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Where are the best public school districts near LA?

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  • Niche.com compiled the top 10 schools in the L.A. metro based on student and parent reviews, test scores, college readiness, graduation rates and teacher quality.
  • San Marino Unified is ranked second in the state and first in the Los Angeles Metro.

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Homebuyer needs and wants aren’t universal, but those with children share at least one of the same demands: good schools.

Niche.com provides thousands of reviews, polls and data on schools throughout the nation, which are then used to rank the top Los Angeles-area public school districts, basing it on student and parent reviews, state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores and teacher quality.

Here are the top 10 Los Angeles Metro school districts of 2016:

San Marino Unified School District

As the second best school in California, San Marino Unified School District is a highly acclaimed institution across the state. Within the L.A. area, the district is comprised of four schools and 3,132 students in grades K-12, scoring a combined rating of 4/5 from parents and students.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

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Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District holds 19 schools and 11,700 students. It’s the second best near Los Angeles and fourth best in the state, receiving at least an A in all seven categories except resources and facilities, for which it scored a B.

Arcadia Unified

Located in Upper San Gabriel Valley Township, Arcadia Unified has 11 schools and almost 10,000 students. Arcadia is ranked 11th in California, receiving at least a B in all categories except extracurricular and activities (C+) and sports and fitness (C-).

Irvine Unified School District

With 36 schools and over 30,000 students, Irvine Unified School District is considerably sized without forgoing educational standards. It’s the 12th best school in the Golden State, receiving an A+ in both academics and teacher quality.

Oak Park Unified School District

Oak Park Unified School District includes eight schools and 4,669 students. The district teaches kindergarten through high school and ranks 13th in the state, receiving an A+ in both academics and teacher quality.

Walnut Valley Unified School District

In East San Gabriel Valley Township, Walnut Valley Unified School District holds 15 total schools and 14,575 students. Compared to statewide standings, Walnut Valley comes in 14th place, scoring a 3.9/5 rating from parents and teachers.

Redondo Beach Unified School District

Redondo Beach Unified School District has 13 schools and over 9,000 students across South Bay Cities Township. It’s the 16th best district in California, receiving at least an A in all categories except health and safety (B+).

Los Alamitos Unified School District

Los Alamitos Unified School District in North Coast Township has 10 schools and almost 10,000 students, ranking eighth in the metro area and 20th in California. The district received at least an A in all categories except resources and facilities (B-).

South Pasadena Unified School District

South Pasadena Unified School District in Los Angeles County has five schools and 4,741 students. It’s ranked 22nd in California, with at least a B in all categories besides resources and facilities (C+).

Beverly Hills Unified School District

Beverly Hills Unified School District – which includes 90210’s famous Beverly Hills High – has six schools and over 4,000 students. Rated 10th among metro school districts, the district’s state ranking is 23rd place, scoring a combined 3.7/5 from parents and students.

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