Principal's Message


Dear La Madera Families,

I am honored to serve as the Principal of La Madera Elementary School in Lake Forest, CA, home of the Koalas.    

Each student and staff member at La Madera CARES each and every day.  The "CARES" acronym is the heart of our school culture as our entire staff aims to promote positive behavior expectations on our campus.

Each Koala works to demonstrate:

Community of Respect

Act with Integrity


Engaged in Learning

Safe & Self Controlled

La Madera is a beautiful school nestled in the eucalyptus groves of Lake Forest, CA. Whenever anyone visits La Madera, they always comment on the great energy on our campus, the friendly staff, and respectful students. In addition to being a place where people feel welcome, La Madera is also known for its academic excellence.  All students and teachers are encouraged to be innovators, and to take risks and grow together as a community of learners!

La Madera is truly a neighborhood school; many parents of current Koalas attended La Madera themselves. At La Madera our focus is Every Koala, Every Day!  We hope you will consider joining our Koala Family.  


Jennifer Gass, Principal