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Old 04-11-2016, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Philly
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Love Philly and our teams but it's time for a change.
The wife and I have 2 boys and our professions are such we can live anywhere in the country.
I'm also a filmmaker which is another reason for the relocation. A few questions for the natives and/LA dwellers:
1) Safe & friendly neighborhoods for families (2 boys)
2) good public school system
3) option for charter schools (which ones)
4) not too far from the coast (maybe 45 mins?)
5) looking to rent 1st year ($2500 to $3000). Prefer homes not apartments

I was told about Agoura Hills and RPV. But no idea about the areas.
Any suggestions?

Thanks for your time and input.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:19 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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i'm nearly certain you won't find a house to rent for under $3000 in Agoura Hills. RPV is totally out of the question. just to throw one option out there, check out west hills. also, don't wear philly sports gear out here or you'll probably get stabbed!!! just kidding, people in LA like our teams, but most don't take it that seriously.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:24 AM
 
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Simi Valley.

How often are you actually going to have to be in the LA area for work (i.e. face to face meetings?). If you can work remote I would live further out especially if you want to be close to the coast
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:39 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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i'm nearly certain you won't find a house to rent for under $3000 in Agoura Hills..
Generally true, but you may get lucky. Simi is a good option as stated. Also look in Thousand Oaks:
Home for Rent - 1784 Fox Springs Cir, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 - realtor.com®
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Philly
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How are the middle and high schools in these areas? What are the options for charter?
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:48 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Conejo Valley USD is excellent, schools are award-winning. Simi Valley USD is also very good. There is also Oak Park USD next to Agoura. Charter is unnecessary.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Philly
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I haven't found a well rated school in West Hills or Conejo or Simi. What am I missing?
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:09 PM
 
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I haven't found a well rated school in West Hills or Conejo or Simi. What am I missing?


Simi Valley Schools, 1-25 - Simi Valley, CA | GreatSchools


GreatSchools.org Search: Conejo Valley Unified School District, 1-25
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:50 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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I haven't found a well rated school in West Hills or Conejo or Simi. What am I missing?
what do you consider a well rated school? i know this map is a bit outdated, but it should give you an idea of school scores in the areas you are considering:

California School Performance Maps

the map clearly shows schools in the thousand oaks area (inclusive of westlake and agoura) are fantastic with plenty of good schools in nearby simi valley and west hills/woodland hills. so i'm not entirely sure what you are missing.
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Old 04-11-2016, 06:19 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Don't know how you could miss the info which is everywhere. for example:
Westlake High (not West Hills): "It is one of four high schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, that consistently has significantly above average API and SAT scores, and 96% of graduating seniors go on to attend some type of college or further education. In 2013, a Westlake High grad was named a Rhodes Scholar. In 2015, Westlake High ranked as the 210th top high school in the United States and the 26th best high school in the state of California according to Newsweek. In 2015, Westlake's average score on Advanced Placement exams was 3.65. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westla...ol_(California)
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