Skip to Main Content

2022 Best Middle Schools in California

Best schools
  • Most diverse
  • Best teachers
  • College prep
  • Largest
  • Niche standout schools
  • Best schools
  • Most diverse
  • Best teachers
  • College prep
  • Largest
  • Best for STEM
  • Niche standout schools
  • Best for the arts
  • Best for athletes
  • Best districts
loading indicator

Showing results 1 through 25 of 4,743

1 through 25 of 4,743 results

4,743 results

  1. Crystal Springs Uplands School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    HILLSBOROUGH, CA,

    6-12,

    44 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Crystal prepares students for college! The only major downside is that I wish that there was more racial/ethnic diversity. There are only a few African-American students, roughly 5% of the entire school population, and it can be extremely...With that said, the academics are world-class. It definitely gives (and gave) me an advantage in testing, access to higher-level education, study skills, and essay writing. To those who are looking to apply, the biggest advice I would give is: Don't be afraid of the cost. The school gives excellent financial aid to those who truly need it..

    Read 44 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 539,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

  2. The Bishop's School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    6-12,

    82 Niche users give it an average review of 4.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Bishop's is a good place for self-motivated people to take advantage of the variety of resources. With the Center for Creative Sciences, access to the Adobe suite, and other opportunities, it is easy....

    Read 82 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 800,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  3. #2 Best Private K-12 Schools in California.

    Polytechnic School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    PASADENA, CA,

    K-12,

    104 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says As a parent of current poly students, I can attest to the quality of the teachers, faculty, student body and facilities. Poly is academically rigorous and sets high expectations for its students...inclusion, tolerance and integrity are all modeled and reinforced throughout the campus at every grade level. Poly can of course continue to work on its diversity by reaching out to the larger Los....

    Read 104 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 872,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  4. Westridge School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    PASADENA, CA,

    4-12,

    126 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says When we were looking for private school, we were looking for a school not only offers robust academic curriculums, but also emphasizes on character and social-emotional learning. Our daughters have....

    Read 126 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 550,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 5 to 1,

  5. #5 Best Private K-12 Schools in California.

    The Harker School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    SAN JOSE, CA,

    K-12,

    149 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Harker has provided me with fantastic preparation for college. The facilities are state of the art, especially the athletics dept/trainers. The food is amazing and the students are all incredibly....

    Read 149 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,951,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  6. #6 Best Private K-12 Schools in California.

    Chadwick School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, CA,

    K-12,

    93 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Chadwick is a great school. It is challenging, welcoming, supportive, and so much more. I feel at home at Chadwick, I have many friends and great relationships with my teachers. Chadwick has SO MANY....

    Read 93 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 867,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  7. BASIS Independent Silicon Valley

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    SAN JOSE, CA,

    5-12,

    89 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says We are a first year family and we are so glad that we joined Basis SV. Our daughter is in middle school and even after just one year we have seen her grow into a more strong, confident, out-going,....

    Read 89 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 800,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  8. #7 Best Private K-12 Schools in California.

    La Jolla Country Day School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    LA JOLLA, CA,

    PK, K-12,

    150 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says LJCDS is an amazing school! I highly recommend it for any families who are looking for a wonderful community, nurturing environment for your child, and top notch faculty and staff. My daughter loves...During COVID, LJCDS handled the pandemic with such care- leading with science- and doing the best they could to provide safe in person learning for all students. I feel grateful to have found a....

    Read 150 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,125,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 5 to 1,

  9. #9 Best Private K-12 Schools in California.

    Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

    Private School,

    SANTA MONICA, CA,

    K-12,

    47 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says At Crossroads School, students thrive as learners, artists, and people. Rigorous coursework, paired with high level discussions of society's major problems, push students to become active global....

    Read 47 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,174,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  10. #10 Best Private K-12 Schools in California.

    Francis Parker School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    PK, K-12,

    87 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Works Here says As someone who has taught in different and good school environments in the past (public and charter), I can genuinely say that Parker is the best school that I have worked at. The community is....

    Read 87 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,185,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

  11. #11 Best Private K-12 Schools in California.

    Sierra Canyon School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    CHATSWORTH, CA,

    PK, K-12,

    100 Niche users give it an average review of 4.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says We have had an amazing experience at Sierra Canyon. Our son is a student-athlete. Academics are very important to him. He finished his senior year with a 4.4 GPA while playing on one of the top....

    Read 100 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,030,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

  12. The Athenian School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    DANVILLE, CA,

    6-12,

    75 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says The Middle School was a terrific fit for my son. The teachers "got" him. He thrived academically and socially. The administration was transparent -- just about everything worked well.The High School didn't seem quite as well run, but was still a very positive experience, overall. Most of the classes were well-taught, but there were enough exceptions that I considered going to...Expectations for academic performance and involvement in extracurriculars can make it more than a full time job. Frankly, it's hard to understand how some kids managed their time, with multiple hours...And yet, the school was such a welcoming and supportive environment that it worked..

    Read 75 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 533,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

  13. #12 Best Private K-12 Schools in California.

    TVT Community Day School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    IRVINE, CA,

    PK, K-12,

    164 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says Under the difficult period of Covid-19, everyone is struggling to adapt to rapid changes. When times like this extend, individual strength slowly fades away. Where shall we draw strength from? The...TVT as the forerunner, gave us some very good examples of smart decision making. We draw strength from it and we‘re very proud to be a part of TVT!.

    Read 164 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 741,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

  14. #14 Best Private K-12 Schools in California.

    St. Margaret's Episcopal School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA,

    PK, K-12,

    54 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says I have 2 children at St. Margaret's and I can't say enough good things about the school and the environment. They really do try to develop the whole child. It isn't just a factory trying to turn...If you want your child to develop into a great adult with compassion and drive, then SMES is an excellent place to go..

    Read 54 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,250,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  15. Woodside Priory School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    PORTOLA VALLEY, CA,

    6-12,

    71 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Work Culture: Priory emphasizes balance. The people within this community care about your wellbeing and are more focused on creating great people than producing more robots who fuel Silicon Valley's...Social Life: Your social life is determined by who you hang out with and the general attitude of your class. Luckily, there were a lot of people in my class who loved to host parties or knew kids...Dating: Dating at Priory is pretty normal, but due to the small class sizes, it's pretty hard to keep your business private. Sports: Basketball, XC, and Girls Soccer are the strongest programs. Campus: Best in NorCal easily..

    Read 71 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 382,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,