Ladera Ranch is a census-designated place and a planned community located in south Orange County, California just outside the city limits of San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo.
The community is served by the Capistrano Unified School District. A branch of the Orange County Public Library is located on the campus of Ladera Ranch School.
Within the community are the Chaparral and Oso Grande Elementary Schools and the Ladera Ranch School, which is home to both an elementary school and a middle school on the same campus.
Chaparral Elementary School received the “California Distinguished School Award” in both 2004 and 2008. Ladera Ranch School opened in 2004, and the Middle School received the “California Distinguished School Award” in 2007 and has been nominated again in 2011.
Stoneybrooke Christian School is a private K-8 school that is also located in Ladera Ranch. Depending on which part of the community they live in, high school students attend either San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, or Tesoro High School in Las Flores. Prior to its opening in 2007, students in areas currently served by San Juan Hills attended Capistrano Valley High School. A number of Ladera Ranch’s students still attend Capistrano Valley, either due to having begun attendance prior to 2007, or by virtue of having been “grandfathered” in through siblings’ attendance.
The community is close to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California and Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California.
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