Santa Cruz school information

IndexSanta CruzCaliforniaNational
Average Test Scores56%38%49%
Student/Teacher ratio22:120:116:1
Total public schools298,30879,221
Total private schools123,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools41,0857,963
The Santa Cruz, CA educational system consists of 29 public schools, 12 private schools and 4 post-secondary schools. Santa Cruz public schools have average test scores of 56% which is 48% higher than than the California average and 15% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Santa Cruz public schools is 22:1, compared to 20:1 in California and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 92.0% of students have completed 8th grade, 91.9% have completed high school, 51.1% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 7.9% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Santa Cruz are 15% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 29 public schools in Santa Cruz.
  • 92.0% of people in Santa Cruz have completed 8th grade.
  • 91.9% of people in Santa Cruz have completed high school.
  • 51.1% of people in Santa Cruz have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Santa Cruz

IndexSanta CruzCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade92.0%81.1%84.3%
Completed high school91.9%79.8%83.0%
Completed some college80.5%61.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree59.4%39.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors51.1%32.0%30.3%
Completed masters22.9%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree7.9%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate4.3%1.6%1.3%

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

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City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Scotts Valley, CA11,82466%35%
Davenport, CA31065%31%
Rio del Mar, CA9,73163%27%
Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley, CA2,28862%25%
Soquel, CA10,91253%8%
Santa Cruz, CA63,31056%15%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Florence-Graham, CA63,39024%52%
Madera, CA63,39821%57%
Eden Prairie, MN63,20675%52%
Montebello, CA63,41626%48%
West Hartford, CT63,18765%31%
Santa Cruz, CA63,31056%15%
Source: The Santa Cruz, CA education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 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.