Part 2 in a 2-Part Series
MoveToRedlands.com focuses on my work as a Keller Williams’ real estate agent based in Redlands, California. As I mentioned last week, I enjoy helping people discover the wonders of the IE because Redlands is a trendy, family-friendly town, with a lot going on. In last week’s blog, we covered three reasons you should consider relocating to Redlands: transportation, compassion and health. Click here to read that post. This week, we will wrap up our two-part series by focusing on two more reasons to make Redlands your home: education, arts and business opportunities.
One of the qualities Redlands is known for is an excellent school system. Offering educational resources ranging from K-12 to college level, student residents consistently score above county, state and national averages on academic assessments across the board. What’s more:
- Redlands schools were named California Distinguished Schools 26 times.
- Three schools have been commended, nominated or designated National Blue Ribbon Schools.
- S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Redlands 11th out of 125 western regional universities; and fifth in the “Best Value” category.
- The Princeton Review named the U of R one of the top colleges in the nation.
- Redlands Unified School District has 16 elementary schools, which serve kindergarten through fifth grade. There is also a Montessori K-8.
- Four middle schools serve grades six, seven and eight. Grades nine through twelve are served by three comprehensive high schools: Redlands High School, Redlands East Valley High School, Citrus Valley High School, as well as The Grove School, which is the Montessori arm for high school students.
- An alternative high school setting is offered at Orangewood High School.
- The Redlands Independent Study (RISE) Program and the Home Education Learning Program (HELP) are also on the Orangewood campus.
- The district also boasts a K-12 online school, Redlands eAcademy. The eAcademy offers free and appropriate public education in a blended learning model to students residing outside of the confines of Redlands, in San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, Kern, Orange and Los Angeles counties.
The Arts in Redlands
The Redlands Art Association (RAA) is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1964 to encourage and support visual arts in the City of Redlands. Spearheading artistic expression in and around Redlands, the association inspires creativity, nurtures individual expression, and supports visual arts through their art center and sales galleries. The association also offers art classes, programs, workshops, and demonstrations.
Redlands also celebrates artistic expression with the Festival of Arts held each May in Smiley Park. The Festival welcomes over 60 artists to a nine-category juried art show which features ceramics, digital, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood. Also, the Redlands Bowl offers free summer concerts and musicals every year.
The University of Redlands art department provides classes in drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. The department has just moved into a new 25,000-square-foot facility with state-of-the-art studios.
As for the dramatic arts, the City of Redlands is home to American Acrobats Performing Arts & Fitness, LifeHouse Theater, and the Redlands Footlighters Theatre. Also, Schwimmers Dance Center has been training Redlands’ dancers long before Benji placed second in season two the popular national television show, So You Think You Can Dance, and Lacey, was fourth runner-up on season three.
Redlands Real Estate
When it comes time to buy a home in Redlands, call Keller Williams Realtor Candace Cantu McGloin. She is qualified and willing to help home buyers and sellers across Southern California. Specializing in the cities of Redlands, Highland, Yucaipa, Grand Terrace, and Loma Linda Candace has done transactions both on the buying and selling side throughout Southern California. To learn more about real estate in Redlands or the Inland Empire or to list your home, call Candace directly at (951) 201-2443.