Best Public Schools in Modesto, CA


The city of Modesto, California is home to a diverse array of 78 schools, including 53 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 12 high schools, and 4 alternative schools, spanning several school districts. The data reveals a mix of high-performing and underperforming schools, with standout institutions like James C. Enochs High and Fred C. Beyer High ranking among the top in the state, while others like Modesto High struggle to meet state standards.

The Modesto City High School District, which encompasses the majority of the high schools, is rated 2 out of 5 stars by SchoolDigger and ranks 782 out of 1,560 districts in California, suggesting room for improvement across the district. However, some individual schools within the district, such as James C. Enochs High and Fred C. Beyer High, stand out with exceptional 4-year graduation rates, low dropout rates, and strong test scores that significantly outperform the district and state averages.

At the elementary level, Lakewood Elementary is a standout, ranking 1,034 out of 5,848 California elementary schools and earning a 4-star rating. It boasts exceptional test scores, with 60-70% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Other high-performing elementary schools include Hart-Ransom Elementary and Hart-Ransom Academic Charter, which are part of the Hart-Ransom Union Elementary district.

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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.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.

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