If you are at all familiar with the city of Calabasas, you know that it has a small town feel; In fact the population is only 23,227 people. You will find a lot of industry folks that live here for the close proximity to the studios and the county feel, but most importantly, it’s the schools. If you want to move somewhere for the schools, it’s definitely Calabasas.
As a realtor with Rodeo Realty in Calabasas and 17 years of industry experience, I am extremely familiar with the schools in this area, especially since my three children have all attended them (one is at Calabasas High School now).
The Las Virgenes School District is one of the best. One of the elementary schools, Bay Laurel is just outside of Hidden Hills (which is a very exclusive gated horse community in Calabasas). You have AE Wright middle School, which is where my kids went, and then finally, you have Agoura High and Calabasas High School (which is where my kids went to high school).
Calabasas High School feels like a small town school with many amenities. This school has come a long way since my older daughter went there, with a complete re-design and many added features. It has a brand new performing arts building and when I say building, I mean work of art. The architecture is amazing. And there's a gigantic-size pool for water sports and an amazing sports program with an array of upscale soccer and football fields, tennis and basketball courts.
My son, who is a freshman at Calabasas High School (on the wrestling team), talks about liking the small class size. In fact, he says, there are some classes with only 18 kids in the class–a far cry from most schools these days. This, of course, is a big draw for parents when they know their kids are getting a little more personal attention and not getting lost in the shuffle.
Calabasas schools have quite a lot of parent participation and fundraising which helps to keep things like a nurse on staff, which many of us use to take for granted when compared to how little the LA school districts have today.
During the 2006-07 school year Calabasas High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive. As of the 2008-09 school year, the Calabasas school had an enrollment of 2,130 students and 77.8 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis) for a student-teacher ratio of 25.6. Calabasas High was also ranked #776 in Newsweek's "Top 1000 U.S. High Schools" poll.
Agoura High School (which is also in the Las Virgenes School district) is another really great school and a bit larger than Calabasas High. Agoura High School has a music program that continually competes at the national level. The program consists of two orchestras, three wind ensembles, three jazz bands, two choirs, and a marching band. The program's intensive focus on quality music training attracts some of the nation's top music conservatories and clinicians. The program in recent years has had students accepted into programs such as the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School of Music.
Agoura High also has a choir that performs at a high caliber and has been featured at the Los Angeles Music Center's high school choral festival with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Agoura High is in the process of designing the first facility on campus dedicated solely to the performing arts. Now you can probably understand why the schools in the Las Virgenes are so popular.
When thinking of moving to a city, you will likely be thinking of resale value, neighborhood and, of course, the school districts if you are looking to plan a family or currently have one. So, if you are considering moving to Calabasas, rest assured that a home in this city touches on all these elements in a positive way.
—Sheryl Thornton works with Rodeo Realty and has nearly 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. If you are interested in talking about purchasing or selling a home or just have questions, contact her online at www.SurfHotProperties.com, email her at SheryLLynnThornton@gmail.com or call her at 818.903.4749.