Top 10 Best Santa Cruz Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 28 public schools serving 9,163 students in Santa Cruz, CA (there are 10 private schools, serving 1,208 private students). 88% of all K-12 students in Santa Cruz, CA are educated in public schools (compared to the CA state average of 90%).
The top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz, CA are Santa Cruz High School, Tierra Pacifica Charter and Brook Knoll Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Santa Cruz, CA public schools have an average math proficiency score of 57% (versus the California public school average of 34%), and reading proficiency score of 64% (versus the 49% statewide average). Schools in Santa Cruz have an average ranking of 9/10, which is in the top 20% of California public schools.
Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public school average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Best Santa Cruz, CA Public Schools (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Santa Cruz High School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
415 Walnut Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3960
Grades: 9-12
| 1,131 students
Rank: #22.
Tierra Pacifica Charter
Charter School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
986 Bostwick Ln.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 462-9404
Grades: K-8
| 155 students
Rank: #33.
Brook Knoll Elementary School
Math: 61% | Reading: 60%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
151 Brook Knoll Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-2454
Grades: K-5
| 438 students
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Costanoa Continuation High School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: 9-12
| 82 students
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Santa Cruz County Special Education
Special Education School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5700
Grades: K-12
| 102 students
Rank: #66.
Harbor High School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
300 La Fonda Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3810
Grades: 9-12
| 1,043 students
Rank: n/an/a
Alternative Family Education
Alternative School
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: K-12
| 118 students
Rank: n/an/a
Ark Independent Studies
Alternative School
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: 6-12
| 86 students
Rank: n/an/a
1231 Bay St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3991
Grades: K-5
| 328 students
Rank: n/an/a
1492 Pine Flat Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 427-2300
Grades: K-6
| 117 students
Rank: n/an/a
315 Poplar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3883
Grades: 6-8
| 423 students
Rank: n/an/a
1145 Morrissey Blvd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 429-3807
Grades: K-5
| 475 students
Rank: n/an/a
1959 Merrill St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 477-2063
Grades: K-5
| 353 students
Rank: n/an/a
1320 Seabright Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3856
Grades: K-5
| 303 students
Rank: n/an/a
966 Bostwick Ln.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-0111
Grades: K-5
| 329 students
Rank: n/an/a
3125 Branciforte Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 429-1456
Grades: K-6
| 109 students
Rank: n/an/a
1916 Capitola Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-2000
Grades: K-5
| 323 students
Rank: n/an/a
425 King St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3860
Grades: 6-8
| 565 students
Rank: n/an/a
984 Bostwick Ln. Ste. 6
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-0767
Grades: K-8
| 110 students
Rank: n/an/a
Pacific Collegiate Charter
Charter School
3004 Mission St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 479-7785
Grades: 7-12
| 556 students
Rank: n/an/a
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: K-5
| 121 students
Rank: n/an/a
Santa Cruz County Community
Alternative School
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5728
Grades: 7-12
| 657 students
Rank: n/an/a
Santa Cruz County Court
Alternative School
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5728
Grades: 7-12
| 59 students
Rank: n/an/a
Santa Cruz County Rop
Vocational School
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5762
Grades: 10-12
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
8005 Winkle Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 464-5670
Grades: K-5
| 238 students
Rank: n/an/a
855 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-6565
Grades: 6-8
| 457 students
Rank: n/an/a
984-1 Bostwick Ln.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-6333
Grades: n/a
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
1000 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3878
Grades: K-5
| 485 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz, California Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
13575 Empire Grade Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-1652
Grades: 9-12
| 37 students
2039 Merrill St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 477-0302
Grades: 9-12
| 119 students
313 Swift St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9346
Grades: K-8
| 75 students
255 Swift St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3900
Grades: K-5
| 299 students
2039 Merrill St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 477-0302
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
319 La Fonda Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3410
Grades: 7-12
| n/a students
157 Trescony St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 459-8816
Grades: 6-8
| 30 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz, CA?
The top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz, CA include Santa Cruz High School, Tierra Pacifica Charter and Brook Knoll Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Santa Cruz, CA?
28 public schools are located in Santa Cruz, CA.
What percentage of students in Santa Cruz, CA go to public school?
88% of all K-12 students in Santa Cruz, CA are educated in public schools (compared to the CA state average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Santa Cruz, CA?
Santa Cruz, CA public schools minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public schools average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

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