I think that if you look at the conejo unified's web site, you will find good information about all the schools. With so many districts in declining enrollment, you should be wary of moving to a certain area just because of the schools! I know in Camarillo, the school boundaries are so fluid that one year you could live across the street from your ideal school and the next year, your boundaries could be changed. As a whole CVUSD has a very good reputation with top-rated schools. However, anyone coming from a different state may not notice the same amenities as CA as a whole spends less money per student than most states.
and then 6th grade went into middle school at Colina. His behavior changed at Colina and not in a good way. We started homeschooling (HIS choice) and he was able to relax and enjoy life again. We homeschooled thru 2 local ISPs- Somis (elem) and Somis Academy (high school.) EXCELLENT homeschooling network here! (also see Conejo Valley Homeschoolers.) Seriously consider homeschooling your children. You will NOT regret it. The nature of homeschooling brings families closer together. No more school schedule stressing, go on vacation WHENEVER you want, expose your children to opportunities, experiences and people that you will never get in public or private school. Homeschooling is freedom.
As for Thousand Oaks vs any other local area, since I've only lived in TO I can only speak to that location. TO is a wonderful town. We are moving (work related) and shedding many tears over leaving this wonderful community. (Our house is already sold, this is NOT a solicitation!) Plus the weather in SoCal is the best in the world. Good luck, Simone!
I completely agree with Diantha. She has given you some very valuable information. As an educator in California and a parent, naturally we are concerned about student academic achievement and want to send our children to the very best schools. You can visit the California Department of Education's website, and download information regarding the demographics, test scores, etc. of the district/school you are interested in. The SARC - School Accountability Report Card, will give you a plethora of information regarding the schools. Be wary of schools that are deemed High Priority, Program Improvement, SAIT, etc. These schools are either on the brink of state-monitored or are - which means scores have been very low for at least 3-4 consecutive years. Check out schools that have earned the title of "California Distinguished School"... You can also get information regarding the teachers' and administrators' level of education (credentials held) for each school. Here is the web site for your convenience: http://www.cde.ca.gov
Are you familiar with the school accountability report cards here in Southern California? Its a system of ranking schools by their performance and includes demographic information as well. If you want more information on this let me know.
Here are the websites for both school districts (takes you directly to their "report card"). Oak Park: http://www.opusd.k12.ca.us/schlsites/SARC.htm
Thousand Oaks: http://ww2.conejo.k12.ca.us/_cvusd/index.htm
I moved with my children several times (Massachusetts, New York City, Virginia, California, Texas). If I can be of assistance, please let me know (you can click on my profile to reach me).
you can also visit my website for more school information and housing things to do and homes for sale. I would love to answer any questions you may have. Thousand Oaks is an amazing family community I have four children and their are so many great activities for kids here. This is a great site. http://www.publicschoolreview.com/nearby_schools.php
The entire city of Thousand Oaks is located in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. It's an excellent school district. How old are your children or child? I can send you information on the various schools in the area, or you can go onto my website and click on school information. My website is http://www.ConnectingHeartsToHomes.com. There are also some excellent private schools in the area as well, including Oaks Christian School, which is 6th grade through 12th grade. Let me know if I can answer any further questions for you. Blessings to your day ~ Sheryl Lynn Johnson