Best Schools for the Money

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Submitted by rent4now on April 6, 2011 - 10:53am

The more expensive the area the better the schools. The problem is I can't afford to buy in Coronado, Del Mar, La Jolla etc.

Do you guys know any pockets of san diego that have great public schools with affordable housing? 350K is what we are looking to spend.

Kids education is one of the top 3 priorities in our house hunt.
Thanks for the advice :)

Submitted by nla on April 6, 2011 - 11:16am.

Eastlake Area. API's are pretty good. It's even better if you dive in and look at Asians/Filipinos/Whites' API (which most North County schools demographics).

Elementary

Olympic View
API
School: 914
Asian/Filipino: 943
White: 942

Salt Creek
API
School: 900
Asian/Filipino: 943
White: 932
http://www.greatschools.org/california/c...

Middle School
Eastlake Middle
API
School: 865
Asians/Filipinos: 931
Whites: 908
http://www.greatschools.org/california/c...

High School
Eastlake High
API
School: 811
Asian/Filipino: 863
White: 842
http://www.greatschools.org/california/c...

Submitted by rent4now on April 6, 2011 - 11:27am.

nla wrote:
Eastlake Area. API's are pretty good. It's even better if you dive in and look at Asians/Filipinos/Whites' API (which most North County schools demographics).

Elementary

Olympic View
API
School: 914
Asian/Filipino: 943
White: 942

Salt Creek
API
School: 900
Asian/Filipino: 943
White: 932
http://www.greatschools.org/california/c...

Middle School
Eastlake Middle
API
School: 865
Asians/Filipinos: 931
Whites: 908
http://www.greatschools.org/california/c...

High School
Eastlake High
API
School: 811
Asian/Filipino: 863
White: 842
http://www.greatschools.org/california/chula-vista/6284-Eastlake-High-School/

Wow, those are great scores.
I have never considered living so far south. What areas of east lake should I be looking for? Also are the neighborhoods kid friendly?

Submitted by nla on April 6, 2011 - 12:36pm.

These are the areas that I would consider good:
Eastlake Greens/Trails/Vista/Woods. Rolling Hills are pretty good too. All those areas have elementary schools that are 900 and above and feeds to Eastlake Middle and High.

Avoid the older Eastlake neighborhood (Shores and Hills) and San Miguel Ranch. For some reason their elementary school's API are in the low to mid 800.

Pretty much in my neighborhood, it's kid friendly. One thing that I hate about it is a certain segment of the population loves to party too much. Nothing is wrong with that but sometimes it's a little bit too much. Is it too much to ask if they can at least do it on a non-school night? Sometimes I see kids still awake at midnight on Sunday night.

Submitted by nla on April 6, 2011 - 12:36pm.

These are the areas that I would consider good:
Eastlake Greens/Trails/Vista/Woods. Rolling Hills are pretty good too. All those areas have elementary schools that are 900 and above and feeds to Eastlake Middle and High.

Avoid the older Eastlake neighborhood (Shores and Hills) and San Miguel Ranch. For some reason their elementary school's API are in the low to mid 800.

Pretty much in my neighborhood, it's kid friendly. One thing that I hate about it is a certain segment of the population loves to party too much. Nothing is wrong with that but sometimes it's a little bit too much. Is it too much to ask if they can at least do it on a non-school night? Sometimes I see kids still awake at midnight on Sunday night.

Submitted by AN on April 6, 2011 - 2:48pm.

Depending on where you work, Mira Mesa is quite reasonably priced w/ decent schools as well.

Elementary school:
Sandburg Elementary - 907
Hickman Elementary - 879
Ericson Elementary - 921
Mason Elementary - 871

Middle School:
Challenger Middle - 864

Mira Mesa High - 823

Submitted by jameswenn on April 6, 2011 - 3:30pm.

If you have young kids consider private schools. They start as low as 3500 a year per child for a parochial school. They tend to be selective and use national standardized tests.

This option could give you some time to make sure you get in the right area.

Submitted by recordsclerk on May 22, 2013 - 3:35pm.

Another thread that is only a couple years old, but shows how much the market has changed. I remember thinking that taking your time in 2011 was a good thing. You can't find a single family home for under $400K in any of the area's mentioned in this thread. Anything in the low 400's is junk.

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