Best Public Schools in Mission Viejo, CA


The city of Mission Viejo, California is home to 22 schools across two school districts - Saddleback Valley Unified and Capistrano Unified. The schools include 12 elementary, 4 middle, 5 high, and 1 alternative school, serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Several schools stand out for their exceptional academic performance, including Oxford Preparatory Academy - South Orange County, a public charter school that ranks in the top 5% of California elementary schools, as well as Capistrano Valley High, Trabuco Hills High, and Mission Viejo High, all of which rank in the top 10-15% of California high schools. These top-performing schools boast high graduation rates, low dropout rates, and strong proficiency in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

In contrast, the data reveals significant disparities in educational outcomes, with Silverado High and Esperanza Education Center, the alternative/continuation schools, struggling with very low test scores, high chronic absenteeism, and poor graduation rates. Additionally, there appears to be a correlation between socioeconomic status, as measured by free/reduced lunch eligibility, and academic performance, with schools serving higher-poverty populations generally underperforming their more affluent counterparts.

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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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