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Old 08-30-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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We're planning on buying a house and starting a family and we're seriously considering Santa Monica. We're wondering about the best neighborhood to move to...we're thinking about north of Montana but we also love the beach-town atmosphere of Ocean Park, so we'd love some thoughts on that. Also, we need to know about the quality of public education in Santa Monica from elementary through high school. And also, what kind of community would this be for my kids to grow up in? Thanks!!
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Old 08-30-2008, 01:49 PM
 
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We're planning on buying a house and starting a family and we're seriously considering Santa Monica. We're wondering about the best neighborhood to move to...we're thinking about north of Montana but we also love the beach-town atmosphere of Ocean Park, so we'd love some thoughts on that. Also, we need to know about the quality of public education in Santa Monica from elementary through high school. And also, what kind of community would this be for my kids to grow up in? Thanks!!
Good choice. I see many elementry school kids walking home from school in the northern montana/santa monica area. If you can afford the housing, you will save by not having to pay private school tuition for at least through elementary. Im not sure what the state of SAMO is. I recall from years past that pacific palisades was the way to go, but now I think its mostly bused in students as the locals go private for high school.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:30 PM
 
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If you can afford a single-family home, Santa Monica is wonderful. If you can afford private school it's even better. Public schools such as Franklin Elementary and Lincoln Middle are great. Others vary from very good to okay. High School is probably what you make of it.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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High School is probably what you make of it.
Santa Monica High doesn't look bad on paper and high school is what you make of it anywhere. You can be at a top ranked school and if you don't want to learn, well ... you won't. Its state test scores are above average, but not top quality. Its API rank is an 8/10 with a score of 771. Bad schools usually are scoring below 700 and the top notch schools are usually scoring above 800 so SMHS falls somewhere in between.

It does look like students can do very well at Santa Monica High if they want to because it has a long list of AP classes offered. It is also encouraging to see 800 out of 1,500 11th or 12th graders took at least one AP class and the majority of tests taken were a passing score of 3 or higher. The average SAT scores are decent at this school also. Unless there is some underlying cultural problem at the school that only locals know about, the school has strong reviews on greatschools.com and decent scores from CA data quest.

Santa Monica would be a blast for a kid to grow up in. It is a fun area.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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You and your children will love Santa Monica! It's unbelievably charming!

Sta Monica is just like the LA pictured in popular media; beaches, palm trees, cozy family homes, Mediterranean weather, glamor, ritz, upscale shopping/dining, parks etc.

Not only that, it's safe from other LA travesties such as overwhelming crime ridden barrios and poor underperforming schools weighed down by illegal immigrants/ESL students (..although SMH is going downhill).

IMO, Sta Monica has everything that's right about LA, it is quintessentially Los Angeles...none of the fat, you'll see why it's one of America's favorite small cities.
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Old 08-30-2008, 07:27 PM
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Academic pseudo-stats mean little, esp if one's kid suffers disabling injuries in an assault...

Even at middle school level, public schools in affluent, highly educated regions like Beverly Hills or PaloAlto or Greenwich suffer from precocious young criminals who understandably prefer to sharpen their skills in mugging/assaulting their more affluent, less physically able classmates...

Most affluent parents in LA/SF/NYC/Chic assume private schools are a basic element of cost of living, much like health/property insurance...a fairly simple risk/reward bet....
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Old 08-30-2008, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Academic pseudo-stats mean little, esp if one's kid suffers disabling injuries in an assault...

Even at middle school level, public schools in affluent, highly educated regions like Beverly Hills or PaloAlto or Greenwich suffer from precocious young criminals who understandably prefer to sharpen their skills in mugging/assaulting their more affluent, less physically able classmates...

Most affluent parents in LA/SF/NYC/Chic assume private schools are a basic element of cost of living, much like health/property insurance...a fairly simple risk/reward bet....
Are you saying all public schools are violent places, or just specifically Santa Monica High School???? So, are you saying all public high schools are DANGEROUS for students or just this specific SM high school? Do you know if there are problems with fights and violence at Santa Monica High???
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