Top 10 Best Santa Cruz County Public Schools (2021-22)

For the 2021-22 school year, there are 79 public schools serving 36,919 students in Santa Cruz County, CA. 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 Pacific Collegiate Charter, Happy Valley 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 37% (versus the California public school average of 40%), and reading proficiency score of 48% (versus the 51% statewide average). Schools in Santa Cruz County have an average ranking of 7/10, which is in the top 50% of California public schools.
Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public school average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

Best Santa Cruz County Public Schools (2021-22)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Pacific Collegiate Charter
Charter School
Math: 77% | Reading: 89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
3004 Mission St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 479-7785
Grades: 7-12
| 537 students
Rank: #22.
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
| 120 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
| 231 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
| 562 students
Rank: #55.
Loma Prieta Elementary School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 70-74%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
(1)
23800 Summit Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 353-1106
Grades: K-5
| 274 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
| 547 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
| 555 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
Magnet School
Math: 63% | Reading: 71%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
415 Walnut Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3960
Grades: 9-12
| 1,062 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
| 593 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
| 562 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
| 556 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
| 726 students
Rank: #1414.
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
| 127 students
Rank: #1515.
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
| 802 students
Rank: #1616.
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
| 325 students
Rank: #1717.
Valencia Elementary School
Math: 56% | Reading: 64%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
250 Aptos Sch Rd.
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-2013
Grades: K-6
| 558 students
Rank: #1818.
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
| 474 students
Rank: #1919.
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
| 615 students
Rank: #2020.
Cypress Charter High School
Charter School
Math: 40-59% | Reading: 60-79%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
(1)
2039 Merrill St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 477-0302
Grades: 9-12
| 140 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
| 168 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
| 332 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
| 702 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
| 120 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
| 265 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
| 1,155 students
Rank: #2727.
Harbor High School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
(1)
300 La Fonda Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3810
Grades: 9-12
| 926 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
| 513 students
Rank: #2929.
Aptos Junior High School
Math: 49% | Reading: 58%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
(1)
1001 Hntngtn Dr.
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-3234
Grades: 7-8
| 662 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
| 1,478 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
| 128 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
| 550 students
Rank: #3333.
Santa Cruz City Elementary Alternative Education-monarch
Alternative School
Magnet School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥50%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: K-6
| 143 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
| 482 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
| 375 students
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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
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
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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