Top 10 Best Public Schools in California (2024)

The top ranked public schools in California are Whitney (Gretchen) High School, Science Stem Magnet and Oxford Academy. The cities and towns with the highest concentration of top ranked public schools are Cupertino, Granite Bay and La Canada Flintridge.
A school's overall testing rank is based on a it's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking. The average percentage of students achieving math proficiency in California is 33%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 47%.

Top Ranked Public Schools in California (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Whitney (Gretchen) High School
(Math: ≥99% | Reading: ≥99%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥99% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)
Grades: 7-12
16800 Shoemaker Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 229-7745
Rank: #22.
Science Stem Magnet
Alternative School
(Math: 96% | Reading: 96%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 96% (Top 1%)
Reading: 96% (Top 1%)
Grades: 6-12
5525 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 753-4470
Rank: #33.
Oxford Academy
(Math: 95% | Reading: 98%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 95% (Top 1%)
Reading: 98% (Top 1%)
Grades: 7-12
5172 Orange Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 220-3055
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Dr. Tj Owens Gilroy Early College Academy
(Math: ≥95% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. Pb17
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 846-4909
Rank: #4 - 54. - 5.
Elkhorn
(Math: 94% | Reading: 98%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 98% (Top 1%)
Grades: 4-8
10505 N. Davis Rd.
Stockton, CA 95209
(209) 953-8330
Rank: #66.
Millikin Elementary School
(Math: 94% | Reading: 96%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 96% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
615 Hobart Terrace
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 423-1800
Rank: #77.
William Faria Elementary School
(Math: 98% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 98% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
10155 Barbara Ln.
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 252-0706
Rank: #88.
Murdock-portal Elementary School
(Math: 96% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 96% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
1188 Wunderlich Dr.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 973-8191
Rank: #99.
North Star Academy
(Math: 95% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 95% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 3-8
400 Duane St.
Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 482-2411
Rank: #10 - 1110. - 11.
California Of Mathematics And Science
(Math: 90-94% | Reading: ≥95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
1000 E. Victoria St. Bldg. Sac
Carson, CA 90747
(310) 243-2025
Rank: #10 - 1110. - 11.
Lynbrook High School
(Math: 94% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
1280 Johnson Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 366-7700
Rank: #1212.
Argonaut Elementary School
(Math: 93% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 93% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
13200 Shadow Mountain Rd.
Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 867-4773
Rank: #1313.
Petaluma Accelerated Charter
Charter School
(Math: ≥95% | Reading: 90-94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: 7-8
110 Ellis St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-4750
Rank: #1414.
Bullis Charter
Charter School
(Math: 94% | Reading: 93%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-8
102 W. Portola Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 947-4100
Rank: #1515.
Ocean Air
(Math: 92% | Reading: 94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 92% (Top 1%)
Reading: 94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-6
11444 Canter Heights Dr.
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 481-4040
Rank: #16 - 2016. - 20.
Beach Elementary School
(Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
100 Lake Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 594-2666
Rank: #16 - 2016. - 20.
Cold Spring Elementary School
(Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-6
2243 Sycamore Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-2678
Rank: #16 - 2016. - 20.
Herbert Hoover Elementary School
(Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
445 E. Charleston Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 320-8106
Rank: #16 - 2016. - 20.
Overland Avenue Elementary School
(Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
10650 Ashby Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 838-7308
Rank: #16 - 2016. - 20.
Springer Elementary School
(Math: 92% | Reading: 92%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 92% (Top 1%)
Reading: 92% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-6
1120 Rose Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 943-4200
Rank: #2121.
Solana Ranch Elementary School
(Math: 91% | Reading: 93%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 91% (Top 1%)
Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-6
13605 Pacific Highlands Ranch
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 350-6600
Rank: #22 - 2322. - 23.
Mission San Jose High School
(Math: 89% | Reading: 94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 94% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
41717 Palm Ave.
Fremont, CA 94539
(510) 657-3600
Rank: #22 - 2322. - 23.
Yu Ming Charter
Charter School
(Math: 95% | Reading: 90%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 95% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-8
1086 Alcatraz Ave.
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 452-2063
Rank: #2424.
Wonderland Avenue Elementary School
(Math: 88% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 88% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
8510 Wonderland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 654-4401
Rank: #2525.
Oak Avenue Elementary School
(Math: 93% | Reading: 90%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 93% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-6
1501 Oak Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94024
(650) 237-3900
Rank: #2626.
Sage Canyon
(Math: 91% | Reading: 91%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 91% (Top 1%)
Reading: 91% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-6
5290 Harvest Run Dr.
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 481-7844
Rank: #2727.
Balboa Gifted/high Ability Magnet Elementary School
Alternative School
(Math: 88% | Reading: 94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 88% (Top 1%)
Reading: 94% (Top 1%)
Grades: 1-5
17020 Labrador St.
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 349-4801
Rank: #2828.
Central Elementary School
(Math: 93% | Reading: 89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 93% (Top 1%)
Reading: 89% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
525 Mid Rd.
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 637-4820
Rank: #29 - 3129. - 31.
Jack L. Weaver Elementary School
(Math: 89% | Reading: 91%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 91% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
11872 Wembley Rd.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(562) 799-4580
Rank: #29 - 3129. - 31.
La Jolla Elementary School
(Math: 89% | Reading: 91%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 91% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
1111 Marine St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-7196
Rank: #29 - 3129. - 31.
William Hopkins Junior High School
(Math: 89% | Reading: 91%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 91% (Top 1%)
Grades: 7-8
600 Driscoll Rd.
Fremont, CA 94539
(510) 656-3500
Rank: #3232.
White Oaks Elementary School
(Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥90% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-3
1901 White Oak Way
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 508-7317
Rank: #3333.
Joshua Chadbourne Elementary School
(Math: 91% | Reading: 90%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 91% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-6
801 Plymouth Ave.
Fremont, CA 94539
(510) 656-5242
Rank: #3434.
Joaquin Miller Middle School
(Math: 91% | Reading: 89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 91% (Top 1%)
Reading: 89% (Top 1%)
Grades: 6-8
6151 Rainbow Dr.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 252-3755
Rank: #35 - 3735. - 37.
Cornerstone At Pedregal Elementary School
(Math: 89% | Reading: 90%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
6069 Groveoak Pl.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 378-0324
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