We are thinking of moving to the Carlsbad area and we are very interested in school districts? What are the?

Asked by Bobjones, 92011 Sat May 16, 2009

best school districts in the area? We were thinking about the $800,000 price range

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Bryan Devore, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Sun May 17, 2009
The answers that have already been given are good ones. There are three school districts, and each has its own personality. Within the districts, the schools themselves have their own personalities, characters, etc. The San Dieguito is considered to be the "best" district" based strictly on test scores. However, there are many schools within the San Marcos District that are "better" (test scores, parent involvement, programs available) than in the Carlsbad district. Carrillo Elementary is an example of that (where my kids go to school). San Marcos High is another. That high schools continually ranks in the top 1,000 as ranked by Newsweek Magazine, whereas Carlsbad High does not. And, this ranking is based on how well the school prepares its students for college. So again, the term "best" is very relative. And, because this district isn't considered to be as good as the others, the home prices are such that you get more for your money. I've relocated many people from out of state to Carlsbad, and each person has found the right home for them based on the district and schools they prefered.

I hope this information is helpful for you. If you would like more information about schools, you can go to our website and click on the button for North County Schools. This will help give you a clearer picture of the areas of Carlsbad and what schools are where, depending uon if you are needing elementary, middle, or high school.
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Rachel LaMar,…, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Thu Jan 27, 2011
Just a quick note to agents: watch what you say about schools being "better" or "best," as this could be seen as pushing the limits of the Fair Housing Act. Whether a school is better than another is an opinion. Providing information on test scores is ok because this is documented. I just read a blog this morning on Fair Housing Act violations and it can be a grey area, so I thought I'd share!

Rachel LaMar, J.D.
LaMar Real Estate, Inc.
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Rachel LaMar,…, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Thu Jan 27, 2011
Hi Bob,

I just wanted to include something that was left out. The 92011 zip code actually has two elementary schools--Aviara Oaks Elementary and Pacific Rim Elementary. Both have high test scores but they each actually have a bit of a different feel. You should definitely visit each school if you are interested in moving to this zip code. The boundaries are a little bit strange in some neighborhoods, and there are a few neighborhoods where kids go to both schools (this is due to grandfather clauses that were put in place when Pacific Rim first opened). I too think it smart to interview the Principals of both schools.

As for the middle school, Aviara Oaks Middle School, it is the only one in the zip code, as is Carlsbad High School. However, the new high school (no name yet) is slated to open in the Fall of 2013. It will have only a Freshman and Sophomore class at that time, increasing by a class each subsequent year. Boundaries have not been presented yet for the new school but the district is working on it.

I believe all the other information below is very accurate, so take your time and speak with staff and teachers, parents and Principals and see what you think. I have children in both elementary and middle school in the zip code, and I am very involved with both schools. I will be happy to try and provide further information if you like.

Of course, there are three other zip codes in Carlsbad and each has different elementary and middle schools, and some different high schools as well. In your price range you should be able to find properties in all these zip codes, so if you are focused on a particular school you may want to gather all the information first and then focus on where you will look for a home, so that you can be in that boundary.

Best of luck,

Rachel LaMar, J.D.
LaMar Real Estate, Inc.
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Bryan Devore, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Tue May 19, 2009
Thanks for rating my answer the best. Again, I'm happy to provide you with more information as well as assistance. Best of luck!

P.S. Based on the 92011 zip code that is indicated by your name, and the $800k price range, you're looking at Aviara, which is Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle Schools and Carlsbad High. You might want to consider the Rancho Carrillo area - way more for your money - as well as La Costa Valley, which is a wonderful community with many features and ammenities, with fantastic schools. Let me know if you'd like specific information about these or other areas as you are searching!
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Dennis Smith, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Sat May 16, 2009

Carlsbad is divided into 3 High School Districts: Carlsbad Unified, San Dieguito (South Carlsbad through Del Mar) & San Marcos. The Del Mar/Carmel Valley High Schools get the highest scores, primarily due to demographics in the area. Carlsbad High & La Costa Canyon (where my Granddaughter goes), have very good scores and then San Marcos is somewhat less. Carlsbad is slated to get a new HS in 2012. http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jan/02/1mc2cbad2…

Then you have to look at the various JHS & Elementary districts within the HS boundaries. They will vary in range more than the HS do.

You can compare all the schools at several web sites.

*** Greatschools.net http://www.greatschools.net
Greatschools.net provides user-friendly academic and demographic profiles for every school in California. One particularly handy feature permits users to type in their address and receive a listing of public schools in the immediate vicinity. School profiles are free of charge.

*** Ed-Data http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us
The Ed-Data Web site provides free, useful and well-organized school and district profiles.

*** Private Schools: http://www.caisca.org California Association of Independent Schools Directory
Provides links to private schools that are members of the California Association of Independent Schools.

*** Catholic Diocese of San Diego http://www.diocese-sdiego.org/
Provides links to schools operated by the Catholic Diocese of San Diego.
You can also look on my links page for the link to recent CA test scores
by County, District or Zip or click below to see how San Diego area
schools stack up against each other and the state.

City of San Diego test results & interpretation:
Calif. Dept. of Education API Test information
Actual test results by County, District or Zip
SD School Districts http://www.sdcoe.net/schools.asp
Blue Ribbon Schools - http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/blueribbon.asp
California Distinguished Schools - http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/disting.asp

The most important thing for you is what your family values. Will you or your child feel out of place if they do not have a Mercedes or BMW to drive to school? You need to take those values into consideration when choosing a school and a neighborhood. That can be done by talking to parents and teachers and school administrators. I have had clients interview the Principals.

Most Realtors can direct you to property in a particular school or district but you must let them know which one(s).

Please call me for more information.

You can view all available San Diego area homes for sale at

Dennis Smith, Taylor Place Real Estate

My Market Trends Report with graphs and charts for North Coastal San Diego
will give you the Sales Statistics for the month and compare it with last year, by city!
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Diane Conaway, Agent, Escondido, CA
Sat May 16, 2009
What do you consider as the factors of 'best'? Most people simply mean test scores. but test scores don't tell the whole picture. Be sure to visit the schools in the areas you are considering, talk with teachers and administrators and see if it's a good fit for you and your family.
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Tony Silva, Agent, CARLSBAD, CA
Sat May 16, 2009
The Carlsbad school district is one of the best school districts in the north San Diego county area. Some areas of carlsbad are covered by the San Marcos School District as well.
Please feel free to contact me at (760) 458-2575 and I will be glad to help you located a home within the Carlsbad School District.
Tony Silva
Prudential CA Realty
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