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Old 01-24-2022, 12:58 PM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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Will be relocating over the summer to Ventura County.
I believe we are looking to live in TO.
From what I read, you can live in one town and apply to hopefully attend school
in another town.

2 kids, one will be a junior another a senior

From what I have read, for high schools, you really can't go wrong with any of them.
All are really good and highly rated.

I've been told from some of the locals, that they rank them as:

1 - Newbury Park
2 - WLV
3 - TO

Is that ranking accurate?

I'm looking for a HS that offers a good AP/Advanced classes while also
really good with students with special needs (autism)

Oh...

And who has the best girls soccer team??
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Old 02-12-2022, 04:17 PM
 
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I'm also interested in this, as we are going to be buying a home in the CV in the near future. Westlake High seems to have the highest school ranking, but the reviews of Westlake are pretty poor. One major flaw in these various ranking sites is that they measure achievement by test scores, rather than by GROWTH. So a more affluent school is naturally going to have higher "achievement" but California provides no data on growth (i.e. how much students improved and learned from their starting point). That is what every parent should want, is teachers who are developing and getting the most out of their students, not just loading them up with busywork and taking credit for their students natural advantages due to affluence. Saw a lot of talk about Westlake being more concerned with athletics and focusing on the highest achievers, while leaving everyone else behind.

We are relatively well off, but if Westlake seems to have an affluent, snobby vibe that doesn't prioritize meaningful learning and challenging their students, while just maintaining the status quo, that is going to be a turn off. Even if we buy within the Westlake High boundaries, when our children are high school age, I may consider requesting a school choice exemption for TO or NP if things don't seem to have improved by then. Definitely going to keep an eye on it.

I recommend reading this article before looking at rating sites like GreatSchools (which are tied into Zillow/Redfin and can affect property values): https://www.chalkbeat.org/2019/12/5/...ard-schools-wi
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Old 02-13-2022, 03:52 PM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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Thanks for sharing.
From what I read and was told, is that you really can't go wrong with any of them.
And depending who you ask, everyone will have their opinion and rank the three differently.
The information I was reading here on CD seemed a little outdated and I wanted to see if anything
had changed with the schools.
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