SARATOGA– AN OVERVIEW
Tucked in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga is a lovely residential community with a small-town feel. Known for it’s excellent schools, delicious restaurants, artisanal shops and many cultural offerings, Saratoga offers its residents a high quality of life away from the hustle bustle of neighboring Cupertino and San Jose.
The city’s 12.4 square miles include lush redwood forests and beautiful vineyards. A valley floor once covered with prune and apricot orchards is now dotted with elegant homes, and highly ranked schools.
Major attractions include:
- Villa Montalvo and Villa Montalvo Arboretum, home of the Montalvo Center for the Arts
- Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards
- Hakone Japanese Garden
- Mountain Winery, a seasonal concert venue and
- Sanborn County Park, offering cool trails over hot summer months
In 2010 Bloomberg named Saratoga the most expensive suburb in California. Ranked by Forbes (2009) as one of America's top 20 most-educated small towns. in 2011 Bloomberg reported that the average household income was $237,804 with an average household net worth of $1,516,018.
Originally inhabited by the indigenous Ohlone tribe, Sarataoga was then taken over by European settlers who constructed a sawmill and began harvesting the lush forest. Industry sprang up, including a grist mill, a tannery and a paper factory. When minerals springs were discovered, the town was named Saratoga, after the city in New York famous for similar waters.
Over the years Saratoga became agricultural, as did much of the surrounding area; the town urbanized after WWII, incorporating in 1956 to avoid being annexed to San Jose, using the slogan "Keep it rural". The slogan seems to have worked… Today Saratoga, a bedroom community for Silicon Valley boasting great schools and amenities, is proud of its many hiking trails and lush vineyards.
SARATOGA - EDUCATION
Various public school districts serve Saratoga, but all of them are excellent.
Elementary Schools (K-8) include:
High Schools include:
Saratoga High School, ranked as the 152nd best public high school in America.
Monta Vista High School (located in Cupertino and ranked by Newsweek as the 18th best high school in the United States. See more info here)
Lynbrook High School (located in San Jose; one of the best high schools in the Bay Area, California and the nation. and consistently ranked as one of the top 20 academic high schools in the state .
Prospect High School (a California Distinguished School that pairs college prep with extracurriculars such as music, art, filmmaking and video production)
Westmont High School (located in Campbell, and home to one of the few enduring Future Farmers of America programs left in the San Francisco Bay Area)
Private schools in the area include Challenger School, Saint Andrew's School, and Sacred Heart School.
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