Public schools in RSF/CV

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Submitted by grange9 on May 8, 2017 - 12:34am

I am planning to relocate to the RSF/CV area and am looking into public schools for my children ages 5-10yo. I want to be in the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) so my children can eventually attend Torrey Pines or Canyon Crest for high school. It seems depending on what area I decide to live in, my choices for elementary/middle school are more limited. Can someone please explain to me how school selection works and what are the pros/cons of the different schools in this zone. I am flexible in where I live. I am told that the R Roger Rowe school is very well funded. Do parents recommend this school and how does it compare to the others? What are other recommended elementary/middle schools? Thank you for any advice.

Submitted by njtosd on May 8, 2017 - 7:50pm.

Elementary school attendance is based almost exclusively on a boundary map. Here is the map for Del Mar Union School District: http://apps.schoolsitelocator.com/?distr...

I'm sure you can find a similar one for Solana Beach schools, which are generally north of Del Mar Heights rd.

Although some of the schools in the DMUSD do a bit better or worse on standardized tests, they are all very high performing, as are the Solana Beach Schools. Some have larger or smaller enrollments - and some (like Ashley Falls) take in overflow from other schools in the district (this may have changed based on changing demographics). I know nothing about Robert Rowe - except that I believe students remain together through 8th grade before moving to high school, unlike other areas that send their kids to middle schools such as CVMS (which has a fantastic instrumental music program), Earl Warren and the new Pacific Trails Middle School.

My kids have attended many of these schools and we have all been very happy. Due to recent circumstances, I asked my two who are at CCA what they though the prevalence of bullying was and they replied that they had never seen it at CCA. I'm sure it exists, but not at the rate you tend to see in other schools.

Submitted by flyer on May 9, 2017 - 5:45am.

Late to post, and glad to see the excellent info already posted.

We raised our kids in CV and RSF, and chose to send them to private schools (although I'd prefer not to comment on which) so that is another option you might consider. They are now out of college and doing well. Otoh, we've known many kids who have done extremely well going the public school route.

The stats indicate that less than 50% of recent college grads achieve their desired career goals, so, even though we all try to make the best decisions possible when it comes to our children, clearly, they still face challenges beyond academia.

Submitted by harvey on May 9, 2017 - 6:41am.

A private school with an undisclosed name is another option for you.

My children are very successful. We have many successful friends.

The data shows that your kid's chances of success is basically a coin toss.

I'm glad I could help.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on May 9, 2017 - 12:46pm.

Is bullying a problem? My niece goes to elementary in LJ.
She was accused of saying something mean/bullying to another kid. Small incident, but the other kid's parents complained to the principal.

Submitted by njtosd on May 9, 2017 - 2:10pm.

FlyerInHi wrote:
Is bullying a problem? My niece goes to elementary in LJ.
She was accused of saying something mean/bullying to another kid. Small incident, but the other kid's parents complained to the principal.

Hmm - was she accusing them of being messy or overweight or conservative?

Submitted by flyer on May 9, 2017 - 5:21pm.

We have heard of bullying cases at both private and public schools over the years. There was a case at LJCD a few years ago that went to trial. Sad to see it continuing.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on May 9, 2017 - 6:02pm.

njtosd, the first two things, society doesn't like, but we're not supposed to show disapprobation in polite settings.

I think she said "take a hike, we don't want to play with you".

My brother took the opportunity to teach her to be tough and not come crying at every hurt feeling.... it's normal part of life to get feelings hurt.

Whatever happened to "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words..... "

Submitted by gzz on May 9, 2017 - 6:07pm.

I think you can safely assume all schools where the average home price is $1 million will be fine. Is anyone aware of exceptions?

Submitted by flyer on May 9, 2017 - 6:40pm.

Yes. We've heard about it happening in areas we've lived--LJ, CV, RSF--etc. Even though incidents may be less frequent, they do still occur.

Submitted by harvey on May 9, 2017 - 8:35pm.


Even the rich kids do it!

Submitted by njtosd on May 9, 2017 - 9:03pm.

FlyerInHi wrote:
njtosd, the first two things, society doesn't like, but we're not supposed to show disapprobation in polite settings.

I think she said "take a hike, we don't want to play with you".

My brother took the opportunity to teach her to be tough and not come crying at every hurt feeling.... it's normal part of life to get feelings hurt.

Whatever happened to "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words..... "

Hmm. Maybe your niece should have spoken for herself - i.e. "you don't treat me nicely and I don't want to play with you". The kids who say "we don't want to play with you" sound a little more like they want to gang up on unpopular kids - and that's never a good thing. Not sure what your brother was trying to teach her on that one.

The sticks and stones thing is fine for teaching self confidence, but we should also be teaching kids to treat each other with consideration.

Submitted by harvey on May 10, 2017 - 7:06am.

Internet real-estate forums are the ideal venue for teaching strangers about how they should teach their siblings about how they should raise their kids.

Submitted by flyer on May 10, 2017 - 9:29pm.

To the OP regarding your original post.

Regardless of which path you take regarding schools, your family will love living in either CV or RSF, and your kids will benefit greatly, as all of ours have. Best of luck!

Submitted by grange9 on May 10, 2017 - 11:23pm.

Thanks for the various comments. The digression to bullying does bring up the question. Given that your children are bound to an elementary school according to your district map, if they are not happy there, is there a way to change elementary schools without moving house?

Submitted by njtosd on May 11, 2017 - 8:24pm.

The short answer is yes, although you might not have a lot of choice about where your child ends up. It depends on which school has a relatively low enrollment. Overall, I haven't seen a lot of bullying, and I've only known of one girl who chose to switch schools. Overall, the students that I have seen seem to be pretty nice.

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