The property address and/or Assossor's Parcel Number (APN) determines which school district your children would attend. In most districts the address also determines the specific school, although some districts have an open enrollment policy which allows residents in their district to choose the school a child will attend. If there's no space available at the grade level requested you may be assigned a different school within the district.
To determine the school district for a specific address, go to the county's Office of Education web site. You will find a school district locator which will give you the elementary, middle and high school districts for a particular address.
Every school district has a web site with valuabe information regarding the district and their schools. There is usually a school locator which will specify the specific school that a given address will go to. However, it is always recommended that you contact the school district directly to verify that the information is accurate. Occasionally districts will update their boundaries or a given school may not be able to accept additional students at the present time.
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a measurement of academic performance and progress of individual public schools in California. It is one of the main components of the Public Schools Accountability Act passed by the California legislature in 1999. API scores range from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. API scores are one measure that can be used to search for appropriate schools for your children. Realize that the API scores are reported yearly and can and do change a bit from year to year. Similar API scores should mean the schools are compariable to one another, don't place too much emphasis on a school that's only 5 or 10 points higher than another school.
Many schools in a given district have similar API scores, but there are districts which may have some schools with API scores substantially higher, or lower, than the majority of schools in the district. Your child will always be able to attend a school within the district, but may not get into a specific school - which could be especially true if the school is much better than the other schools in the district. Most districts have procedures to request a specific school. Schools that are perceived as being somehow "better" are often fully enrolled.
The links below will take you to the state, county or individual school district web sites. Each link should open a new browser window. The links were good when I created this page, but please let me know if any of them have changed.
Alameda County Office of Education
Santa Clara County Office of Education
School District Locator
San Mateo County Office of Education
California Department of Education
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