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Schools in the South Bay and Palos Verdes

A guide to the best schools in the South Bay and Palos Verdes

If you are looking to live close to the best schools, the areas of South Bay and Palos Verdes Peninsula are second to none. People are still moving to this area to take advantage of the sunshine, clean beaches, and award-winning schools.
The guide below will outline the highly rated Public schools in the area.

Forbes magazine recently called Manhattan Beach one of the towns in the US with the “best schools for your real estate buck.” Manhattan Beach is listed 6th overall in the United States by the magazine.
Among cities with median home prices of $800k and above, MB ranked #1, while MB was 6th overall nationwide.
The Manhattan Beach Unified School District has some of the best schools in California, consistently ranking at the top among public schools.

Elementary Schools in Manhattan Beach
Robinson Elementary
Pennekamp Elementary
Grand View Elementary
Pacific Elementary
Meadows Elementary

Middle School in Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach Middle School

High School in Manhattan Beach
Mira Costa High School (Grades 9-12)

Hermosa Beach is the smallest of the three Beach Cities Districts and is home to Hermosa View, where all kindergarten through 2nd graders attend school, and Hermosa Valley School, which houses 3rd through 8th grade. 6th through 8th graders are separated from the lower grade levels. However, they all share one campus.
Hermosa Unified does not have its own High School, so students choose to attend either Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Union High in South Redondo Beach.
Schools in Hermosa Beach have an average ranking of 10/10, in the top 5% of California public schools. Hermosa Beach public schools have an average math proficiency score of 74% (versus the California public school average of 40%) and a reading proficiency score of 80% (versus the 51% statewide average).

Elementary Schools in Hermosa Beach
Hermosa View Elementary (Grades K-12) LINK
Hermosa Valley Elementary (Grades 3-8) LINK

Hermosa Beach residents have a choice of attending either Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) consists of eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, one continuation school, and one adult school with the ongoing goal to strive for excellence in education through partnership, traditions, communication with teachers, staff, parents, community members, and most importantly the children of the city of Redondo Beach.

Elementary Schools in Redondo Beach
Alta Vista Elementary
Birney Elementary
Tulita Elementary
Beryl Heights Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Madison Elementary
Washington Elementary
Lincoln Elementary

Middle Schools in Redondo Beach
Adams Middle
Parras (Nick G.) Middle

Torrance Unified School District is another highly rated, public school district in South Bay. It has 23,100 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading. The district has 17 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 4 high schools and one continuation high school.

Elementary Schools in Torrance
Seaside Elementary School
Anza Elementary School
Arlington Elementary School
Walteria Elementary School
Towers Elementary School

Middle Schools in Torrance
Edward J. Richardson Middle School
Jefferson Middle School
Bert M. Lynn Middle School

High Schools in Torrance
West High School
South High School
North High School
Torrance High School

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District is a top rated, public school district. It consists of twelve elementary schools, 3 middle schools and five high schools. It has 11,009 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.

Elementary Schools in Palos Verdes
Montemalaga Elementary
Rancho Vista Elementary
Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary
Point Vicente Elementary
Silver Spur Elementary
Soleado Elementary
Vista Grande Elementary
Dapplegray Elementary

Middle Schools in Palos Verdes
Ridgecrest Intermediate
Palos Verdes Intermediate
Miraleste Intermediate

High Schools in Palos Verdes
Palos Verdes Peninsula High
Palos Verdes High

Schools and Real Estate

A common question and debate in Real Estate are whether good schools have a direct effect on local home prices.
As a homeowner, you’d like to know about all of the factors that impact your property value — and your school district is a big one. If your house falls within the boundaries of a great district, you’ll likely be able to sell it for more than if you were in an average one because of the increased buyer demand.
One 2019 NAR analysis found a positive relationship between public school enrollment and home prices. Specifically, counties with the highest gains in public elementary- and secondary-school enrollment over seven years experienced an average 33% increase in home prices.

On the buyer side, data from the National Association of Realtors are showing that 26% of recent homebuyers were influenced by the quality of their school district when selecting a neighborhood. Among buyers ages 30 to 39, that percentage jumps to 46%, followed by 36% of buyers ages 22 to 29.

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