Considering buying a house in either Burlingame or San Carlos. Which City has better schools? In what areas?

Asked by Parent Of Two, San Mateo, CA Sat Apr 18, 2009

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Arn Cenedella, Agent, Greenville, SC
Sun Apr 19, 2009
I agree with Chuck.
Parents in both cities are happy with the local public schools.
As a 23 year resident of San Carlos, both of my boys went to San Carlos public schools and did just fine.
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I do not think you can go wrong either way.
Burlingame is perhaps a little more "upscale" while San Carlos maybe is a little more "down home".
I believe it just comes down to personal preference as to which community you like best.
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Chuck Gilloo…, Agent, San Carlos, CA
Sun Apr 19, 2009
The schools in both communities are excellent. I know much more about the San Carlos School District than I do Burlingame because I have three kids in the system in San Carlos. In a nutshell, the San Carlos School District is outstanding. In San Carlos, elementary runs K-4, and middle school runs 5-8. This is a bit different than other communities, but it works well.

Recently, both of middle schools in San Carlos (Central Middle School and Tierra Linda Middle School) were named California Distinguished Schools. To put this in perspective, there were only 7 middle AND high schools in ALL of San Mateo County to receive this distinction -- San Carlos had 2 of those 7. Here's an article with more details on this subject:…

If you're interested in the most recent API scores this article outlines the API scores for all of San Mateo County for 2008 -- the 2009 Scores haven't been released yet.…

I can't tell you which school district is better. I have friends with children in the Burlingame program and they love it too. But we're very happy with the public school system in San Carlos. No matter which elementary school or middle school you go to in San Carlos, you can't go wrong.

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