Top 10 Best Santa Cruz Public High Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 10 public high schools serving 3,834 students in Santa Cruz, CA.
The top ranked public high schools in Santa Cruz, CA are Santa Cruz High School, Costanoa Continuation High School and Santa Cruz County Special Education. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Santa Cruz, CA public high schools have an average math proficiency score of 54% (versus the California public high school average of 34%), and reading proficiency score of 67% (versus the 56% statewide average). High schools in Santa Cruz have an average ranking of 9/10, which is in the top 20% of California public high schools.
Santa Cruz, CA public high school have a Graduation Rate of 81%, which is less than the California average of 85%.
The school with highest graduation rate is Pacific Collegiate Charter, with ≥95% graduation rate. Read more about public school graduation rate statistics in California or national school graduation rate statistics.
Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public high school average of 78% (majority Hispanic).

Best Santa Cruz, CA Public High 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: #2 - 32. - 3.
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: #2 - 32. - 3.
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: #44.
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
| 118 students
Rank: #55.
Santa Cruz County Court
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50% )
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5728
Grades: 7-12
| 59 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: #77.
Ark Independent Studies
Alternative School
840 N. Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898
Grades: 6-12
| 86 students
Rank: #88.
Santa Cruz County Community
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
| 657 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
Santa Cruz County Rop
Vocational School
400 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 466-5762
Grades: 10-12
| 0 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 high schools in Santa Cruz, CA?
The top ranked public high schools in Santa Cruz, CA include Santa Cruz High School, Costanoa Continuation High School and Santa Cruz County Special Education.
How many public high schools are located in Santa Cruz, CA?
10 public high schools are located in Santa Cruz, CA.
What is the racial composition of students in Santa Cruz, CA?
Santa Cruz, CA public high schools minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public high schools average of 78% (majority Hispanic).

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