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Old 02-26-2008, 10:44 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Can anyone tell me anything about schools in Santa Cruz. I have a 5 and 7 year old who would probably attend public school if we move there. I'd like to find a family-friendly, community school with strong academics.

I've heard housing is very expensive but I've also heard that there is rent control.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance...
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Old 02-27-2008, 09:54 AM
 
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Here's the Academic Performance Index scores for all Santa Cruz County schools. Schools are ranked up to a max score of 1000. Anything 800+ is generally considered pretty good, 900+ is exceptional.

County List of Schools
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:28 AM
 
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Check out Scotts Valley, adjacent to Santa Cruz. We moved to Scotts Valley when our first two were 5 & 7 years old (and two more surprise babies after that) and sent them all to Brook Knoll. What an excellent school! Now our house is for sale - 5 bedrooms for 799,000 - because we're ready to downsize. Interested? Call 831-438-8608.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:23 PM
 
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I've haven't heard of any rent control in the city of Santa Cruz except in a senior mobile home park and that was struck down several years ago.
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Mary Powers - Wish we were in the position to buy your house as we are moving back to the area in a week and I'm having a very hard time finding a decent rental. Do you have to run your air conditioning all summer in Scotts Valley?
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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I don't think you'll need to run the air conditioner all summer in Scotts Valley. I don't live there, but my experience of it is that it can get warm during the day but cools off quite a bit at night. Especially if you have a place with shade trees, which there are a lot of in Scotts Valley, you should be fine.

I live over the hill in San Jose and I don't even have air conditioning and there are only about 10 days a year in summer where I really wish I had it. I don't think Scotts Valley is hotter than San Jose.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:44 PM
 
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No air conditioner is needed in Scotts Valley in the summer.
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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That is what my friend said who has lived there on and off for about 30 years. She only knows a few people who have air conditioning and they rarely use it. There are a few days in the late summer when it is useful, but I am always cold so it shouldn't be an issue for me. It is sunny and beautiful over here in Scotts Valley today and foggy and gloomy in Santa Cruz.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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I live over the hill in San Jose and I don't even have air conditioning and there are only about 10 days a year in summer where I really wish I had it. I don't think Scotts Valley is hotter than San Jose.
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Old 03-28-2009, 05:21 PM
 
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Fans are your friends
I do have a ceiling fan. But when it's 100F like it was about 5 days last summer, fans don't really help much.

It isn't too bad if the daytime high is under 95, but when it gets hotter than that, it's really a drag and hard to sleep at night.
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