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Santa Cruz school information

Index Santa Cruz California National
Average Test Scores52%43%48%
Student/Teacher ratio22:120:116:1
Total public schools298,30879,221
Total private schools123,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools41,0857,963

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Key findings

  • The school test scores in Santa Cruz are 8% 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

      Index Santa Cruz California National
      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%

      Santa Cruz, CA School Districts

      • Santa Cruz City High School District
      • Santa Cruz City Elementary School District
      • Scotts Valley Unified School District
      • Happy Valley Elementary School District

      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 52%. 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.

      Nearby cities with high average school scores

      City Population Avg. Test Scores National Avg.
      Scotts Valley, CA12,05567%39.2%
      Felton, CA3,19758%20.6%
      Capitola, CA10,09057%17.7%
      Soquel, CA10,72156%17.2%
      Davenport, CA50956%16.7%
      Santa Cruz, CA65,01152%7.9%

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      City Population Avg. Test Scores National Avg.
      Harlingen, TX65,02848%0.7%
      Wellington, FL64,99074%54.5%
      Blaine, MN65,04855%14.3%
      Laguna Niguel, CA65,04866%38.3%
      Bethesda, MD65,09277%60.6%
      Santa Cruz, CA65,01152%7.9%
      Source: The Santa Cruz, CA education data displayed above is derived from the 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.