Berkeley: Mining Information On Schools

jefferson-school.jpg Jefferson Elementary School

Phew. Labor Day over and all the kiddies are back where they belong — in school. Time to breathe again.

Sometimes choice doesn’t come into the equation when deciding which school to send your kids to. Even when it does there’s no such thing as a perfect school, not least because every child has their own individual, often idiosyncratic, needs.

Having said that, it must be nice to know your school is judged to be “one of the best”. I chanced upon this league table of top-rated Berkeley public schools today. It’s compiled by which provides data for San Francisco and the Bay Area and, among other things, allows you to compare schools near an address — useful if you’re house hunting — and debate questions such as whether to go public or private.