Top 10 Best California Alternative Public Schools (2022)

For the 2022 school year, there are 1051 alternative public schools serving 138,211 students in California.
The top ranked alternative public schools in California are Alameda Science And Technology Institute, Balboa Gifted/high Ability Magnet Elementary School and Technology High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
California alternative public schools have an average math proficiency score of 23% (versus the California public school average of 40%), and reading proficiency score of 34% (versus the 51% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 79% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the California public school average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

Best California Alternative Public Schools (2022)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Alameda Science And Technology Institute
Alternative School
Magnet School
Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
555 Atlantic Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-4021
Grades: 9-12
| 187 students
Rank: #22.
Balboa Gifted/high Ability Magnet Elementary School
Alternative School
Magnet School
Math: 88% | Reading: 88%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
17020 Labrador St.
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 349-4801
Grades: 1-5
| 747 students
Rank: #33.
Technology High School
Alternative School
Math: 80-84% | Reading: ≥95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1801 E. Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 792-4825
Grades: 9-12
| 326 students
Rank: #44.
William & Marian Ghidotti High School
Alternative School
Math: 80-89% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
250 Sierra College Dr.
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 274-5270
Grades: 9-12
| 162 students
Rank: #55.
Mt. Everest Academy
Alternative School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
(1)
4350 Mt. Everest Blvd.,
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 496-8778
Grades: K-12
| 240 students
Rank: #66.
Middle College High School
Alternative School
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1260 W. Esperanza St.
San Bernardino, CA 92410
(909) 888-4041
Grades: 9-12
| 274 students
Rank: #77.
Design Science Middle College High School
Alternative School
Magnet School
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2004 E. Cambridge Ave.
Fresno, CA 93703
(559) 248-7353
Grades: 9-12
| 268 students
Rank: #88.
Academy Of The Redwoods
Alternative School
Math: 70-79% | Reading: 80-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
7351 Tompkins Hill Rd.
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 476-4203
Grades: 9-12
| 170 students
Rank: #99.
Soar High (students On Academic Rise)
Alternative School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3041 W. Ave. K
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 722-6300
Grades: 9-12
| 419 students
Rank: #1010.
Downtown Business High School
Alternative School
Magnet School
Math: 69% | Reading: 82%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1081 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 481-0371
Grades: 9-12
| 1,035 students
Rank: #1111.
Env Academy Of Research Technical And Earth Scis
Alternative School
Magnet School
Math: 73% | Reading: 79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2626 Michael Dr.
Newbury Park, CA 91320
(805) 498-3686
Grades: K-5
| 539 students
Rank: #1212.
Early College High School
Alternative School
Math: 60-69% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2990 Mesa Verde Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 241-6108
Grades: 9-12
| 203 students
Rank: #1313.
Mission Vista High School
Alternative School
Math: 63% | Reading: 89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1306 Melrose Dr.
Vista, CA 92084
(760) 758-6800
Grades: 9-12
| 1,677 students
Rank: #14 - 1514. - 15.
Fallbrook Homeschool Academy
Alternative School
Math: 60-79% | Reading: ≥80%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
300 Heald Ln
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(760) 731-4220
Grades: K-8
| 39 students
Rank: #14 - 1514. - 15.
Grossmont Middle College High School
Alternative School
Math: 60-79% | Reading: ≥80%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 644-7524
Grades: 11-12
| 72 students
Rank: #1616.
International Polytechnic High School
Alternative School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3801 W. Temple Ave., Bldg. 128
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 839-2320
Grades: 9-12
| 547 students
Rank: #1717.
Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School
Alternative School
Magnet School
Math: 60% | Reading: 89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
(3)
1200 N. Cornwell St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 227-4400
Grades: 9-12
| 1,861 students
Rank: #1818.
Carpinteria Family
Alternative School
Math: 70-79% | Reading: 70-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1480 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-4141
Grades: K-5
| 73 students
Rank: #1919.
Sierra View Elementary School
Alternative School
Math: 72% | Reading: 75%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1598 Hooker Oak Ave.
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 891-3117
Grades: K-5
| 580 students
Rank: #2020.
Capistrano Virtual/home
Alternative School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
32972 Calle Perfecto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9374
Grades: K-8
| 103 students
Rank: #2121.
Public Safety Academy
Alternative School
Math: 63% | Reading: 81%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
230 Atlantic Ave.
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 421-3933
Grades: 5-12
| 710 students
Rank: #2222.
L.a. County High School For The Arts
Alternative School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
5151 State Univ Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-2550
Grades: 9-12
| 550 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Middle College High School
Alternative School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
(1)
1530 W. 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 953-3900
Grades: 9-12
| 348 students
Rank: #23 - 2423. - 24.
Santa Monica Alternative (k-8)
Alternative School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
(1)
2525 Fifth St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 396-2640
Grades: K-8
| 224 students
Rank: #2525.
Vintage Math/science/technology Magnet
Alternative School
Magnet School
Math: 72% | Reading: 71%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
15848 Stare St.
North Hills, CA 91343
(818) 892-8661
Grades: K-5
| 831 students
Rank: #2626.
Rancho Learning Center (Alternative)
Alternative School
Math: 60-69% | Reading: 70-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
150 S. Third Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 821-6629
Grades: 1-12
| 51 students
Rank: #2727.
Davis School For Independent Study
Alternative School
Math: 50-59% | Reading: 80-89%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
526 B St.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 757-5333
Grades: K-12
| 107 students
Rank: #28 - 2928. - 29.
El Camino High School
Alternative School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
61 Day Road
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 289-7955
Grades: 9-12
| 255 students
Rank: #28 - 2928. - 29.
Learning Post High (alternative)
Alternative School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 255-8338
Grades: 7-12
| 215 students
Rank: #3030.
Alternative Education-san Joaquin High School
Alternative School
Math: 60-79% | Reading: 60-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3387 Barranca Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 936-7440
Grades: K-12
| 40 students
Rank: #31 - 3231. - 32.
Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy
Alternative School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
10039 E. Palm St.
Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 804-6565
Grades: K-12
| 197 students
Rank: #31 - 3231. - 32.
Parkview
Alternative School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2189 N. Kraemer Blvd.
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 986-7050
Grades: K-12
| 212 students
Rank: #3333.
Mountain Valley Academy
Alternative School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 70-74%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1010 Ramona St.
Ramona, CA 92065
(760) 787-3600
Grades: K-12
| 246 students
Rank: #3434.
John F. Kennedy High School
Alternative School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1951 Third St.
Norco, CA 92860
(951) 738-2200
Grades: 10-12
| 622 students
Rank: #3535.
Unschool
Alternative School
Math: 40-59% | Reading: ≥80%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
10700 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 971-7165
Grades: 7-12
| 82 students
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