CHOOSING A PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE CONEJO VALLEY
There’s no true how-to for picking “the best school” in any area, let alone public schools in the Conejo Valley. Fortunately, we are known for our highly regarded schools and with a little local insight you will be able to narrow in on which schools in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Oak Park and the surrounding areas best match your wants, needs, and expectations.
IN CONEJO VALLEY THERE ARE THREE SCHOOL DISTRICTS:
Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD)
LVUSD covers Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and the L.A. County section of Westlake Village. It has 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools. LVUSD has a strong reputation and is often the preferred district for parents.
Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD)
OPUSD is a small school district with 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school and is Oak Park specific. It has the best reputation for academics. To the point that parents cater their home search around acceptance into this district.
Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD)
CVUSD is the largest and covers Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, and the area of Westlake Village in Ventura County. It has 17 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 3 high schools. Most schools are very good to excellent, but with 17 elementary schools you can imagine that scores range depending on the neighborhood. Westlake Village schools are highly regarded and highly sought after. The Thousand Oaks side has excellent schools too, but not all. It’s worth doing your research.
Wood Ranch falls into the Simi Valley Unified School District. Usually, students in Wood Ranch are assigned to Wood Ranch Elementary and Royal High School. There are 3 middle schools in Simi Valley to choose from, Sinaloa being the most common choice for parents in Wood Ranch. Learn more at GreatSchools.org.
*As you navigate through the Neighborhood Tours, each page will indicate which school district the neighborhood falls under, plus embedded links for each appropriate school.
Conejo Valley is an open school district allowing you to choose your school. Learn more here.
HIGH SCHOOLS RANKED
We should make a note here, this is not an official ranking. However, we think it’s safe to call it the general consensus.
1. Westlake Village Schools
Considered the best overall high school. Strong academics, excellent sports programs, and diverse elective options.
2. Oak Park Schools
Best academic reputation. High graduation and college readiness rates. Sports and electives not quite up to the standards of Westlake High.
3. Agoura Hills Schools
Strong academics. Solid programs. Just a slight notch below the other two.
4. Thousand Oaks Schools
Same strengths as Agoura High but not as highly regarded.
5. Newbury Park Schools
Test scores a bit lower than the other 4. It’s still a good school, just can’t quite catch up to the others.
Choosing a school district can be very overwhelming and confusing. I’ve lived here my entire life and it’s often confusing. Fortunately, there are tons of tool and resources, and I will share my personal experiences to help guide you. I’m a product of Las Virgenes schools and my kids have gone to school in both OPUSD and CVUSD.
CVG Tip: Greatschools.org is a good place to start your research. You may also schedule campus tours to get a sense of which school best suits your kids before moving to the Conejo Valley.
FYI WE HAVE A TON OF MORE RESOURCES
We have a ton (that’s right) of blogs and other info to help guide you through the buying process. If you’d like to learn more about moving in to Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village or any area in the Conejo Valley, we’ve added a few links we think might do the trick.