So if your kid is top class smart but not good as smoozing the principal and counsellors, send to a #2 school like Cupertino high or Los Gatos. But you would be even better off with private schools. However you have to be careful as Harker in particular seems to hurt the chances of Indian and Chinese girls seem to me to be hurt as much as in Monta Vista. They ALSO end up going to UCs as the top IVY recommendations seem to be handed out to 'favorites'. This is not really biased but a calculated method (perhaps conspiracy - wink-wink :) between IVY & Private schools.
Basically if you don't know enough to play the game, get a private counsellor as early as 8th grade. It is very worth it, as both private and public counsellors either don't know anything or won't do anything for your smart kids. Liberal public schools seem to be bent to the lowest common denominator, etc. Don't expect the over-crowded public schools to serve your child in this regard.
If you are looking for a FRIENDLY school to send your kids to Ivy colleges, however Monta Vista hurts the best kids as the counsellors and principal are too busy or give recommendations based on their limited personal contacts. Even small catholic schools give far better recommendations and understand the IVY system better.
Bottom line, you may consider put the house money in a private high school and/or private college counsellors.
If you put alot of value in standardized testing, then according to the newest released (May 21 2008) base API scores, Faria elementary is the best with a base API score of 995. Most of Cupertino's schools are excellent. If I had to avoid any, it would be nimitz and de vargas elementary. Here is a link to the API scores for all of Santa Clara County schools: http://api.cde.ca.gov/AcntRpt2008/2007Base_Co.aspx?cYear=&am As a school district, Los Altos elementary school district has the higest scores district wide followed closely by Saratoga. Good luck.
So,please call me 408-7773823, Nina Daruwalla, and we can talk. Have a great day.
There are so many good schools in Cupertino. I and my team specialize in Lynbrook High & Cupertino Schools homes. I keep a link on my website http://(www.lynbrookhighhomes.com) that connects to Great Schools http://(www.greatschools.net). You'll see API & a lot more data, including parent comments. I have lots of past & present clients in these schools, if you'd like to connect with people with personal experience.
That's a great question - Monta Vista High School had the top API score in 2006 at 911. In the 2007 school year, Lynbrook High School has a target API of 911 and Monta Vista has a target of 900. So these two shools are neck-in-neck in terms of academic performance.
You can research schools and see the list of API scores for all the schools in Santa Clara County on my Website, the link is below, and then click on "School Information" in the navigation bar on the left.