Two elementary school districts -- geographically sprawling, but with tiny enrollments -- span two counties and serve the Santa Cruz Mountains. But district boundaries reflect their roots in the late 1800s rather than modern housing, transportation and commute patterns. Over the years there have been efforts and talks about merging or otherwise redrawing boundaries, but historical lines remain.

Here's a quick look at the two districts.

Lakeside Joint School District

Founded: early 1880s

Address: 19621 Black Road, Los Gatos

Size: 32 square miles

Enrollment: 91 K-5 students at Lakeside School

In addition, 16 district students attend Rolling Hills Middle School via an agreement with the Campbell Union district; and 24 middle schoolers attend C.T. English Middle School via agreement with the Loma Prieta District.

2012 Growth API score: 966

Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District

Founded: 1949 through a merger of four smaller school districts, the oldest dating to the mid-1800s.

Address: 23800 Summit Road, Los Gatos

Size: 40 square miles

Enrollment: 445*

2012 Growth API scores: Loma Prieta Elementary 926; C.T. English Middle 939

Other: Damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, schools were rebuilt in 1994 and 2006.

* in 2011-12

Sources: Lakeside and Loma Prieta school districts; California Department of Finance

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