September 16, 2009


I love Ladera because it has that sense of family unity. It also teaches all the kids in school about children of special needs without them ever feeling that the kids are different. They are ALL treated with respect and dignity! My oldest daughter grew up with a friend with Autism and they are good friends. It's something my daughter will carry with her for the rest of her life! My daughter learned early in life that all people were the same but some were and will always be special. Ladera elementary will always be the best to me and my family.

Submitted by a parent

September 15, 2009


Ladera has an amazing program for kids with autism, it teaches tolerance as well as provides full inclusion when its best for the child. This school along with the choral teacher changed my daughters life.

Submitted by a parent

February 15, 2008


My child left another local Thousand Oaks elementary school and we have not looked back. This school is especially welcoming to special needs kids, unlike some other schools within the Conejo District. The regular ed children at this school have been taught patience and understanding of the special needs kids present at this school and the teachers are beyond kind and compassionate. Because we are so happy with this particular school and this district offers 'school choice', we will consider sending our other child here over the other elementary schools within the district. Ladera is a welcoming, kind respectful school to parents and the office staff is top notch. As a proponent of homeschooling, Ladera is so great that we are considering enrollment rather than homeschooling and that says a lot!

Submitted by a parent

May 13, 2007


Both of my children attend Ladera Elementary and we love this school. We moved here from another school in Thousand Oaks and we have never looked back. The school is small, and has an intimate feel. The teachers, the office staff, everyone seems to know the kids and cares about them. The school is kept very clean and they seem to update things often. They do have an art program and music, too. My children both love the music teacher. We have not tried the extracurricular activities, but they do offer a couple. I know they had spanish, and wood working, golf and a couple others. There appears to be a lot of parent involvement. You always see parents checking in and out of the office to go into the classes. The PTA seems really active, too. I cant think of anything negative to say at all.

Submitted by a parent

January 8, 2006


This is a wonderful school that shows real school pride. It is a California Distinguished School and it shows. Every where you look you see happy teachers and students.

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December 22, 2005


I wish they had more opportunities for Art and Music and Foreign Language, but overall a great school, small, every body knows everybody!

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November 21, 2005


My son attends Ladera, has attended other elementary schools due to relocation, and thinks this is the best school, and loves his teacher. The school is safe, clean, and kids are respectful, which is a result of leadership. I noted, when asked to rate the school, that I didn't know about principal leadership, as I have never met the prinicipal, but I think it is safe to assume that there is someone very qualified who is doing a great job given the things mentioned above. Well done!

Submitted by a parent

October 28, 2005


I like the fact Ladera is a small school. The principal know every child's name and which class they are in. I find the academics to be challenging just enough and reviewed throughout the school year. The teachers my child has had have been very involved with the children and go above and beyond to reach each of their students.

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