Whether you’re looking for a school that offers a quality public education, a top notch private school, or a faith based educational option, Santa Cruz has plenty to choose from. Many of the schools in the area perform well in statewide rankings and Pacific Collegiate School, a local charter high school, consistently ranks among the top high schools in California.
In the directory below you’ll find a comprehensive listing of schools in the Santa Cruz area, from elementary schools to colleges. The areas covered in the directory extend beyond just the city of Santa Cruz and include Live Oak, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos, Scotts Valley, Felton, and the San Lorenzo Valley.
Each listing is categorized by location, has a link to the official school website, and includes information about the grades served. If a school is private, religiously affiliated, or a charter school, it is noted in parentheses.
Directory of Santa Cruz Area Schools
Westlake Elementary School - K-5th grade
Bay View Elementary - K-5th grade
Gault Elementary - K-5th grade
Live Oak Elementary - K-5th grade
Del Mar Elementary - K-5th grade
Green Acres Elementary - K-5th grade
Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary - K-5th grade
Spring Hill School - Preschool-6th grade (private)
Santa Cruz Children’s School - K-6th grade, (private)
Holy Cross School - Preschool-8th grade (private Catholic school)
Virgil Hauselt Memorial Christian School - K-8th grade (private Christian school)
Gateway School - K-8th grade (private)
Main St. Elementary - K-5th grade
Mountain Elementary School District - K-6th grade
Vine Hill Elementary - K-5th grade
Brook Knoll Elementary - K-5th grade
Baymonte Christian School - Preschool-8th grade (private Christian school)
Rio Del Mar Elementary - K-6th grade
Mar Vista Elementary - K-6th grade
San Lorenzo Valley Elementary - K-5th grade
St. Lawrence Academy - K-8th grade (private Christian school)
New Brighton Middle School - 6th-8th grade
Shoreline Middle School - 6th-8th grade
Aptos Junior High School - 7th-8th grade
Scotts Valley Middle School - 6th-8th grade
Natural Bridges High School/Career Training Center - 10th-12th grade
San Lorenzo Valley High School - 9th-12th grade
Coast Redwood High School - 9th-12th grade (charter school)
SLVUSD Charter School - K-12th grade (charter school)
Cabrillo College (community college)
Resources For Santa Cruz Schools
California School Ratings - A website that provides school rankings for California. You can search by city, name, region, or county and each school receives a numbered grade based on how it performs against others that are similar.
California School Search - A resource from the California Department of Education that lets you search for schools by name or city to find helpful information such as demographic reports and data about academic performance.