Top 10 Best Santa Cruz Public Schools (2023)

For the 2023 school year, there are 28 public schools serving 9,263 students in Santa Cruz, CA (there are 10 private schools, serving 1,235 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 Happy Valley Elementary School, Brook Knoll Elementary School and Westlake 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 47% (versus the California public school average of 40%), and reading proficiency score of 58% (versus the 51% statewide average). Schools in Santa Cruz have an average ranking of 8/10, which is in the top 30% of California public schools.
Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public school average of 78% (majority Hispanic).

Best Santa Cruz, CA Public Schools (2023)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Happy Valley Elementary School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
3125 Branciforte Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 429-1456
Grades: K-6
| 105 students
Rank: #22.
Brook Knoll Elementary School
Math: 69% | Reading: 75%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
151 Brook Knoll Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-2454
Grades: K-5
| 432 students
Rank: #33.
Westlake Elementary School
Math: 68% | Reading: 75%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1000 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3878
Grades: K-5
| 468 students
Rank: #44.
Tierra Pacifica Charter
Charter School
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
986 Bostwick Ln.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 462-9404
Grades: K-8
| 155 students
Rank: #55.
Santa Cruz High School
Math: 63% | Reading: 71%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
415 Walnut Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3960
Grades: 9-12
| 1,088 students
Rank: #66.
Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
8005 Winkle Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 464-5670
Grades: K-5
| 234 students
Rank: #77.
Mission Hill Middle School
Math: 50% | Reading: 66%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
425 King St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3860
Grades: 6-8
| 570 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
Bonny Doon Elementary School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1492 Pine Flat Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 427-2300
Grades: K-6
| 107 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
Live Oak Elementary School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1916 Capitola Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-2000
Grades: K-5
| 305 students
Rank: #1010.
Harbor High School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
300 La Fonda Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3810
Grades: 9-12
| 1,001 students
Rank: #1111.
Alternative Family Education
Alternative School
Math: ≥50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: K-12
| 239 students
Rank: #1212.
De Laveaga Elementary School
Math: 46% | Reading: 55%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1145 Morrissey Blvd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 429-3807
Grades: K-5
| 470 students
Rank: #1313.
Santa Cruz City Elementary Alternative Education-monarch
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: K-6
| 116 students
Rank: #1414.
Branciforte Middle School
Math: 41% | Reading: 59%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
315 Poplar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3883
Grades: 6-8
| 420 students
Rank: #1515.
Green Acres Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
966 Bostwick Ln.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-0111
Grades: K-5
| 351 students
Rank: #1616.
Santa Cruz County Court High School
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5728
Grades: 7-12
| 69 students
Rank: #1717.
Del Mar Elementary School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1959 Merrill St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 477-2063
Grades: K-5
| 344 students
Rank: #1818.
Shoreline Middle School
Math: 38% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
855 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-6565
Grades: 6-8
| 461 students
Rank: #1919.
Ocean Alternative Education Center
Math: 20-29% | Reading: 50-59%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
984 Bostwick Ln. Ste. 6
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-0767
Grades: K-8
| 112 students
Rank: #2020.
Bay View Elementary School
Math: 35% | Reading: 42%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1231 Bay St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3991
Grades: K-5
| 338 students
Rank: #2121.
Gault Elementary School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1320 Seabright Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3856
Grades: K-5
| 291 students
Rank: #2222.
Santa Cruz County Special Education
Special Education School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5700
Grades: K-12
| 96 students
Rank: #2323.
Santa Cruz County Community High School
Alternative School
Math: 6-9% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5728
Grades: 7-12
| 769 students
Rank: #2424.
Costanoa Continuation High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤10%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: 9-12
| 94 students
Rank: n/an/a
Ark Independent Studies
Alternative School
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: 6-12
| 76 students
Rank: n/an/a
Pacific Collegiate Charter
Charter School
3004 Mission St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 479-7785
Grades: 7-12
| 552 students
Rank: n/an/a
Santa Cruz County Rop Elementary School
Vocational School
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5762
Grades: 10-12
| n/a students
Rank: n/an/a
984-1 Bostwick Ln.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 475-6333
Grades: n/a
| n/a 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 are Happy Valley Elementary School, Brook Knoll Elementary School and Westlake Elementary School.

How many public schools are location in Santa Cruz, CA?

28 public schools are location 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 minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public school average of 78% (majority Hispanic).

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