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We’ve been talking about how the quality of schools are critical to the homebuying equation.  Here are the local public high schools, sorted by their totals of four scores from www.greatschools.net:

School Name GS Rating ’08 API ’09 API Parents Rating (# out of 5) Total
Canyon Crest
8
843
868
5
1,724
Torrey Pines
8
849
861
4
1,722
Poway
9
845
851
4
1,709
Westview
8
843
848
4
1,703
Rcho Bernardo
9
834
841
4
1,688
Mt. Carmel
8
827
815
4
1,654
San Dieguito
7
810
816
4
1,637
LC Canyon
8
805
817
4
1,634
Carlsbad
8
806
813
3
1,630
San Marcos
9
773
801
4
1,587

While it used to be that Torrey Pines had an edge on others around the county, it is remarkable how similar the scores are among the top five schools. I think you also have to hand it to San Marcos HS for making the strides they’ve made too.

With the scores bunching together, how else do you decide? The greatschools website has remarks from parents and students, but you never know what agenda they might be pushing.

P.S. Catholic schools do the same testing, but refuse to release their scores – but the website has testimonials on CCHS, and not all are flattering.

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