Almaden

Almaden is located in South San Jose, with the zip code of 95120. It is situated between Santa Teresa and Los Gatos, at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Mount Umunhum is situated high upon the Santa Cruz Mountains. Almaden is a beautiful area, with rolling hills, lush landscaping, and beautifully tree lined streets.

The name “Almaden Valley” comes from the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines, that, in turn, was named after Mercury Mines. The mine produced mercury during the Gold Rush. The Almaden Quicksilver Mine was later turned into Quicksilver County Park.

Almaden is considered a middle to upper middle class neighborhood and . It is a multi-cultural area and approximately 37,000 people call Almaden home. The American Cancer Society has hosted their Relay for Life event at Leland High School and there is an annual Almaden Valley Art and Wine Festival held at the Lake Almaden park. Residents also get involved by picking up litter in parks and along the roadside to keep it clean.

Almaden has two local newspapers that are published weekly: The Almaden Times and Almaden Resident.

The schools located in Almaden are high performing schools and over 90% of the students graduate high school and go on to college. The schools in Almaden have consistently produced strong test scores on standardized tests.

Local Schools:

Elementary School District – San Jose Unified School District
District Boundary Map

Almaden Country School
Challenger School
Graystone Elementary School
Holy Spirit School
Los Alamitos Elementary School
Simonds Elementary School
Williams Elementary School

Middle Schools
Almaden Country School
Bret Harte Middle School
Castillero Middle School
Challenger School

High Schools
Leland High School
Pioneer High School

Colleges
West Valley Community College
Evergreen Valley Community College
San Jose City College
DeAnza Community College
San Jose State University (SJSU)

School Scores
Academic Performance Index Scores (API)
Standardized Testing & Report Scores (STAR)

Local Golf Courses:
Almaden is home to Cinnabar Hills Gold Club. Some other local golf courses include:

Home Values:
Homes in Almaden vary from townhomes to custom built homes. The prices range from $600K – $5M.

Shopping:
Oakridge Mall is located on Blossom Hill Road, just on the Almaden border. Located in the same area are also several small shopping centers.

Parks & Recreation:
Lake Almaden Park
Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Calero Dam and Reservoir

Sports Teams:

Hockey
San Jose Sharks

Baseball
San Francisco Giants
Oakland A’s

Football
San Francisco 49er’s
Oakland Raiders

Basketball
Golden State Warriors

Soccer
Real San Jose

Arena Football
San Jose Saber Cats

Local Weather
The climate in most of the San Jose Bay Area has a Subtropical Mediterranean climate. San Jose typically has over 300 days of sunshine annually. The annual rain totals are approx 14.4” per year in the city itself. The Evergreen area gets considerably more. The city is located inland and is surrounded by mountains on 3 sides. The local mountains (list) do get a dusting of snow during the winter months but it is rare.

City of San Jose

City of San Jose, CA Population

San Jose Crime Reports

While San Jose has a large concentration of high-technology engineering,
computer, and microprocessor companies the Evergreen Valley has no major companies locating with the immediate area. Some of the major employers in San Jose include County of Santa Clara, Cisco Systems, City of San Jose, San Jose State University, Brocade Communications Systems, eBay, Hitachi, Kaiser Permanente, and Adobe Systems.

The city of San Jose has grown and expanded over the last 20 years. There
are many more transportation opportunities available. The Evergreen
Valley has VTA Bus and Light Rail transportation, paratransit, local
freeways nearby (Interstates 280, 680, 880, U.S. Route 101, State Routes
17, 82, 85, 87,130, and 237), the Highway 17 Express bus line, and the
San Jose International Airport.