CHOOSING A PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE CONEJO VALLEY
There’s no true how-to for picking “the best school” in any area, let alone 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 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. Schools on the Westlake Village side are higher regarded and highly sought after. The Thousand Oaks side has excellent schools too, but not all. It’s worth doing your research.
*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.
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.
- Westlake – Considered the best overall high school. Strong academics, excellent sports programs, and diverse elective options.
- Oak Park – Best academic reputation. High graduation and college readiness rates. Sports and electives not quite up to the standards of Westlake High.
- Agoura Hills – Strong academics. Solid programs. Just a slight notch below the other two.
- Thousand Oaks – Same strengths as Agoura High but not as highly regarded.
- Newbury Park – 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 the Conejo Valley, we’ve added a few links we think might do the trick.