California City Rankings



*Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on standardized testing and the number of schools reporting results are lower.

NOTE FOR CALIFORNIA: Only 1 in 4 California schools reported test scores during the 2021 school year. By default we are displaying the previous year's rankings. You may see the latest rankings by choosing 2020-2021 in the School Year dropdown below.

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About our rankings:

  • * Private schools are not used in determining city rank.
  • Schooldigger calculates school rankings based on test scores released by the California Department of Education.
  • These rankings were last updated on January 8, 2022, and are based on the most recent test scores available. We update rankings as we receive new test scores from the California Department of Education, usually on a yearly basis.
  • Our sources of data include the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education and the California Department of Education.
  • For more information about our ranking process, please see our Ranking FAQ. Details about our methodology are here.


SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.






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