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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Santa Cruz High School is a highly rated, public school located in Santa Cruz, CA. It has 1,142 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.

Santa Cruz High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1270
272 responses
Average ACT
29
57 responses
AP Enrollment
26%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$70,102
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,797
National
$949
Median Home Value
$803,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 11 responses
  • Prom
    27%
  • Senior ditch day
    18%
  • Spring Musical
    18%
  • Fall Play
    9%
  • Finals days in my art and chorus class
    9%
  • Graduation Night
    9%
  • Sports games
    9%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,142
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.7%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
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Santa Cruz High is a very good high school that gives students the opportunity to choose a very academically rigorous path through high school, or focus more on exploring their interests with unique classes that will inspire them. Or both! The 8-classes-per-year model (optional) allows students to take more classes that interest them. It is in a great location close to downtown (which has restaurants for students to go to at lunch), and a few minutes from the beach as well as Westcliff. Some of the teachers are absolutely amazing, while others are very much the opposite. Admin is sometimes hard to work with, and while there are a large amount of clubs, and it is easy to start one yourself, they often lose momentum and do not accomplish much. Students really have to seek out information/opportunities/resources unless they are clearly struggling. The CTE program is amazing! The art department in general is great. Sports are good, but school spirit is nonexistent!
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Santa Cruz High is a very diverse school with an open campus which provides freedom and trust to students. It’s a place where one gets to be their true self’s. Despite the lack of taste in their food, they have wonderful staff and counselors whom guide you towards the right path, which tops it all. Nothing like a true cardinal bird, flying out obstacles and creating a better and more welcoming atmosphere for everyone!
Great school overall. Got a good education, teachers are nice and are always there to help out and get me ready for college. There many extra curricular activities to join like sports, club, band, theater. Got to meet a diversity of different people. I felt safe the whole time while attending Santa Cruz High. Staff and administration are very friendly and take their job seriously. Overall my experience while attending Santa Cruz High was amazing.