The beginning of April is an exciting time for San Marino HighSchool seniors, as they make their final decisions about which college theywill attend in the fall. Our kidsare extremely privileged to receive a San Marino education. Our school system is knowninternationally, is ranked as the number one school district in California, andthoroughly prepares our students for the world of higher education. An extremely high percentage of ourstudents go on to four year college, and the matriculation list is extremelyimpressive. They attend collegesand universities throughout the world, including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, USC,and so many more.
A San Marino education is rigorous from the beginning, but eachday is also filled with exciting experiences, a rich assortment of subjectmatter, and a high level of skilled instruction. Throughout every grade, a high percentage of San Marino kidsperform at a superior level, but most of them don’t even realize that they areout-performing their peers in other communities throughout the country. They are so engaged in the routine andactivities of their classroom that learning comes easily.
Although San Marino High School is the district’s crowning glory,a San Marino education starts way before high school. My kids were lucky to attend San Marino schools for most oftheir educational experience. I wasclosely involved with their early education, spending time in the classroomthroughout their elementary school years. This is where it all begins. Every year of instruction builds upon itself, all with the purpose ofeducating the whole child and preparing them for the next year of challenges.
The success of the San Marino Unified School District can beattributed to a variety of factors, but our remarkable teaching staff is at thetop of the list. Especially duringtheir elementary years, my kids built strong and lasting relationships with theirteachers that enabled them to reach new heights of success. One teacher who was involved with themthroughout their elementary experience, is Yvonne Mejia, the Physical Educationteacher at Carver School. P.E. atCarver is a big deal, and Mrs. Mejia trains her students that her class is asimportant as any academic subject. The program is well thought out, encourages the kids to love physicalactivity, and is filled with creative variety. Mrs. Mejia gets to know each and every one of her studentsand encourages them to become the best they can be. My kids not only looked forward to P.E. each and every day,but they were highly impacted by Mrs. Mejia’s instruction, character training,and kind encouragement. I amconvinced that they will carry warm memories of her throughout their lives.
As homeowners, we must remember that our famous San Marinoschools are vital to our excellent property values. I just sold a wonderful home on Lombardy Road andexperienced a huge response from hungry buyers. Each buyer who submitted an offer was looking in San Marinoexclusively. San Marino is anexceptionally beautiful and safe community, which is filled with wonderfularchitectural homes. This is notwhat completely sets us apart, though. Savvy San Marino buyers realize that our community provides the wholepackage. The ability to own abeautiful home in a safe neighborhood AND have the benefit of a top-notchschool system is what makes us truly great.
I know that we pay high property taxes and are regularly asked todonate to our San Marino Schools Foundation. Especially in a difficult economy, these extra costs canfeel frustrating and burdensome. Keep in mind, though, that these costs areminor in comparison to the up-side of owning a San Marino home. As citizens of our outstandingcommunity, we should all bind together in support of our greatest resource -our schools.
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