Sonoma County Office of Education

About SCOE

Sonoma County Schools Data and Facts

This page contains data on Sonoma County school districts and schools. It is updated in the spring of each year. Information is for the 2016-17 school year unless otherwise noted. You can download a PDF version of this information here.

For a complete list of school districts and schools:


Elementary: 31
High School: 3
Unified: 6
Total: 40


Elementary: 111
Middle/Junior High: 28
High: 19
Alternative: 14
Independent Study: 7
Total: 179* 56 of the above total are charter schools.


Student Enrollment by District

Visit this California Department of Education web page to see student enrollment broken down by school district.

Number of K-12 public school students

2016-17: 70,940
2015-16: 71,131
2014-15; 71,096
2013-14: 70,932
2012-13: 70,637

Students by Group

Economically Disadvantaged: 44% | 30,959
English Learner: 22 %| 15,845
Special Education: 15% | 10,470
Foster Youth (2015-16): 1% | 699

During 2016-17, 11.9 percent (1,925 number) of English learners were redesignated Fluent English Proficient.

Students by Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino: 45% | 32,156 students
White: 43% | 30,509 students
Multiple/no response: 5% | 3,434 students
Asian, Pacific Islander, Filipino: 4% | 3,043 students
African American: 2% | 1,167 students
Native American: 1% | 631 students

Find additional measures of school/district performance and progress at

Class of 2016 Sonoma County Graduates:

Number of Graduates 2016:4,505

Cohort Graduation Rate 2016:
All Students: 84% |
White Students: 88%
Hispanic/Latino Students: 81%

Graduate transition to higher education

Graduates completing a-g requirements, 2015-16*: 36%
Graduates enrolled at SRJC, fall 2016: 39%
Graduates enrolled in CSU, fall 2017: 17%
Graduates enrolled in UC, fall 2017: 5%

*Cohort graduation rate is the percentage of students who earned diplomas in four years
*Students who complete the a-g requirements have met requirements to enter UC/CSU system

SBAC Results 2017

The Smarter balanced Assessments (SBAC) measure student knowledge of English language arts (ELA) and math as part of the overall California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system.

Subject County - % Proficient State - % Proficient
English language arts 48.6 48.6
Mathematics 36.6 37.6


Learn about Sonoma County's award-winning schools here.

Expenditures 2016-17

Benefits: 21.5%
Books/Supplies: 4%
Other Operating Expenses: 22%
Salaries: 52.5%

Income for K-12 Education 2016-17

Countywide general fund income by source

State sources: $367,593,981 | 44%
Property taxes: $338,119,575 | 40%
Federal sources: $31,985,718 | 4%
Other sources: $101,402,845 | 12%
Total: $839,102,119

Public School Staffing 2016-17

Administrators: 425
Teachers: 4,011
Pupil services (counselors, nurses, etc.): 512
Teaching assistants: 1,005
Other classified staff: 1,935
Total: 7,888

SCOE Leadership

SCOE is led by a publicly elected county superintendent. Learn about the Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools here.

Separately elected Sonoma County Board of Education members oversee county court and community schools and work with the superintendent to oversee county education initiatives. Learn about the board here.

SCOE Priorities

Learn about SCOE's mission and priorities here.

SCOE Programs

SCOE provides the following:
Classroom instruction for approximately 430 special education students, preschool through age 22
Instructional support services for about 200 students who are deaf/hard of hearing or visually impaired
Case management for approximately 60 students who live in licensed children’s institutions and attend non-public schools
Alternative schools for approximately 120 at-risk youth
Instruction to about 40 students in juvenile hall and about 40 adults in county correctional facilities
265 professional development classes for educators serving more than 7,000 attendees
Processing of financial transactions and review of Local Control and Accountability Plans for 40 districts