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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 [...]

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 [...]

Press Release “Announces” the Launch of

“New Development Gets New Website” says the headline on the San Juan Capistrano Patch today. Perhaps Rancho Mission Viejo Company “officially” announcied its newly redesigned web site yesterday, as the Patch article says, although the website first went live a month ago. Our regular readers knew about back on November 14th when it actually [...]

CUSD Identifies the Teachers and Schools Affected by the Potential Layoffs

The layoff of 374 teachers by the Capistrano Unified School District became much more personal when district recently named the affected teachers. According to the Patch:

To “maximize flexibility” in a down economy, school districts need to notify by March 15 any teachers who may be let go in the coming school year. On March [...]

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. [...]