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EDUCATION

The Contra Costa County schools proudly report test rankings year after year in the 90th percentile, with over 90 percent of high school graduates going on to college. Known for their modern, progressive school system, Walnut Creek schools lead this commitment to excellence.

- When attending the schools in Walnut Creek, parents can be assured that their son or daughter is receiving a first-rate education.

- Served by three independent school districts divided by neighborhoods and zip codes.

- Walnut Creek School District serves approximately 3,172 students in five elementary and one intermediate school, along with private schools.

- The Walnut Creek Education Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation organized and operated by parents, raises funds to support school libraries, music curriculum, new technology and other programs.

- Student scores on CLAS assessment tests far exceed state averages and every school surpasses the national average.

- The Mt. Diablo Unified School District serves approximately 36,891 students. The district houses three elementary, one middle school and one high school, Northgate High. Recently 86% of the Northgate seniors took the SAT and collectively scored higher than the national average.

- Known for its academic achievement, many Walnut Creek students attend the Acalanes Union High School District’s Las Lomas High School. The District serves approximately 5,744 students. More than 90% of graduates plan to attend college, and the Class of 2000 included eight National Merit Finalists, which puts this honored group among the top 7,600 students in America. 80% of the faculty members at Las Lomas have master’s degrees or higher.

- Located on the edge of downtown, Las Lomas is not only an academic powerhouse but is also committed to incorporating technology into its daily curriculum by furnishing all classrooms, libraries and media centers with computers.

- The Seven Hills School is an accredited private school for grades K-12, located on nine scenic acres in Walnut Creek. Founded in 1962, the school has an integrated curriculum that offers many special programs, sports and foreign languages.

- Walnut Creek prides itself on the wide range of two and four year colleges that offer exceptional opportunities for higher education.

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- One of the largest community colleges in the state system, Diablo Valley College currently enrolls approximately 24,000 full-time and part-time students. Each year it transfers more students to four-year colleges and to the University of California at Berkeley than any other community college in California.

- Brandman University (formerly Chapman University College), established to provide a quality education to working adults, offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, credential and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines including education, leadership and human resources – Walnut Creek campus is conveniently located next to the Pleasant Hill BART station.

- John F. Kennedy University, with its home campus in nearby Pleasant Hill, offers convenient, affordable undergraduate and graduate programs, including a College of Law, designed for professional and personal success for adult learners.

- Saint Mary's College, with its well-earned reputation for quality education, offers innovative programs designed with blended online/in person classes for working adults for the M.A. degree in Leadership and the B.A. degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies.

- Walnut Creek residents also enjoy educational opportunities at many other colleges in the area, all within a short drive from downtown Walnut Creek.

EDUCATION FAST FACTS

Level of Educational Attainment

Population Age 25+

High School Graduate or Higher
95%

Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
54%

Source: 2000 Census

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