Top 10 Best Monterey County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 150 public schools serving 74,922 students in Monterey County, CA (there are 24 private schools, serving 4,080 private students). 95% of all K-12 students in Monterey County, CA are educated in public schools (compared to the CA state average of 90%).
The top ranked public schools in Monterey County, CA are Carmel High School, Carmel River Elementary School and Tularcitos Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Monterey County, CA public schools have an average math proficiency score of 35% (versus the California public school average of 34%), and reading proficiency score of 53% (versus the 49% statewide average). Schools in Monterey County have an average ranking of 7/10, which is in the top 50% of California public schools.
Minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the California public school average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Best Monterey County Public Schools (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Carmel High School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3600 Ocean Ave.
Carmel, CA 93922
(831) 624-1821
Grades: 9-12
| 842 students
Rank: #22.
Carmel River Elementary School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 72%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
Monte Verde St. And 15th Ave.
Carmel, CA 93922
(831) 624-4609
Grades: K-5
| 392 students
Rank: #33.
Tularcitos Elementary School
Math: 61% | Reading: 72%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
35 Ford Rd.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
(831) 659-2276
Grades: K-5
| 419 students
Rank: #44.
Carmel Middle School
Math: 58% | Reading: 74%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
4380 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel, CA 93922
(831) 624-2785
Grades: 6-8
| 534 students
Rank: #55.
Captain Cooper Elementary School
Math: 40-59% | Reading: 60-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2452
Grades: K-5
| 50 students
Rank: #66.
San Vicente Elementary School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1300 Metz Rd.
Soledad, CA 93960
(831) 678-6420
Grades: K-6
| 520 students
Rank: #77.
Buena Vista Middle School
Math: 43% | Reading: 64%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
18250 Tara Dr.
Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 455-8936
Grades: 6-8
| 317 students
Rank: #8 - 118. - 11.
Bradley Elementary School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
65600 Dixie St.
Bradley, CA 93426
(805) 472-2310
Grades: K-8
| 58 students
Rank: #8 - 118. - 11.
Highland Elementary School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1650 Sonoma Ave.
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 583-2024
Grades: K-6
| 276 students
Rank: #8 - 118. - 11.
Ione Olson Elementary School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
261 Beach Rd.
Marina, CA 93933
(831) 392-3590
Grades: K-6
| 409 students
Rank: #8 - 118. - 11.
Seaside Middle School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
999 Coe Ave.
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 899-7080
Grades: 7-8
| 475 students
Rank: #1212.
Monterey Bay Charter
Charter School
Math: 32% | Reading: 58%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1004 David Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 655-4638
Grades: K-8
| 453 students
Rank: #1313.
International School Of Monterey
Charter School
Math: 32% | Reading: 55%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1720 Yosemite St.
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 583-2165
Grades: K-8
| 426 students
Rank: #1414.
Spreckels Elementary School
Math: 43% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
Fourth St. And Hatton Ave.
Spreckels, CA 93962
(831) 455-1831
Grades: K-5
| 604 students
Rank: #1515.
Bay View Academy
Charter School
Math: 33% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
222 Casa Verde Ave.
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 717-4630
Grades: K-8
| 482 students
Rank: #1616.
Portola-butler Continuation High School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≤20%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
760 Brd.way St.
King City, CA 93930
(831) 385-4661
Grades: 9-12
| 52 students
Rank: #1717.
King City High School
Math: 11% | Reading: 63%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
720 Brd.way St.
King City, CA 93930
(831) 385-5461
Grades: 9-12
| 1,238 students
Rank: #1818.
Gonzales High School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
501 Fifth St.
Gonzales, CA 93926
(831) 675-2495
Grades: 9-12
| 850 students
Rank: #1919.
Bitterwater-tully Elementary School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: 40-59%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
45980 Airline Hwy State Highwa
King City, CA 93930
(831) 385-5339
Grades: K-8
| 33 students
Rank: #2020.
Aromas
Math: 24% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
365 Vega St.
Aromas, CA 95004
(831) 726-5100
Grades: K-8
| 359 students
Rank: #2121.
Greenfield High School
Math: 13% | Reading: 42%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
225 S. El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA 93927
(831) 674-2751
Grades: 9-12
| 1,396 students
Rank: #2222.
San Lucas Elementary School
Math: 11-19% | Reading: 20-29%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
53675 San Benito St.
San Lucas, CA 93954
(831) 382-4426
Grades: K-8
| 73 students
Rank: #2323.
La Gloria Elementary School
Math: 16% | Reading: 23%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
220 Elko St.
Gonzales, CA 93926
(831) 675-3663
Grades: K-5
| 867 students
Rank: #2424.
Oasis Charter Public
Charter School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 20-24%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1135 W.ridge Pkwy.
Salinas, CA 93907
(831) 424-9003
Grades: K-6
| 183 students
Rank: #2525.
Monterey County Special Education
Special Education School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: 10-14%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
901 Blanco Cir.
Salinas, CA 93912
(831) 755-0300
Grades: K-12
| 271 students
Rank: n/an/a
Alisal Community
1437 Del Monte Ave.
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 753-5720
Grades: K-6
| 562 students
Rank: n/an/a
Alisal High School
777 Williams Rd.
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 796-7600
Grades: 9-12
| 3,008 students
Rank: n/an/a
Alisal Virtual Academy
Alternative School
1437 Del Monte Ave.
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 753-5700
Grades: n/a
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
Apple Pie Preschool
Hwy. 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 659-2921
Grades: n/a
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
Arroyo Seco Academy
1226 Apple Ave.
Greenfield, CA 93927
(831) 674-6080
Grades: K-6
| 637 students
Rank: n/an/a
425 Bardin Rd.
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 753-5730
Grades: K-6
| 626 students
Rank: n/an/a
Big Sur Charter
Charter School
304 Foam St.
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 324-4573
Grades: K-12
| 98 students
Rank: n/an/a
1114 Fontes Ln.
Salinas, CA 93907
(831) 784-2231
Grades: K-6
| 272 students
Rank: n/an/a
Boronda Meadows
915 Larkin St.
Salinas, CA 93907
(831) 784-5400
Grades: K-6
| 634 students
Rank: n/an/a
37320 Nason Rd.
Carmel, CA 93922
(831) 624-1546
Grades: n/a
| 0 students
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Monterey County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
1121-a Baldwin St.
Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 753-6080
Grades: K-6
| 18 students
680 Belden
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-1264
Grades: K-7
| 273 students
1114 Fontes Ln.
Salinas, CA 93907
(831) 751-3142
Grades: 4-7
| 6 students
690 Main St.
Soledad, CA 93960
(831) 678-6300
Grades: 9-12
| 63 students
Community Day (Closed 2005)
Alternative School
13998 Casroville Blvd.
Castroville, CA 95012
(831) 633-8523
Grades: 7-12
| 34 students
1900 Independence Blvd.
Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 796-7810
Grades: 9-12
| 2,184 students
Po Box 1219
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 392-0200
Grades: 9-12
| 166 students
490 El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA 93927
(831) 674-5586
Grades: 3-6
| 453 students
493 El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA 93927
(831) 674-2840
Grades: 4-8
| n/a students
800 Broadway Street
King City, CA 93930
(831) 674-3275
Grades: 9-12
| 6 students
8515 Prunedale North Rd.
Salinas, CA 93907
(831) 663-1777
Grades: K-12
| 924 students
1720 Yosemite St.
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 899-7019
Grades: K-2
| 193 students
3066 Lake Dr.
Marina, CA 93933
(831) 384-0255
Grades: K-6
| 244 students
901 Blanco Cir.
Salinas, CA 93912
(831) 755-0300
Grades: 9-12
| 129 students
251 Soledad Dr.
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-1287
Grades: K-5
| 422 students
1004 David Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 655-4638
Grades: K-8
| 422 students
760 Brd.way St.
King City, CA 93930
(831) 385-4661
Grades: 9-12
| 90 students
P.o. Box 939
Gonzales, CA 93926
(831) 678-3066
Grades: 9-12
| 64 students
415 Pearl St.
King City, CA 93930
(831) 385-1144
Grades: 2-5
| 477 students
650 Elko St.
Gonzales, CA 93926
(831) 675-1081
Grades: 9-12
| 28 students
215 South El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA 93927
(831) 674-3275
Grades: K-12
| 100 students
65600 Dixie St.
Bradley, CA 93426
(415) 845-2423
Grades: 9-12
| 46 students
2015 El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA 93927
(831) 674-3275
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
73101 Pleyto St. #86
Bradley, CA 93426
(831) 920-5393
Grades: K-12
| 11 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Monterey County, CA?
The top ranked public schools in Monterey County, CA include Carmel High School, Carmel River Elementary School and Tularcitos Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Monterey County, CA?
150 public schools are located in Monterey County, CA.
What percentage of students in Monterey County, CA go to public school?
95% of all K-12 students in Monterey County, CA are educated in public schools (compared to the CA state average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Monterey County, CA?
Monterey County, CA public schools minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the California public schools average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

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