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Ranking the best schools in Sacramento

Golden Gates drawbridge in Sacramento in the night time

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

–Nelson Mandela

No matter where you live, what walk of life you come from, or even what political party you advocate, we can all agree on one thing: educating our children is vital. In fact, ensuring the next generation’s education with great teachers and schools is the best investment our society can make in its future.

So how do the schools in the Sacramento area grade? We scoured the numerous reports and research, including teacher reports, parent feedback, test scores, and comprehensive data by,, and several others to see how each school ranks.

The Sacramento metro area is dominated by two school districts, San Juan Unified and Sacramento City Unified School District.

Sacramento City Unified School District educates 47,940 students with an 85% high school graduation rate. On average, $9,520 is spent on every student per year. To get in touch with the school district official, Jonathan Raymond, you can email

San Juan Unified District educates 47,245 students, with a high school graduation rate of 76%. On average, $8,810 is spent on every student per year. To get in touch with the school district official, Pat Jaurequi, you can email

There are plenty of schools we can be proud of, ranking at the top of the state or even in the country. But there are a few bad apples that demand our attention – and maybe a change if your child is a student there.

Here are our list of top-ranked schools (that we’d consider an 8, 9, or 10 on a scale from 1-10) by city and school district for the greater Sacramento area:



San Juan Unified School District

9 Del Dayo Elementary

9 Mary Deterding Elementary

8 Winston Churchill Middle


Elk Grove

Elk Grove Unified School District

9 Edna Batey Elementary

9 Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle

9 Elliott Ranch Elementary

9 Katherine L. Albiani Middle

9 Pleasant Grove High

8 Arlene Hein Elementary

8 Arthur C. Butler Elementary

8 Carroll Elementary

8 Elk Grove Elementary

8 Franklin Elementary

8 Helen Carr Castello Elementary

8 Pleasant Grove Elementary

8 Toby Johnson Middle


Fair Oaks

San Juan Unified School District

9 Bella Vista High

9 Orangevale Open K-8



Folsom-Cordova Unified School District

10 Empire Oaks Elementary

10 Folsom High

10 Oak Chan Elementary

10 Russell Ranch Elementary

10 Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary

9 Carl H. Sundahl Elementary

9 Folsom Cordova K-8 Community Charter

9 Folsom Hills Elementary

9 Folsom Middle

9 Gold Ridge Elementary

9 Sutter Middle

9 Theodore Judah Elementary

9 Vista del Lago High

8 Natoma Station Elementary



San Juan Unified School District

10 Green Oaks Fundamental Elementary

9 Pershing Elementary

8 Andrew Carnegie Middle

8 Trajan Elementary


Rancho Cordova

Elk Grove Unified School District

9 Sunrise Elementary



Roseville City Elementary School District

10 Wood Creek High School

10 Olympus Junior High School

10 Quai Glen Elementary School

10 Blue Oaks Elementary School

9 Maidu Elementary School

9 Warren T. Eich Middle School

9 Oakmont High School

9 Roseville High School

9 Coyote Ridge Elementary School

9 Catheryn Gates Elementary School

9 Diamond Creek Elementary School

9 Stoneridge Elementary School

9 Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

9 Junction Elementary School

9 John Adams Academy

9 Barbara Chilton Middle School

9 Heritage Oak Elementary School

8 Vencil Brown Elementary School

8 George A. Buljan Middle School

8 Silverado Middle School

8 Robert C. Cooley Middle School



Rocklin School District

10 Rocklin Academy

10 Rocklin High School

10 Rocklin Academy At Meyers Street

10 Rock Creek Elementary School

10 Sierra Elementary School

10 Granite Oaks Middle School

10 Valley View Elementary School

10 Whitney High School

9 Rocklin Elementary School

9 Ruhkala Elementary School

9 Breen Elementary School

9 Spring View Middle School

8 Cobblestone Elementary School

8 Parker Whitney Elementary School

8 Twin Oaks Elementary School


Sacramento City

Elk Grove Unified School District

10 Arnold Adreani Elementary

Natomas Unified School District

10 Natomas Charter

9 Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Middle

9 Westlake Charter rank: 9

8 Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep


Sacramento City Unified School District

10 Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary

10 West Campus

9 Camellia Elementary

9 Crocker/Riverside Elementary

9 Genevieve Didion

9 Oak Park Preparatory Academy

8 Aspire Capitol Heights Academy

8 Sutter Middle


San Juan Unified School District

9 James R. Cowan Fundamental Elementary

9 Mariemont Elementary

9 Mira Loma High

8 Rio Americano High


Do you see your children’s school on the list of the best schools in the greater Sacramento area? Or do they go to a school that’s listed here that you’ve don’t think should be ranked so highly – or a positive experience with a school not on the list? We’d love to hear from you!

Say tuned for part 2 of this blog where we share the list of lowest ranked schools in the Sacramento area.