Schooling Options in the Conejo Valley

According to the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), K-12 public school enrollment is lower than at any time in the past twenty-five years. While a decline has been forecast since at least 2017, the current numbers show public school enrollment declining three years ahead of expectations, with only 17,397 students enrolled in CVUSD schools for the 2020/21 school year. Enrollment peaked in 2005/06 with 22,456 students. By contrast, private schools in the area have grown in recent years, with high demand and waiting lists. Some parents place preschoolers in…

Parents Refuse to Accept Controversial “Teen Talk” Curriculum in Conejo Valley Schools

On June 1, more than 100 concerned parents and community members united in opposition to the adoption of the “Teen Talk” sex-ed curriculum by the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD). The group gathered during the CVUSD school board meeting at the Conejo Valley High School, in Thousand Oaks, CA, to speak out against the board’s unanimous approval of the so-called “comprehensive sexual health materials for seventh and ninth grade students.”  Yet this highly sexualized choice of curriculum, which teaches, among other things, anal and oral sex, transgender ideology, as well…

What are Health and Safety in Schools?

In the past year, the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) released its Reopen & Redesign Plan, which stated: “The health, safety and well-being of our CVUSD students, staff and the broader Conejo community is of the utmost importance to our District.”  This begs the question, “Just what is our understanding of the terms ‘health’ and ‘safety’?” Hard numbers tell us that during the entire year and a half of COVID, Ventura County, population 841,734, has reported a single death for a child under the age of 18, and a…

Other Options for School

Parents bidding farewell to public schools have more options for their child’s learning than they may realize. The Conejo Guardian gathered information on public school alternatives to aid parents in transitioning out of public schools. Private Schools Private schools are a popular alternative to public schools. One local example is Hillcrest Christian School. Hillcrest Christian School is an accredited, private Christian school with 403 students from preschool to 12th grade. Tuition ranges from $10,900 to $14,275. While teachers instruct students, Hillcrest fosters a family environment and offers many opportunities for…

Study: Charter Schools Lead to Higher Earnings

Charter schools, which are publicly-funded but independent schools, are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional public schools. A recent report by the University of Arkansas, “Making it County: The Productivity of Public Charter Schools in Seven U.S. Cities,” has found that based on a study of seven major cities, charter schools are more cost-effective than traditional public schools — and help students out-earn their traditional public school counterparts. For each of these cities, the charter schools yielded more learning per education dollar spent. Using the National Assessment of Educational…

Your Family’s Vision Sets Home Education Priorities

Home-educating parents have so many choices that sometimes it’s hard to determine what we should do with the time we enjoy with our children each day. An overload of decisions and options can leave us feeling worn-out, guilty and overwhelmed. What’s the solution? A consistent focus on your family’s vision and top priorities makes all the difference. One of the best things a home-educating family can do is narrow its focus to three or four long-term goals for the homeschool year. For many families, developing positive character qualities is a…