Santa Cruz City Schools is comprised of an elementary and a high school district, governed by a common Board of Education and a general administrative staff. The district serves students residing in the City of Santa Cruz and in county locations from Davenport to Soquel.  There are six schools serving nearly 2,200 students in the elementary district, including a Dual Immersion Program.  The secondary district includes two middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, a continuation school, an independent studies program and a home school program with a combined population of approximately 4,660 students.  Santa Cruz Adult School has approximately 1,500 enrolled students.

Santa Cruz is located on northern California's Monterey Bay and is the home of the world class University of California at Santa Cruz.  A small city with a population of approximately 54,600, Santa Cruz offers countless attractions to the resident or visitor including beaches, wooded hills anda flourishing and diverse cultural scene.

Santa Cruz City Schools is focused upon acheiving an explicit set of strategic goals, which includes ensuring that all students graduate prepared to successfully access college and career opportunities, and to eliminate the achievement gaps that currently exist between demographic groups.

Snap Shot

  • Elementary Schools: Bay View Elementary, DeLaveaga Elementary, Gault Elementary, Westlake Elementary
  • Middle Schools: Branciforte Middle School, Mission Hill Middle School
  • Comprehensive High Schools: Harbor High School, Santa Cruz High School, Soquel High School
  • PreSchools: Santa Cruz Parent Education Nursery School, Soquel Parent Education Nursery School, Westside Parent Education Nursery School
  • PreKindergarten: Gault Elementary, Westlake Elementary
  • Continuation High School: Costanoa
  • Alternative Elementary School: Monarch, K-6
  • Independent Studies Program: Ark Independent Studies
  • Home School Program: Alternative Family Education
  • Adult School serving 1500 adult students in 8 locations
  • 7000 Students, K-12
  • 400 Certificated teachers, librarians, administrators
  • 200 Classified staff
  • Santa Cruz County population: 254,500
  • City of Santa Cruz population: 56,000