Most parents care about their children's future and wish to move into top school neighborhoods.
That comes with a steep price in the San Francisco Bay area.
PA (Palo Alto) is
one of the most expensive town based on ($/sf). If you judge on the
basis of API alone there are several neighborboods in East Bay like
Pleasanton, Walnut Grove, and Fremont Mission SJ all have even higher
test scores and places are even safer. The cost is may be a fraction of
much emphasis on academic achivement invokes group cheating to improve
results which is all what parents want to hear. Overcrowded school students have a tough time to develop or ask questions.
Parents income matters, but getting parents involved really make a difference:
EPA where residents high school drop out rate is >60%, only 10% of parents graduate from college
With parents help not sure they all are the 10% of college grads most likely no:
Aspire EPA charter after just 6 years the API is 826.
Aspire EPA Phoneix High API is 819
Oakland Chinatown where the immigrants from rural China is dominant for bilingual inner city school.
Lincoln Elmentary API is 957
Charter will eventually be dominant system. I know the educators do not like the threat of job security and tenure loss. Better schools can cause shock to new comers. There is a balance in life.
I often advise those not able to afford overpriced homes to consider a compromise. Parenting is
the predominant factor bringing up children, schools come second. Studies showed by the time the children is in 8th grade the children study habits and learning potential is already set.
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