You are invited to a Community Meeting with your Board Members and Superintendent


Please visit with one or two of your elected Trustees and Superintendent Munro at any of the sites and on the dates listed below:


Soquel High School - May 4, 7-8 pm (Library)

Bay View Elementary - May 11, 7-8 pm (Library)

Branciforte Middle School - May 13, 7-8 pm (Library)

DELAC (This meeting is in Spanish), Small Schools Campus - May 28, 7-8 pm (Library)


We hope that you will look forward to this opportunity to see and discuss the newly adopted Board Governance Standards and meet with Trustees and the Superintendent in a small, conversational setting.


State Testing NOW through the end of the school year

It's time for state testing...students in grades 3-8, plus grade 11, will be taking the new online Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments in English Language Arts and Math. During the above test, 11th graders can select "EAP" to participate in the Early Assessment Program. (It is not a separate test this year.) The test consists of multiple subtests, is adaptive to students' performance levels and includes a variety of test item types including multiple choice, short answer and longer written performance tasks.


Our special education students who receive a modified assessment will be taking the CAA field test for the first time this year, which is also online. In addition, all students in grades 5, 8 and 10 will take the paper and pencil CST Science test as they do each year.

The CAASPP tests will be more challenging for students.  The tests will include a wider range of questions and students will be asked to think critically, solve problems, and apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems. The assessments also make use of computer adaptive technology so as students respond to items on the test, the program automatically adjusts the next question. For example, when a student gets a correct answer, the questions that follow become more difficult. Each student will receive a different set of questions which will help us identify areas of understanding, as well as areas of difficulty. 

Based on trial runs of the new assessments in California and other states, scores are expected to decline and fewer students will reach the higher achievement levels on the new assessments.  The test results will not be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade level or what level of classes they will be placed in next year.  The test results will be just one measurement of how your child is doing in school.  Schools will continue to rely on assignments, report cards and other district assessments to measure student achievement and progress. As a district, we will use the assessment to inform and improve instruction and programs.




On behalf of the governing board and staff of Santa Cruz City Schools I would like to welcome you to the 2014-15 school year. We are proud of our work in SCCS, and are pleased to be able to serve our students and their families.  Our work in the school community is governed by our District Vision, Core Values and Strategic Goals.

This should be an outstanding school year in SCCS. Thanks to voters who have approved our parcel tax measures, we will maintain outstanding programs, including fully staffed libraries, reduced class sizes, and visual and performing arts programs. Our K-3 class sizes average about 22 students, and our 4-5 class sizes around 27 students. We offer a full range of outstanding classes at our middle and high schools.

We are working hard to increase the number of our students who choose to attend college and to insure that they are better prepared to do so. We are seeing significant improvement in the number of students meeting rigorous college entrance requirements and taking Advanced Placement and Honors Courses.  As you will see below, our graduates are being accepted at some of the best colleges, universities and vocational programs in the world.

We continue to focus upon customer service, working on doing a better job of responding to your needs. We maintain a constant focus upon teacher quality, with the knowledge that nothing is more important than the teachers who work with your children every day.

Finally, please be assured that as students in Santa Cruz City Schools your children will be known, safe, challenged and supported. Also, please remember that we are here to serve you as your partners in educating your child and welcome your ideas, concerns and requests.


Kris Munro
Superintendent, Santa Cruz City Schools


District Employment At-A-Glance:

  • Certificated (teachers): 434
  • All Employee: 753
  • Current Contract with the Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers: 7/1/11 - 6/30/14
  • Current Contract with the Santa Cruz Council of Classified Employees: 7/1/13 - 6/30/14


 Welcome to the online home of Santa Cruz City Schools. Our website is designed to be accessible and informative, reflecting the vibrancy and excellence of our schools. We invite you to explore and welcome your comments.

Santa Cruz City Schools serves students residing in the city of Santa Cruz and neighborhoods from Davenport to Soquel.

The district is comprised of elementary and high school districts governed by a common Board of Education and a general administrative staff. There are five schools in the Elementary District; the Secondary district includes two middle schools and three comprehensive high schools. Serving the diverse needs of our community, the district also offers a continuation school, an opportunity school, an independent studies program and a home school program.

Our students receive a rich and deep education. From strong academics to music and art , our schools offer programs and services that meet the needs of all students, guiding them to reach their full capabilities. A supportive and involved community helps us to maintain excellence.



Santa Cruz County College Commitment Summit

UCSC Hosts 350 Local 7th GradeStudents

UCSC piloted the first Middle School Summit on May 21, 2013 to 7th grade students from throughout Santa Cruz County as part of the Santa Cruz County College Commitment program.  The purpose of the summit was to provide career and college-going curriculum for 7th-grade students in Santa Cruz, and have students conduct research on solving challenges in the community and the broader world.  Each student participated in one of 10 workshops on such topics as homelessness, hunger, environmental sustainability, astronomy, social justice and immigration, cancer, game design, engineering solutions, healing through the arts, and crime prevention.  For information directly from students, please view this video:




SANTA CRUZ, CA – Santa Cruz City Schools announced today its preliminary list of 161 colleges and universities that have accepted graduating seniors from the district’s high schools (Harbor, Santa Cruz, Soquel, Delta, Costanoa and AFE). The list is expected to grow through the end of the school year, as more students receive admission notifications.

District leaders attribute the depth and breadth of the list of universities and colleges to the district’s focus on college readiness beginning in elementary school. Specific programs that aid in college readiness include extensive AP and honors course offerings, libraries staffed by credentialed librarians, the AVID college readiness program, Math Academy, Humanities Academy, Summer Math Bridge Academy, Calculus Camp, Homework Club and career-readiness programs aligned with college A-G standards.

THE LIST: Academy of Art University, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, American University, Washington, D.C., American University of Paris, Azusa Pacific University, Bates College, Berkeley City College, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Brigham Young University, Brown University, Cabrillo College. Cal Poly-Pomona, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, California Baptist University, California College of the Arts, California Lutheran University, California State University-Bakersfield, California State University-Channel Islands, California State University-Chico, California State University-Dominquez Hills, California State University-East Bay, California State University-Fullerton, California State University-Fresno, California State University-Long Beach, California State University-Los Angeles, California State University-Monterey Bay, California State University-Sonoma, Carleton College, Chapman University, Clarkson University, Coe College, Cogswell Polytechnical College, Colby College, College of Creative Studies, Cornish College of the Arts, Creighton University, Cuesta College, DePaul University, Dominican University, Drexel University, Eastern Kentucky University, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Florida International University, Fordham University, Gonzaga University, Hamline University, Hampshire College, Hampton University, Hartnell College, Harvard University, Haverford College, Hawaii Pacific University, Hofstra University, Howard University, Humboldt State University, John Carroll University, Kennesaw State University, Laguna College of Art and Design, Lake Superior State University, Lewis and Clark College, Linfield College, London Metropolitan University, Louisiana State University, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University of New Orleans, Macalester College, Marymount University, Menlo College, Miami University of Ohio, Middlebury College, Mills College, Montana State University, New College of Florida, New York University, Northeastern University, Occidental College, Oregon State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Pace University-New York, Pacific Northwest College of the Arts, Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Portland State University, Rhodes College, Rochester Institute of Technology, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Santa Monica City College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Scripps College, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Edward’s University, St. John's University, St. Mary's College, Stanford University, State University of New York, Buffalo State, Temple University, The Colorado College, The Boston Conservatory, The Evergreen State College, Trinity University, Tufts University, United States Naval Academy, University Arkansas at Monticello, University of Advancing Technology-Tempe, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Merced, University of California-Riverside, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Colorado-Denver, University of Edinburgh-Scotland, University of Hawaii-Manoa, University of Jamestown, University of La Verne, University of Mary, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Nevada-Reno, University of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Wilmington at Maynooth, University of Oregon, University of Phoenix, University of Pittsburg, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of San Francisco, University of South Florida, University of Southern California, University of Southern Mississippi, University of the Arts, University of the Pacific, University of Toronto, University of Tulsa, University of Vermont, University of Washington, University of Wyoming, Valparaiso University, Washington State University, West Virginia Institute of Technology, Western Oregon University, Western Washington University, Westmont College, Whitman College, Willamette University, Xavier University

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 - we are very proud of you!



 Santa Cruz HS & Harbor HS receive the California Distinguished School Award!

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced 97 exemplary California public middle and high schools were selected as 2011 California Distinguished Schools as the state’s prestigious awards program celebrates its silver anniversary.

 Santa Cruz City Schools is pleased to announce that Harbor High School and Santa Cruz High School were recognized as exemplary and inspiring public schools that have earned this highly sought after award.  The Distinguished School award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of each school’s education community. 

 Schools were identified for eligibility on the basis of their Academic Performance Index ( and Adequate Yearly Progress ( results, which are the state and federal accountability models, respectively.

 The applicants were also identified by their success in narrowing the achievement gap that exists between higher-performing and lower-performing students. All applicants underwent a stringent selection process conducted by the California Department of Education with the help of many educators from across the state. Each applicant was required to describe two Signature Practices that have led to an increase in student achievement and a narrowing of the achievement gap. Applicants were then selected to receive a thorough site visit to validate the Signature Practices.

 Santa Cruz High School has been recognized for its Signature Practices in improving literacy and numeracy for underperforming students, and for its four-year personal planning workshops.  Harbor High School’s Signature Practices are its work to develop community ties to enhance college readiness and student achievement, and its work embracing and challenging its significant subgroups to close the achievement gap.

 Superintendent Gary Bloom commented as follows:  “The recognition Santa Cruz and Harbor High Schools as California Distinguished Schools, both in the same year, is an unprecedented honor for our school district.  These awards validate the hard work and commitment of our teachers, classified staff, leadership team, governing board and community.  This is further inspiration for all of us in Santa Cruz City Schools as we strive to insure the success of each and every one of our students.”

The 2011 California Distinguished Schools will be honored during an awards ceremony and dinner at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on May 20, 2011. The event and awards are funded by donations from many of California’s most prominent corporations and statewide educational organizations.



Santa Cruz City School District Named to AP Achievement List by the College Board for Significant Gains in Advanced Placement Access and Student Performance  
388 US Public School Districts across the Nation Are Honored

Santa Cruz City School District is one of fewer than 400 school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on its AP Achievement List for opening AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. From 2008 to 2010, Santa Cruz City School District has increased the number of students participating in AP exams from 263 to 337, while maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher, the score typically needed to earn college credit, at 77%.


Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Gary Bloom stated the following: “Santa Cruz City Schools is making a concerted effort to insure that all of our graduates are able to access college and other post-secondary educational and career opportunities.  We are committed to increasing the numbers of students from non-college educated families who aspire to graduate from four year colleges and universities.  Thanks to the efforts of our students, families, teachers and counselors, we increased the number of students taking AP classes by 12% in just this past year.”


"I am constantly impressed with the excellence of Santa Cruz City Schools.  Our teachers and students are as talented as any in the country and they should be proud of this recognition," noted Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty, an alum of Santa Cruz's public schools.


Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to expand access and improve student performance simultaneously.


The complete AP Achievement List can be found at