If you have recently visited the custom home area of Covenant Hills, you have noticed quite a bit of construction activity.
This, of course, is the first sign of the Southern California’s luxury housing market rebound. In 2013, homes costing $1 million or more soared 45 percent to their highest level in six years, and many markets enjoyed record level sales.
The luxury home market has always been unique, responding to its own set of economic factors. It is refreshing to see the construction activity in Covenant Hills and would like to welcome our new neighbors to this fantastic place to live.
Congrats to Oso Grande Elementary, Ladera Ranch Elementary and Ladera Ranch Middle School to achieve the 2013 CBEE Honor Roll Schools awards. Thank you to all the leaders, teachers and staff for creating such a nurturing learning environment.
Also congratulations to Ladera Ranch Middle School for earning a gold medal with the number 2 ranking in the OC Register 2013 list of best middle schools, and for being in the top 10 for at least 4 times in the last 5 years.
87 public middle schools were ranked on the strength of their academic programs, as well as other factors, including physical fitness, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, and student-teacher ratio.
Ladera Ranch Middle school has consistently climbed the Register’s rankings since 2009. It was ranked No. 24 four years ago, jumped to No. 9 the following year, then to No. 7, then No. 3, and now No. 2.
“I really attribute it to the positive connection and relationship-building between staff and students,” said Ladera Ranch Middle School Principal Karen Gerhard. “Even though we’re a large school, we have a small, intimate community sense at our school. The kids really feel we care about them.”