Top 10 Best California Alternative Public Schools (2021)

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For the 2021 school year, there are 1070 alternative public schools serving 137,057 students in California.
The top ranked alternative public schools in California are William & Marian Ghidotti High School, Balboa Gifted/high Ability Magnet Elementary School and Alameda Science And Technology Institute. 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 38%), and reading proficiency score of 33% (versus the 50% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the California public school average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

Top California Alternative Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    William & Marian Ghidotti High School Alternative School
    Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
    (530) 274-5270

    Grades: 9-12 | 162 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Balboa Gifted/high Ability Magnet Elementary School Alternative School
    Magnet School
    Math: 86% | Reading: 93%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    17020 Labrador St.
    Northridge, CA 91325
    (818) 349-4801

    Grades: 1-5 | 747 students
  • Rank: #33.
    Alameda Science And Technology Institute Alternative School
    Magnet School
    Math: 80-89% | Reading: ≥90%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    555 Atlantic Ave.
    Alameda, CA 94501
    (510) 748-4021

    Grades: 9-12 | 187 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Technology High School Alternative School
    Math: 80-84% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1801 E. Cotati Ave.
    Rohnert Park, CA 94928
    (707) 792-4825

    Grades: 9-12 | 326 students
  • Rank: #55.
    Soar High (students On Academic Rise) Alternative School
    Math: 70-74% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    3041 W. Ave. K
    Lancaster, CA 93536
    (661) 722-6300

    Grades: 9-12 | 419 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Fallbrook Homeschool Academy Alternative School
    Math: ≥80% | Reading: ≥80%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    300 Heald Ln
    Fallbrook, CA 92028
    (760) 731-4220

    Grades: K-8 | 39 students
  • Rank: #77.
    International Polytechnic High School Alternative School
    Math: 65-69% | Reading: ≥95%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    3801 W. Temple Ave., Bldg. 128
    Pomona, CA 91768
    (909) 839-2320

    Grades: 9-12 | 547 students
  • Rank: #88.
    Downtown Business High School Alternative School
    Magnet School
    Math: 65-69% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1081 W. Temple St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 481-0371

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,035 student
  • Rank: #99.
    Sierra View Elementary School Alternative School
    Math: 76% | Reading: 81%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1598 Hooker Oak Ave.
    Chico, CA 95926
    (530) 891-3117

    Grades: K-5 | 580 students
  • Rank: #1010.
    Venture (alternative) Alternative School
    Math: 65-69% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    10540 Albion Rd.
    San Ramon, CA 94582
    (925) 479-1200

    Grades: K-12 | 176 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    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: #1212.
    Design Science Middle College High School Alternative School
    Magnet School
    Math: 65-69% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    2004 E. Cambridge Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93703
    (559) 248-7353

    Grades: 9-12 | 268 students
  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    Alternative Education-san Joaquin High School Alternative School
    Math: 60-79% | Reading: ≥80%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    3387 Barranca Pkwy.
    Irvine, CA 92606
    (949) 936-7440

    Grades: K-12 | 40 students
  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    Alternative Family Education Alternative School
    Math: 60-79% | Reading: ≥80%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    840 N. Branciforte Ave.
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    (831) 429-3898

    Grades: K-12 | 128 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Las Flores Home Education Independent Study Academy Alternative School
    Math: 60-64% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    10039 E. Palm St.
    Bellflower, CA 90706
    (562) 804-6565

    Grades: K-12 | 197 students
  • Rank: #1616.
    Env Academy Of Research Technical And Earth Scis Alternative School
    Magnet School
    Math: 74% | Reading: 76%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    2626 Michael Dr.
    Newbury Park, CA 91320
    (805) 498-3686

    Grades: K-5 | 539 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    Mission Vista High School Alternative School
    Math: 60% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    1306 Melrose Dr.
    Vista, CA 92084
    (760) 758-6800

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,677 student
  • Rank: #1818.
    Grossmont Middle College High School Alternative School
    Math: 50-59% | Reading: ≥90%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    8800 Grossmont College Dr.
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    (619) 644-7524

    Grades: 11-12 | 72 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Asawa (ruth) Sf School Of The Arts A Public School Alternative School
    Math: 65-69% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    555 Portola Dr.
    San Francisco, CA 94131
    (415) 695-5700

    Grades: 9-12 | 756 students
  • Rank: #2020.
    Davis School For Independent Study Alternative School
    Math: 60-69% | Reading: 70-79%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    526 B St.
    Davis, CA 95616
    (530) 757-5333

    Grades: K-12 | 107 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School Alternative School
    Magnet School
    Math: 52% | Reading: 90%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1200 N. Cornwell St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90033
    (323) 227-4400

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,861 student
  • Rank: #2222.
    Academy Of The Redwoods Alternative School
    Math: 50-59% | Reading: 80-89%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    7351 Tompkins Hill Rd.
    Fortuna, CA 95540
    (707) 476-4203

    Grades: 9-12 | 170 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Public Safety Academy Alternative School
    Math: 57% | Reading: 80%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    230 Atlantic Ave.
    Fairfield, CA 94533
    (707) 421-3933

    Grades: 5-12 | 710 students
  • Rank: #2424.
    Middle College High School Alternative School
    Math: 50-54% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1260 W. Esperanza St.
    San Bernardino, CA 92410
    (909) 888-4041

    Grades: 9-12 | 274 students
  • Rank: #2525.
    Capistrano Virtual/home Alternative School
    Math: 55-59% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    32972 Calle Perfecto
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    (949) 234-9374

    Grades: K-8 | 103 students
  • Rank: #2626.
    Vintage Math/science/technology Magnet Alternative School
    Magnet School
    Math: 62% | Reading: 73%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    15848 Stare St.
    North Hills, CA 91343
    (818) 892-8661

    Grades: K-5 | 831 students
  • Rank: #27-2827.- 28.
    Mountain Valley Academy Alternative School
    Math: 60-64% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1010 Ramona St.
    Ramona, CA 92065
    (760) 787-3600

    Grades: K-12 | 246 students
  • Rank: #27-2827.- 28.
    Santa Monica Alternative (k-8) Alternative School
    Math: 60-64% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    2525 Fifth St.
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    (310) 396-2640

    Grades: K-8 | 224 students
  • Rank: #2929.
    Carpinteria Family Alternative School
    Math: 70-79% | Reading: 60-69%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1480 Linden Ave.
    Carpinteria, CA 93013
    (805) 684-4141

    Grades: K-5 | 73 students
  • Rank: #3030.
    Parkview Alternative School
    Math: 55-59% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    2189 N. Kraemer Blvd.
    Placentia, CA 92870
    (714) 986-7050

    Grades: K-12 | 212 students
  • Rank: #3131.
    Sherman Oaks Center For Enriched Studies Alternative School
    Magnet School
    Math: 53% | Reading: 72%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    18605 Erwin St.
    Reseda, CA 91335
    (818) 758-5600

    Grades: 4-12 | 2,085 students
  • Rank: #3232.
    Acalanes Center For Independent Study Alternative School
    Math: 40-59% | Reading: ≥80%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1963 Tice Valley Blvd.
    Walnut Creek, CA 94595
    (925) 280-3945

    Grades: 9-12 | 24 students
  • Rank: #3333.
    El Camino High School Alternative School
    Math: 45-49% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    61 Day Road
    Ventura, CA 93003
    (805) 289-7955

    Grades: 9-12 | 255 students
  • Rank: #3434.
    South Shores/csudh Visual And Performing Arts Alternative School
    Magnet School
    Math: 55% | Reading: 69%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    2060 W. 35th St.
    San Pedro, CA 90732
    (310) 832-6596

    Grades: K-5 | 477 students
  • Rank: #3535.
    Mariposa School Of Global Education Alternative School
    Math: 57% | Reading: 65%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    6050 N. Calmfield Ave.
    Agoura Hills, CA 91301
    (818) 707-7144

    Grades: K-8 | 386 students
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