In Saugus, students attend Arroyo Seco Junior High and Saugus High School. Santa Clarita schools have been honored five times with national Blue Ribbon Honors and 26 times with California Distinguished Schools Honors. There are also several institutions of higher learning in the area. College of the Canyons is a two-year community college and is home to several four-year college and university programs as well. A private performing arts school, the California Institute of the Arts, is also located in the Valley. California State University, Northridge is just 12 miles away and UCLA, located in Westwood, is about a 40 minute drive away.
The Santa Clarita Valley is in the northwest corner of Los Angeles County and extends over approximately 400 square miles. During the last 10 years, Santa Clarita has been documented as one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. The region features clean high-tech industries, master-planned residential communities and major recreational facilities. More than 150,000 residents have chosen to live in the Santa Clarita Valley for one very key reason, safety. Santa Clarita Valley has been rated as having the fourth lowest crime rate among cities with a population of 100,000 or more. The city of Santa Clarita was incorporated on December 15, 1987, and includes the communities of Canyon Country, Saugus, Newhall, and Valencia.
Entertainment in Santa Clarita includes Castaic Lake Recreation Area, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, and Mountasia Family Fun Park. The area's major shopping is at the Town Center Mall in Valencia. Town Center is home to several major department stores as well as restaurants and other well-known stores. Of course, all of the amenities of Southern California including the beaches, mountains, entertainment complexes, museums, golf courses and more are just a short drive away.
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