Arcadia

arcadia-ca-300x364Arcadia is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States located approximately 13 miles (21 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley and at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.

It is the site of the Santa Anita Park racetrack and home to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The city had a population of 56,364 at the 2010 census, up from 53,248 at the 2000 census. The city is named after Arcadia, Greece.

In 2012, Arcadia was ranked 7th in the nation on CNN Money magazine’s list of towns with highest median home costs.

In 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek named Arcadia as one of the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids: 2010″ for the second year in a row.

Elementary schools

  • Baldwin Stocker Elementary 422 West Lemon Ave., grades K–5, 604 students
  • Camino Grove Elementary 700 Camino Grove Ave., K–5, 682
  • Highland Oaks Elementary 10 Virginia Dr., K–5, 628
  • Holly Avenue Elementary 360 West Duarte Rd., K–5, 623
  • Longley Way Elementary 2601 Longley Way, K–5, 485
  • Reid (Hugo) Elementary 1000 Hugo Reid Dr., K–5, 620

Middle schools

  • Dana (Richard Henry) Middle, 1401 South First Ave., grades 6–8, 782 students
  • First Avenue Middle , 301 South First Ave., grades 6–8, 839 students
  • Foothills Middle, 171 East Sycamore Ave., grades 6–8, 836 students

High school

  • Arcadia High School 180 Campus Dr., 9–12, 3,657 students

The Academic Performance Index measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of points. Arcadia High School scored 890,[24] making it the highest performing large high school in California.[25] In 2010, Arcadia High had 29 National Merit Award finalists.[26] Arcadia is also home to the two-time National Championship boys cross-country team (2010 and 2012).

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