California's Best Public School Districts, Ranked

The quality of education a child receives can have an impact for the rest of his or her life. For that reason, school district quality is one of the leading issues people consider when choosing a home. There are numerous factors to consider when sizing up districts, from graduate rates to student-teacher ratios. And not every parent has the time or experience to crunch numbers before choosing the right placement.

Stacker has just compiled a list of what it thinks are the best public school districts in California. It based the rankings on data from Niche. Criteria include SAT/ACT scores and state proficiency tests, teacher salaries, per-student expenses, and access to extracurricular activities.

The following list of the Best School Districts in California was published by Stacker: 

#10. Fremont Union High School District (Sunnyvale)
- Number of schools: 6 (11,071 students)
- Graduation rate: 96% (81% reading proficient and 78% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $108,480 (23:1 student to teacher ratio)

#9. Arcadia Unified School District (Arcadia)
- Number of schools: 11 (9,254 students)
- Graduation rate: 99% (77% reading proficient and 75% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $111,323 (25:1 student to teacher ratio)

#8. Acalanes Union High School District (Lafayette)
- Number of schools: 5 (5,635 students)
- Graduation rate: 96% (89% reading proficient and 72% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $87,800 (21:1 student to teacher ratio)

#7. San Marino Unified School District (San Marino)
- Number of schools: 4 (2,909 students)
- Graduation rate: 95% (88% reading proficient and 87% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $90,822 (20:1 student to teacher ratio)

#6. Carmel Unified School District (Carmel)
- Number of schools: 8 (2,483 students)
- Graduation rate: 95% (79% reading proficient and 69% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $121,948 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)

#5. San Dieguito Union High School District (Encinitas)
- Number of schools: 10 (13,177 students)
- Graduation rate: 95% (79% reading proficient and 72% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $110,214 (25:1 student to teacher ratio)

#4. Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District (Mountain View)
- Number of schools: 3 (4,548 students)
- Graduation rate: 92% (82% reading proficient and 68% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $126,499 (19:1 student to teacher ratio)

#3. La Canada Unified School District (La Canada)
- Number of schools: 4 (4,131 students)
- Graduation rate: 99% (89% reading proficient and 85% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $94,097 (24:1 student to teacher ratio)

#2. Palo Alto Unified School District (Palo Alto)
- Number of schools: 19 (11,745 students)
- Graduation rate: 95% (81% reading proficient and 81% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $124,742 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)

#1. Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District (Los Gatos)
- Number of schools: 2 (3,542 students)
- Graduation rate: 98% (86% reading proficient and 78% math proficient)
- Average teacher salary: $109,507 (22:1 student to teacher ratio)


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