As you can see, many of us who live and work on the hill are passionate about our community and our schools. The recent Newsweek rankings of all high schools in the country (not just public high schools) ranked both of our high schools in the top 200 in the nation, and ranked us #18 and #26 in California.
One of the things that makes our schools and our community so good is the involvement of our people in both the schools and the community. As the chair of the PVPUSD Sustainability Task Force, I have had the pleasure of seeing people from across the community come together to improve our schools, whether they have kids in the school or not!!
As Maureen said in her answer, we are blessed with thoughtful guidance on the part of our community leaders that allows us to preserve and maintain open spaces, nature preserves, beaches, hiking trails, and equestrian space (as well as the Peafowl flock in Westfield, where I live!)
We encourage parent participation in our schools, and in fact have two elementary schools with parent participation requirements. All our schools welcome parent involvement with open arms. We also have an active Education Foundation that successfully raised over $2 Million this year to support our schools and keep our teachers.
When it comes to living on the hill, there are diverse pocket communities within each of the four cities, each with a different flavor and focus. Depending on your preferences, you can find horse neighborhoods, beach neighborhoods, rural type communities, or city view communities. You can live in an area with minimal restrictions on renovation/building (the unincorporated area) or in an area carefully governed by an Art Jury that works to maintain the overall esthetic of the community.
If you have questions about specific communities or about our schools, please feel free to contact me, I would be happy to share what I know. Choosing where to raise your kids is a critical decision, for us, we are here in the community for that very reason (my kids are both in elementary school).
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