Ladera Ranch is well known for it's great elementary schools. All three of the schools are very highly rated in the Capistrano Unified School District. The elementary schools are named Chaparral Elementary, Ladera Ranch Elementary, and Oso Grande Elementary as well as a Christian school named Stoneybrooke Christian School. Chaparral Elementary has a ranked API (academic performance index) score of 10 out of 10 which is the highest possible score. Ladera Ranch Elementary has a ranked API (academic performance index) score of 10 out of 10 which is the highest possible score. Oso Grande Elementary has a ranked API (academic performance index) score of 9 out of 10 which is a very good score. There is a very strong correlation between high ranking schools and new home/land developments. Studies have shown that newly constructed schools with updated materials, books, and technology foster learning and the end result is better test scores and smarter students. If you want your child to attend one of these elementary schools in particular, then you need to own/rent a home in that schools boundaries.