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Best Charter Elementary Public Schools

By William Lee

Charter Schools in the Top 10 of All California Elementary Schools

According to U.S. News and World Report, which analyzed over 100,000 pre-K, elementary, and middle schools in 2021, a significant number of California's best elementary public schools are in fact charter schools! Three of the Top 10 best elementary public schools are charter schools:

  • #5 of all California elementary schools - White Oaks Elementary
  • #7 of all California elementary schools - Yu Ming Charter School
  • #9 of all California elementary schools - Canyon Charter Elementary

Such high rankings are remarkable when we consider that student enrollment in charter schools is only about 11.5% of all California public school students. If you're curious about charter public schools, learn more about their unique role and explore frequently asked questions here.  

Discover Great Elementary Schools Near You

U.S. News and World Report highlighted hundreds of great charter public schools across the state. With so many charter elementary public school options it's easy to find the best elementary school options near you. Explore the U.S. News and World Report's data for yourself here.

Northern California

Best charter elementary public schools in Northern California included White Oaks Elementary in San Carlos, Yu Ming Charter School in Oakland, Mission Preparatory in San Francisco, Union Street Charter in Arcata, and Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter in Santa Rosa.

Southern California

Best charter elementary public schools in Southern California included Canyon Charter Elementary in Santa Monica, Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter in San Luis Obispo, Elevate in San Diego, Welby Way Charter Elementary School and Gifted-High Ability Magnet in West Hills, and KIPP Iluminar Academy in Los Angeles.

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