Schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District have received top marks as some of the best schools in Contra Costa County, particularly at the elementary and middle school level, according to the 2020 Niche rankings -- a national website that reviews and ranks K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods.
Niche rankings are calculated using millions of reviews that are submitted from the public, and a variety of other factors including college attendance rates, diversity, graduation rates, resources, facilities, health and safety, clubs and extracurriculars, ranking schools against one another on the national and local scale.
"The SRVUSD, which serves approximately 32,000 students in grades TK-12, received an overall Niche grade of A+ based on its performance factors, which include not only test scores and academic performance, but also real-life accounts of what it is like to attend a school in the district," SRVUSD spokesperson Elizabeth Graswich said in a statement.
"A strong education system provides the foundation for a strong community. The SRVUSD is proud to play a part in the overall success of the communities it serves," she added.
According to the Niche report, the SRVUSD scored well enough on these criteria to earn a spot as the No. 30 best school district in California and the second best in Contra Costa County, falling behind only the Acalanes Union High School District in Lafayette -- which has less than 20% of the population of the SRVUSD.
Nationally, Niche places the SRVUSD as the 286th best school district in the nation, comparing it against 10,781 other districts.
Elementary schools in the SRVUSD scored particularly well on the rankings, securing all 10 spots on Contra Costa County’s top 10 list, with Golden View, Coyote Creek and Sycamore Valley leading the pack. In fact SRVUSD elementary schools scored so well that they can be found on all but four spots on the top 25 list.
Middle schools also received high rating on the local level, with SRVUSD middle schools taking all eight of the top spots in Contra Costa County. The middle school list was led by Danville’s Diablo Vista, and followed in order by San Ramon’s Iron Horse and Gale Ranch Middle Schools.
SRVUSD high schools also received top marks in the county ratings, with Dougherty Valley ranked at No. 3, Monte Vista at No. 4, California at No. 7 and San Ramon Valley High at No. 9.
To view the full list of rankings and read reviews on your local school visit Niche.com.