Mountain Elementary School

2016 Gold Ribbon Award Recipient
Mountain School has a long history and is one of the four schools in the county that are one-school districts. Many parents and volunteers have helped Mountain be the strong school it is today. Mountain School has been fortunate to have received grant money from the state for enrichment programs. It is a K-6 multi-grade school. There are 125 students, 9 classroom teachers, a Title I/RSP teacher, a Music Director, Art Instructor, Drama Instructor, and 10 support staff, plus many parent volunteers.

Middle School:
New Brighton Middle School

New Brighton Middle School serves grades six through eight in the Soquel Union Elementary School District. It was named a California Distinguished School by state officials in 2009.

High School:
Soquel High School

Students who seek admission to elite universities will find that Soquel High offers challenging courses taught by talented teachers, and students who are looking for vocational studies will find a variety of opportunities at Soquel. The Humanities Academy offers a rigorous Social Science program along with many AP offerings. In addition, the MEC academy offers hands-on training in the industrial arts. While ambitious musicians will find a home in Soquel's award-winning Music Department. The possibilities are endless!

Charter High School
Pacific Collegiate School
#1 High School in California.

Founded by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Pacific Collegiate School’s mission is to provide exemplary, standards-based college preparatory and fine arts education for public middle and high school students of Santa Cruz County. Our vision is to offer any student the same quality of education offered by the most academically distinguished schools in California. Our graduates will be prepared to enter and thrive at the world’s finest colleges and universities.

Monte Vista Christian School.
Situated in the heart of the beautiful Monterey Bay area of California, the spacious and picturesque campus nestles in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The campus occupies almost 100 acres of rolling lawns, ponds, playing fields, equestrian facilities and over 25 buildings.

Colleges and Universities
Cabrillo Junior College

Over the years, Cabrillo College has become known and admired as an open-door institution that seeks to fill the educational needs of every segment of the community. Founding President Robert Swenson was most proud of Cabrillo earning a reputation as a college that cares about people. 

California State University, Monterey Bay
We serve students from the entire state of California, but 35 percent of our undergraduate students come from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. We pride ourselves on making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved and low-income populations. Seventy-two percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Fifty-two percent of our students are among the first generation of their family to go to college. And with 52 percent of our students living on campus, we are one of the most residential universities in the CSU. 

University of California, Santa Cruz
Reputation for Excellence: In its 45 years, UC Santa Cruz has earned national and international recognition for quality research and world-class teaching. Faculty include two of the University of California’s honored University Professors, 24 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 14 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 33 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.