One of the main factors in finding a good home is the school district in which it is located. Luckily, it seems that all the high schools in this particular area of south Orange County are miles better than the one Bella would attend were we to stay in Joshua Tree (where the teen pregnancy rate is as high as the college-bound rate – just kidding, surely 22% of the kids don’t get pregnant as teenagers).

I am specifically looking at high schools in the Capistrano and Saddleback school districts: Aliso Niguel, Capistrano Valley, Dana Hills, and Tesoro High; and El Toro, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Trabuco High, respectively. This link  will take you to a page on the California Department of Education website (CDE) that shows the API score for all public schools in Orange County (and includes links to each school’s accountability report card). All the high schools we are looking at have an API near or above 800, which according to my numbers friend, is very good.

For comparison, Yucca Valley High School’s API score is 697 and you can read more about it here. Out of Yucca Valley’s 1109 students, 17 are Asian, and 453 are socio-economically disadvantaged.

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