Education
2. La Cañada Unified School District
La Cañada School District serves a total of around 4,000 students at three elementary schools and one high school, all of which scored 10 out of 10 in state rankings. A In 2011, La Cañada Unified School District received an API score of 933, the second highest in the state for a K–12 school district. Individually, the schools all had high API scores. All of the elementary schools, La Cañada Elementary School (969), Palm Crest Elementary School (968) and Paradise Canyon Elementary (960) serve Grades K–6 with an average class size of about 26. La Cañada High School (928) serves 1,445 students in Grades 7–12, and consistently has received the maximum six years of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

3. Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Manhattan Beach Unified School District has a total enrollment of about 7,050 students in grades Pre-K – 12 at one preschool, five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, all of which scored 10 out of 10 in state rankings. As such, the district ranks third out of all unified school districts in the state with a API growth of 932. The individual schools had the following API scores: Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary (948), Grand View Elementary (957), Meadows Avenue Elementary (946), Opal Robinson Elementary (962), Pacific Elementary (960), Manhattan Beach Middle (945) and Mira Costa High (910). Mira Costa High ranks in the Top 1.3 percent of all public high schools in California.

4. Arcadia Unified School District
The Arcadia Unified School District, which improved to an API of 929 in the last study, consists of six elementary schools serving Grades K–5—Baldwin Stocker (969), Camino Grove (940), Holly Avenue Elementary School, Longley Way, Highland Oaks and Hugo Reid)—and three middle schools serving Grades 6–8—(First Avenue, Foothills Middle School and Richard Henry Dana Middle School) that funnel into Arcadia High School. With an enrollment of 3,665, Arcadia High School has a API of 895, a 10-point improvement from the previous year.

5. Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) serves the four Peninsula cities in the Los Angeles area and has a population of approximately 11, 900 students. The school district has a reputation for having a high-quality education system that attracts many families to this suburban area and its schools. Students attend two early childhood centers, 10 elementary schools, three intermediate schools (Grades 6–8), two comprehensive high schools and one continuation school. PVPUSD schools continue to be recognized for outstanding achievement at the local, state and national level. The Peninsula Education Foundation has been successful in raising local funds to meet and supplement classroom needs.

6. South Pasadena Unified School District
South Pasadena Unified School District serves approximately 4,000 students in Grades K–12 at three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Teachers, administrators and other staff members work with parents and community members to ensure that each student is provided a comprehensive education, strongly rooted in reading, writing and mathematics skills and a variety of special programs and offerings to broaden horizons. Last year, school API scores included the following: Arroyo Vista Elementary (932), Marengo Elementary (947), Monterey Hills Elementary (947), South Pasadena Middle School (914) and South Pasadena Senior High (886).

7. Walnut Valley Unified School District
Walnut Valley Unified School District serves a student population of approximately 15,500. Several Walnut Valley schools have been recognized by both the California State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education, and numerous sites are California Distinguished and National Blue Ribbon Schools, which are high achieving and have risen to the challenge of educating every child. The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement programs at both comprehensive high schools provide students with a challenging academic experience that prepares them to be successful in college. Both programs have been acknowledged for their excellence on the state, federal and international levels. Two elementary schools also offer the IB Primary Years Program. Plus, funding from a prestigious federal grant provides students with the opportunity to learn Spanish and become proficient bilingual speakers.

8. Temple City Unified School District
The Temple City Unified School District is located in the West San Gabriel Valley, approximately five miles southeast of Pasadena and 13 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The district maintains one comprehensive high school (9–12), one alternative high school (10–12), one alternative junior academy (7–9), one intermediate school, four elementary schools and an adult education school. The district employs approximately 390 full-time personnel and about 350 part-time staff.

   
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