Neighborhood Profile – Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley, CA

Lake Wildwood is a gated community in the scenic Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California. Nearly 3,000 private homes are located in a lush wooded setting on a large and beautiful lake. The amenities include:

  • Private lake for boating, swimming, fishing, wakeboarding and water-skiing
  • 18-hole golf course designed by William F. “Billy” Bell
  • Excellent restaurant and lounge with full-service bar
  • 24-hour security staff
  • Lighted tennis courts
  • Pool with lap lane, snack bar and new locker rooms
  • Clubhouse with meeting rooms, deck, banquet facilities and wireless Internet
  • Parks with beaches, picnic areas and 2 pavilions
  • Community Center featuring beautiful meeting rooms, kitchen and wireless Internet
  • A wide variety of clubs and classes, including art, exercise, and adult education
  • Live concerts and other events

We are located just an hour from the Lake Tahoe area. Lake Tahoe offers many casinos and an exciting night life with renowned entertainers year-round. In addition, during the winter, Tahoe’s ski resorts are second to none. During summer, this lake has wonderful sandy beaches, as well as bike trails, parasailing, camping and white water rafting. This great vacation area is known for many interesting shops and restaurants. It’s always a great day trip, or more! The wine country is only a two-hour drive. You can spend a weekend or an afternoon going from winery to winery tasting wines. Napa and Sonoma have many health spas and four star restaurants to enhance your visit.

San Francisco is also a short drive away. This world class city with its unique skyline and waterways always offers an exciting visit. Ride the cable cars, take a ferry, and visit Chinatown for a great day in the city.

 The historic tourist destination towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are minutes away, with many interesting shops, restaurants, inns, and local wineries offering daily tours and tastings. This area is also popular for its large and varied performing and visual arts community, along with many opportunities to visit some of California’s most beautiful state parks, hiking trails, and local lakes. Bicycling is a popular pastime and our county hosts both the Tour of Nevada City and Amgen bike races.

We are in the heart of the historic Gold Country, where the great California gold rush began in 1849. Many interesting sites remain from that time, such as Bridgeport State Park and Empire Mine State Park. Much of downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City has been preserved as historic landmarks from that time.

Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and Redwood National Park (on the coast) are not far away and are well worth the trip.

We are about one hour from Sacramento International Airport and two hours from San Francisco International and the other Bay Area Airports.

The area provides excellent health care facilities. Grass Valley offers Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Auburn offers Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.

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Our districts serve a combined total of 950 students. Ready Springs Union School District serves the town of Rough and Ready and the southern portions of Penn Valley. Pleasant Valley School District encompasses Lake Wildwood and the western portion of Penn Valley. Both districts are operated by a common district office referred to as a shared management team. The shared management team was created to offer the districts greater depth, efficiency, quality of service in district operations, and school site support. The district office staff consists of a superintendent, administrative assistant, business manager, two financial assistants, maintenance and operations supervisor, and a director of special education. Each district maintains its own autonomy with separate boards and budgets.                                   .               

This is a community of talented administrators, dedicated teachers and staff, and supportive parents who have a passion for excellence in all that we do. Both districts are a collection of people who genuinely care about children and one another and who are committed to working with the community and its students to promote a love of learning. All of our schools are safe, well maintained, and staffed with exceptional teachers. Our students benefit from a high caliber curriculum as well as the arts, music, technology, gardens, special clubs and athletic opportunities.

Ready Springs Union Elementary School District is comprised of Ready Springs Elementary School, a K-8 elementary school and Vantage Point Charter School (a K-12 charter school). 

Ready Springs Elementary School opened in September of 1957.  The school is very excited to offer many programs to accomodate the needs of our students and their families including an all day kindergarten program, on site preschool, and after school recreation and daycare.

Vantage Point Charter School provides an exciting alternative to traditional education by fostering academic progress in a safe, friendly, and professional environment.  Our goal is to enable students to become self-motivated, academically competent, and life-long learners. Vantage Point serves students in grades K-12 with an independent study program.

Pleasant Valley Elementary School District comprises of one elementary school.