Top 10 Best Santa Cruz County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 85 public schools serving 35,549 students in Santa Cruz County, CA (there are 31 private schools, serving 6,420 private students). 85% of all K-12 students in Santa Cruz County, CA are educated in public schools (compared to the CA state average of 90%).
The top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz County, CA are Santa Cruz High School, Soquel High School and Lexington Elementary 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 55% (versus the California public school average of 34%), and reading proficiency score of 66% (versus the 49% statewide average). Schools in Santa Cruz County have an average ranking of 10/10, which is in the top 5% of California public schools.
Minority enrollment is 67% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public school average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Best Santa Cruz County 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.
Soquel High School
Math: 50-59% | Reading: 80-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
401 Old San Jose Rd.
Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 429-3909
Grades: 9-12
| 1,022 students
Rank: #33.
Lexington Elementary School
Math: 60-69% | Reading: 60-69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
19700 Old Santa Cruz Hwy.
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 335-2150
Grades: K-5
| 126 students
Rank: #44.
Scotts Valley Middle School
Math: 57% | Reading: 66%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
8 Bean Creek Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 438-0610
Grades: 6-8
| 486 students
Rank: #55.
Scotts Valley High School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
555 Glenwood Dr.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 439-9555
Grades: 9-12
| 734 students
Rank: #66.
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: #77.
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: #88.
Vine Hill Elementary School
Math: 50% | Reading: 66%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
151 Vine Hill Sch Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 438-1090
Grades: K-5
| 521 students
Rank: #99.
Lakeside Elementary School
Math: 40-59% | Reading: 60-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
19621 Black Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 354-2372
Grades: K-5
| 66 students
Rank: #1010.
Diamond Technology Institute
Charter School
Math: ≥50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
112 Diamond Dr.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-6225
Grades: 9-12
| 71 students
Rank: #1111.
San Lorenzo Valley High School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
7105 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018
(831) 335-4425
Grades: 9-12
| 707 students
Rank: #12 - 1312. - 13.
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: #12 - 1312. - 13.
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: #1414.
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
Alianza Charter
Charter School
115 Casserly Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-6333
Grades: K-8
| 664 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
25 Amesti Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-6250
Grades: K-5
| 486 students
Rank: n/an/a
1140 Menasco Dr.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 786-1310
Grades: K-5
| 392 students
Rank: n/an/a
Aptos High School
100 Mariner Way
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 728-7832
Grades: 9-12
| 1,419 students
Rank: n/an/a
1001 Hntngtn Dr.
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-3234
Grades: 7-8
| 598 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
400 Lomond St.
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
(831) 338-6413
Grades: K-5
| 445 students
Rank: n/an/a
321 Corralitos Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-6366
Grades: K-6
| 496 students
Rank: n/an/a
315 Poplar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3883
Grades: 6-8
| 423 students
Rank: n/an/a
23800 Summit Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 353-1123
Grades: 6-8
| 168 students
Rank: n/an/a
202 Calabasas Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-6368
Grades: K-6
| 572 students
Rank: n/an/a
Ceiba College Preparatory Academy
Charter School
260 W. Riverside Dr.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 786-2100
Grades: 6-12
| 511 students
Rank: n/an/a
440 Arthur Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 761-7699
Grades: 6-8
| 554 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
Delta Charter
Charter School
6500 Soquel Dr. Bldg. 1190
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 477-5212
Grades: 9-12
| 104 students
Rank: n/an/a
Duncan Holbert
140 Herman Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 761-6066
Grades: n/a
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
201 Brewington Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-6270
Grades: 6-8
| 601 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

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz County, CA?
The top ranked public schools in Santa Cruz County, CA include Santa Cruz High School, Soquel High School and Lexington Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Santa Cruz County, CA?
85 public schools are located in Santa Cruz County, CA.
What percentage of students in Santa Cruz County, CA go to public school?
85% of all K-12 students in Santa Cruz County, CA are educated in public schools (compared to the CA state average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Santa Cruz County, CA?
Santa Cruz County, CA public schools minority enrollment is 67% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public schools average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

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