The Los Angeles area has some of the best and some of the worst school districts in the United States. With top performers and school districts that are coming up short it is important to know which school district is the best for your family. Here we will look at the top ten school districts in the area. In order to determine the top ten school districts, we looked at:

  • The percentage of proficiency in reading, which is the percentage of students scoring at or above proficiency levels on their state reading/language arts assessment test
  • The percent proficiency in math, which is the percentage of students that scored at or above proficiency levels on their state math assessment test
  • The average graduation rate is the percentage of 12th graders who graduated from high school.
  • Average SAT and ACT scores
  • Average student to teacher ratio (the national average is 16:1)

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report #5 best school districts in California, #7 best district for quality of teaching in the state and #8 best places to teach in California. Overall high scores were achieved in the following:

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  • Reading Proficiency – 78%
  • Math Proficiency – 74%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 99%
  • Average SAT – 1290 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 29 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 25:1

San Marino Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report #7 best school districts in California, #12 best district for quality of teaching and #17 best places to teach. A high degree of success was shown in the following scores:

  • Reading Proficiency – 84%
  • Math Proficiency – 85%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 96%
  • Average SAT – 1340 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 31 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 22:1

Manhattan Beach Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report #12 best school districts in California, #6 best district for quality of teaching in the state and #15 best places to teach. Manhattan Beach Unified had the following high score averages:

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  • Reading Proficiency – 81%
  • Math Proficiency – 71%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 94%
  • Average SAT – 1250 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 30 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 25:1

La Canada Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report #14 best school districts in California, #8 best district for quality of teaching and #29 best places to teach in the state. Overall high scores were achieved in the following:

  • Reading Proficiency – 85%
  • Math Proficiency – 82%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 98%
  • Average SAT – 1320 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 30 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 23:1

Irvine Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report #15 best school districts in California, #24 best district for quality of teaching and #32 largest school districts. Some of the scores helping this district rise to the top include:

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  • Reading Proficiency – 77%
  • Math Proficiency – 74%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 96%
  • Average SAT – 1340 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 30 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 30:1

South Pasadena Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report #17 best school districts in California, #2 safest school districts in the state and #44 best teachers. Scores for this district include:

  • Reading Proficiency – 77%
  • Math Proficiency – 75%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 97%
  • Average SAT – 1290 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 29 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 23:1

Arcadia Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report #19 best school districts in California, #5 best district for quality of teaching and #14 best places to teach. Overall high scores were achieved in the following:

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  • Reading Proficiency – 76%
  • Math Proficiency – 76%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 97%
  • Average SAT – 1340 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 31 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 26:1

Los Alamitos Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report #2 best school district for athletes, #16 best school districts in the state and #20 best district for quality of teaching. Earning a spot on this top ten list were the following excellent scores:

  • Reading Proficiency – 74%
  • Math Proficiency – 65%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 98%
  • Average SAT – 1210 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 28 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 27:1

Oak Park Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report #21 best school districts in California, #14 best district for quality of teaching and #26 best places to teach. The following great scores earned Oak Park Unified a spot on this list:

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  • Reading Proficiency – 79%
  • Math Proficiency – 71%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 97%
  • Average SAT – 1260 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 30 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 25:1

Redondo Beach Unified School District

In 2017, this school district was named US News and World Report best school district for athletes, #4 best district for quality of teaching in the state and #11 best places to teach. Additionally, the district earned great scores in the following:

  • Reading Proficiency – 68%
  • Math Proficiency – 56%
  • Average Graduation Rate – 94%
  • Average SAT – 1200 (out of 1600)
  • Average ACT – 26 (out of 36)
  • Average student to teacher ratio – 26:1

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(all data current as of 10/17/2017)

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