Highlighting the top-rated schools in the Sacramento area

Posted: April 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

-Benjamin Franklin

No matter who you are or where you live, one of your biggest concerns is probably making sure that your children receive a fantastic education. Thankfully, there are some great schools in the greater Sacramento region, with some that even garner national recognition.

If you’re a homeowner, living near a well-ranked school is a wise investment, too. In fact, surveys by Realtor.com revealed that 20% of all homebuyers would pay between 6 and 10% more for a home in a good school district, and 10% of homebuyers reported that they’d pay as much as 20% to live in a good school district! Their research went on to reveal that 22% of all homebuyers considered the home’s proximity to a good school, and 29% said the nearby school was a deciding factor in their decision to buy.

And if you’re a Realtor reading this, feel free to use this list to send out as a resource to your home buying clients. Remember that according to Fair Housing Laws, you’re not supposed to offer information on school systems, income demographics, etc. at all – but you can refer your clients to third-party information sources.

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 School-Ratings.com, BestSchools.org, GreatSchools.org, and several others to see how each school ranks.

The metro Sacramento region is dominated by two school districts, San Juan Unified and the Sacramento City Unified School District, among others.

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.

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.

While smaller school districts like the Eureka Union School District educate only 3,338 students each year.

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

El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills School District

10 Oak Meadow Elementary School

10 Lake Forest Elementary School

10 Lakeview Elementary School

10 Rolling Hills Middle School

9 William Brooks Elementary School

9 Silva Valley Elementary School

9 Jackson Elementary School

Granite Bay

9 Granite Bay High School

10 Oakhills Elementary

10 Olympus Junior High

9 Excelsior Elementary

9 Greenhills Elementary

9 Ridgeview Elementary


Does your children go to one of these schools? We’d love to hear your thoughts, opinions, and feedback!


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