Exemplary School Districts

The District Readiness Index compiles 30 measures across five domains to help education leaders across California better understand the conditions for launching and sustaining improvement and innovation initiatives. The database’s companion report reveals that although most California school districts maintain some of these features, many have areas for organizational growth. 

This section highlights the 70+ exemplary school districts that maintain Strong Foundations in all five of the District Readiness Index’s Domain Ratings, offering lessons about establishing and maintaining important organizational conditions.


  • Castro Valley Unified
  • New Haven Unified
  • San Leandro Unified

Contra Costa

  • Brentwood Union Elementary


  • Lamont Elementary

Los Angeles

  • ABC Unified
  • Arcadia Unified
  • Beverly Hills Unified
  • Claremont Unified
  • Culver City Unified
  • El Monte City
  • El Monte Union High
  • El Segundo Unified
  • Glendale Unified
  • Glendora Unified
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified
  • La Cañada Unified
  • Manhattan Beach Unified
  • Redondo Beach Unified
  • San Marino Unified
  • Saugus Union
  • Sulphur Springs Union
  • Temple City Unified
  • Walnut Valley Unified
  • West Covina Unified


  • Mill Valley Elementary
  • San Rafael City High
  • Tamalpais Union High


  • Brea-Olinda Unified
  • Capistrano Unified
  • Centralia Elementary
  • Fountain Valley Elementary
  • Fullerton Elementary
  • Fullerton Joint Union High
  • Garden Grove Unified
  • Huntington Beach City Elementary
  • Huntington Beach Union High
  • Irvine Unified
  • La Habra City Elementary
  • Laguna Beach Unified
  • Magnolia Elementary
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified
  • Westminster


  • Eureka Union
  • Tahoe-Truckee Unified


  • Corona-Norco Unified
  • Jurupa Unified
  • Val Verde Unified

San Bernardino

  • Chaffey Joint Union High
  • Morongo Unified
  • Ontario-Montclair
  • Redlands Unified
  • Rialto Unified

San Diego

  • Carlsbad Unified
  • Chula Vista Elementary
  • Coronado Unified
  • Del Mar Union Elementary
  • Encinitas Union Elementary
  • Lemon Grove

San Luis Obispo

  • Atascadero Unified

San Mateo

  • Menlo Park City Elementary
  • Sequoia Union High

Santa Clara

  • Fremont Union High
  • Los Gatos Union Elementary
  • Mountain View-Los Altos Union High
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Santa Clara Unified


  • Riverbank Unified


  • Conejo Valley Unified
  • Oak Park Unified
  • Oxnard
  • Simi Valley Unified
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