Best Public Schools in Aptos, CA


The city of Aptos, California is home to 6 schools, including 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 2 high schools (1 public and 1 public charter), serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The schools in Aptos show a wide range of academic performance, with some standout institutions like Valencia Elementary and Rio del Mar Elementary consistently outperforming the district and state averages, while others like Delta Charter high school lag behind.

The schools in Aptos serve a diverse student population, with a mix of white, Hispanic, and other racial/ethnic groups. Socioeconomic factors also vary, as evidenced by the wide range in free/reduced lunch rates, from 29.2% at Rio del Mar Elementary to 58.1% at Mar Vista Elementary. This likely contributes to the differences in academic performance observed across the schools. While the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which all the Aptos schools belong to, is ranked 1219 out of 1560 districts in California, the individual schools within the district show a wide range of performance, with some schools like Valencia and Rio del Mar performing much better than the district average.

The data also reveals a significant gap in academic performance between the elementary schools and the middle/high schools in Aptos. The elementary schools, particularly Valencia and Rio del Mar, have much higher proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics compared to the middle and high schools, including the Aptos High and Delta Charter high school. However, Aptos High stands out for its high graduation rate of 94.5% and low dropout rate of 2.3%, outperforming the district and state averages on standardized tests.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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