Olivewood Elementary School 23391 Dune Mear Rd, Lake Forest, CA92630 The motto for students at Olivewood Elementary School is "Where Everybody is Somebody." Principal Dr. Karen Schibler…More says she believes in setting high expectations and accountability for all, and putting children first. Olivewood is supported by an active PTA. About 55% of Olivewood's students are categorized as "English Learners" and 50% of its students qualify for free or reduced-price meal subsidies. In 2009-2010, Olivewood received an API score of 789 from the state of California. This was an increase of 1 point over the previous year.
The motto of this neighborhood school is "Excellence through education." Lake Forest Elementary School pursues this…More goal by emphasizing science and technology to help prepare students for the future. Science is integrated into all subjects throughout the curriculum, and students also have access to a computer lab with 35 PCs.
Lake Forest Elementary's solid academic focus is reflected in its strong rankings from the state. In 2010, it received an API score of 901, an increase of 11 points over the prior year.
Seventeen-percent of students at the Home of the Dolphins are classified as "English learners," while 17 percent also qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
Foothill Ranch Elementary School is one of the highest performing elementary schools in the district. In 2010, it…More received an API score of 911, an increase of 8 points from the prior year.
Principal Ed MacNevin is focusing on using technology to improve student learning, such as SMART boards (interactive whiteboards) in each classroom and computer labs funded by the school's PTA and the school's private foundation.
At the "Home of the Bobcats," about 6 percent of students are classified as "English Learners," while 4 percent receive free or reduced-price lunches.
The motto at La Madera Elementary School, a pretty campus dotted with eucalyptus trees, is "Believe! Achieve!…More Succeed!" Most of the 615 students who attend here reside in the immediate neighborhood, providing a strong sense of community among students, staff and parents.
Known for strong academics, La Madera received an API score of 895 in 2010, an increase of 13 points from the prior year. About 13 percent of its students are classified as "English Learners," while 11 percent receive free or reduced-price lunches.
Serrano Intermediate School – the only intermediate school in the city of Lake Forest – offers a range…More of opportunities for students to be involved in creative, academic or social outlets. The school boasts arts programs including drama, orchestra, band, jazz band and chorus, Spanish and French classes, and career-minded electives like web design, wood shop and multimedia. As principal Bob Presby notes, "Serrano has something for everyone."
Thanks to Measure B funds, the "Home of the Soaring Seahawks" was recently modernized, meaning all of its classrooms, food service area, gymnasium and performance stage are now state of the art.
In 2010, Serrano Intermediate received an API (Academic Performance Index) score of 869, an increase of 25 points over the prior year. Nine percent of Serrano's students are classified as "English Learners," and 18 percent receive free or reduced-price lunches.
Lake Forest's Aliso Elementary School saw a dramatic 45 point jump in its Academic Performance Index…More scores for the 2009-2010 school year, to 830 overall. The news thrilled the staff and students at the "Home of the Eagles" who are proud of their neighborhood school.
For the past three years, families at Aliso Elementary have received a letter offering them a different school because Aliso's test scores classified it as a "Program Improvement" school under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Still, 99 percent of those families have chosen to stay, a fact principal Crystal Turner says speaks to the school's "incredible program."
About 48 percent of this small neighborhood school's population is classified as "English learners" and 51 percent participate in free or reduced-price lunches.
Aliso Elementary School participates in the Frieda Belinfante Class Act partnership which connects it with the Pacific Symphony. The partnership enhances the school's music program and increases the awareness and involvement with symphonic music for students, teachers and parents.
The only high school in the city of Lake Forest, El Toro High School boasts a wide range of offerings for students,…More from strong academics including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs as well extracurricular activities like its award-winning drama department, show choirs, newspaper, yearbook and instrumental music program. The "Home of the Chargers" is also host to strong athletic programs which has won multiple CIF championships, including boys' water polo and soccer in 2009.
In 2010, 704 seniors graduated and many landed at prestigious universities such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, Duke, Georgetown and West Point. Those seniors amassed $4.6 million in scholarships.
El Toro earned an Academic Performance Index (API) score of 830 in 2010. Eight percent of its students are classified as "English Learners" and 14% receive free or reduced-price lunches.