Why Families Move to Calabasas
Why is it that people move to Calabasas from all over Los Angeles? We chose to move here from Santa Monica for a variety of reasons. But the main impetus for our final decision was our daughter’s education. Her kindergarten debut was rapidly approaching and while there are very good elementary schools in Santa Monica all over Los Angeles, especially in Santa Monica, like Roosevelt Elementary and Franklin Elementary, we wanted to choose a school system that was considered excellent all the way through high school. Calabasas emerged as the top contender. Combining that with that common feeling that Calabasas is a wonderful community in which to live and raise a family, made it an easy decision. Plus, Calabasas is only 25 miles from the Westside.
What is it about the schools here in Calabasas? Well the public schools are all part of the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Only 11 miles from Malibu, the Las Virgenes Unified School District is made up of 80 square miles from the western edge of the San Fernando Valley to the Ventura County Line. It includes 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools, 1 alternative high school and 1 special education preschool of these have been honored as California Distinguished Schools, and four have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools. The student population is 12,000, and is representative of the ethnic and cultural diversity of California.
What is interesting, but not surprising, is that there is a common theme in the conversations we have with other parents here in Calabasas. I have spoken with a few different generations of parents who moved here from Los Angeles especially for the schools. I have spoken to many families with young children and they love the community and general atmosphere of Calabasas. They couldn’t be happier about their decision to leave LA. The families that I have spoken to, that moved here 25 years ago, tell the same story.
So all in all, if you’re considering a move to accommodate a growing family or would like to be in a blue ribbon school district, the Calabasas area just might be for you.