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Academic Summer Camp in San Jose

Are you looking for an educational experience for you child in San Jose, CA this summer? Learning Plus Tutoring provides one-on-one instruction tailored to a child’s individual needs serving students in grades 2nd through 8th. Classes in reading, math and writing are from 9 AM to noon, Monday through Friday in…

Saratoga Coders Clique

How about spending summer coding? How fun! Saratoga Coders Clique starts June 7, 2015. This is a group for middle school and high school kids interested in software, apps and programming. Kids will learn from each other, to code, create mobile apps, design/create video games. This fun and interactive meeting will take…

Teaching Kids Programming Using Minecraft

Teaching Kids Programming Using Minecraft

VisionTech Education just opened a new Technology Education Center in Saratoga, CA. They offer technology based summer camps and after school classes to children ages 7-17. Teaching programming to kids used to involve lectures about difficult programming concepts such as conditional structures, variables, and classes. Now, a San Francisco Bay…

Saratoga High School Profile

Saratoga High School has one of the highest API scores in California with 931 overall! Here are some other highlights form a presentation given to Saratoga Rotary Club on April 26, 2011: With Asians accounting for over 50% of Saratoga High School students, their 963 API score brought up the…

Private Christian School Open Houses in Saratoga

Sacred Heart School in Saratoga, CA is having an open house Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 10 AM to 1PM.  The preschool and K-8 school is located at 13718 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070. The WASC accredited school has a K6-K8 one-to-one laptop program, science labs, spanish language program, and Art, Music,…

Private Elementary Schools in Santa Clara County

Private Elementary Schools in Santa Clara County

Private Schools in Santa Clara County are a frequent choice for Silicon Valley home buyers with school age children. Neighborhoods such as Willow Glen, Rose Garden have homes that are charming, streets lined with mature trees and a great sense of community identity, but the school scores are not as…

Saratoga Grammar School Reunion July 31, 2010

Saratoga Grammar School Reunion July 31, 2010

High API school scores at Saratoga Schools help maintain high land values in the community. Saratoga School on Oak Street is the original elementary school (now one of three).  Once a year the unique tradition of The Annual Saratoga Grammar School Reunion gathers people who attended from the 1920’s through…

A Race To Nowhere in Two Million Minutes?

Last Thursday my friend Bill and I attended a sold-out screening of the new movie Race To Nowhere, at Los Gatos High school. Two weeks earlier a very different film, Two Million Minutes was screened at Saratoga High School in partnership with PTSO. Race to Nowhere takes the perspective of…

School Ranking Maps Helpful For Home Buyers To Choose Neighborhoods

There are now several color-coded, graphic ranking systems that allow home buyers to see at a glance the relative ranking of public schools in Santa Clara County.  One of the ones I like the best is School Performance Map (shown above) – the dark indigo color along the western foothills…

Saratoga’s Unity In Community

Do you know what our kids are doing? This entire week, the students of Saratoga’s Redwood Middle School are celebrating Unity in Community. Tomorrow March 11, 2010, there will be a Heal The World Outdoor Assembly featuring the RMS Honor Chorus and the students’s Unity In Community chain. All Redwood…

School District Boundaries in Saratoga, CA 95070

School District Boundaries in Saratoga, CA 95070

Search of homes for sale in Saratoga, CA, by families with school age children, almost always starts with schools.  Market valuation of homes is directly related to API school scores.  Frequently at open house I will open a detailed map that shows the district boundaries for schools in Saratoga. Saratoga Union…

Saratoga Private School Open Houses Saturday

Saratoga Private School Open Houses Saturday

This Saturday,  St. Andrews School and Sacred Heart School, two of Saratoga’s outstanding private schools, are featuring Open Houses to boost enrollment.  St. Andrews admissions open house is November 14th from 2 PM to 4 PM and Sacred Heart School’s Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House is November 14th from 10 AM to…

Saratoga and Los Gatos High School API Scores UP

Saratoga and Los Gatos High School API Scores UP

Students in Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District continue to excel! The September 15, 2009 release of the 2009 API indicates that students across the District made gains, resulting in improved API scores: * LGHS grew from an API of 846 to 874 (+28) * SHS grew from an…

South Bay Top Schools

South Bay Top Schools

Newsweek’s June 8, 2009 edition has a list of the top 1500 high schools in the country.  Here is a list of the 15 which are in the South Bay of Silicon Valley: 40 Pacific Colligiate (Santa Cruz) 117 Gunn High (Palo Alto) 121 Summit Prep (Redwood City) 141 Monte Vista (Cupertino)…

School Locator and Performance Maps

School Locator and Performance Maps

Schools are an important part of property values. Click>here for a link if you know the street address or assessor’s parcel number in Santa Clara County. Another great website is School Performance Maps, which graphically shows the API score ranking by color. Individual API scores can be obtained by clicking>here.…

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