I do want to clarify, I routinely work with clients to sell or buy homes in Marysville, as I mentioned it is a wonderful community. But since the level of the schools' overall performance seems to be a large concern for you....I wanted to be sure you have as much information as possible to aid you in your home buying decision.
I love Marysville, it's a great town and it growing so much. But if I could do it over again, I would have bought in Lakewood, Arlington (Smokey Point Area) or Lake Stevens. There are parts of Marysville, near Sunnyside, that are actually in the Lake Stevens school district. This is the perfect compromise, in my opinion.
My son will start middle school in the fall of 2009 and we've decided that if the market is more favorable at that time, we will sell our home and move into Lake Stevens (Soper Hill Road area) or Sunnyside. If selling doesn't look good, we plan to put him into private school.
Best of luck with your transition!
Hope that helps.
You might also check the Relocation Digest button on that same link and it will provide the inside scoop on area cities, including Marysville. Such as Economic Demographic and Age Demographic which might help you with your home-buying decision.
Feel free to call with any questions about the area and best of luck to you and your family.