San Marino is a community that’s easy to market in real estate. It has plenty of great attributes: a beautiful setting, impressive gardens, historic sites. But it’s top-performing schools may be one of its best selling points for families with children.
On Oct. 16, the latest American Performance Index results were released, revealing that San Marino’s public schools remain in the No. 1 slot for student testing scores in the state of California.
San Marino schools scored 954 out of 1,000 points on the API. La Canada Flintridge was just behind, with a score of 950 and the No. 2 slot in the state.
According to news reports, Pasadena scored a 761, and South Pasadena scored a 916, to earn the state’s No. 14 spot.
In addition to maintaining its top API rank, each of San Marino’s schools has been a recipient of the California Distinguished School Award. San Marino High School was also named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2006 and a gold medal school by U.S. News and World Report.
The San Marino Schools Foundation helps support the school district’s high standards. The foundation’s website states that they’ve maintained the level of excellence in San Marino schools partly because the schools have the resources they need despite a decline in state funding (currently 61% down). “The San Marino community and parents have provided critical local funds to bridge the annual funding gap,” the site says.
According to the San Marino school district website, the public school system has been the top-performing district in the state for 10 consecutive years. That length at the top of the ranking indicates there’s a real dedication to protecting and preserving a “legacy of excellence,” the website reads.
That legacy is surely appreciated by all the parents raising their children in San Marino, and it certainly makes my job a whole lot easier when I tell clients why San Marino is the best place to live, work and play.