Good school districts in Los Angeles?

Asked by Home Seeker, Los Angeles, CA Mon Mar 1, 2010

We've trying to find areas in Los Angeles with good public schools. So far we've heard of South Pasadena, Ivanhoe Elementary in Silverlake, Topanga Elementary, and Wonderland Elementary in the Hollywood Hills.

Are there other areas that are relatively affordable, with highly regarded public schools that we are missing?

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Jennifer Ric…, Agent, Valencia, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
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Nancy, , Manhattan Beach, CA
Wed Mar 28, 2012
Manhattan Beach , Calabasas, La Crescenta
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Samantha Cav…, Agent, LA, CA
Tue Mar 2, 2010
Carpenter School in Studio City is excellent...ranked with some of the top schools, including Ivanhoe and Wonderland. La Cresenta has a great school system as well. Dixie Canyon in Sherman Oaks is a good choice as well however not as strong as the first few schools mentioned. I hope this has helped and if I can help in other way throughout your house hunt, please do not hesitate to call or email me.

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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Hi again Homeseeker,
Re: Culver City
We have several excellent elementary shools, one being a Language Imersion School. We have one High School and One Jr. High which is on the National list of Distinguished Schools. Our neighborhoods are lovely and family friendly! Take a look at or also at for more Culver City Information.
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Myrna Averia, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Dear Home Seeker,
Add Mount Washington Elementary School to your list if you are looking to buy in the Los Angeles area.
La Crescenta/La Canada Flintridge has highly regarded public schools as well.

You now have a list of highly regarded public schools. The next step would be for you to find out your pre approval/prequal loan amount from a loan officer. Then you will be able to narrow down your areas of interest. You will find varying home prices between Ivanhoe School District and Washington Elementary School. How far do you want to commute from home/children's school to work? (assuming you don't work at home)

Please feel free to contact me with your real estate needs.

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Matthew Bart…, Agent, Glendora, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Hello Home Seeker,

If you're open to locations in Los Angeles County, then Glendora is what you're looking for. All of the schools in the Glendora school district have scores in the 800's with several of the schools passing the 900 mark in recent years as well. Glendora is a small community that still carries that small town feel. Glendora is nestled againts the San Gabriel Mountains approx. 35 minutes East of Downtown Los Angeles. Glendora offers plenty of shopping, & restaurants along with close driving times to Disneyland, The Beach Cities, Los Angeles Angels & Dodgers baseball and much more. To answer any further questions you may have please let me know. Thank you!

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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Dear Home Seeker,
Generally the smaller school districts are consider the better one's in Los Angeles. Culver City has very good schools.
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Richard Schu…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Are you open to all areas of LA? San Fernando Valley has several areas with good, respected schools. The Valley also offers easy access to shopping, recreational sports, and some free family-oriented activities. Someone else mentioned the website; I have also found that to be helpful. I can offer you a free school and community report and analysis if you want to tell me a little more about what you are looking for, price range, etc.

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Deborah Brem…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Culver City is its own district. They are all good, and the home and condo prices are VERY affordable.
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Can you define affordable and point out examples of such in Culver City?
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Deborah Brem…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Two of the best Westside schools are Fairburn and Warner Avenue in Westwood/ LAUSD. Also consider Third Street in Mid Wilshire/ Hancock Park area, and Kenter and Brentwood Science Magnate in the West LA area.

The LAUSD site will help you make decisions about school test scores, etc.

Good luck!
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Home Seeker, , Los Angeles, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Thanks for all the great answers.

I'm not familiar with Culver City. Are there any particular areas and Elementary schools in Culver City that are most highly regarded.
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Monique & Joe…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Hello Home Seeker,

You have done your home work. La Cresenta area is good. Coure d"Alene is good and Culver City is amazing. Carpenter is also good.


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Dave Heck, , Arcadia, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
In my neck of the woods, I would recommend Arcadia, Glendora, and Bonita School Districts. If money was no object, I would say San Marino and La Canada Flintridge.
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Don Linden, Agent, Sherman Oaks, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
There are many. But your best bet is to go on the websites of either or and make a point of looking at the Magnet Schools program and the Charter Schools as well.
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Grant Linsco…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
Hi Home Seeker,

You have a good list of schools there. I would also say the Carpenter school district in Studio City, the Overland Elementary school district in Cheviot Hills, the Westwood Charter school in Westwood (you can live adjacent and still apply for the Westwood Charter) and great elementary schools in Culver City.

The areas you are looking into are so different. The key will be proximity to your job and the lifestyle you would like to enjoy. I have sold homes in every school district you have mentioned. I'm happy to discuss with you some of the key differences of these areas and help you and your family make an informed decision on schools and areas.

Best Regards,

Grant Linscott
Keller Williams Realty
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Charles Fitz…, Agent, Carson, CA
Mon Mar 1, 2010
In Los Angeles you can have your children bused to a distinguished school.
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