The Top 5 School Districts in the LA Area

If you’ve got kids, public schools are probably a pretty important consideration when buying a home—after all, you want the best for your young learners, right? But did you know that school districts play a role in overall home values of the areas they serve? So even if you don’t have school-age kids, public schools shouldn’t be overlooked in your home search.

Buying a home in LA? Here are the best school districts in the LA area… so you know where to start your search.

San Marino Unified School District

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Serving about 3,000 students in the small community of San Marino, southeast of Pasadena, San Marino USD is known for its sky-high standardized test scores and graduation rates. Excellent teachers and a diverse offering of academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs are just part of what makes this small district so exceptional. In fact, San Marino USD is not just the best district in the LA area; it’s also the #3 Best School District in California—and all of its schools are California Distinguished Schools.

Arcadia Unified School District

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The mid-sized Arcadia Unified serves just over 9,000 students and is known for its stellar graduation rate—98%! Spectacular teachers are part of what makes this possible, while community support and district safety ensure the overall success of students. The district recently underwent a number of updates, including a new library, media center, and cafeteria.

La Canada Unified School District

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Coming in just behind Arcadia USD, the smaller (roughly 4,000 student) La Canada USD also enjoys an impressive 98% graduation rate and a top-notch staff. In fact, La Canada USD ranks in the Top 25 Districts with the Best Teachers in California! The district also brags high SAT and standardized test scores and a high percentage of students continuing on to higher education.

South Pasadena Unified School District

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Another smallish district, South Pasadena USD educates just over 4,700 students in an area of Pasadena just outside of the Downtown LA area. The district has a high graduation rate of 92% and enjoys a number of outstanding academic programs, such as Dual Immersion Language programs in both Spanish and Mandarin.

Conejo Valley Unified School District

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Located in Ventura County, Conejo Valley USD is a large district of over 21,000 students. The district is known for its outstanding athletics—it currently sits as the #11 Best School District for Athletes in California. Its teachers are also of note, as is its 97% graduation rate—and its barrage of recent improvements and updates, including new roofs, new playground equipment, bathroom renovations, and updated athletic facilities. The schools themselves hold several awards, including a 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award.

Other Top-Rated School Districts in the LA Area

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While these districts stand out from the crowd, they’re hardly the only top-performing districts in the LA area. Other districts that we feel deserve some attention:

Las Virgenes Unified School District
Burbank Unified School District
Glendale Unified School District
Pasadena Unified School District

Thinking of Buying a Home in the LA Area?

Are you thinking of buying a home in the LA area? Then it’s time to contact Brad Korb Real Estate Group. We’d love to help you explore the area, discover its fantastic communities, and find the home that’s perfect for you!

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