What San Jose, California middle schools and high schools have the best scores?

Asked by H Stevenson, Sun Mar 9, 2008

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Lisa Huse, , Los Gatos, CA
Tue Mar 11, 2008
I also have two children in private schools. Its a personal decision. The value of buying in the good school districts is not only for the actual use of sending your children there but the amount of appreciation of the homes in those areas. Perfect example. If you bought your home in Cupertino 3 years ago and needed to sell, you most likely would not be in a situation where you paid more for your home than what it is currenlty worth. Where in other areas you very might well be in some trouble. Cupertino is still having multiple bid situations. Where in other areas homes are sitting for 6 months.

Now the discussion of whether or not a great public school is equal to a private school is another debate :).

Hope that helps! :)

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Mario Pinedo,…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Sun Mar 9, 2008
Almaden Valley area of San Jose (95120) has the best overall middle and high school combo. Unless you are in the part of San Jose (95129) that falls in the Cupertino school district.
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CJ Brasiel, Agent, San Jose, CA
Sun Mar 9, 2008
H -
I prefer schoolmatters.com to search for school info. It is not quite as cumbersome as Greatschools.net.

For San Jose specifically the following are the top three middle schools in regards to API scores:

#1 Joaquin Miller Middle School 6151 Rainbow Drive San Jose, CA 95129
#2 Bret Harte Middle School 7050 Bret Harte Drive San Jose, CA 95120
#3 Union Middle School 2130 Los Gatos-Almaden Road San Jose, CA 95124

For San Jose High Schools:

#1 Leland HS - 6677 Camden Avenue San Jose, CA 95120
#2 Leigh HS 5210 Leigh Avenue San Jose, CA 95124
#3 Evergreen HS 3300 Quimby Road San Jose, CA 95148
Pioneer HS was almost equal to Evergreen.

Hope that helps.

Web Reference:  http://www.TalkToCJ.com
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Linda Baker, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Thu Mar 13, 2008
As a Realtor & as a mother of 2 teenagers, I understand the value of a good school. As I am sure you have figured out, the real estate values surrounding good schools tend to be the highest. Just look at Cupertino, Palo Alto, Saratoga & Los Gatos. In San Jose, Almaden Valley consistently has the highest scoring schools, from elementary up to Leland High School, and this area has strong resale value. Leigh HS, Pioneer HS, and Evergreen HS are all very good as well.
However, please remember that the score only tells part of the story. If the home is in an area where the economic demographics vary widely, the scores may be more a reflection of the wide variety of students attending than the quality of the school & teachers. Many kids in high school do not take these STAR tests seriously, since there is no benefit in doing well on this test for the students.
So, do your homework. Visit the schools. Talk to teachers & parents. Look at the graduation rates & percentage of students going onto universities. And don't forget the extra-curricular activities. If your child excels in drama, art, music, sports, various schools have very strong programs in these important areas. Here is to a well-rounded child.
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Andrea Wince…, Agent, Milpitas, CA
Thu Mar 13, 2008
I sell all over Silicon Valley and having lived here all my life, I know the good and bad. Public School API Scores (Academic Performance Index) can change every year. So a top school last year may not be a top school this year. You can also go to http://www.greatschools.net to input an address and find the closest school. However, keep in mind that just because a school is close to the address, does not necessarily mean your child will go there. It's always best to check with the district office as well.
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Blythe Kern, , Santa Clara County, CA
Wed Mar 12, 2008
If you go to my website at http://www.blythelkern.org and click on the lef-hand side under schools, you can enter the city's name and it will give you a list of schools in that district, along with scores. Hope this helps.
Web Reference:  http://www.blythelkern.org
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Tp, Home Buyer, San Jose, CA
Mon Mar 10, 2008
I have to agree w/ "Space" regarding private schools being better than public. I have 2 kids, one is in private, the other will be starting school this fall. I am looking for a home w/ good public school, and so far the cost - benefit analysis has not add up to convine me to relocate to a good public school areas like Cupertino or Los Gatos etc...
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Space, Home Buyer, Santa Clara, CA
Mon Mar 10, 2008
The best are private schools, this has been true for decades.
Dont matter where you live....
St Francis HS, Presentation HS, and Bellermine have graduated the best
who went on to the top universities. All the nonsense and hype by realtors are useless when you
look at the facts that stand by themself for decades in the Bay Area.

I seen kids commute from San Mateo to Santa Clara (Bellermine) via train everyday...
yes the school is right next to the train station. I had a friend who went to St Francis
and lived in Santa Clara.

Save yourself the headache, the overspending on shacks in so called best districts,
Learn the facts from the natives...
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KB, Both Buyer And Seller,
Mon Mar 10, 2008
Sorry, I misread part of the question. Here's the middle/high school map...
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KB, Both Buyer And Seller,
Mon Mar 10, 2008
Take a look at schoolperformancemaps.com/ca/ for a geographical display of Calif. school performance (API Base ranks). The web reference below will show a map centered on San Jose, with elementary schools displayed.
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Theresa Well…, , San Jose, CA
Sun Mar 9, 2008
I find that the two most sought after areas are West San Jose in the Moreland or Campbell school districts or Cambrian area, especially Union Middle and Leigh High.
Also there are Almaden area schools which are almost as sought after as Cupertino, but home price points are noticeably higher as with Cupertino
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Realtor, ,
Sun Mar 9, 2008
I have a link for school API scores on my website. Please check it out!
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Ali Moein, Agent, Saratoga, CA
Sun Mar 9, 2008
Hello Stevenson,
Here is a website you can use to find out the answer to your question:

Hope this helps!
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