Check out the school system in Santa Clara

Potential homebuyers concerned about moving into a metro area served by a quality school system may want to consider looking at properties in Santa Clara. The California metro has a number of fine institutions that parents can enroll their children in after purchasing one of the homes for sale in Santa Clara.

According to the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s report on the 2009-2010 school year, there are 36 school districts within the city limits. Those are in addition to the six unified districts, five high schools and 21 elementary school districts. There is also one regional occupational center and four community colleges served by the agency. Approximately 261,945 students were enrolled at K-12 Santa Clara public schools during the 2008-2009 school year.

The demographics of the Santa Clara school system
Each school in Santa Clara can offer a different experience for a child. The California metro is a diverse community, which is indicated by the range of races and backgrounds students come from. According to the Financial Statistical Report for the 2009-2010 scholastic year, 3 percent of students were African American, 0.4 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, 25.9 were Asian and 4.9 percent were Filipino. In addition, 36.8 percent of students were Hispanic or Latino, 0.7 percent were Pacific Islander, 24.2 percent were white and 4.1 percent were from a mixed parentage or uncategorized.

Sometimes, parents want their children surrounded by those with a similar culture and background. By contrast, some parents want their children to learn about new cultures and perspectives by sending them to a school with students from many different racial and ethnic backgrounds. The Santa Clara school system can offer both types of experiences to students.

Public funds poised to come to Santa Clara schools
About $30 million in public funds is expected to be dispensed to various organizations in Santa Clara, according to the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. The California State Department of Finance held a hearing on December 21, 2012, to determine how the money should be split between the school system and the San Francisco 49ers.

However the funds are distributed, public revenue is an important contributor to the running of public education institutions. Even a percentage of that $30 million could do wonders for the children attending scholastic programs within the Santa Clara city limits.

Green energy technology improves Santa Clara schools
The Millikin Basics Elementary School, Buchser Middle School, Wilson Education Option campus and Peterson Middle School have all recently constructed solar shade structures. The Santa Clara Weekly reports that even more solar panels will be constructed within the city at sites such as the Santa Clara Unified School District office, Santa Clara High School and Wilcox High School, to further promote the integration of renewable energy resources.

"The shade structures are steel canopies," Larry Adams, director of school bond projects for the Santa Clara Unified School District, told the news source. "In most cases, they’re covering parking lots. They look like a car port, and the solar panels are on top. They convert into direct current electricity. That electricity is fed into the electric company’s grid."

The solar structures are expected to save the school district more than $20 million during the next 25 years. This will be highly beneficial, as U.S. schools use an incredible amount of energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s 17,450 K-12 school districts spent more than $6 billion collectively on energy alone – more than what is spent on computers and textbooks combined.

Santa Clara school district officials are concentrating their efforts to reduce energy usage and operational costs, so that the saved money can be reinvested into children’s education.