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Old 11-03-2020, 01:07 AM
 
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Hi,
I am moving with my 16 year old son to OC. I am from Turkey . I have a budget of 2K for rent in OC. Since we are only two, a one bedroom place will be fine. My main concern is the choice of high school for my son.
He will be attending 11th grade, interested in biology and sucks at math , maybe premed at university. His English is good , he is having his lessons in English here .
So far, I have seen that Anaheim Hills , Los Alamitos, Brea, Yorba Linda and Fullerton has good high schools. Irvine has very good reputable high schools. My only concern about Irvine schools are they might be too competative for him. He is coming to a new country and to a new system of education.
I work in hospitality business.

Thanks for you help in advance.
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Old 11-03-2020, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Corona del Mar & Coronado, CA
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Irvine Unified are the best schools, University High School, Woodbridge High School, Irvine High and Northwood are all excellent. Beckman High is also quite good.

Anaheim Hills is Canyon HS, which is okay, but not nearly as good as the Irvine schools. Villa Park High is good, but I am not sure on availability of apartments in the district.

Troy High in Fullerton is a magnet school and very good, but not sure on admission policies.

Brea has a very good high school, certainly well equipped. Los Al is okay, Esperanza is okay and Yorba Linda High School is too new to be judged. El Dorado is decent too.
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Old 11-04-2020, 02:21 AM
 
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Thank you. I still have time to choose, still in the beginning of my research. The one you have mentioned are in my list, just thinking if Irvine schools will be too competative for a new student who is from another country.

Thanks agan for the info.
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Old 11-04-2020, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Corona del Mar & Coronado, CA
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The Irvine schools do have a lot of good, motivated students, but education isn't a soccer game. In the World Cup Final, only one team can win. That isn't so in education. Everyone can "win". I don't think having a lot of smart, motivated kids around is necessarily a bad thing.
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Old 11-04-2020, 10:02 AM
 
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I agree, hard working , motivated students are good examples. Since youngsters are much more easily adapted, I should not worry too much
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Old 11-05-2020, 07:23 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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So far, I have seen that Anaheim Hills , Los Alamitos, Brea, Yorba Linda and Fullerton has good high schools. Irvine has very good reputable high schools.
University High School in Irvine ranks #57 in California, according to the U.S. News rankings.

https://www.usnews.com/education/bes...ornia/rankings
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Old 11-10-2020, 09:55 AM
 
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Thanks for the info's. I'll be in LA next week and check out the schools and places.
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Corona del Mar & Coronado, CA
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University High School in Irvine ranks #57 in California, according to the U.S. News rankings.
10 years ago, maybe longer, the USNews rankings had meaning, but now they're not worth much. So many of the schools they rank so highly are magnet schools and academy's. They have a selective process that makes them very different from neighborhood schools like University and Corona del Mar. Most educators I know, and I know a lot in and out of my family, place University High in the top 10 in CA year in year out and Corona del Mar in the top 20 consistently.
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Old 11-13-2020, 08:23 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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10 years ago, maybe longer, the USNews rankings had meaning, but now they're not worth much. So many of the schools they rank so highly are magnet schools and academy's.
True, but as far as ranking goes, those for-profit websites that seem to be pushed today, such as Schooldigger and Greatschools, are of little help, either. It used to be that state test results were published so that at least parents could look at those and make clearer choices.

And I notice that the top public high schools, in the L.A. area--since the OP mentioned going to Los Angeles--haven't changed much in decades, if one were going by test scores: La Canada H.S., Palos Verdes Peninsula H.S., San Marino H.S., Mira Costa H.S., South Pas H.S.
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Old 11-13-2020, 12:55 PM
 
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True, but as far as ranking goes, those for-profit websites that seem to be pushed today, such as Schooldigger and Greatschools, are of little help, either. It used to be that state test results were published so that at least parents could look at those and make clearer choices.

And I notice that the top public high schools, in the L.A. area--since the OP mentioned going to Los Angeles--haven't changed much in decades, if one were going by test scores: La Canada H.S., Palos Verdes Peninsula H.S., San Marino H.S., Mira Costa H.S., South Pas H.S.
Thanks for the advice. I'll be in LA but mostly I'll be staying in OC area. The schools you mentioned are a great advice as I have a close friend who lives in LA, they will keep these in mind.
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