Great Schools Driving Tight Housing Market In San Ramon Valley

A major driving force in the tight San Ramon Valley housing market is the highly ranked San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD).  In fact, the district Superintendent has coined the phrase “destination district” to describe the reason why the district gets 700-1000 new applicants regardless of the housing market.

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Talking to potential buyers for the area almost every day, we agree that this could be the major factor people want to move to the area.  People will commute to a job, take BART to entertainment, drive to recreation areas – but they won’t compromise when it comes to their child’s education.

It doesn’t hurt that the job climate is also one of the best in Northern California with the Bishop Ranch business park and the large number of tech companies setting up shop in the area.  Or that there are great local parks, great neighborhoods and a generally peaceful lifestyle.

Ok, so here goes!  Facts and Figures with more information about the school district than you will know what to do with…

Facts and Figures

35 Schools (communities: Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, San Ramon)
21 elementary schools
8 middle schools
4 comprehensive high schools
1 continuation high school
1 independent study school

SRVUSD Statistics (*from 2012-13 CBEDS State Data)
Enrollment and Personnel
Number of Students 30,757
Number of Employees 3,492
     Number of Teachers  1,435
     Number of Administrators  92
     Number of Pupil Services Personnel  145
     Number of Classified Staff  1,082
Meals served per day:  between 6,300 – 8,100
SRVUSD Teachers *
Average Years of Teaching 13.15
Average Age 44.77
Average Years in District  10.44
Percentage of Males 20%
Percentage of Females 80%
Percentage with Advanced Degree (Masters/PhD) 32%
Teacher’s Salary Range  $44,376 – $83,949
Student Enrollment Growth *
                          2008-09   2009-10    2010-11   2011-12    2012-13
Enrollment        26,936      27,937        29,273       29,989         30,757
Increase             3.92%       3.7%          4.8%         2.5%           2.46%
Class Size Reduction
  • 26 to 1 student to teacher ratio in all kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms. (2011)
  • 9th grade class size reduction  (26:1) in two subject areas (English, Math) (2011)
  • Middle schools may reduce some classes through funds raised by their parent communities.

District Wide Learning Standards

District-wide learning standards are in place in the following areas:
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign Language
  • History/Social Studies
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Health
Budget/Funding
2013-14 Operating Budget Revenues   $248,825,243
            86.7% LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) and Other State Revenues
            2.33% Restricted Federal Funds
            8.26% Other Local Income (interest, donations, local grants)
            2.71% Parcel Tax
2013-14 Expenditures             $237,782,537
            49.82% Certificated (teacher) employee salaries
            15.87% Classified employee salaries
            21.78% Employee benefits
             3.43% Books Supplies
             8.74% Services and operating expenses
            0.36% Capital outlay/Other outgo
High Test Scores
Schools in the district consistently rank in the top 5-10% statewide on multiple performance measures (click on this link here for results on the following student assessments):
· STAR Program (State Standardized Testing Program)
· API (Academic Performance Index) State School Ranking Program
· SAT Test for college-bound seniors
· AP exam for college bound seniors
· CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam)
Post-graduation plans
Post-grad data compiled from completed student surveys from the district’s 4 comprehensive high schools plus the 2 alternative high schools.
Nearly 95% of the graduates of the Class of 2013 plan to attend college.
Of those, 71% will attend a 4-year university and 29% will attend a 2-year college.
Other post-grad plans include:
             Military, Tech or Trade School…   2%
             Travel, work, gap year…  3.1%
Where our students attend college – Class of 2013
 
University of California:  (360)
Berkeley       56             Riverside        13
Davis            64             San Diego      54
Irvine           21             Santa Barbara 67
Los Angeles  37             Santa Cruz      43
Merced         15
California State Universities/Colleges:  (398)
Bakersfield   1                      Chico          35
East Bay  19                         Fresno          4
Fullerton   9                         Humboldt      2
Long Beach or Los Angeles  6   Maritime Academy 2
Monterey Bay  2                   Northridge     2
Pomona (Cal Poly) 8             Sacramento   16
San Diego  54                      San Francisco  42
San Jose    41                      San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)   122
Sonoma     32                      Stanislaus        1
California Independent Universities/Colleges:  (179)
Stanford University  8           USC    25
University of the Pacific 20    Azusa Pacific  7
St. Mary’s, Moraga  17         Santa Clara    21
Loyola Marymount   9         USF  9
Chapman  8                       Biola  4
Nursing/Arts   9                 U. of San Diego  5
Pomona Colleges  4            U. of Redlands  5
Fashion Inst Des/Merch. 2   Mills/Holy Names 1
Occidental/Pepperdine  3    Westmont/Whittier  1
Others  21
Community 2-year Colleges (617)

Butte 8                                     Laney or Ohlone   7

Chabot/Cabrillo/DeAnza 16     Las Positas, Los Medanos  116

Cuesta (SLO)   15                         Sac, SF, San Jose, San DIego  7

DVC    377                                    Santa Barbara City  23

Long Beach, LA, Santa Monica   6

Other 41

 

4-year Out of State Universities/Colleges include:   (573 students)

Air Force Academy, U. Alabama, Allegheny, American U., Amherst, U. Arizona, ASU, No. Arizona, Auburn, Austin St., Babson,Baylor, Bentley, Berklee College of Music, Biola,  Boise St., Boston U. & College, Brandeis, BYU, U. British Columbia, Bowdoin, Brown, Bryant, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Canisius, Carnegie Mellon, Case W. Reserve, Coll. of Charleston, Chicago Art. Inst., U. Chicago, U. Cincinnati, Colgate, Columbia U. & College, U. Colorado & State, Concordia, U. Conn., Cornell, Cornish, Creighton, Dartmouth, Davidson, U. Denver, Detroit Mercy, Drexel, Duke, Elmhurst, Embry-Riddle, Emerson, Emory, U. Flint, Fontbonne, Fordham, Franklin & Marshall, Full Sail, Georgetown, Geo.Washington U., U. Georgia, Georgia IT, Gonzaga, Grambling, Hamilton, Harvard, U. Hawaii, High Point, Hiram, Hofstra U., Hope Med., U. Houston, U. Idaho, U. Illinois, Indiana, Ithaca, Jackson St., Jefferson, Johnson & Wales, U. Kansas, No. Kentucky, Kings College, E. Lang, Lewis & Clark, Linfield Coll., Louisiana St., Macalaster, U. Maryland, Mesa St., SMU, Miami of Ohio, U. Miami, Michigan State, MIT, Millsaps, Montana U & St., U. Nebraska, U. Nevada Reno, New England Coll., & Cons. of Music, New Mexico St., U. North Dakota, N’western, N’eastern, Notre Dame, NYU, Oberlin, Ohio St., Ohio Wesleyan, Olin, U. Oklahoma, So. Oregon, U.of & Oregon St., W. Oregon, Pace, Paradise Vly., Parsons School/Design, Penn. State & U., Pratt Inst., Prescott, Princeton, U. of & Portland St., Providence, U. Puget Sound, Purdue, Rhode Is.School of Design, Rice, Richmond AMU, Roanoke, U. Rochester, Rollins/FL, Rutgers, Seattle Pacific & U., Seton Hall, Skidmore, Smith, U. South Carolina, SMU, Spelman Coll, Springfield, St. John’s, SUNY, Stevens IT, Sul Ross St, Syracuse, Temple U., So.Utah, U. Utah, Utah Valley, U. Tennessee, Texas A&M, U. Texas, TCU, Texas So. U., Tufts, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Villanova, So. Virginia, School of Visual Arts, Wake Forest, U. Washington & State, Washington U. St. Louis, Wellesley, West Point, West Virginia, Wheaton, Wheelock, Whitworth, Willamette, Wm. & Mary, Williams, U. Wisconsin, Worcester Poly, Yale         Out of Country: Amer. U of Paris, Brook U., Queens (Ontario), U. Calgary, U. Toronto,  Cambridge, Oxford, Intl. Commerce, McGill U. (Quebec), Miriam (Philippines), U. St. Andrews (Scotland), U. of Geneva (Switzerland), U. Kent (England), Waseda U., New Zealand Teachers College

 

California Distinguished Schools and National Blue Ribbon Schools

To date, schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have received National Blue Ribbon or State Distinguished School distinctions more than 50 times over the past 10 years.

Venture Independent Study School is first public school to win the California  Governor’s Award for Quality

National Blue Ribbon Schools
Alamo Elementary School 2005, 1992, 1986
Neil Armstrong Elementary School 2003
California High School 2006
Country Club Elementary School 1994
Twin Creeks Elementary School 2003
Charlotte Wood Middle School 1993
Stone Valley Middle School 1995, 2006
Monte Vista High School 2000
Los Cerros Middle School 2000
Iron Horse Middle School 2002, 2006
San Ramon Valley High School 2002
California Distinguished Schools
Alamo Elementary 2004, 1991, 1985
Country Club Elementary 1998, 1993
Bollinger Canyon Elementary 2006
Golden View Elementary 2002
Greenbrook Elementary 2006, 2000, 1993
Green Valley Elementary 2002, 1989
Montair Elementary 2006
Neil Armstrong Elementary 2002
John Baldwin Elementary 2000
Rancho Romero Elementary 1998, 1993
Tassajara Hills Elementary 2006, 2000
Twin Creeks Elementary 2002
Vista Grande Elementary 1997
Charlotte Wood Middle 2013, 2005, 1999, 1992, 1989, 1986
Diablo Vista Middle 2013, 2005
Gale Ranch Middle 2013
Iron Horse Middle 2013, 2005, 2001, 1999
Los Cerros Middle 2005, 1999, 1994, 1990
Pine Valley Middle 2005, 1999
Stone Valley Middle 2005, 1999, 1994, 1992, 1990
Windemere Ranch Middle 2013
California High 2005, 1996, 1989, 1987
Monte Vista High 1999, 1989, 1987
San Ramon Valley High 2001, 1996, 1988
National Merit Scholars
California High School
2003  3 finalists, 3 semi-finalists, 16 commendations
2004  8 finalists, 8 semi-finalists, 16 commendations
2005  4 finalists, 4 semi-finalists, 8 commendations
2006  8 finalists, 6 semi-finalists, 36 commendations
2007 8 finalists, 8 semi-finalists, 37 commendations
2008 4 finalists, 4 semi-finalists, 37 commendations
2009  13 finalists, 13 semi-finalists
2010  5 scholars, 10 finalists, 19 commendations
2011  7 semi-finalists
2012  4 scholars winners, 12 semi-finalists
Monte Vista High School
2003 7 scholars, 7 finalists, 7 semi-finalists
2004 10 scholars, 10 finalists, 10 semi-finalists, 23 commendations
2005 4 scholars, 10 finalists, 13 semi-finalists, 16 commendations
2007 5 finalists, 5 semi-finalists, 17 commendations
2008 19 finalists, 19 semi-finalists, 33 commendations
2009  3 scholars, 17 finalists, 24 commendations
2010  4 scholars, 5 finalists, 35 commendations
2011  6 semi-finalsits
2012  1 scholar winner, 7 semi-finalists
San Ramon Valley High School
2003 2 scholars, 2 finalists, 3 semi-finalists
2004 3 finalists, 3 semi-finalists, 5 commendations
2005 4 finalists, 4 semi-finalists, 15 commendations
2006 3 finalists, 4 semi-finalists, 21 commendations
2007 3 finalists, 3 semi-finalists, 22 commendations
2008 4 finalists, 4 semi-finalists, 16 commendations
2009  7 finalists, 7 semi-finalists, 5 commendations
2010  1 scholar, 1 finalists, 13 commendations
2011  4 semi-finalists
2012   3 scholar winners,  7 semi-finalists
 
Dougherty Valley High School (1st graduating class was 2010)
2010  1 scholar, 3 finalists, 8 commendations201
2011   23 semi-finalists
2012   2 scholar winners,  12 semi-finalists
Venture Independent Study School
2005   1 commendation
2006   1 finalist
2007   1 commendation
2008   1 commendation
2011   1 semi-finalist
2012
Exemplary Teaching Staff – SRVUSD Teachers of the Year
  • Cindy Egan, 2014 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year, California T-O-Y Semi-finalist
  • Nick Zefeldt, 2014 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year finalist
  • Mona Keeler, 2013 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year finalist
  • Donna Kenyon, 2012 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year finalist
  • John Korzick, 2011 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year finalist
  • Mary Dietler, 2010 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year finalist
  • Joelle Marchese, 2009 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year
  • Kathleen Moore, 2008 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year finalist
  • Patricia Carothers, 2007 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year
  • Beth McClelland, 2005 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year
  • Carolyn Miller, 2003 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year
  • Bill Pence, 1999 California State Teacher of the Year
Extraordinary Parent Volunteer Efforts
Each year, parents in San Ramon Valley schools volunteer more than 300,000 hours!
For More Information…
San Ramon Valley Unified School District
699 Old Orchard Drive
Danville, California 94526
Telephone: 925-552-5500
Fax: 925-838-3147
(925) 552-2933

This information and more courtesy of the SRVUSD website at http://www.srvusd.net. Please visit them to keep up on all the important news and updates regarding the district.

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