In addition to the other comments i would like to add this:
i actually have a son that attended both the View and Valley Schools in Hermosa Beach. I can tell you first hand that its better than good, due to the high parental involvement, challenging courses, and small tight knit faculty. There is also a deep genuine concern for the students and tremendously dedicated faculty. The principals know most of the students by first name due to small school size. My son excelled at both schools and was more than prepared to choose to attend Mira Costa.(He could have also choosen Redondo Union) I was glad I choose Hermosa Beach schools.
How nice to have that option. There a lot of private schools that people choose and those schools are great as well. Our son went to Chadwick in Palos Verdes. He was attending a private school that his brothers and sisters went to and we just kept the private school thing going. We didn't know our area schools yet and commuted to work in Century City. Now that we have lived here and had a relationship with the schools we can really reccomend them.