Selecting the right neighborhood is one of the most important choices you’ll make when browsing for your new home. Part of determining the best community entails choosing the education that best fits your child. If you’re looking at moving into the Bay Area, check out some of the best schools these cities have to offer.


School Score: 9.5

Ranked No. 1 in Northern California and No. 4 in the state on California’s Academic Performance Index, the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) boasts a rigorous K-12 curriculum and high-achieving students. Over 95% of PUSD graduating seniors pursue a college education.

Three elementary, one intermediate, one high school and one alternative secondary school comprise the district along with a team of over 360 experienced and dedicated teachers and staff. PUSD also has an adult education program that shares classroom space with the district schools for evening and weekend classes.

PUSD is also extremely well supported. The Piedmont Educational Foundation awards grants for academic innovation each year and provides sustained financial support to the district. Residents of Piedmont contribute through a parcel tax totaling approximately $9.0 million (about a third of the district budget) yearly. With supportive neighbors and a team of passionate teachers, the community of Piedmont is dedicated to helping your child receive the best education.

Palo Alto

School Score: 9.2

The Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is another high-ranking district in California with a pre-school, twelve K-5 elementary, three intermediate, two high schools, a self-supporting adult program and the Hospital School at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. PAUSD’s Palo Alto High School was ranked #85 out of over 18,000 public high schools surveyed by U.S. News & World Report in 2007. PAUSD also has a student-teacher ratio of 14:9 according to the National Center for Education Statistics, much lower than the neighboring communities, ensuring that your child receive plenty of undivided attention.

The city also offers a variety of private schools including Castilleja School (providing a college preparatory education for girls grades 6-12), Esther B. Clark School (for children ages 7-16 struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges), International School of the Peninsula (a bilingual immersion school), and Kehillah Jewish High School (offering instruction incorporating both secular and Jewish studies). Palo Alto is committed to addressing your child’s needs, whichever education you wish for them to pursue.


School Score: 8.6

Albany schools offer an excellent education supported by the surrounding community. Public schools are operated by the Albany Unified School District (AUSD), which includes three elementary, one high school, one continuation secondary school and an adult education program.

Albany High School is known as one of the best public high schools in the Bay Area, boasting a graduation rate of 92.1% according to its School Accountability Report Card. It was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the maximum term of six years in 2001 and was recently ranked #83 among California high schools by US News in 2013.

Residents of Albany are very committed to education for the next generation. As such, parents and community members in 2001 established SchoolCARE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing long-term funding to Albany’s K-12 schools to ensure that high education standards are maintained despite state budget cuts. Pledges for the 2015-16 year include funds for a behavioral specialist at the Transitional Kindergarten, two full time counselors at Albany Middle School and a Writer Coach Connection program.

With excellent track records and a supportive community, you can feel confident knowing Albany schools are devoted to providing the best for your child.


School Score: 8.6

The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) offers nine elementary, three intermediate and three high schools. Newsweek ranked two of the high schools, Amador Valley and Foothill, as among the top 400 in the nation. Among Amador Valley’s other awards include recognition as a California Distinguished School, a National School of Character and a National Blue Ribbon School. Foothill has similar achievements, named as a California Distinguished School in 2001 and a National Blue Ribbon Award winner in 2006.

Several clubs and teams within PUSD have won national and state competitions including a UNICEF-sponsored Junior 8 Competition and a Model United Nations team honored as Best Delegate in the Top 150 in the North American Continent. Thanks to various extracurricular programs and a strong curriculum, PUSD can help cultivate a secure learning space filled with passionate students and staff where your child can excel.


School Score: 8.4

Another high-achieving district in the Bay Area, the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) is ranked among the top 9% of all unified school districts in California according to the California Academic Performance Index.

DUSD’s Dublin High School boasts incredible statistics: a 98% UC admission rate, 98% graduation rate and a 97.9% college-bound rate. Other accolades include recognition as a four-time California Distinguished School, honor in the National Merit Scholarship Program and a Silver Medal in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranking of high schools.

In addition to its traditional elementary, middle and public schools, DUSD also offers independent and home school options. Such programs follow the California State Standards and have fully credentialed teacher assistant available. Whichever education you wish your child to pursue, Dublin is committed to meeting the needs of all families.

Castro Valley

School Score: 8

Serving almost 9,000 students, the Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) contains nine elementary, two intermediate, two high schools and one adult school.

Castro Valley High School, the main secondary school of the district, has been named both a California Distinguished School and a National Exemplary School. It offers a wide variety of Advanced, Honors, and Advanced Placement courses and is the only high school in the United States to have Honors American Sign Language.

In addition, the student-run newspaper The Olympian is an award-winning publication winning honors from the Journalism Education Association of Northern California and Quill and Scroll. Castro Valley High School also boasts a strong Visual and Performing Arts department with hands-on courses allowing students to improve skills and explore career options in arts-related fields. With several excellent courses and activities to choose from, your child is sure to find a home in Castro Valley.


School Score: 7.9

With recognition as a California Gold Ribbon School and a National Blue Ribbon School as well as a recipient of the Continuation High School Model School Award, schools in the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) excel in academics. The district contains 28 elementary, five intermediate, five high schools and an alternative campus.

Fremont also offers the California School for the Deaf and shares a campus with the statewide California School for the Blind. In addition, children can seek education through independent study programs such as Vista and Circle of Independent Learning Charter School (C.O.I.L.). Whatever needs your child requires, the city will be sure to provide.

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