Top 10 Best Santa Cruz County Public Schools (2022-23)

For the 2022-23 school year, there are 85 public schools serving 35,887 students in Santa Cruz County, CA (there are 29 private schools, serving 4,572 private students). 89% of all K-12 students in Santa Cruz County, CA are educated in public schools compared to the CA state average of 90%. Santa Cruz County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in California.
The top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz County, CA are Happy Valley Elementary School, Lakeside Elementary School and C. T. English Middle School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Santa Cruz County, CA public schools have an average math proficiency score of 36% (versus the California public school average of 40%), and reading proficiency score of 46% (versus the 51% statewide average). Schools in Santa Cruz County have an average ranking of 5/10, which is in the bottom 50% of California public schools.
Minority enrollment is 67% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public school average of 78% (majority Hispanic).

Best Santa Cruz County Public Schools (2022-23)

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.
Lakeside Elementary School
Math: ≥80% | Reading: ≥80%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
19621 Black Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 354-2372
Grades: K-5
| 65 students
Rank: #33.
C. T. English Middle School
Math: 67% | Reading: 79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
23800 Summit Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 353-1123
Grades: 6-8
| 192 students
Rank: #44.
Scotts Valley Middle School
Math: 68% | Reading: 78%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
8 Bean Creek Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 438-0610
Grades: 6-8
| 514 students
Rank: #55.
Loma Prieta Elementary School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 70-74%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
23800 Summit Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 353-1106
Grades: K-5
| 247 students
Rank: #66.
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: #77.
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: #88.
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: #99.
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: #1010.
Rio Del Mar Elementary School
Math: 63% | Reading: 70%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
819 Pinehurst Dr.
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-2053
Grades: K-6
| 407 students
Rank: #1111.
San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School
Math: 67% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
7155 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-4475
Grades: K-5
| 531 students
Rank: #1212.
Vine Hill Elementary School
Math: 62% | Reading: 69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
151 Vine Hill Sch Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 438-1090
Grades: K-5
| 510 students
Rank: #1313.
San Lorenzo Valley High School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
7105 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-4425
Grades: 9-12
| 716 students
Rank: #1414.
Lexington Elementary School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
19700 Old Santa Cruz Hwy.
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 335-2150
Grades: K-5
| 128 students
Rank: #1515.
Mountain Elementary School
Math: 60-64% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3042 Old San Jose Rd.
Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 475-6812
Grades: K-6
| 133 students
Rank: #1616.
Scotts Valley High School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
555 Glenwood Dr.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 439-9555
Grades: 9-12
| 777 students
Rank: #1717.
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: #1818.
Valencia Elementary School
Math: 56% | Reading: 64%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
250 Aptos Sch Rd.
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 728-7836
Grades: K-6
| n/a students
Rank: #1919.
Main Street Elementary School
Math: 59% | Reading: 61%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
3400 N. Main St.
Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 464-5650
Grades: K-5
| 405 students
Rank: #2020.
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: #21 - 2221. - 22.
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: #21 - 2221. - 22.
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: #2323.
New Brighton Middle School
Math: 46% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
250 Washburn Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 464-5660
Grades: 6-8
| 657 students
Rank: #2424.
Pacific Elementary School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 50-59%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
50 Ocean St.
Davenport, CA 95017
(831) 425-7002
Grades: K-6
| 141 students
Rank: #2525.
Slvusd Charter
Charter School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 69%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
7101 Highway Nine
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
(831) 335-0932
Grades: K-12
| 303 students
Rank: #2626.
Soquel High School
Math: 41% | Reading: 71%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
401 Old San Jose Rd.
Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 429-3909
Grades: 9-12
| 1,034 students
Rank: #2727.
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: #2828.
Boulder Creek Elementary School
Math: 52% | Reading: 56%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
400 Lomond St.
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-6413
Grades: K-5
| 448 students
Rank: #2929.
Aptos Junior High School
Math: 49% | Reading: 58%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1001 Hntngtn Dr.
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-3234
Grades: 7-8
| 624 students
Rank: #3030.
Aptos High School
Math: 39% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
100 Mariner Way
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 728-7832
Grades: 9-12
| 1,435 students
Rank: #3131.
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: #3232.
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: #3333.
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: #3434.
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: #3535.
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
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Santa Cruz County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
13575 Empire Grade Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-1652
Grades: 9-12
| 37 students
504 Monterey Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 464-5640
Grades: K-5
| 222 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
1815 Salinas Rd./hwy. 1
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 633-5881
Grades: 6-8
| 541 students
255 Swift St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3900
Grades: K-5
| 299 students
6134 Highway Nine
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 336-5193
Grades: K-6
| 409 students
6134 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 338-7298
Grades: K-6
| 294 students
Po Box 50010
Watsonville, CA 95077
(831) 728-8104
Grades: 1-6
| 4 students
325 Marion Ave
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
(831) 335-4425
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
115 Casserly Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-6380
Grades: K-5
| 486 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
325 Marion Ave.
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
(831) 336-9678
Grades: K-12
| n/a students
157 Trescony St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 459-8816
Grades: 6-8
| 30 students
15 Madison St.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-9725
Grades: 6-8
| 25 students

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