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Old 06-29-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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First, I want to thank those that have responded to my previous posts because it has been invaluable. Planning for a cross country move to a place you don't have family to is pretty intimidating.

I have two going into high school. Westlake Village has 3500 students, a huge number. Newbury Park has 2400 students, about the same as my current high school. Can anyone comment on either high school? Just by the number of students, I would be hesitent to choose the Westlake Village zone. Thanks
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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My opinion is probably outdated, having moved away from the Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park area in the mid-1990s after living there most of my life. Newbury Park HS always had a good reputation and was more middle class. Personally, although I've been out of the loop except for visits back home, I would have had no problem sending my kids to Newbury Park HS, and would prefer it over Westlake (unless things have changed drastically since then).

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Old 06-29-2013, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Oxnard
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First, I want to thank those that have responded to my previous posts because it has been invaluable. Planning for a cross country move to a place you don't have family to is pretty intimidating.

I have two going into high school. Westlake Village has 3500 students, a huge number. Newbury Park has 2400 students, about the same as my current high school. Can anyone comment on either high school? Just by the number of students, I would be hesitent to choose the Westlake Village zone. Thanks
Actually Westlake High has around 2400 students, and Newbury Park High has around 2600 students. According to US News Westlake is the better school academically, they have them ranked #314 nationally. Which is #55 in the state of California.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:43 AM
 
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So much for using Wikipedia as a good source of info
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
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All 3 conejo valley high schools are good schools. Westlake has higher scores than the others mostly because they have fewer ELL/lower income students. they all offer AP courses, and similar curriculum. My kids went to NPHS (graduated in 07 and 09). There were plenty of academic programs, including IB.Westlake offers the most AP classes I think, but not sure. TO is the largest of the 3. I think they are all good and will have plenty of opportunities for any student.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Curious about which high school the OP chose. If you wouldn't mind, please give us an update.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:31 PM
 
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Newbury Park High has had it's share of gang violence. Yes...it has. No such thing in Westlake High...drugs yes, violence, no. There is always going to be something. There is no perfect school. If size is the only thing you care about, Oak Park High is smaller and very highly rated in a very safe area.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:12 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Westlake does have more drugs. And coach was just arrested for student sex assault. There have been incidents of hazing in the heavy jock culture there. And the wealth of some students can be intimidating. A friend's (middle class) son recently went to some classmates' birthday party---16 year-old twin guys---and the twins each got a $100,000 car as gifts.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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Just my personal opinion, but the size of a school would be but a very small part of my decision in picking the right school for my child. The OP didn't mention what type of student her child is, if they are very social or introverted, into sports or the arts...interested in AP classes??? So much more to consider than the size. I would say for academics Oak Park or Westlake above Newbury Park or T.O High.

Drugs play a very big part in all high schools, but even worse in affluent suburban areas. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but heroin has infiltrated the Conejo Valley in a big way. It is no longer a drug of the street. A top athlete od'd a few years back that went to T.O. High while out with Oak Park pals. Close friends son just got out of rehab for the second time that lived in a wealthy suburb of Calabasas and went to Agoura High.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:19 AM
 
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Oak Park High is smaller and very highly rated in a very safe area.
To reiterate what another poster said, no school is perfect. Oak Park High has been in the news in the last couple of weeks due to anti-semitic comments. It was found out, among other things, that a group of jocks had been intimidating jewish students.
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