The 10 Best School Districts in San Diego County

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    Whether you have kids, plan to have kids, or want to maximize resale value, buying a home in a great school district is a top priority for many San Diego homebuyers. Ascent Real Estate’s team of experienced REALTORS® has pulled data from greatschools.org and Niche.com’s 2018 Best School Districts in the San Diego Area to provide homebuyers with a guide to San Diego’s top school districts.

    Niche.com offers a comprehensive assessment of K-12 school districts in San Diego County based on in-depth analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors from niche.com include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. GreatSchools district ratings are based on each school’s test results on a 1-10 scale, where 10 is the highest and 1 is the lowest.

    #1 San Dieguito Union High School District

    San Dieguito Union High School District

    San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) is ranked #1 in San Diego and #5 in Best School Districts in California by niche.com. SDUHSD also boasts a 10 out of 10 District Rating by greatschools.com. This award-winning school district educates students from the coastal North San Diego County communities of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia, and Olivenhain in the City of Encinitas; the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach; the community of La Costa in the City of Carlsbad; the community of Carmel Valley in the City of San Diego; and the communities of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.

    SDUHSD includes five comprehensive middle schools for grades seven through eight, and four comprehensive high schools for grades nine through twelve. The district also offers an alternative education program for 9th-12th grades at the Sunset Continuation High School campus in Encinitas.

    710 Encinitas Boulevard
    Encinitas, CA 92024-3357
    Phone: (760) 753-6491
    > District website

    #2 Poway Unified School District

    Poway Unified School District

    The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is ranked #2 in San Diego and #10 in Best School Districts in California by niche.com and has a District Rating of 10 out of 10 from greatschools.com. It’s also ranked #7 for safest school districts in California out of 472 districts.

    Located in northern San Diego County, PUSD is the third largest school district in the county, serving approximately 35,500 students. Poway Unified School District operates 25 elementary schools (K-5), one elementary & middle school combination (TK-8th), six middle schools (6-8), one continuation high school, five comprehensive high schools (9-12), and one adult school. 26 of the schools are located in the city of San Diego and 12 are in the city of Poway.

    15250 Avenue Of Science
    San Diego, CA 92128-3406
    Phone: (858) 521-2800
    > District website

    #3 Coronado Unified School District

    Coronado Unified School District

    Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) is ranked #3 in San Diego and #12 in Best School Districts in California by niche.com. Niche.com also named CUSD as #7 of 472 Districts with the Best Teachers in California. The district has a rating of 9 out of 10 from greatschools.com. The district serves approximately 3,176 students at five schools.

    201 Sixth Street
    Coronado, CA 92118-1799
    Phone: (619) 522-8900
    > District website

    #4 Spencer Valley Elementary School District

    Spencer Valley Elementary School District

    Spencer Valley Elementary School District is a 9.9 square mile district in the mountains of northeast San Diego County near Santa Ysabel. In addition to being ranked as the #4 school district in San Diego, Spencer Valley Elementary School District is ranked as the #1 Safest School District in California by niche.com.

    4414 Highway 78 And 79
    Santa Ysabel, CA 92070-0159
    Phone: (760) 765-0336
    > District website

    #5 San Marcos Unified School District

    San Marcos Unified School District

    San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) is ranked #5 in San Diego by niche.com and is listed as the 5th Safest School District in California of 472 districts. SMUSD serves 20,913 K-12 students (October 2016) in the communities of San Marcos, Carlsbad, Vista, Escondido, and the County of San Diego and reaches 49 square miles. Greatschools.com gives SMUSD a District Rating of 8 out of 10.

    255 Pico Avenue, Suite 250
    San Marcos, CA 92069-3712
    Phone: (760) 752-1299
    > District website

    #6 Carlsbad Unified School District

    Carlsbad Unified School District

    Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) is ranked #6 in the San Diego area by niche.com and has a GreatSchools district rating of 9 out of 10. Carlsbad Unified schools accommodate more than 11,000 students and is comprised of two high schools, three middle schools and nine elementary schools, and two alternative schools.

    6225 El Camino Real
    Carlsbad, CA 92009-1604
    Phone: (760) 331-5000
    > District website

    #7 Grossmont Union High School District

    Grossmont Union High School District

    Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) is ranked #7 for school districts in San Diego and is ranked #12 of 476 for Most Diverse School Districts in California by niche.com. GUHSD has a GreatSchools district ranking of 6 out of 10.

    1100 Murray Drive
    La Mesa, CA 91944-1043
    Phone: (619) 644-8000
    > District website

    #8 Chula Vista Elementary School District

    Chula Vista Elementary School District

    Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) is ranked #8 in the San Diego area by niche.com and has a GreatSchools district ranking of 8 out of 10. Spanning 103 square miles, CVESD serves 298,000 residents in Chula Vista, Bonita, Sunnyside, and South San Diego. The district is made up of 47 schools, including 5 dependent charter schools, and 2 independent charter schools.

    84 East J Street
    Chula Vista, CA 91910-6199
    Phone: (619) 425-9600
    > District website

    #9 San Diego Unified School District

    San Diego Unified School District

    San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is ranked #9 in the San Diego area by niche.com and has a GreatSchools district ranking of 7 out of 10 and is ranked 17th out of 476 for Most Diverse School Districts in California by niche.com.

    4100 Normal Street
    San Diego, CA 92103-2682
    Phone: (619) 725-8000
    > District website

    #10 Lakeside Union Elementary School District

    Lakeside Union Elementary School District

    Lakeside Union Elementary School District is ranked #10 in the San Diego area by niche.com and has a GreatSchools district ranking of 7 out of 10. It’s also listed as #42 of 472 for Districts with the Best Teachers in California by niche.com.

    12335 Woodside Avenue
    Lakeside, CA 92040-0578
    Phone: (619) 390-2600
    > District website

    Finding Homes in the Best School Districts in San Diego

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    Ascent Real Estate is a top brokerage comprised of a team of some of the industry’s most respected REALTORS® with extensive experience in the San Diego real estate market, including the area’s school districts and neighborhoods. We can help you buy a great house, condo, luxury estate, or investment property in San Diego County. If you’d like to be contacted by one of Ascent’s San Diego real estate agents, please visit https://www.ascenthomefinder.com/buy/.

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