I think Simi Valley is a great place to live but I live here. I have two children 9 and 1. My son attends a lottery school but a schoolmate of his lives in Silverthorne and the families children all switched to Big Springs school this year. The parents are very particular and seem very happy with the school. I have heard only good things about the school but in every case you will find people who will agree and disagree. I do think that Valley View, the area middle school for Texas tract, is the preferred middle school of all three middle schools. Middle school is a tough age in a kids life and probably worth some forward thinking consideration. I wonder what attracted you to Texas Tract. The homes are moderately priced, the lots tend to be big and since it is such a big tract there are a lot of areas that are particularly good "pockets" of this tract. For example, I took a buyer to see homes just last week and we drove down one street and they didnt like the street, too many RV vehicles and didnt like the neighbors in the surrounding 5 homes. On another street, Texas, we drove up to a foreclosure and all the surrounding neighbors looked great to the buyer. The house was a favorite pick too. Since you are from the valley, odds are that you will drive over the hill to see kids friends, even go back to family doctors and maybe you even have work over that way. I think if you come from the Valley, you will shave 15 minutes from your commute time to get on at Stearns vs down near First. I dont know the neighborhood that you currently live in but I think that you should go with your gut. I had another buyer who relocated here from out of state when they looked online and in person, they identified a tract that they really liked but decided that the price range was just a little too much for them. They bought a home where they really didnt want to live and within less than two years, the moved to the tract they originallly felt at home in. So, I think people know where they feel at home. If you would like further assistance locally, it would be my pleasure to assist you. Please contact me at the web site below.