Looking to buy in north county san diego but need a good high school. Recommendations?

Asked by marussell1367, Oceanside, CA Mon Feb 27, 2012

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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
OK, I read all the answers and most of them were very factual and good answers. But having raised 5 children in the Vista Unified School Districe in the 80's and early 90's and now participating in the rearing of 12 beautiful Grandchildren in the North County Coastal areas from SDA to private church oriented venues I have only this to say.

It's not the school's you send your children to that makes the difference. It's the parents. I'll never forget the time when 3 of our five children were attending Monte Vista Elementary School in Vista. Mr Arnold, then the principal, stood up at our annual parent teacher back to school night and announced.................................

Welcome fo Monte Vista Elementary School. The Vista Unified School Districts most PRIVATE PUBLIC SCHOOL. Where we are proud to announce that we have a 95% parental participation. GET IT?
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Marcie Sands, Agent, Poway, CA
Mon Feb 27, 2012

The links that Anna provided should help you. What each parent considers important is subjective. Which area of North San Diego County you were interested in?

Kind Regards,
Marcie Sands, REALTOR
Simply The Best Real Estate Co., Inc.
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Rick Ungar, Agent, Encinitas, CA
Mon Feb 27, 2012
The highest rated high schools in north San Diego county are usually in Carmel Valley (92130), Solana Beach, Encinitas or Carlsbad if you want coastal homes. Inland usually Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo and Poway are the highest rated. Living in those school districts increases demand for those homes.
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Mon Apr 2, 2012
It's all a matter of your price point! (Isn't everything?)

In the moderate price range, I would recommend San Marcos, Carlsbad, and Encinitas with Encinitas being the best of these three areas.

I also recommend going to a site called 'Greatl Schools' which offers ratings on the schools. Great resource for parents!
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Sat Mar 17, 2012
It really depends on what quality of life you're looking for. Do you want to live in an inland, hot in the summer, conjested I-15 traffic, suburban cookie cutter environment? Then neighborhoods like Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Carmel Valley are great.

Or perhaps you prefer a more moderate/mediterranean, semi rural to rural rolling hillside, winding country roads, where you can own anywhere from a half an acre and up. Then you may want to check out Northeast Vista, San Marcos and Bonsall.

If you don't mind a little climatic volitility (hot in the sumer and cool in the winter) then you could look at Valley Center, Ramona, Julian and even Southeast County around El Cajon & Crest areas. But be wary of fire season in any of these areas.

Or if you prefer to be a little more coastal and love a funky laid back lifestyle and international renouned surfing culture you may want to look into the Solona & Encinitas areas. You will find properties east of I-5 somewhat comparable to the inland areas. The more West you go the higher the price.

If you're West of Coast Highway 101 then your dealing with small and pricey homes on small lots with small garages unless you can afford to buy a Mc Mansion (upwards of 1M). But then, as much as I love the Coast and spend more than half of my time here, you will be dealing with Coastal influences i.e. Catalina Eddys, May Gray, June Glume, Coastal fog and just a lot of good ole fasioned indigenous morning & evening overcast skies.

Bottom line and in answer to your question about good High Schools? You will find great schools in just about all of these areas. All of my children graduated from Rancho Buena Vista in Vista and today they have all graduated from college. My younget daughter starred on a CIF championship BB team and later received a full ride BB scholarship to USD where she earned her BS degree in 4 years.

My oldest son graduated from Cal State San Marcos and today is a father of 3 beautiful children and a very successful San Diego business man. One of my other daughters graduated from the Design Institute of San Diego and is today one of California's most up and coming interior designers located in the Cedros Design District.

My Youngest son graduated from Northern Arizona University where he earned a degree in English Literature and International Communications and today runs our SD based company of 30 years with my USD daughter. They have subsequently taken our company Nationwide.

I'm not to brag about my kids. I'm just trying to drive the point home. It really doesn't matter where your kids go to school. It's more about what effort parents put into getting them through the process.

I've seen so many great and attentive parents lead their children arduously through K-8 only to drop them off on the school yard steps on their first day of high school where they then expect the school to take over from there thinking they have done their service and it's now time for their kids to step up.

Truth be known. That's where so many parents drop the ball. Fact of the matter is high school is actually where your children need more parental leadership than ever. So drawing this sermon to an end let me close by saying once again that it's more about what you are willing to put into your childrens HS education than what the particular school you choose puts into your child.

Thanks for indulging me but I'm just a silly, sensitive and proud ole father of 5 and grandfather of 12 trying to relate to a subject that has long hit a nerve. Good luck and if I can help you in anyway please do not hesitate to reach out. 760 815-6977
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Janet McCart…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sat Mar 17, 2012
One of the top rated school districts in San Diego is the Poway Unified School District it serves Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos and 4 S Ranch.. Students test scores continually out rank all the other schools including private schools. You can use the following links to get more detailed answers to your questions
Great Schools - http://www.greatschools.org/high-school/

and School Rankings in the city of San Diego.


If you're looking for one of the best elementary schools than look at Los Penasquitos Elementary school. They have a special Academy program and it provides students with extra programs and classroom time.

Homes in the Poway Unfied School District are always in demand and have held their value better than other areas.
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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Fri Mar 9, 2012
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Tony Cannon, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Mon Feb 27, 2012
I often visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/getschoolreport/ to get details on schools and districts. Some of the websites which have comments posted have to be taken with a grain of salt since negative and positive comments are relative to your expectations or your child's particular situation.
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Linda Brackin, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Mon Feb 27, 2012
I see that your renting in Oceanside. Parts of Oceanside are included in the Vista Unified School district. There are award winning elementary, middle and high schools. Rancho Buena Vista is a wonderful high school. Its boundaries cover much of Vista and Oceanside. I have lived in North County for 20 years and my children have all gone to school in Vista. If you have any questions, I'd love to help you out. My specialty is the tri-city area.


Linda Brackin
Homelife Village Realtors
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Brad Manning, Agent, Fallbrook, CA
Mon Feb 27, 2012
Depending on the area you'd like to live will determine which High Schools are available. Visit this web site for all San Diego area school ratings and information http://www.greatschools.org. I've lived in several areas throughout the county and both my daughters attend the local schools. My wife has also worked for one of the local school districts for the past 10 years. Feel free to review my web site or call me for any further information or asistance you may need.
Best regards,
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Chris Keller, Agent, Del Mar, CA
Mon Feb 27, 2012
Torrey Pines HS is rated on of the best schools in San Diego.
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Jerry Heard, Agent, San Diego, CA
Mon Feb 27, 2012
School districts are critical when deciding where to buy. In North County some of the highest ranked districts are Poway in the east and Carlsbad towards the coast. The San Dieguito school district is also highly rated.
This link http://www.thesandiegopropertyshop.com/3/W0000019683/P000036… goes to the San Diego County School District website and has valuable information that may help you find a school that is best for your family.
I have lived in La Costa, Oceanside and Vista and we had great success with the schools that my children were enrolled in. Even the best schools still require some parental input to make sure that you know what the children are doing in class.
If you have other questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

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Jason Richar…, Agent, Encinitas, CA
Mon Feb 27, 2012
Schools are one of the drving forces in real estate prices. What I can tell you in the short term is that the San Dieguito Union High School District adds the highest premium for property of any other district in North County. These include La Costa Canyon, Torrey Pines, San Dieguito Academy and Canyon Crest Academy. The premium in home prices or rents is significant.

The increase in caliber of the communities outside this district also bring into play the argument that the other districts may not be as "bad" as they used to be. http://www.greatschools.net is a great review.

Let me know if you would like to chat further about your specific needs.


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Sinead McAll…, Agent, Oceanside, CA
Mon Feb 27, 2012
Hi Marussell1367,
I have lived in Oceanside since I was three and graduated from El Camino High School. I think it was an excellent school, my three little ones will go there. And I was able to complete my first year of college while I was there via their extensive AP program. If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact me directly.

Thank you!
Sinead McAllister
McAllister Homes Real Estate & Property Management
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Mon Feb 27, 2012
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