Quality of education is an important factor for many people that move, whether that means a future school district for your children or the quality of colleges available in the state. California is a big state with a huge population, which means there’s a lot of schools and different choices depending on where you move. Here’s a guide to help you find the best information available on K-12, colleges and universities in the state.


California School Ratings

Great Schools – A great one-stop resource for finding information about schools that’s sortable by city, state, name, district and city. Grade levels included are preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school.

Elementary School Rankings – The top-rated elementary schools in the state from School Digger. You can search schools by state, district or city ranking, or for information about schools near a particular address or part of town.

LA Times School Guide – One of the best school guides available online is from the Los Angeles Times. It covers the entire state and you can sort schools by test results, enrollment, ethnic diversity, management type and grade range.

Niche K-12 – Rankings and reviews for K-12 schools in the state. A great search feature that lets you explore schools using just about any criteria, as well as a list of popularly searched cities. There’s also a section for colleges and universities.

Best High Schools In California – The U.S. News’ best high school rankings for California can be sorted by ranking, enrollment, college readiness and academic performance index (API).


Colleges In California

CA Colleges & Career Planning – A great place to start planning for college if you’re a California student or family of a future student. There’s helpful information for every step of the process finding and planning for college.

Community Colleges – The Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges has information for students that include programs, colleges, transfer and financial aid information, and how to apply online.

University of California – The UC system is a 10-campus public research university that ranks among the best in the world and provides top-notch faculty and facilities.

California State Universities – The Cal State system consists of 23 campuses spread through the state, from San Diego to Humboldt. They are one of the largest university systems in the world and serve nearly half a million students annually.


Educational Organizations In CA

National Education Association – The largest professional employee  organization in the U.S., the NEA works to promote and advance education at all levels. They are represented in all 50 states and have great information about educational tools, news and policy.

CA Department of Education Directory – A statewide school directory from the California Department of Education, including public and private schools, districts and office locations. You can search by district, zip code, school type and current status.

California School Boards Association – The CSBA is a nonprofit that oversees school districts and educational offices. They work to improve the educational standards and well-being for school children in the state.