Top 10 Best California Public Schools (2021)

California is the #1 largest school system in the United States, serving 6,198,644 students across the 10,346 public schools for the 2021 school year.
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in California is 38%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 50%.
The top ranked public schools in California are Whitney (Gretchen) High School, Millikan Science Technical Engineering And Math (STEM) Magnet and La Jolla Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 77% (majority majority Hispanic) and the student:teacher ratio is 23:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(CA) School Average
American Indian
1%
Asian
12%
Hispanic
54%
Black
5%
White
23%
Hawaiian
1%
Two or more races
4%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in CA.

Top Overall Ranked Public Schools in California (2021)

  • School Student Proficiency Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.Math: 97% (Top 1%) Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)Math: 97% (Top 1%)
    Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 7-1216800 Shoemaker Ave.
    CerritosCA 90703
    (562) 229-7745

  • Rank: #22.Math: ≥99% (Top 1%) Reading: 97% (Top 1%)Math: ≥99% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 97% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 6-125041 Sunnyslope Ave.
    Sherman OaksCA 91423
    (818) 528-1662

  • Rank: #33.Math: 97% (Top 1%) Reading: 98% (Top 1%)Math: 97% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 98% (Top 1%)
    Grades: K-51111 Marine St.
    La JollaCA 92037
    (858) 454-7196

  • Rank: #44.
    Oxford Academy
    Math: 95% (Top 1%) Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)Math: 95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 7-125172 Orange Ave.
    CypressCA 90630
    (714) 220-3055

  • Rank: #55.
    North Star AcademyMagnet School
    Math: 96% (Top 1%) Reading: 96% (Top 1%)Math: 96% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 96% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 3-8400 Duane St.
    Redwood CityCA 94062
    (650) 482-2411

  • Rank: #6-86.-8.Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 9-121000 E. Victoria St., Bldg. Sa
    CarsonCA 90747
    (310) 243-2025

  • Rank: #6-86.-8.
    Canyon Charter Elementary SchoolCharter School
    Math: ≥95% (Top 1%) Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
    Grades: K-5421 Entrada Dr.
    Santa MonicaCA 90402
    (310) 454-7510

  • Rank: #6-86.-8.
    Elkhorn
    Math: 95% (Top 1%) Reading: 96% (Top 1%)Math: 95% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 96% (Top 1%)
    Grades: 4-810505 N. Davis Rd.
    StocktonCA 95209
    (209) 953-8330

  • Rank: #99.Math: 97% (Top 1%) Reading: 95% (Top 1%)Math: 97% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
    Grades: K-510155 Barbara Ln.
    CupertinoCA 95014
    (408) 252-0706

  • Rank: #1010.Math: 98% (Top 1%) Reading: 94% (Top 1%)Math: 98% (Top 1%)
    Reading: 94% (Top 1%)
    Grades: K-513200 Shadow Mountain Rd.
    SaratogaCA 95070
    (408) 867-4773

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Top California Public Schools by County (2021)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
404 Schools
230,215 Students
82% Minority
3 Schools
80 Students
56% Minority
16 Schools
4,106 Students
33% Minority
96 Schools
31,736 Students
42% Minority
22 Schools
5,450 Students
29% Minority
22 Schools
4,799 Students
81% Minority
274 Schools
177,357 Students
69% Minority
16 Schools
4,153 Students
48% Minority
68 Schools
31,594 Students
35% Minority
347 Schools
202,635 Students
83% Minority
24 Schools
4,898 Students
65% Minority
89 Schools
18,440 Students
42% Minority
73 Schools
38,772 Students
95% Minority
24 Schools
2,667 Students
63% Minority
265 Schools
184,771 Students
78% Minority
66 Schools
28,272 Students
80% Minority
41 Schools
9,549 Students
50% Minority
23 Schools
3,791 Students
32% Minority
2,270 Schools
1,487,635 Students
86% Minority
78 Schools
31,699 Students
80% Minority
78 Schools
33,597 Students
44% Minority
16 Schools
1,888 Students
32% Minority
67 Schools
13,197 Students
56% Minority
112 Schools
58,796 Students
84% Minority
11 Schools
1,454 Students
29% Minority
15 Schools
1,630 Students
59% Minority
151 Schools
79,956 Students
87% Minority
46 Schools
20,384 Students
70% Minority
51 Schools
12,752 Students
24% Minority
627 Schools
486,179 Students
74% Minority
118 Schools
67,811 Students
38% Minority
15 Schools
2,169 Students
27% Minority
511 Schools
430,535 Students
79% Minority
386 Schools
251,358 Students
69% Minority
25 Schools
10,384 Students
80% Minority
555 Schools
392,992 Students
84% Minority
770 Schools
504,039 Students
70% Minority
133 Schools
60,113 Students
86% Minority
237 Schools
145,213 Students
82% Minority
81 Schools
34,721 Students
48% Minority
183 Schools
93,221 Students
72% Minority
126 Schools
69,183 Students
77% Minority
420 Schools
272,499 Students
81% Minority
79 Schools
36,919 Students
63% Minority
98 Schools
26,506 Students
32% Minority
7 Schools
407 Students
23% Minority
51 Schools
6,338 Students
42% Minority
108 Schools
63,918 Students
74% Minority
185 Schools
69,484 Students
58% Minority
192 Schools
109,531 Students
74% Minority
44 Schools
20,720 Students
64% Minority
44 Schools
11,483 Students
50% Minority
21 Schools
1,491 Students
32% Minority
194 Schools
103,567 Students
84% Minority
29 Schools
6,070 Students
28% Minority
235 Schools
150,283 Students
69% Minority
65 Schools
30,852 Students
66% Minority
39 Schools
14,385 Students
58% Minority
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