Top 20 Best School Districts in California

ESUSD earns stellar marks on 2022 K-12 schools Report Card!

El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) has once again earned impressive rankings in several of the categories on The site compares and ranks more than 11,000 school districts across the United States based on rigorous analysis of data and reviews. recently released its 2022 Best School Districts lists, segmented into national, state, and local rankings. El Segundo Unified holds notable spots at each level. Compared to previous years, ESUSD’s impressive rankings have continued to increase in most categories. 

El Segundo Unified School District Notable Niche Distinctions:

  • Overall Niche Grade of A+
  • Top 2% Best School Districts in America and top 4% in California
  • Top 1% Best School Districts to Teach in America and top 2% in California
  • Top 1% Safest School Districts in America, top 1% (4th out of 704) in California, top 1% (2nd out of 145) in Los Angeles area

ESUSD schools have individually secured notable rankings. El Segundo High School ranks in the top 2% of Best Public High Schools in America out of the nearly 20,000 high schools analyzed across the U.S. by Niche. El Segundo High School ranks in the top 4% of the Best Public High Schools in California. The high school also earned a rank in the top 3% for Best High Schools for Athletes in California.

El Segundo Middle School ranks in the top 4% of the Best Public Middle Schools in California. And, both of ESUSD’s elementary schools both received overall A+ ratings. Center Street and Richmond Street schools are ranked in the top 1% for Best Public Elementary School Teachers in California and Best Public Elementary Schools in California, as well as ranking in the top 2% in Los Angeles County in both categories.

“During these unprecedented times, it is encouraging to see that ESUSD’s rankings on continue to move up,” ESUSD Superintendent Melissa Moore. “The City of El Segundo’s community pride is reflected in our schools. I’m extremely thankful to our faculty, staff, and administration for their dedication to delivering a quality education and nurturing culture focused on a holistic approach to student learning.”

According to Niche, it arrives at its rankings after a rigorous analysis of key statistics and data from thousands of schools and includes information from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors also include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and the overall quality of the school district.

For each school’s profile and a full list of the 2022 rankings, methodologies, and data sources, visit