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SRVUSD ranks among Bay Area's best

Original post made on Feb 12, 2015

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has been rated the fourth-best school district in the Bay Area, according to the 2015 Niche rankings -- a website that provides reviews and rankings on K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods.

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Comments (9)

Posted by Matty
a resident of Danville
on Feb 12, 2015 at 8:41 am

Is it really fair to rank public schools with fairly rigid enrollment boundaries on diversity as a criteria for "best schools/districts"? They can only serve the local neighborhoods around them and those demographic numbers that happen to live within those boundaries. It is really out of the public schools' control, regardless of the school's quality in all other factors. It certainly might make sense to rank private schools and junior/small colleges on that parameter since they are open enrollment institutions, and are merely correlated to the wider "local" area for demographics...and definitely for Universities which can attract students from all over the country/world. I understand and appreciate that the diversity numbers should be gathered and made available such that people moving to the area are aware of the diversity of particular schools/districts as a factor of choosing where you want to live and have your kids attend school, but not to be used as a "best school" ranking parameter when the schools themselves cannot effectively change/improve their "number" in this category in any way...

Posted by Douglas
a resident of Blackhawk
on Feb 12, 2015 at 2:28 pm

I completely agree with Matty. When a ranking is based on anything more than academics and the statics of future plans, it is a complete joke. This diversity/cultural/religious/sexual-orientation thing has gotten so out-of-control. America is going down the crapper because of all of this kind of stuff - any type of report should be based on merits, not whether you have enough Blacks, Hispanics, or LBG... When are the schools going to get back to the basics they should be teaching?

Posted by LTR
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Over 95% Graduate and over 90% go to college. Compare that around the state and see what you get for a district with over 10,000 students

Posted by Douglas
a resident of Blackhawk
on Feb 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm

I really don't consider DVC as going to college. Try 75% go to real college (i.e. a four year) and then compare that - which quite a number do!

Posted by Teacher
a resident of Danville
on Feb 13, 2015 at 6:42 am

Wow... the prior comment really is ill considered. Many of my students with GPA near and over 4.0 wind up at DVC. They get into top tier school and then economic reality strikes and families just can't afford the tuition even in the tri-valley. They then wind up working and saving while going to DVC and then transfer to UCB and other top tier schools. It's true some of my students didn't really apply themselves during high school and wind up at DVC or other near by community colleges and that gives them the opportunity to get their academic act together and then transfer again to great school to finish their degrees.

Posted by Matty
a resident of Danville
on Feb 13, 2015 at 8:02 am

Teacher brings up a great point, but this is the fault of the UC system primarily. UCB in particular has an absolutely absurd percentage of out-of-state and out-of-country students (because they can charge them triple) such that resident Californians who have paid taxes here forever to support that system cannot get their kids into our own UC and state schools... even AP students with 4.00+ GPA's and great test scores. And they have the nerve to ask the State for MORE money. The out-of-XXX fees are supposed to be a deterrent, not a money-making scheme, so that in-State kids get a break on costs. That percentage of out-of-XXX needs to be capped by law, or none of our kids are going to get in that school short of being one-dimensional brainiacs or athletic stars...

Posted by Bob
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 14, 2015 at 8:17 am

My son went to DVC then to SFState. He got his degree in chemistry and now has a great job. You don't have to start at a 4 year to finish at a 4 year. He said his classes at DVC were better than what his friends took at Berkeley.

Posted by Catherine
a resident of Danville
on Feb 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm

What a ridiculous measuring stick. Not only was Dougherty Valley High School opened in 2007, but less than 1/3 of the student body is white. Academics has nothing to do with its rating. When you compare that with Monte Vista and San Ramon being opened in 1965 and 1910, respectively along with their student bodies being 3/4 white, of course they are going to be rated lower than DVMS because they are not "diverse" enough for this moronic group's scoring system. Give me a break!

Also, this excuse about students going to DVC and not going to a top-tier school because of a financial hardship is ridiculous. With all the parent involvement with Naviance and the application process itself, a parent would just be cruel if they let their student apply to a school they couldn't possibly afford, or had no way of funding. Any parent I know would move heaven and earth if their student really got into a top-tier school, and if their student is that smart, they probably got some sort of scholarship. Unless a student is a spring admit at any of the top schools, they only reason students are at DVC is they did not apply themselves in high school which I think was Douglas' point when he put the percentage at 75.

Posted by Carolyn
a resident of Blackhawk
on Feb 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm

When I looked at US News and World Report where they actually rank on academic preparedness alone (not all the other insignificant factors), I found the following California state rankings for our district high schools:

Dougherty 67 (nowhere near 11)
San Ramon 104
California 199
Monte Vista 236

Then I looked at the top 20 to see if there were any schools near here that made it and found Campolindo in Moraga at number 20. This got me even more curious to find the high school I graduated from, Peninsula High, was at number 26, and my rival high school of Palos Verdes was at number 30. These numbers just show me that Mary Shelton is deluding herself when she spouts off what a great district San Ramon is. Mary - when one of our schools breaks the top 50, then you can give yourself a small pat on the back!

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