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Moving To San Diego
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Posted by: usrika
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  usrika wrote on 2012-08-25 17:58:39
We will be moving to San Diego in Sept 2012 and would like to know of good school districts for the kids. Kids are in middle and high school. It would be preferable to move into a neighborhood with some Indians who have kids of the same age group. I have heard that Mira Mesa is best for Indian families, but schools are not good. Other names that we have heard are Carmel Valley, Scripps Ranch & 4S Ranch. I will be working in Sorrento Valley.

Would appreciate it if someone can suggest some areas where we can meet some Indian families and in a good school district.

  GlobalDesi wrote on 2013-07-20 07:38:04
Hi Usrika

Your situation sounded quite similar to ours. We have two kids both ready to start 6th and 11th grade. I am looking for a good school district to move to in San Diego..

Have you settled down and are you happy with your choice of neighbourhood, schools? Did you move from within US or from India?
We have lived abroad but the kids have moved back when young and this is going to be a major culture shock for them.. so looking for a good school to help with their adjustment..

I am interested in Poway and Carmel Valley..

Thanks and waiting for your response..



  usrika wrote on 2013-07-21 11:14:07
Both Carmel Valley and Poway have very good schools. 4S ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Poway, Rancho Bernardo areas all fall in Poway school district. I found that you get better bang for your buck in terms of housing in these areas versus Carmel Valley. In my opinion, Carmel Valley is heavily over hyped and over priced; I am sure people living there will differ. The biggest advantage of Carmel Valley is it is closer to the ocean + shorter commute to Sorrento Valley where Qualcomm and other big companies are. 4S ranch and Rancho Penasquitos areas are both very good and have sizable desi populations. 4S is much newer area compared to RPQ, but I feel that Westview High is a much better and proven high school than Del Norte High (4S). Elementary and middle schools are comparable in all areas. We narrowed our search down to 4S & RPQ - finally settled for RPQ since its closer to Sorrento Valley area where I work. Rancho Bernardo High is also very good but again, you need to factor in the distance to your work place. Good luck.

  psanigepalli wrote on 2013-07-21 11:19:33
I agree with the above analysis as well. Only community I like to add is Scripps Ranch which is again closer to Qualcomm and has very good schools. It comes under San Diego school district and has lot of facilities.

  GlobalDesi wrote on 2013-07-21 12:44:59
Hi usrika and psanigepalli

thanks for your prompt replies. really appreciate getting such quick responses at a time of confusion.

workplace would be on Mira Mesa Boulevard. Can u mention a few schools I could start looking at for high and middle in the areas you mention?? Which schools do ur kids go to?

I go to great schools websites but too many choices and you really need to have your zipcode to decide. Our plan is to go by school before anything else.

How about charter schools in these areas?? I have visited one by name HItech high in Mountain View and found the environment very pleasant and conducive to learning. I am more concerned about their culture shock than academics as I am quite confident they will be quite on track with that..

thanks again..


  psanigepalli wrote on 2013-07-21 13:01:57
There are lot of Indian/Asian kids in schools and these days, there is so much of culture exchange on both sides (Indian culture in U.S. and U.S. Culture in India), I wouldn't worry too much about culture shock.

At the end of the day, kids do get along much better than adults. It is typical to have one or two indian kids in the classroom in San Diego. It is much better than let's say Oklahoma :)

  GlobalDesi wrote on 2013-07-21 13:07:14
thanks and that sounds pretty reassuring. We moved from here in 2004 and to all intents and purposes kids are typical Indians..my kids' food, books, tv programs is all American but put in a typical Ameican High school, my concern was if he would be put to stress in the most important years.. not worried abt the younger one.

we plan on visiting jan feb and look at schools before finalizing..
yes, I know and love San diego and definitely it is much better than being in Oklahama:)

paranoid parent:))





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