Best Public Schools in Santa Maria, CA


The city of Santa Maria, California is home to 36 schools across three school districts: Santa Maria Joint Union High, Santa Maria-Bonita, and Orcutt Union Elementary. The schools include 24 elementary, 6 middle, 4 high, and 2 alternative schools.

Several schools stand out in the Santa Maria area. Ontiveros (Juan Pacifico) Elementary is a top performer in the Santa Maria-Bonita district, ranking in the top half of California elementary schools and earning a 3-out-of-5 star rating. Meanwhile, Joe Nightingale Elementary and Pine Grove Elementary, part of the Orcutt Union Elementary district, are among the highest-performing elementary schools in the area, ranking in the top quarter of California schools and earning 4-out-of-5 star ratings.

The data also reveals some challenges, particularly at the alternative schools. Family Partnership Charter and Delta High have lower test scores and higher chronic absenteeism rates compared to the traditional public schools. Additionally, there are disparities within the Santa Maria-Bonita district, with some schools significantly outperforming others, suggesting a need for further investigation.

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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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