Pleasant Hill v. Walnut Creek (neighborhoods and school Q)
Hi all! We currently live in Oakland, and are considering a move through the tunnel for hopefully better home and school options long term. Orinda/Lafayette would be great since so close to Oakland (where we have most of our family/friends), but I think likely prohibitively expensive. Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill both seem like viable options, but I know much more about Walnut Creek than Pleasant Hill since we actually know a few families there. I've heard generally positive things about the WC schools (both in the Mt Diablo and WC districts), but I haven't heard much about PH schools. By the number, WC schools on average seem a little stronger than the PH schools, but obviously those numbers don't tell you the full picture. I'd appreciate any insights into the PH community (particularly around Poet's Corner/Gregory Gardens and feeding into the Strandwood School as that area works best for our commute) and WC as well. I'm trying to find a way to really compare the two communities in terms of schools, diversity, and general "neighborhoody" feel. We're a biracial family, so diversity is a key component, and as my husband is in education, we really want to find the strongest educational options we can for our girls (particularly within the public school system). On that point, I'd love to hear about experiences with middle and high schools in both towns as I feel like that is often where it can get weaker for certain districts. Thank you!!