This caught my attention:
Mountain View Voice: School district deals with flood of transfer requests (December 1, 2006)
Local high school officials are scratching their heads over a growing flood of student requests to transfer from Los Altos to Mountain View high schools.
This year, there were 391 requests to switch to Mountain View High, a trend that cannot be sustained according to Mountain View-Los Altos School District officials. During the same period, only 180 students requested a move to Los Altos High.
The number of transfer requests to Mountain View has risen steadily over the past several years, a cause of concern because both schools are nearing maximum capacity. In addition, district officials say, very few students will be granted transfers in the years to come due to both schools reaching that maximum. The transfers are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
So why all these transfer requests?
Part of the larger perception about the two high schools may be that Mountain View High is considered safer than Los Altos. While this reason has never been officially listed in a transfer request, Sarraf said that an informal survey she conducted resulted in several people telling her they believed the perception to be true.But both Sarraf and Superintendent Barry Groves said that it isn’t.
“It’s not accurate in terms of our statistics. The schools are almost identical” in terms of safety, Groves explained.
Ah, safety. But that’s interesting that parents think one is better when they’re both the same. Let’s just take a look at the median home prices:
Los Altos 94022 $1,588,000
Los Altos 94024 $1,520,000
Mountain View 94040 $815,000
Mountain View 94041 $825,000
Mountain View 94043 $660,000
Only in the Bay Area would getting a 40 year mortgage to pay off your $1 million dollar house mean that you have to be concerned about your child’s safety.
See? It really is special here.