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77%
  • Pacific Collegiate Charter
  • Po Box 1701, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education
  • Grades: 7 - 12 · Students: 508
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 18:1
71%
  • Westlake Elementary
  • 1000 High St., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 630
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 27:1
67%
  • Happy Valley Elementary
  • 3125 Branciforte Dr., Santa Cruz
  • Happy Valley Elementary
  • Grades: KG - 6 · Students: 134
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1
66%
  • Brook Knoll Elementary
  • 151 Brook Knoll Dr., Santa Cruz
  • Scotts Valley Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 520
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 23:1
62%
  • Santa Cruz High
  • 415 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City High
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,031
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 25:1
58%
  • Mission Hill Middle School
  • 425 King St., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City High
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 641
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 24:1
49%
  • De Laveaga Elementary
  • 1145 Morrissey Blvd., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 650
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 23:1
49%
  • Harbor High
  • 300 La Fonda Ave., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City High
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,032
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 25:1
48%
  • Branciforte Middle School
  • 315 Poplar St., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City High
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 488
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 24:1
47%
  • Bay View Elementary
  • 1231 Bay St., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 566
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1
29%
  • Gault Elementary
  • 1320 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 415
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1
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  • Costanoa Continuation High
  • 840 N. Branciforte Ave., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City High
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 104
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 19:1
n/a
  • Sequoia Academy
  • 319 La Fonda Ave., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City High
  • Grades: 7 - 12 · Students: n/a
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 0:1
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  • Ark Independent Studies
  • 840 N. Branciforte Ave., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City High
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 60
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 19:1
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  • Santa Cruz County Special Education
  • 400 Encinal St., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education
  • Grades: 1 - 12 · Students: 103
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 7:1
n/a
  • Santa Cruz County Court
  • 400 Encinal St., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education
  • Grades: 7 - 12 · Students: 89
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
n/a
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary Alternative Education-monarch
  • 840 N. Branciforte Ave., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary
  • Grades: KG - 6 · Students: 99
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 22:1
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  • Alternative Family Education
  • 840 N. Branciforte Ave., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz City High
  • Grades: KG - 12 · Students: 166
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 32:1
n/a
  • Santa Cruz County Rop
  • 400 Encinal St., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz County ROP
  • Grades: 10 - 12 · Students: n/a
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 0:1
n/a
  • Santa Cruz County Community
  • 400 Encinal St., Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education
  • Grades: 7 - 12 · Students: 582
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1
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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.

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%

There are a total of 29 public schools, 12 private schools and 4 post-secondary schools in Santa Cruz. Using the proficiency score averages, the average test scores for Santa Cruz, CA schools is 56%. The average student to teacher ratio is 22:1. In Santa Cruz, CA, an average of 92.0% of students have completed 8th grade and an average of 91.9% have completed high school.

To customize your list of Santa Cruz schools, you can start by sorting the list of schools by proficiency test score, school name or student to teacher ratio. Then you can select the grade levels that you would like to see, these include preschool, elementary, middle school and high school. Next, select the school type from the following options: charter, magnet, title I and title 1. Finally, you are able to filter your results by average proficiency score. Simply select the minimum proficiency score that you would like to see and only schools with that proficiency score or higher will appear on your list of Santa Cruz, CA schools.

Nearby cities with high average school scores

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.