Best Public Schools in South Lake Tahoe, CA


The city of South Lake Tahoe, California is home to 9 schools that serve students from elementary through high school, all part of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. While the district as a whole is ranked 761 out of 1,560 school districts in California, there is a wide range of performance among the individual schools.

The standout school in the district is Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet, an elementary school that ranks 721 out of 5,848 California elementary schools and has a 4-star rating. It significantly outperforms the district and state averages in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, while also having the lowest chronic absenteeism rate and lowest percentage of free/reduced lunch recipients among the elementary schools. In contrast, the district's alternative high schools, Mt. Tallac High and Blue Ridge, struggle with much lower performance metrics compared to the main high school, South Tahoe High.

The data also reveals a potential correlation between socioeconomic status and academic achievement, with the elementary schools having the highest percentages of free/reduced lunch recipients, Tahoe Valley Elementary and Sierra House Elementary, also performing the lowest on test scores. Overall, the Lake Tahoe Unified School District has room for improvement, but the standout performance of Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet demonstrates the potential for excellence within the 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.

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