Santa Cruz County Schools Get a Mixed Report Card

Pacific Collegiate School, Scotts Valley and Aptos high schools are on top. Watsonville is way below the state's average.

Santa Cruz County schools have mixed grades in the latest round of statewide rankings of standardized test scores.

For high schools, Pacific Collegiate Charter School is on top of the county's schools. It is also in the top 10 nationwide as a college preparatory school. Pajaro Valley High had the lowest ranking among the county's high schools.

The newly released rankings are based on the Academic Performance Index (API) scores , which in turn are based on student performance on standardized tests given in 2011.

The API is a tool that the state uses in order to rate a school's performance on scale of 200 to 1,000. California's benchmark (expected average) is 800.

The tests rank schools by how well students did on standardized tests.

County high schools ranked:

  • Pacific Collegiate Charter School: 935
  • Scotts Valley High School: 844
  • San Lorenzo Valley High School: 810
  • : 802
  • Harbor High School: 787
  • Santa Cruz High School: 785
  • Soquel High School: 764
  • SLCUSD Charter: 743
  • : 660
  • : 660
  • : 653
  • Santa Cruz County Community: 568

Junior High rankings include highs at Scotts Valley Middle School with a 902, which had a score of 849, with an 806, Mission Hill Middle School with  an 838.

For the complete rankings of Santa Cruz County Schools, click here.

Daniel Wootan June 18, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Once again...Shocker! Watsonville is not meeting education or health standards set by the people who run this country. God forbid they be given any help or representation.
Emily Halbig June 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Of course students from PVUSD aren't excelling as well as their North county counterparts. With the exception of Aptos schools, the students of Pajaro come from a much lower socioeconomic background than those in SC, Capitola, and SLV. Many of these students are first generation Americans with non-literate parents who, while many perceive them unwilling to assist in their child's education, are in reality simply unable to do so. Lack of exposure to English in the household coupled with parents who work several jobs for low wages further impedes academic success for many children in poorer communities.
Amanda Reckenwithe June 18, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Pacific Collegiate must have a superlative leader at the helm.......
Quite Big Bill June 19, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Hey Watsonville High School, listen up! Allow “Watsonville’s Own” music producing nonprofit Bay Concert Arts to help. We can raise some of PVUSD's perpetually missing millions as a mere by-product of providing direct educational and cultural benefit to local students and the entire community. We will improve those always depressingly low scores for you. You’ve got the Mello Center standing out right there in the middle of town. DO SOMETHING with it other than just sitting there and scratching it. QBB WHS '71


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