School is getting ready to start, or has started around North SD County.

We’ve discussed school districts before and their importance to the homebuying equation – whether you have kids or not. Let’s revisit the scorecard. 

I know a couple of people who were at the freshman orientation for San Marcos High School last week.  The principal announced to the crowd that their API scores were going to ‘rock the county’.

I don’t know if he was referring to the current scores, future scores, or just optimistic in general.  But San Marcos HS has been working its way up the charts, and recently announced that they were going to re-build the school too.

Here are the latest scores:

High School # of kids 2010 API Greatschools score
CCA
1,811
892
10
Torrey Pines
2,629
871
8
Westview
2,366
851
10
SDA
1,540
845
8
San Marcos
2,035
830
10
La Costa Cyn
2,478
815
8
Carlsbad
2,957
812
8

With both SDA and CCA having to conduct lotteries to determine enrollment (there are 200 kids on the waiting list at CCA, allegedly), is it worth considering other areas outside of the prime San Dieguito High School District?

You can purchase a similar home in San Elijo Hills/Rancho Carrillo and attend San Marcos HS, or live in 92127 and attend Westview HS, and save six-figures over what it would cost you in the nearby prime areas within the San Dieguito High School District.

Is it worth it to take a flyer on the up-and-coming high schools?

When looking at all the ingredients, could schools be one for compromise, given that Torrey Pines and LCC appear to be human after all?  Prices in Carmel Valley have been holding up, and if you could get a deal on a house outside the 92130, it might be worth considering.

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