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Avg. test scores 15%
High school dipl. 11%
Bachelors degree 69%

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
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Key findings

  • The 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%

      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 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.

      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.