Ladera Ranch Middle

Summary:

Ladera Ranch Middle is a public middle school located in Ladera Ranch, California, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 1,196 students. This exceptional school is part of the Capistrano Unified School District, which is ranked 181 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Ladera Ranch Middle consistently performs at the highest levels, with significantly higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science compared to the district and the state of California. The school has been ranked among the top 3% of all middle schools in California, earning a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger. Ladera Ranch Middle excels in the performance of various student subgroups, including female students, male students, Asian students, Hispanic students, White students, multi-racial students, students with disabilities, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, with rankings in the top 10-20% of California middle schools. The school also maintains relatively low chronic absenteeism rates, lower than the state average.

Ladera Ranch Middle outperforms most of the nearby middle schools in the Capistrano Unified School District and the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, including Aliso Viejo Middle, Arroyo Vista Middle, Marco Forster Middle, and Los Alisos Intermediate. This consistent high performance over the years, along with the school's diverse student population and ability to support students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, make Ladera Ranch Middle a standout educational institution in the region.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 29551 Sienna Pkwy.
       Ladera Ranch, CA  92694-0789


(949) 234-5922

District: Capistrano Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
67th of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,640 Help


Students who attend Ladera Ranch Middle usually attend:

High:    San Juan Hills High

Feeder schools for Ladera Ranch Middle:

Elementary:    Chaparral Elementary
    Ladera Ranch Elementary
    Oso Grande Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  23.2 Help
Number of students:  1,196

Racial breakdown:

White:
63.7%
Two or more races:
12.4%
Asian:
12.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  18.8% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Ladera Ranch Middle ranks better than 97.6% of middle schools in California. It also ranks first among 12 ranked middle schools in the Capistrano Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.71. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Ladera Ranch Middle has the largest middle school student body size in the Capistrano Unified School District. Student population at Ladera Ranch Middle is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (63.7%), two or more races (12.4%), Asian (12.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 18.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Ladera Ranch Middle is 23.2, which is the highest among 12 middle schools in the Capistrano Unified School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Ladera Ranch Middle is $9,640. 9 middle schools in the Capistrano Unified School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Ladera Ranch Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Ladera Ranch Middle 67th of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Ladera Ranch Middle in the ranking list.)

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Capistrano Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Capistrano Unified 181st of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Ladera Ranch Middle

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Rank History for all students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 76.81 328th 1769 81.5%
2005 75.97 353rd 1777 80.1%
2006 78.06 323rd 1804 82.1%
2007 77.96 334th 1999 83.3%
2008 87.45 153rd 2005 92.4%
2009 90.73 94th 2063 95.4%
2010 90.68 91st 2179 95.8%
2011 91.48 59th 2236 97.4%
2012 91.75 50th 2259 97.8%
2013 92.17 39th 2379 98.4%
2015 97.27 45th 2477 98.2%
2016 94.98 101st 2497 96.0%
2017 96.66 65th 2508 97.4%
2018 96.96 56th 2480 97.7%
2019 97.13 66th 2715 97.6%
2022 97.76 61st 2740 97.8%
2023 97.71 66th 2788 97.6%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.02 22nd 462 95.2%
2019 85.56 47th 554 91.5%
2022 88.74 35th 665 94.7%
2023 83.75 79th 678 88.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 94.42 59th 1532 96.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.15 52nd 2230 97.7%
2019 96.10 52nd 2369 97.8%
2022 96.79 52nd 2458 97.9%
2023 98.07 31st 2535 98.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.20 57th 2262 97.5%
2019 96.11 66th 2380 97.2%
2022 97.15 63rd 2509 97.5%
2023 96.56 85th 2535 96.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.69 51st 1369 96.3%
2019 97.21 31st 1491 97.9%
2022 99.19 15th 1531 99.0%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 86.23 16th 193 91.7%
2023 93.34 9th 197 95.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.01 64th 2273 97.2%
2019 97.27 65th 2407 97.3%
2022 97.65 60th 2527 97.6%
2023 97.84 53rd 2546 97.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 88.37 10th 700 98.6%
2019 83.76 53rd 745 92.9%
2022 84.04 53rd 733 92.8%
2023 85.59 36th 717 95.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.13 34th 2072 98.4%
2019 97.96 34th 2213 98.5%
2022 98.96 22nd 2359 99.1%
2023 97.19 40th 2379 98.3%
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Rank History for White students at Ladera Ranch Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 89.76 69th 1496 95.4%
2019 89.56 90th 1602 94.4%
2022 89.73 80th 1555 94.9%
2023 90.85 59th 1549 96.2%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Ladera Ranch Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2004 518 19 66 147 3 n/a n/a 35 788
2005 626 22 92 189 8 n/a n/a 46 983
2006 612 27 88 169 3 n/a n/a 56 955
2007 597 30 88 134 4 n/a n/a 60 913
2008 599 26 87 107 2 n/a n/a 0 821
2009 703 22 83 100 2 3 68 0 981
2010 673 13 103 180 8 1 79 0 1057
2011 761 19 114 176 5 1 88 0 1164
2012 837 19 114 188 4 0 71 0 1233
2013 905 18 133 180 1 1 76 0 1314
2014 950 21 144 177 4 3 65 0 1364
2015 1025 16 156 177 3 3 77 0 1457
2016 1085 14 147 179 6 2 77 0 1510
2017 1127 11 148 188 3 0 82 0 1559
2018 1106 7 154 179 3 0 84 0 1533
2019 1030 9 158 175 1 1 114 0 1488
2020 992 14 166 166 1 1 120 0 1460
2021 895 14 152 148 1 1 145 0 1356
2022 842 16 154 133 1 1 137 0 1284
2023 762 10 145 128 0 2 148 1 1196

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Ladera Ranch Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 788 31.2 25.3 19.1
2005 983 40.4 24.3 15.8
2006 955 38.9 24.6 12.8
2007 913 40.4 22.6 9.5
2008 821 40.7 20.2 6.3
2009 981 39.5 22.8 8.5
2010 1057 40.8 25.9 9.7
2011 1164 n/a n/a 10.1
2012 1233 47.0 26.2 n/a
2013 1314 46.6 28.1 10.5
2014 1364 50.0 27.2 7.1
2015 1457 51.0 28.5 6
2016 1510 57.0 26.4 5.6
2017 1559 61.6 25.3 6
2018 1533 62.2 24.6 8.5
2019 1488 58.6 25.3 9.1
2020 1460 n/a n/a 9.3
2021 1356 53.6 25.2 8.6
2022 1284 56.0 22.9 9.3
2023 1196 51.4 23.2 18.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Ladera Ranch Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2004 788 31.2 25.3 19.1
2005 983 40.4 24.3 15.8
2006 955 38.9 24.6 12.8
2007 913 40.4 22.6 9.5
2008 821 40.7 20.2 6.3
2009 981 39.5 22.8 8.5
2010 1057 40.8 25.9 9.7
2011 1164 n/a n/a 10.1
2012 1233 47.0 26.2 n/a
2013 1314 46.6 28.1 10.5
2014 1364 50.0 27.2 7.1
2015 1457 51.0 28.5 6
2016 1510 57.0 26.4 5.6
2017 1559 61.6 25.3 6
2018 1533 62.2 24.6 8.5
2019 1488 58.6 25.3 9.1
2020 1460 n/a n/a 9.3
2021 1356 53.6 25.2 8.6
2022 1284 56.0 22.9 9.3
2023 1196 51.4 23.2 18.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Ladera Ranch Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $9,640

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Ladera Ranch Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 66th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 66th of 2788 Middle schools
 0.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ladera Ranch Middle)84.280
 4.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Capistrano Unified)67.867.5
 0.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Ladera Ranch Middle)76.170.9
 5.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)60.957.6
 3.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ladera Ranch Middle)83.780.8
 2.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Capistrano Unified)73.273.9
 0.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Ladera Ranch Middle)78.273.1
 5.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)62.761.2
 1.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Ladera Ranch Middle)8581.9
 3.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Capistrano Unified)73.771.1
 2.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Ladera Ranch Middle)79.576.5
 3%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Capistrano Unified)66.759.1
 7.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Ladera Ranch Middle)61.765.1
 3.4%
   8th Grade Science (Capistrano Unified)55.155.2
 0.2%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students14881196
 19.6%
African American910
 11.1%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian158145
 8.2%
Hispanic175128
 26.9%
Pacific Islander12
 100%
White1030762
 26%
Two or More Races114148
 29.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients9.1%18.8%
 9.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Ladera Ranch Middle

Yes! Ladera Ranch Middle is one of the best middle schools in the state. It ranks 67th of 2798 California middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,196 students attended Ladera Ranch Middle.

Students at Ladera Ranch Middle are 64% White, 12% Two or more races, 12% Asian, 11% Hispanic.

Students who attend Ladera Ranch Middle usually go on to attend San Juan Hills High


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