For the straight five years, San Marino California has the distinction of being in the top 5 rated California school districts. The scores are out and San Marino (SMUSD) has earned the highest Academic Performance Index (API) score in the state - 944 out of 1,000!

The API is a single number, ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 1000, that reflects a school's performance level, based on the results of statewide testing.

3 of the 5 highest performing California School districts are in the Pasadena area - San Marino, La Canada and Arcadia.

Here are the top California School Districts:

School District Academic Performance Index (API)
San Marino Unified School District (Los Angeles County) 944
Piedmont Unified School District (Alameda County) 919
La Canada Unified School District (Los Angeles County) 917
Manhattan Beach Unified School District (Los Angeles County) 909
San Ramon Unified School District (Contra Costa County), Arcadia Unified School District (Los Angeles County), and Palos Verdes Unified School District (Los Angeles County) 904

Congratulations are in order to the students, teachers, administration and parents!

San Marino real estate and home values have always been driven by the success of its schools. Many potential San Marino home buyers are looking to buy in San Marino after doing an analysis of private school tuitions and investment in a San Marino homes.

With San Marino home prices holding steady, it's clear to see that schools are still the driving factor for many relocating families.

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Here are the actual API scores as posted on September 4, 2008:

District '08 '07 Growth
SAN MARINO UNIFIED 944 938 D 6        
Elementary Schools
Carver Elementary 963 966 A -3        
Valentine Elementary 947 941 A 6        
Middle Schools
Huntington Middle 961 956 A 5        
High Schools
San Marino High 921 911 A 10