Growing up in Santa Cruz Independent Schools Guide
School Directories and Guides – National, State and Local
for all non-pubic schools, boarding schools, arts schools, etc.
California State and National Programs
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Offers a “close-knit, working community of students and teachers whose passion for the arts is balanced by a dedication to learning,” for both college-preparatory academics for grades 9-12 as well as pre-professional arts training – focusing on education in creative writing, dance, film & video, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual art. Students from all over the country board at the school.
Santa Clara County
Bellarmine College Preparatory
960 W. Hedding St., San Jose
Catholic school offers a Jesuit Education geared toward preparing students to enter the University of California and other universities, along with student activities in athletics, clubs, and campus ministry.
Santa Cruz / Monterey
Carden School of Santa Cruz
319 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
The Carden School of Santa Cruz provides classical instruction for junior kindergarten through sixth grade.
Chadeish Yameinu Community School
Offers various small-size classes with individualized instruction in Jewish Studies for children ages 9-13, as well family-centered events, programs, and services throughout the year. Flexible individualized program
126 Eucalyptus Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
831-423-0341 x 302
Gateway is a private, non-profit, K-8 school with a challenging academic program integrating core subjects with visual and theatre arts, music, life lab science, Spanish, PE and technology.
Good Shepherd Catholic School
2727 Mattison Lane, Santa Cruz, CA
Offers Christian Centered school program, preschool, and afterschool care for pre-K -8th grades
Green Valley Christian School
376 S. Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA
Offers Christian Centered academic school program for K-8th students and a homeschool option as well.
Georgianna Bruce Kirby School
425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA
BK is an independent, private, non-sectarian college preparatory school for grades 6-12.
Glen Brae Learning Program
831-419-4856 or 831-662-0277 - Contact Liza
Alternative middle school program, with classroom and homeschool instruction
Holy Cross School
50 Emmet Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers Catholic Centered preschool and Academic elementary and junior high program.
Magic Apple School
2120 Trout Gulch Road, Aptos, CA
Non-sectarian program for grades 2-6, with 1 teacher per 8 student ratio.
Merit Academy Elementary Program
2392 North Rodeo Gulch Road,
The Merit Academy curriculum offers students advanced elementary instruction, as well as homeschool programs and consultation.
MCP Middle and High School
117 Fern Street, Suite #150, Santa Cruz, CA
MCP provides personalized education programs for 6th-12th grade students through small classes for unique, gifted and talented students, including those with learning differences.
Monterey Bay Academy
783 San Andreas Road, La Selva Beach, CA
Seventh Day Adventist Christian Co-educational High School, for boarding and day school students, focusing on religion, academics, and lifeskills.
Moreland Notre Dame
133 Brennan Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
Moreland Notre Dame serves 266 students in kindergarten through eighth grade; the school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Education Association.
Mount Madonna School
491 Summit Road, Watsonville, CA
Offers independent, small class size preschool through 12th grade “whole child” program, with college preparatory high school.
Santa Catalina School
1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA
Offering a Catholic co-educational day program for Pre-K – 8th grades and a college preparatory residential and day high school program for young women.
Salesian School Elementary and Junior High School
605 Enos Lane, Watsonville, CA
Offers Catholic co-educational K-8 program focused on religion, academics, music and art, and computer instruction.
St. Francis Catholic High School
St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School focuses on academics, athletics, religion, and the foundations of life-long learning: logical and creative thinking skills, an awareness of issues of justice and peace and a tolerance and respect for others.
St. Lawrence Academy
2000 Lawrence Court, Santa Clara, CA
Offers Catholic, college-preparatory high school community.
Spring Hill School Advanced K-8 Education Santa Cruz, CA 95060
250 California Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Spring Hill School is a K-8 Private School offering an advanced curriculum for bright, motivated and gifted students.
The Upper School
3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA
Independent Co-educational College Preparatory boarding and day School for Grades 9-12.
The Lower and Middle School
PO Box AP, Carmel, CA 93921
Independent non-sectarian K-8 day school for ‘academically promising’ students.
Tara Redwood School
5810 Prescott Road, Soquel, CA
Preschool to 5th grade program focused on ‘whole child’ learning, including educational, as well as emotional and inner development.
Twin Lakes Christian School
2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, CA
831-465-3301 or 831-464-1344
K-6th grade Christian program with lower student ratio.
VHM Christian School
427 Capitola Rd. Ext., Santa Cruz, CA
Christian preschool-8th grade program focused on academic and personal development.
9501 York Road, Monterey, CA
York School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory Episcopal day school enrolling 225 students in Grades 8-12 in charter school and home school programs in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. Offers sports, arts, music, and student clubs experiences.