One of the major factors that draw home buyers to Ladera Ranch are the schools. All three of Ladera Ranch's elementary schools and the middle school are all ranked very high. In fact the school rankings are as such: Chaparral Elementary school rank: 10 our of 10, Base API Score: 948 out of 1,000. Ladera Ranch Elementary school rank: 10 out of 10, Base API Score: 944 out of 1,000. Oso Grande Elementary school rank: 9 out of 10, Base API Score: 912 out of 1,000. Lastly, Ladera Ranch Middle school rank: 10 out of 10, Base API Score: 935 out of 1,000. Ladera Ranch Elementary school won the California Distinguished School Award in 2007. Likewise, Chapparal Elementary School was honored with the “California Distinguished School Award” in both 2004 and 2008. The term API refers to the Academic Performance Index which is "The cornerstone of California's Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999; measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures." For more information on the API or California learning standards go to the California Department of Education website. To see the homes for sale within the school boundaries of any particular school click on the link below.