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Subject: Looking for info on Orange County..possible move
Heading out to CA later this week to check out the area for a possible move next summer. Hubby works in Long Beach (currently works from home in CT) and we have 2 kids (10 & 8) - looking for information about good vs. bad areas - good schools, etc. and of course - good places to train. Most have pointed us towards Irvine or Palos Verdes.

Would love to hear from some BTer's - feel free to PM me.


2013-10-24 10:05 PM
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Irvine is nice, PV is probalby more on the high end. We have been in Mission Viejo for the last 13 years and this is the best place I have lived, all things considered. Being born and raisded in So. Cal, and having been here all my life, I am very familiar with many locations. We do have a local Olympic distance here in MV that is a great race, well attended, swim is in our local Lake MV, bike in the canyon and the run is challenging. The only Orange County HIM is just down the road, did not take place last year, but looking forward to that race next year as well.
2013-10-25 9:29 AM
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Originally posted by skitri

Heading out to CA later this week to check out the area for a possible move next summer. Hubby works in Long Beach (currently works from home in CT) and we have 2 kids (10 & 8) - looking for information about good vs. bad areas - good schools, etc. and of course - good places to train. Most have pointed us towards Irvine or Palos Verdes.

Would love to hear from some BTer's - feel free to PM me.


Everything is relative to price, but here is what I did and it worked really well for me.

Find out the attendance area for the public elementary school and look up the Academic Performance Indicator (API) for the elementary school.

Use the district website not the realtors.
The real estate website identify the closest school, but not necessarily the school of attendance.
You may want to know both.

It is a scale from 200-1000. Anything over 800 is ok.
900 and above is ideal.

The API can be found in two places

School Accountability Report Card on the school or district website or at http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/Pages/Home.aspx



Middle School and High School APIs are not very useful because they draw from a larger geographical area.

Elementary school API communicate a lot about the neighborhood, as they correlate to a lot more things beyond just academics... crime rate and family friendliness, for example. Again, attendance area schools. There are plenty of high performing charters in bad neighborhoods.

The only exception to this correlation is bad areas that are near major universities.
Places like Long Beach and San Marcos (in San Diego County) have high performing elementary schools in bad neighborhoods near the Cal States.

When I moved from LA County to San Diego county, I looked up the API for 60 schools on the internet. This narrowed our home search to about three neighborhoods.

It worked really well in targeting our effort.
2013-10-26 12:19 AM
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Newport and Huntington Beach all a good cross section of low middle and high income areas. They have schools with high api and low api (I live in Huntington and work in a Newport school. Best community for cycling is Irvine. The drive from Irvine to long beach each day wouldn't be too bad because your husband would be going against traffic. There are a lot of great tri teams in Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Irvine. Good luck to you!
2013-10-28 11:18 PM
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Well I'll put in a plug for our hometown, Cypress. It's right next to Long Beach. Has kind of a small town feel but convenient to everything. Pretty wide range of housing options including lots of single family homes and some excellent townhome communities.

My daughter attended Cypress schools from pre-K through high school and we found them to be excellent. She's currently in her third year at UC Irvine. Cypress has it's own elementary district, and the junior high and high schools are Anaheim Union.

As for training, I'm .75 mile from the San Gabriel River trail which gives access to plenty of running and biking routes. 7 miles to the beach and connection to PCH north or south, or a long ride north on the trail. And there's a great pool and masters swim program at the Joint Forces reserve base at Los Alamitos.
2013-12-09 7:09 PM
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Long Beach can be a good or bad place to live too.

The Belmont Shore, Naples and Belmont Heights are pretty good.

Some parts of Long Beach are pretty sketchy.


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