Moraga

Moraga is an affluent suburban incorporated town located in Contra Costa County, just over the hills from Oakland. It is named in honor of Joaquin Moraga, whose grandfather was José Joaquin Moraga, second in command to Juan Bautista de Anza.

As of the 2000 census, Moraga was the 79th wealthiest place in the US with a population above 10,000. It is also the home of Saint Mary's College of California, a Catholic university with 3,962 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the 2007-2008 school year. The college was originally located in San Francisco and then Oakland, but moved to Moraga in 1928.

As of 2007, Moraga had a total population of 17,421, not including the college. It is located adjacent to the cities of Lafayette and Orinda, as well as the unincorporated community of Canyon. Other nearby cities include Walnut Creek, Oakland, San Francisco, Concord and Berkeley.

Moraga Way view toward Moraga Road

Moraga is a valley, surrounded by rolling hills (green in the winter, golden in the summer) and grazing cows. Residents enjoy walking or biking the many trails in the Lamorinda area.

Moraga is well known for its excellent school district, which attracts many people from surrounding cities.

Primary and secondary schools:

The Moraga School District includes:

Saklan Valley School (formerly, Moraga Country Day School and Carden School of Moraga), a private elementary school founded in 1954, is also located in Moraga. It is a co-educational school with around 155 students from preschool to 8th grade. The school is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has a maximum class size of 16.

Moraga's only public high school is Campolindo High School, although some Moraga students choose to attend Miramonte High School, located just across the town border in Orinda. Both schools are part of the Acalanes Union High School District, which encompasses Moraga, Lafayette, Orinda, and parts of Walnut Creek.

Orion Academy is a private secondary school for students with conditions such as Asperger syndrome and nonverbal learning disorders. The Moraga Library of the Contra Costa County Library is also located in Moraga.

Canyon, CA

St. Giles Episcopal Church

St. Mary’s College of California