Here’s what happens when you head over to a site called apiscores.com: you get a map with little pins representing how well each school scores on the California API. It’s all sunshine and rainbows! At least the pin legend uses a rainbow, where 1, the lowest ranking, is really bad apple red, and 10, the highest, is the purest purple.
I don’t know what they’re doing with that light blue for rank 6 (they should have used something more like teal or at least aqua), and the dark purple they used is more suggestive of blue (and a lower score) than the light purple. So given that whoever made the map didn’t spend enough time playing with the Color Wheel during Art Class (which has been cut to raise API scores), let’s have a look and see who’s in the Real Bay Area (RBA) and who isn’t. Remember, the deeper the purple, the larger the college fund balances! And the redder, the deader (at least in real estate terms).
Whoa, check out that swath that runs northwest through southeast alongside I-280. Does that area look familiar? It should.
Obviously there’s more to being in the RBA than just having top school scores (you also need to be score top sushi and get to the GooglePlex in a reasonable amount of time), but it’s nice to have confirmation that this map was onto something. Admittedly this RBA map used purple the way the school score map used green, as a mixdown. But the core RBA comes through on both:
Anyway, zoom in on your neighborhood and check out what color your neighborhood schools are. The more you embiggen the map, the more pins pop up, so if you can’t find a particular school, you may have to zoom in some more or not show as many school types.
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