Best Schools in Manteca CA

Looking for the best rated or best reviewed schools and Manteca California? While you can search a lot of different websites, we've rounded up some of the top rated, best reviewed schools in the city. Whether you're looking for public, private, or charter, we have some of the highest rated schools out there and their location in the Manteca Unified School District. If at any time you'd like to have more information about homes in a particular school district or zone, feel free to contact us and we'd love to send you a list of all available properties and real estate within that zone.

Best schools in Manteca

Manteca Elementary schools

There are 20 public elementary schools in Manteca and 2 private schools.

Nile Garden Elementary School

This school comes in top of the list on several websites such as, at a 8 out of 10, and as a 7 out of 10. It serves about 800 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.

“I would recommend the volleyball or track teams. Even if you don't play the sports but attend the games, you will always feel the school spirit radiating off of Prowler (the school mascot!)”

George McParland Elementary School

The school comes in #2 and is one of the best in the school district. It receives a B + from and a 6 out of 10 for great It is #4 in the district for grades kindergarten through eighth grade with over 1100 students and a student to teacher ratio of 25:1.

Joseph Widmer Jr. Elementary School

This school comes in top of the [email protected] and 8 out of 10. It’s ranked in the top 30% of schools in the district and serves grades kindergarten through eighth grade with about 750 students. It has a student to teacher ratio of 23:1.

Veritas Elementary School

Veritas elementary has one of the top ratings by great at 7 out of 10. It serves students kindergarten through eighth grade and has about 870 students. According to US, this is the # school in the district. It has a 26:1 student to teacher ratio.

Middle Schools – Intermediate

"Doesn't Manteca have middle schools?"

Because Manteca is a unified school district this also means that most of the elementary schools include secondary education as well so kindergarten through fifth grade is included with six through eighth grade and then high school will start ninth grade.

Manteca High Schools

There are seven public high schools and one tech high school and career Academy and here are the top three.

Sierra High School

The Sierra high school ranks top of the list for all high schools in the district. It serves over 1600 students per grades 9 through 12. It’s #1 high school in the district according to US and 8 out of 10 by great and receives a B + by It has a student to teacher ratio of 24:1 and receives top marks and reviews for teachers and diversity. It is ranked #135 of 2347 most diverse public high schools in California. It has nearly 100 excellent reviews:

“I attended Sierra High School all four academic years, 2018-2022. I grew a lot because of the environment. I think environment shapes who you are, and with a safe one like Sierra's, I was able to focus on an education rather than my safety.”

“It was an amazing experience being there my Junior and Senior year. There are so many great teachers and coaches as well as students. There are always people to go to and it feels like all your teachers care about you.”

Manteca High School

Manteca High School is rated #5 best school in the district with a 95% graduation rate and 8.6 college readiness. It enrolls over 1800 students with a 20:1 student to teacher ratio. It receives a B from with over 190 reviews coming in a t4 stars.

Lathrop High School

Lathrop high school, which also serves Lathrop, received an overall niche grade of A - with over 1500 students enrolled and a student to teacher ratio of 21:1. USNews gives it a #1 as the top high school in the district with a 94% graduation rate and a 21.9 college readiness score.

Private Schools

Private Schools in Manteca

There are five elementary/secondary schools and three private high schools in Manteca.

Central Valley Christian Academy

This is continuously rated one of the top private schools in Manteca serving grades kindergarten through 12th with an enrollment of just 34 students and a student to teacher ratio of 9:1.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish School

This private school offers a small suburban setting with about 211 students for prekindergarten through eighth grade with a student to teacher ratio of just 21:1.

There are several other private schools in Manteca, but this is typically not based on zones or areas as anyone can choose to enroll her student in a private school with the right qualifications. Eagle Rock Academy, School of Champions, Central Valley Baptist School, Plum field Christian Academy, and Manteca Adventist Christian School are just a few of the nearly 20 private schools in Manteca.

What's the Difference Between a Unified, Independent and Regular School District?

A Unified school district is primarily funded by California state income and sales taxes, and an independent school District is typically paid for by local communities and the property taxes within a particular community, city, or neighborhood. there are other types of school district including a consolidated school district which indicates that it was formed from two or more districts, and elementary school district meeting they only educate students kindergarten through fifth grade, and intermediate school District which is governed at the County or multi-County levels, a joint school district, which includes territory  from more than one state, and a traditional school district, which is responsible  for providing free public education within the jurisdiction of the district.

If you’re looking for a home in a particular public school district, feel free to give us a call and let us know what district or zone you’d like to be in and then we can send you a list of all properties that meet your search criteria. We’d love to help you find the perfect Manteca home for your needs and your family.

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