If you need to know where the best schools in California are and you are new to California, you can search great schools.com. If you want to check your school rating compared to the neighborhood you are moving into all you do is place your zip code. This site is across the USA so you can check any state.
Palos Verdes are the best rated schools in the state of California. If you live in the South Bay of Los Angeles County 90275 and 90274 zip codes than you are very fortunate. Palos Verdes has 2 High schools currently to choose from. Both are college preparatory and excellent test scores. The latest article written on the high schools said that Palos Verdes High School excels in athletics and Peninsula High School excels in academic scores and accelerated classes. Don't be deceived, the "Jock" school still has great test scores as usual so those athletes still have to hit the books hard.
The difference is in the class schedules. Palos Verdes High School has a block schedule. Some students prefer this because they go to class for a longer period and only on certain days. They have their homework schedule several days ahead and can prepare early. Peninsula High School has the regular schedule and is very popular also.
Torrance- South High(90505) Zip and West High are also excellent schools and rated well. If Palos Verdes is too pricey you maybe able to scale down a little bit in South Torrance and still have excellent schools. Happy House Hunting!