Santa Cruz school information

IndexSanta CruzCaliforniaNational
Average Test Scores57%53%68%
Student/Teacher ratio22:120:116:1
Total public schools298,30879,235
Total private schools123,43824,875
Total post-secondary schools41,0857,965

Did you know?

  • The average school test scores in Santa Cruz are 16% lower than the national average.
  • There are approximately 29 public schools in Santa Cruz.
  • 91.0% of people in Santa Cruz have completed 8th grade.
  • 90.7% of people in Santa Cruz have completed high school.
  • 49.4% of people in Santa Cruz have completed a bachelors degree.

Best Schools in Santa Cruz

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  • Alternative Family Education840 North Branciforte Ave.Grades: KG - 12Students: 165 · Ratio: 0:1100
  • Ark Independent Studies840 North Branciforte Ave.Grades: 09 - 12Students: 7 · Ratio: 0:139
  • Bay View Elementary1231 Bay St.Grades: KG - 05Students: 536 · Ratio: 0:158
  • Bonny Doon Elementary1492 Pine Flat Rd.Grades: KG - 06Students: 114 · Ratio: 0:187
  • Branciforte Middle315 Poplar St.Grades: 06 - 08Students: 459 · Ratio: 0:162
  • Brook Knoll Elementary151 Brook Knoll Dr.Grades: KG - 05Students: 597 · Ratio: 0:186
  • Costanoa Continuation High840 North Branciforte Ave.Grades: 10 - 12Students: 149 · Ratio: 0:113
  • Cypress Charter High2039 Merrill St.Grades: 09 - 12Students: 155 · Ratio: 0:139
  • De Laveaga Elementary1145 Morrissey Blvd.Grades: KG - 05Students: 625 · Ratio: 0:162
  • Del Mar Elementary1959 Merrill St.Grades: KG - 05Students: 425 · Ratio: 0:155
  • Gault Elementary1320 Seabright Ave.Grades: KG - 05Students: 417 · Ratio: 0:152
  • Green Acres Elementary966 Bostwick Ln.Grades: KG - 05Students: 38 · Ratio: 0:162
  • Happy Valley Elementary3125 Branciforte Dr.Grades: KG - 06Students: 135 · Ratio: 0:184
  • Harbor High300 La Fonda Ave.Grades: 09 - 12Students: 100 · Ratio: 0:146
  • Live Oak Elementary1916 Capitola Rd.Grades: KG - 05Students: 359 · Ratio: 0:158
  • Mission Hill Middle425 King St.Grades: 06 - 08Students: 596 · Ratio: 0:173
  • Pacific Collegiate CharterPo Box 1701Grades: 07 - 12Students: 48 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary Alternative Education-M840 North Branciforte Ave.Grades: KG - 06Students: 88 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Santa Cruz County Community400 Encinal St.Grades: 06 - 12Students: 728 · Ratio: 0:113
  • Santa Cruz County Court400 Encinal St.Grades: 07 - 12Students: 14 · Ratio: 0:15
  • Santa Cruz County Special Education400 Encinal St.Grades: KG - 12Students: 162 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary8005 Winkle Ave.Grades: KG - 05Students: 278 · Ratio: 0:160
  • Santa Cruz High415 Walnut Ave.Grades: 09 - 12Students: 1,133 · Ratio: 0:142
  • Sequoia Academy319 La Fonda Ave.Grades: - Students: 0 · Ratio: 0:1n/a
  • Shoreline Middle855 17Th Ave.Grades: 06 - 08Students: 557 · Ratio: 0:152
  • Tierra Pacifica Charter986 Bostwick Ln.Grades: KG - 08Students: 144 · Ratio: 0:177
  • Westlake Elementary1000 High St.Grades: KG - 05Students: 591 · Ratio: 0:187

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Education level achieved in Santa Cruz

IndexSanta CruzCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade91.0%80.6%83.8%
Completed high school90.7%79.3%82.4%
Completed some college78.7%60.8%58.4%
Completed associate degree57.3%38.8%37.2%
Completed bachelors49.4%31.0%29.3%
Completed masters21.8%11.4%11.0%
Completed professional degree7.2%3.8%3.2%
Completed doctorate4.0%1.5%1.3%

Highest level of education achieved in Santa Cruz (high school & post-secondary)

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Santa Cruz, CA62,04557%16%

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Source: The Santa Cruz, CA education data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.