Top 10 Best California Public Schools (2024)

California is the #1 largest school system in the United States, serving 5,877,829 students across the 10,378 public schools for the 2024 school year (there are 3,822 private schools, serving 654,775 students). 90% of all K-12 students in California are educated in public schools, compared to the national average of 90%.
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in California is 33%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 47%.
The top ranked public schools in California are Whitney (Gretchen) High School, Science Stem Magnet and Oxford Academy. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test scores.
Minority enrollment is 79% (majority Hispanic) and the student:teacher ratio is 22:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(CA) School Average
American Indian
1%
Asian
12%
Hispanic
56%
Black
5%
White
21%
Two or more races
5%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in California.

Top Ranked Public Schools in California (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Whitney (Gretchen) High School
(Math: ≥99% | Reading: ≥99%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥99% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)
Grades: 7-12
16800 Shoemaker Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 229-7745
Rank: #22.
Science Stem Magnet
Alternative School
(Math: 96% | Reading: 96%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 96% (Top 1%)
Reading: 96% (Top 1%)
Grades: 6-12
5525 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 753-4470
Rank: #33.
Oxford Academy
(Math: 95% | Reading: 98%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 95% (Top 1%)
Reading: 98% (Top 1%)
Grades: 7-12
5172 Orange Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 220-3055
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Dr. Tj Owens Gilroy Early College Academy
(Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. Pb17
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 846-4909
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Elkhorn
(Math: 94% | Reading: 98%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 98% (Top 1%)
Grades: 4-8
10505 N. Davis Rd.
Stockton, CA 95209
(209) 953-8330
Rank: #66.
Millikin Elementary School
(Math: 94% | Reading: 96%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 96% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
615 Hobart Terrace
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 423-1800
Rank: #77.
William Faria Elementary School
(Math: 98% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 98% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
10155 Barbara Ln.
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 252-0706
Rank: #88.
Murdock-portal Elementary School
(Math: 96% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 96% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
1188 Wunderlich Dr.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 973-8191
Rank: #99.
North Star Academy
(Math: 95% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 95% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 3-8
400 Duane St.
Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 482-2411
Rank: #10 - 1110. - 11.
California Of Mathematics And Science
(Math: 90-94% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
1000 E. Victoria St. Bldg. Sac
Carson, CA 90747
(310) 243-2025

Best California Public Schools by County (2024)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
419
226,656
85%
17
4,866
40%
96
29,040
46%
22
4,886
83%
271
163,995
74%
70
35,277
39%
360
205,726
85%
26
5,505
66%
96
17,860
45%
75
37,274
96%
24
2,619
68%
271
188,249
80%
67
28,525
83%
42
9,752
55%
25
3,807
36%
2,236
1,330,087
87%
80
31,958
82%
75
31,115
48%
15
1,666
34%
64
12,739
63%
114
59,061
87%
10
1,450
30%
15
1,534
60%
150
74,922
89%
40
18,204
72%
46
12,703
34%
640
450,584
77%
122
68,813
43%
15
2,084
35%
528
422,170
82%
390
248,017
72%
770
471,725
72%
240
145,621
84%
181
88,344
76%
407
235,913
83%
102
26,964
35%
47
6,173
43%
108
61,982
78%
180
63,770
61%
191
106,623
77%
42
17,808
70%
34
9,723
55%
16
1,351
32%
192
102,455
86%
29
5,820
30%
236
150,632
73%
65
28,658
71%
41
14,989
62%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in California?
The top ranked public schools in California include Whitney (Gretchen) High School, Science Stem Magnet and Oxford Academy.
How many public schools are located in California?
10,378 public schools are located in California.
What percentage of students in California go to public school?
90% of all K-12 students in California are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in California?
Minority enrollment in California is 79% (majority Hispanic)

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