Pacific Collegiate Charter


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 7th grade to 12th grade
School District Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Type Public
 Phone (831)479-7785
 Location 255 Swift St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Charter School Yes

Pacific Collegiate Charter has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 32nd in the best public high schools in California.



The Pacific Collegiate Charter student body is primarily White with a smaller Hispanic population and has medium racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific5.1%26
Native American Indian0.4%2
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0%0
Two or more races8.9%45

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 2.9%

3.7% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Pacific Collegiate Charter students are largely wealthy and rank 36th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students
7th Grade91
8th Grade92


State Standardized Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 49th in California

Students at Pacific Collegiate Charter scored an average 76% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 4.8% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls65% to 69%*80% to 84%*
Boys75% to 79%*75% to 79%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander50% or more*50% or more*
Hispanic50% to 59%*60% to 69%*
Multiracial60% to 79%*80% or more*
White75% to 79%*80% to 84%*
With Disabilitesless than 50%*less than 50%*
Limited Englishsuppressed*suppressed*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Pacific Collegiate Charter students in 2016 was 1288.

College Admission Test Participation

7 out of 10

Rank: 246th in California

59 out of 149 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (40%). College admission testing participation is somewhat above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 26% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

9 out of 10

Rank: 64th in California

Pacific Collegiate Charter offers 17 AP courses. 72 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 100% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Pacific Collegiate Charter had 192 taking AP exams with a 167 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 93% percentile and significantly above the state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 87% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 72% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 33%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 37%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 70%
AP Courses Offered 17

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate0%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate0%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate0%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0.4%2
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students2.3%11
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.8%4


Pacific Collegiate Charter
255 Swift St.
Santa Cruz, CA

10 out of 10 1


Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Santa Cruz, CA