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For the 2021 school year, there are 1255 charter public schools serving 628,417 students in California.
Learn more about how charter schools work. The top ranked charter public schools in California are Canyon Charter Elementary School, Petaluma Accelerated Charter and University High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
California charter public schools have an average math proficiency score of 36% (versus the California public school average of 38%), and reading proficiency score of 50% (versus the 50% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public school average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

Top California Charter Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Canyon Charter Elementary School Charter School
    Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    421 Entrada Dr.
    Santa Monica, CA 90402
    (310) 454-7510

    Grades: K-5 | 388 students
  • Rank: #2-32.-3.
    Petaluma Accelerated Charter Magnet School
    Charter School
    Math: 90-94% | Reading: ≥95%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    110 Ellis St.
    Petaluma, CA 94952
    (707) 778-4750

    Grades: 7-8 | 105 students
  • Rank: #2-32.-3.
    University High School Charter School
    Math: 90-94% | Reading: ≥95%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    2611 E. Matoian M/s Uh134
    Fresno, CA 93740
    (559) 278-8263

    Grades: 9-12 | 489 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Bullis Charter Charter School
    Math: 93% | Reading: 93%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    102 W. Portola Ave.
    Los Altos, CA 94022
    (650) 947-4939

    Grades: K-8 | 879 students
  • Rank: #55.
    Yu Ming Charter Charter School
    Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    1086 Alcatraz Ave.
    Emeryville, CA 94608
    (510) 452-2063

    Grades: K-8 | 387 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Palisades Charter Elementary School Charter School
    Math: 86% | Reading: 92%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    800 Via De La Paz
    Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
    (310) 454-3700

    Grades: K-5 | 499 students
  • Rank: #7-87.-8.
    Bellevue-santa Fe Charter Charter School
    Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    1401 San Luis Bay Dr.
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
    (805) 595-7169

    Grades: K-6 | 160 students
  • Rank: #7-87.-8.
    Liberty Elementary School Charter School
    Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    170 Liberty Sch Rd.
    Petaluma, CA 94952
    (707) 795-4380

    Grades: 1-6 | 171 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Welby Way Charter Elementary School And Gifted-high Ability Magnet Magnet School
    Charter School
    Math: 86% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    23456 Welby Way
    West Hills, CA 91307
    (818) 348-1975

    Grades: K-5 | 816 students
  • Rank: #1010.
    Forest Hill Elementary School Charter School
    Math: 83% | Reading: 88%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    4450 Mccoy Ave.
    San Jose, CA 95130
    (408) 364-4279

    Grades: K-5 | 646 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    White Oaks Elementary School Charter School
    Math: ≥90% | Reading: 80-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1901 White Oak Way
    San Carlos, CA 94070
    (650) 508-7317

    Grades: K-3 | 295 students
  • Rank: #1212.
    Mission Preparatory Charter School
    Math: 80-84% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1050 York St.
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 508-9626

    Grades: K-8 | 315 students
  • Rank: #1313.
    Redwood Academy Of Ukiah Charter School
    Math: 75-79% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1059 N. State St.
    Ukiah, CA 95482
    (707) 467-0500

    Grades: 7-12 | 140 students
  • Rank: #1414.
    Union Street Charter Charter School
    Math: 80-89% | Reading: 80-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    470 Union St.
    Arcata, CA 95521
    (707) 822-4845

    Grades: K-5 | 101 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Orange County School of the Arts Charter School
    Math: 78% | Reading: 89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1010 N. Main St.
    Santa Ana, CA 92701
    (714) 560-9000

    Grades: 7-12 | 2,096 students
  • Rank: #1616.
    Oxford Preparatory Academy - South Orange County Charter School
    Math: 82% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    23000 Via Santa Maria
    Corona, CA 92880
    (949) 305-6111

    Grades: K-8 | 786 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    Arundel Elementary School Charter School
    Math: 85-89% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    200 Arundel Rd.
    San Carlos, CA 94070
    (650) 508-7311

    Grades: K-4 | 484 students
  • Rank: #1818.
    College Preparatory Middle - East County Charter School
    Math: 78% | Reading: 88%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    5150 Jackson Dr.
    La Mesa, CA 91942
    (619) 303-2782

    Grades: 5-8 | 239 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Elevate Elementary School Charter School
    Math: 75-79% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2285 Murray Ridge Rd.
    San Diego, CA 92123
    (858) 751-4774

    Grades: K-5 | 309 students
  • Rank: #2020.
    Pacific Collegiate Charter Charter School
    Math: 77% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    3004 Mission St.
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (831) 479-7785

    Grades: 7-12 | 537 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Hollister Prep Charter School
    Math: 75% | Reading: 88%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    881 Line St.
    Hollister, CA 95023
    (831) 313-0772

    Grades: K-8 | 426 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    Camarillo Academy Of Progressive Education Charter School
    Math: 79% | Reading: 83%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    777 Aileen St.
    Camarillo, CA 93010
    (805) 384-1415

    Grades: K-12 | 578 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Hawthorne Math And Science Academy Charter School
    Math: 70-74% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    4467 W. Brd.way
    Hawthorne, CA 90250
    (310) 973-8184

    Grades: 9-12 | 561 students
  • Rank: #2424.
    San Carlos Charter Learning Center Charter School
    Math: 73% | Reading: 88%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    750 Dartmouth Ave.
    San Carlos, CA 94070
    (650) 508-7343

    Grades: K-8 | 380 students
  • Rank: #2525.
    Marshall Lane Elementary School Charter School
    Math: 82% | Reading: 81%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    14114 Marilyn Ln.
    Saratoga, CA 95070
    (408) 364-4259

    Grades: K-5 | 551 students
  • Rank: #2626.
    Kenter Canyon Elementary Charter Charter School
    Math: 76% | Reading: 84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    645 N. Kenter Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    (310) 472-5918

    Grades: K-5 | 554 students
  • Rank: #27-2827.- 28.
    Creekside Charter Charter School
    Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1916 Chamonix Pl.
    Olympic Valley, CA 96146
    (530) 581-1036

    Grades: K-6 | 144 students
  • Rank: #27-2827.- 28.
    Meadows Arts And Technology Elementary School Charter School
    Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2000 La Granada Dr.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
    (805) 495-7037

    Grades: K-5 | 396 students
  • Rank: #2929.
    Western Center Academy Charter School
    Math: 70% | Reading: 92%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2345 Searl Pkwy.
    Hemet, CA 92543
    (951) 766-9030

    Grades: 6-12 | 671 students
  • Rank: #3030.
    Woodland Hills Elementary Charter For Enriched Studies Charter School
    Math: 76% | Reading: 83%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    22201 San Miguel St.
    Woodland Hills, CA 91364
    (818) 347-9220

    Grades: K-5 | 696 students
  • Rank: #31-3231.- 32.
    Hume Lake Charter Charter School
    Math: 70-79% | Reading: 80-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    64144 Hume Lake Rd.
    Hume, CA 93628
    (559) 305-7565

    Grades: K-12 | 78 students
  • Rank: #31-3231.- 32.
    University Preparatory High School Charter School
    Math: 70-79% | Reading: 80-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    915 S. Mooney Blvd., Mariposa
    Visalia, CA 93277
    (559) 730-2529

    Grades: 9-12 | 240 students
  • Rank: #3333.
    Arroyo Vista Charter Charter School
    Math: 73% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2491 Sch House Rd.
    Chula Vista, CA 91915
    (619) 656-9676

    Grades: K-8 | 985 students
  • Rank: #3434.
    Encino Charter Elementary School Charter School
    Math: 78% | Reading: 81%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    16941 Addison St.
    Encino, CA 91316
    (818) 784-1762

    Grades: K-5 | 573 students
  • Rank: #3535.
    Colfax Charter Elementary School Charter School
    Math: 76% | Reading: 82%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    11724 Addison St.
    Valley Village, CA 91607
    (818) 761-5115

    Grades: K-5 | 645 students
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