According to GreatSchools.org, Petaluma schools rank 7 out of 10, comparable to Berkeley and Mountain View, and better than San Francisco schools scoring 6 out of 10. There are also a variety of private schools for those interested in Catholic, Christian, and alternative education models.
By the numbers
The Petaluma area is served by 13 public school districts and 36 public schools, including 7 charter schools and 3 historic “one-room” schoolhouses. 12 of Petaluma’s public schools are California Distinguished schools and 4 are Federal Blue Ribbon Schools.
Public Charter Schools
Petaluma’s public charter schools are an option for families seeking a public school education delivered within a specific focus known as a charter. The charter schools in Petaluma include Mary Collins at Cherry Valley (environment/performing arts); River Montessori (Montessori-inspired); Loma Vista Academy (Spanish Immersion); Live Oak (Waldorf-inspired); McKinley Accelerated Charter (Accelerated learning); Sixth Grade Academy (technology); and Cinnabar 7th & 8th Grade Charter School.
Petaluma offers private education at six schools with focuses ranging from Catholic and Christian perspectives as well as a Montessori elementary and a school for children with autism and cerebral palsy.
Interactive Petaluma Schools Tour
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