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For the 2021 school year, there are 151 public schools serving 79,956 students in Monterey County, CA. Monterey County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in California.
The top ranked public schools in Monterey County, CA are Robert Down Elementary School, Carmel Middle School and Pacific Grove High 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 26% (versus the California public school average of 38%), and reading proficiency score of 38% (versus the 50% statewide average). Schools in Monterey County have an average ranking of 2/10, which is in the bottom 50% of California public schools.
Minority enrollment is 87% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the California public school average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

Top Monterey County Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Robert Down Elementary School Math: 79% | Reading: 84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    485 Pine Ave.
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    (831) 646-6540

    Grades: K-5 | 491 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Carmel Middle School Math: 71% | Reading: 85%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    4380 Carmel Valley Rd.
    Carmel, CA 93922
    (831) 624-2785

    Grades: 6-8 | 589 students
  • Rank: #33.
    Pacific Grove High School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    615 Sunset Dr.
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    (831) 646-6590

    Grades: 9-12 | 619 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Carmel River Elementary School Math: 76% | Reading: 79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    Monte Verde St. And 15th Ave.
    Carmel, CA 93922
    (831) 624-4609

    Grades: K-5 | 457 students
  • Rank: #5-65.-6.
    Carmel High School Math: 67% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    3600 Ocean Ave.
    Carmel, CA 93922
    (831) 624-1821

    Grades: 9-12 | 867 students
  • Rank: #5-65.-6.
    Toro Park Elementary School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    22500 Portola Dr.
    Salinas, CA 93908
    (831) 484-9691

    Grades: K-3 | 386 students
  • Rank: #77.
    San Benancio Middle School Math: 64% | Reading: 75%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    43 San Benancio Rd.
    Salinas, CA 93908
    (831) 484-1172

    Grades: 6-8 | 300 students
  • Rank: #88.
    Tularcitos Elementary School Math: 60% | Reading: 78%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    35 Ford Rd.
    Carmel Valley, CA 93924
    (831) 659-2276

    Grades: K-5 | 482 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Pacific Grove Middle School Math: 64% | Reading: 74%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    835 Forest Ave.
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    (831) 646-6568

    Grades: 6-8 | 499 students
  • Rank: #1010.
    Big Sur Charter Charter School
    Math: 60-69% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    304 Foam St.
    Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 324-4573

    Grades: K-12 | 103 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    Washington Elementary School Math: 59% | Reading: 69%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    340 Corral De Tierra Rd.
    Salinas, CA 93908
    (831) 484-1331

    Grades: 4-5 | 204 students
  • Rank: #1212.
    Forest Grove Elementary School Math: 58% | Reading: 68%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1065 Congress Ave.
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    (831) 646-6560

    Grades: K-5 | 464 students
  • Rank: #1313.
    La Mesa Elementary School Math: 65-69% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    1 La Mesa Way
    Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 649-1872

    Grades: K-5 | 447 students
  • Rank: #1414.
    Lagunita Elementary School Math: 45-49% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    975 San Juan Grade Rd.
    Salinas, CA 93907
    (831) 449-2800

    Grades: K-8 | 98 students
  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    Bay View Academy Charter School
    Math: 51% | Reading: 60%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    222 Casa Verde Ave.
    Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 717-4630

    Grades: K-8 | 464 students
  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    Spreckels Elementary School Math: 51% | Reading: 60%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    Fourth St. And Hatton Ave.
    Spreckels, CA 93962
    (831) 455-1831

    Grades: K-5 | 641 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    George C. Marshall Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 58%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    300 Normandy Rd.
    Monterey, CA 93942
    (831) 899-7052

    Grades: K-5 | 528 students
  • Rank: #1818.
    Buena Vista Middle School Math: 50% | Reading: 61%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    18250 Tara Dr.
    Salinas, CA 93908
    (831) 455-8936

    Grades: 6-8 | 346 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Monte Vista Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    251 Soledad Dr.
    Monterey, CA 93942
    (831) 392-3890

    Grades: K-5 | 372 students
  • Rank: #2020.
    International School Of Monterey Charter School
    Math: 44% | Reading: 65%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1720 Yosemite St.
    Seaside, CA 93955
    (831) 583-2165

    Grades: K-8 | 417 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Monterey Bay Charter Charter School
    Math: 46% | Reading: 62%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1004 David Ave.
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    (831) 655-4638

    Grades: K-8 | 422 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    Monterey High School Math: 38% | Reading: 65%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    101 Herrmann Dr.
    Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 392-3801

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,306 student
  • Rank: #2323.
    Marina High School Math: 35-39% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    298 Patton Pkwy.
    Marina, CA 93933
    (831) 583-2060

    Grades: 9-12 | 557 students
  • Rank: #24-2824.- 28.
    Carmel Valley High School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    27335 Schulte Rd.
    Carmel, CA 93922
    (831) 624-4462

    Grades: 9-12 | 19 students
  • Rank: #24-2824.- 28.
    Carr Lake Community Day Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    10 Sherwood Pl.
    Salinas, CA 93906
    (831) 796-7700

    Grades: 7-12 | 17 students
  • Rank: #24-2824.- 28.
    Phoenix Academy Community Day Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    667 Meyer Ave.
    King City, CA 93930
    (831) 385-4400

    Grades: 5-8 | 8 students
  • Rank: #24-2824.- 28.
    Somavia High School Alternative School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    650 Elko St.
    Gonzales, CA 93926
    (831) 675-1081

    Grades: 9-12 | 36 students
  • Rank: #24-2824.- 28.
    Uplift California South Charter Charter School
    Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    65600 Dixie St.
    Bradley, CA 93426
    (415) 845-2423

    Grades: 9-12 | 46 students
  • Rank: #2929.
    Graves Elementary School Math: 40-59% | Reading: 40-59%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    15 Mcfadden Rd.
    Salinas, CA 93908
    (831) 422-6392

    Grades: K-8 | 40 students
  • Rank: #3030.
    Aromas Math: 41% | Reading: 50%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    365 Vega St.
    Aromas, CA 95004
    (831) 726-5100

    Grades: K-8 | 409 students
  • Rank: #3131.
    Del Rey Woods Elementary School Math: 49% | Reading: 45%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    1281 Plumas Ave.
    Seaside, CA 93955
    (831) 392-3907

    Grades: K-5 | 448 students
  • Rank: #3232.
    Foothill Elementary School Math: 40-44% | Reading: 45-49%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    1700 Via Casoli
    Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 649-1744

    Grades: K-5 | 322 students
  • Rank: #3333.
    Salinas High School Math: 28% | Reading: 58%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    726 S. Main St.
    Salinas, CA 93901
    (831) 796-7400

    Grades: 9-12 | 2,608 students
  • Rank: #3434.
    New Republic Elementary School Math: 38% | Reading: 48%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    636 Arcadia Way
    Salinas, CA 93906
    (831) 443-7246

    Grades: K-5 | 624 students
  • Rank: #3535.
    Chualar Elementary School Math: 34% | Reading: 47%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    24285 Lincoln St.
    Chualar, CA 93925
    (831) 679-2313

    Grades: K-8 | 330 students
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