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For the 2021 school year, there are 124 public schools serving 69,183 students in Santa Barbara County, CA. Santa Barbara County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in California.
The top ranked public schools in Santa Barbara County, CA are Cold Spring Elementary School, Montecito Union and Ballard Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Santa Barbara County, CA public schools have an average math proficiency score of 35% (versus the California public school average of 38%), and reading proficiency score of 46% (versus the 50% statewide average). Schools in Santa Barbara County have an average ranking of 6/10, which is in the top 50% of California public schools.
Minority enrollment is 77% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the California public school average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

Top Santa Barbara County Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Cold Spring Elementary School Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    2243 Sycamore Canyon Rd.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93108
    (805) 969-2678

    Grades: K-6 | 170 students
  • Rank: #22.
    Montecito Union Math: 85% | Reading: 91%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    385 San Ysidro Rd.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93108
    (805) 969-3249

    Grades: K-6 | 410 students
  • Rank: #33.
    Ballard Elementary School Math: 75-79% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2425 Sch St.
    Solvang, CA 93463
    (805) 688-4812

    Grades: K-6 | 131 students
  • Rank: #44.
    Jonata Middle School Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    301 Second St.
    Buellton, CA 93427
    (805) 688-4222

    Grades: 6-8 | 168 students
  • Rank: #55.
    Mountain View Elementary School Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    5465 Queen Anne Ln.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93111
    (805) 681-1284

    Grades: K-6 | 321 students
  • Rank: #66.
    Foothill Elementary School Math: 76% | Reading: 78%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    711 Ribera Dr.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93111
    (805) 681-1268

    Grades: K-6 | 476 students
  • Rank: #77.
    Washington Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 69% | Reading: 74%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    290 Lighthouse Rd.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93109
    (805) 965-6653

    Grades: K-6 | 581 students
  • Rank: #88.
    Kellogg Elementary School Math: 67% | Reading: 71%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    475 Cambridge Ave.
    Goleta, CA 93117
    (805) 681-1277

    Grades: K-6 | 434 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Summerland Elementary School Math: 60-79% | Reading: 60-79%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    135 Valencia Ave.
    Summerland, CA 93067
    (805) 969-1011

    Grades: K-5 | 63 students
  • Rank: #10-1110.- 11.
    Los Olivos Elementary School Math: 60-64% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    2540 Alamo Pintado Ave.
    Los Olivos, CA 93441
    (805) 688-4025

    Grades: K-8 | 139 students
  • Rank: #10-1110.- 11.
    Monte Vista Elementary School Math: 60-64% | Reading: 70-74%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    730 N. Hope Ave.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    (805) 687-5333

    Grades: K-6 | 308 students
  • Rank: #1212.
    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: #1313.
    La Colina Junior High School Math: 62% | Reading: 68%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    4025 Foothill Rd.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    (805) 967-4506

    Grades: 7-8 | 901 students
  • Rank: #1414.
    Hope Elementary School Math: 60-64% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    3970-a La Colina Rd.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    (805) 563-2974

    Grades: K-6 | 312 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Solvang Elementary School Math: 61% | Reading: 66%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    565 Atterdag Rd.
    Solvang, CA 93463
    (805) 697-4701

    Grades: K-8 | 600 students
  • Rank: #1616.
    Vieja Valley Elementary School Math: 55-59% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    434 Nogal Dr.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    (805) 967-1239

    Grades: K-6 | 343 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    Crestview Elementary School Math: 52% | Reading: 68%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    Utah Ave.
    Lompoc, CA 93438
    (805) 742-2050

    Grades: K-6 | 525 students
  • Rank: #1818.
    Dos Pueblos Senior High School Math: 54% | Reading: 66%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    7266 Alameda Ave.
    Goleta, CA 93117
    (805) 968-2541

    Grades: 9-12 | 2,057 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    Isla Vista Elementary School Math: 62% | Reading: 60%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    6875 El Colegio Rd.
    Goleta, CA 93117
    (805) 685-4418

    Grades: K-6 | 473 students
  • Rank: #2020.
    Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Math: 47% | Reading: 75%
    Rank
    9/
    10
    Top 20%
    2975 E. Highway 246
    Santa Ynez, CA 93460
    (805) 688-6487

    Grades: 9-12 | 933 students
  • Rank: #2121.
    Pine Grove Elementary School Math: 55% | Reading: 62%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1050 E. Rice Ranch Rd.
    Santa Maria, CA 93455
    (805) 938-8800

    Grades: K-6 | 527 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    Brandon Elementary School Math: 57% | Reading: 59%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    195 Brandon Dr.
    Goleta, CA 93117
    (805) 571-3770

    Grades: K-6 | 412 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Santa Ynez Elementary School Math: 50-54% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    3325 Pine St.
    Santa Ynez, CA 93460
    (805) 686-7310

    Grades: 1-8 | 170 students
  • Rank: #2424.
    Goleta Valley Junior High School Math: 50% | Reading: 59%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    6100 Stow Canyon Rd.
    Goleta, CA 93117
    (805) 967-3486

    Grades: 7-8 | 803 students
  • Rank: #2525.
    Ellwood Elementary School Math: 51% | Reading: 57%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    7686 Hollister Ave.
    Goleta, CA 93117
    (805) 571-3774

    Grades: K-6 | 394 students
  • Rank: #2626.
    Santa Ynez Valley Charter Charter School
    Math: 40-44% | Reading: 65-69%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    3525 Pine St.
    Santa Ynez, CA 93460
    (805) 686-7360

    Grades: K-8 | 196 students
  • Rank: #2727.
    Santa Barbara Charter Charter School
    Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    6100 Stow Canyon Rd.
    Goleta, CA 93117
    (805) 967-6522

    Grades: K-8 | 287 students
  • Rank: #2828.
    Aliso Elementary School Math: 56% | Reading: 53%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    4545 Carpinteria Ave.
    Carpinteria, CA 93013
    (805) 684-4539

    Grades: K-5 | 388 students
  • Rank: #2929.
    Oak Valley Elementary School Math: 49% | Reading: 60%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    595 Second St.
    Buellton, CA 93427
    (805) 688-6992

    Grades: K-5 | 396 students
  • Rank: #3030.
    Peabody Charter Charter School
    Math: 49% | Reading: 58%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    3018 Calle Noguera
    Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 563-1172

    Grades: K-6 | 750 students
  • Rank: #3131.
    Joe Nightingale Elementary School Math: 50% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    255 Winter Rd.
    Santa Maria, CA 93455
    (805) 938-8650

    Grades: K-6 | 741 students
  • Rank: #3232.
    Adams Elementary School Math: 48% | Reading: 57%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    2701 Las Positas Rd.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    (805) 563-2515

    Grades: K-6 | 562 students
  • Rank: #3333.
    Hollister Elementary School Math: 50% | Reading: 53%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    4950 Anita Ln.
    Santa Barbara, CA 93111
    (805) 681-1271

    Grades: K-6 | 427 students
  • Rank: #3434.
    Ralph Dunlap Elementary School Math: 47% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    1220 Oak Knoll Rd.
    Santa Maria, CA 93455
    (805) 938-8500

    Grades: K-6 | 583 students
  • Rank: #3535.
    Orcutt Junior High School Math: 49% | Reading: 54%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    608 Pinal St.
    Santa Maria, CA 93455
    (805) 938-8700

    Grades: 7-8 | 566 students
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