Ladera STARS Academy Cuts the Ribbon on a New Playground
An “out of this world” addition lands at Ladera STARS Academy on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8:30am with a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the magnet school’s new space themed playground!
The playground was designed with a “space age” vibe in mind, and includes a new RecWest Hedra design, which is not only beautiful, but also created to be accessible for students with many abilities and differing needs.
Ladera STARS Academy is one of ten CVUSD school sites to finish installation of a beautiful, new, ADA accessible playground on their campus. These new additions to elementary school campuses are made possible thanks to Measure I, a $197 million, 2014 voter-approved facilities bond.
“It is important for playground structures to provide challenges and opportunities for growth, as well as exploration and imagination,” said Lori Wall, Principal of Ladera STARS Academy. “As a key factor in the school’s outdoor environment they should have meaning for the scholars and the school community, in addition to being fun!”
In 2018, Ladera STARS Academy opened a unique new primary playground, which was also funded by Measure I, with a nature theme, to tie into the school’s Nature’s Acres and Outdoor Learning Lab & Garden.
The opening of the primary playground took place the same year that the school celebrated the opening of Ladera STARS Academy STEAM magnet program. STARS stand for Science, Technology, Arts, Rigorous Scholarship.
With the beginning of the magnet program, Ladera STARS Academy codified their commitment to hands-on science instruction, project based learning, and integrated instruction around the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).
“The new playground at Ladera STARS Academy represents the school’s cutting edge academic program and passion to be a school where all students can reach for the STARS,” said Principal Wall.
Learn more about Ladera STARS Academy at: www.conejousd.org/Ladera