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SWAT Team and Police Helicopter to Visit Ladera Ranch Schools on Thursday

While students at Ladera Ranch Elementary and Middle Schools will receive some exciting visitors, Ladera Ranch parents should not be alarmed to see police swarm these neighborhood schools. According to the public announcement, on this Thursday, June 19, 2014, “the Ladera Ranch Elementary and Middle Schools will be visited by South Orange County law enforcement [...]

First Amendment Crisis Averted! Rainbow Looms Return to Ladera Ranch

South County has narrowly averted another First Amendment crisis! Once again, an over reaching public offical has banned a form a expression deemed “dangerous.” Fortunately, the Constitution prevails and the ban is reversed. Sound familiar, South County?

No, we aren’t talking about subversive newspapers. We are talking about rainbow loom bracelets, which had been banned [...]

Congratulations to Capistrano Unified’s Top Teachers

According to a Capistrano Unified press release, fifty-six teachers out of more than two thousand have been selected by their colleagues as the top educator at their schools. District winners will be announced in March and recognized at the annual Teacher of the Year celebration, and three winners – one each at the elementary, middle [...]

The Schools of Ladera Ranch

Ladera Ranch is known as a family-friendly community is lucky to be served by some of the best schools in Orange County. But because it is located in unincorporated Orange County and is a part of the sprawling Capistrano Unified School District, there can be confusion regarding which schools serve the residents of Ladera Ranch. [...]