Cucamonga’s Well-Educated Population Rancho Cucamonga has
always been a well-educated community. In 2010, 28.9% of
Rancho Cucamonga’s adults had Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D. or
professional degrees. That was above San Bernardino (18.6%)
and Riverside (20.3%) counties. It was near to Los Angeles
(29.1%), but below San Diego (33.7%) and Orange (36.6%)
counties. The share of the city’s adults who completed
school with a high school diploma or less education was only
31.1%. That was less than every county in Southern
California, including well-educated Orange (34.6%) and San
Diego (34.0%) counties. The influx of new residents to the
city’s upscale homes has pushed up its average educational
level even higher.
Rancho Cucamonga takes great pride in its education system –
a system that is marked by graduation levels above state and
local averages, high academic achievement scores and a large
number of graduates who go on to higher education.
Altogether, Rancho Cucamonga had 38,885 students attending
classes in its several school districts in 2011, up 445
students from 2010. The city’s younger students attend
classes in one of four K-8 elementary school districts: Alta
Loma (6,394), Central (4,826), Cucamonga (2,001) and
Etiwanda (12,882). High school students attend one of four
schools that are part of the Chaffey Joint Union High School
District: Alta Loma High School (2,688), Etiwanda High
School (3,342), Los Osos High School (3,365) and Rancho
Cucamonga High School (3,153).
In 2010, 29.9% of Rancho Cucamonga’s high school seniors
completed the course work required for entrance to either
the University of California or California State University
systems, up from 28.7% in 2008. Their percentage of
completion for college preparatory classes was well above
the 24.3% average for San Bernardino County. Students’
average score of 1,514 on the Scholastic Assessment Test
ranked fourth among San Bernardino County’s communities and
was well above the county’s average of 1,440.
elementary, middle and high schools far exceeded the state
average on the Academic Performance Index – a weighted
measure of various testing scores that provides the basis
for state awards to schools showing the greatest increases
in achievement. Elementary students have increased their
scores and averaged 879 versus the state’s 809 in 2011.
Middle school students have increased their scores in all
but one of the years of the test and averaged 842 versus the
states 778 in 2011. High school students have increased
their scores in all thirteen years of the test and averaged
820 versus the state’s 742 in 2011.
students taking the high school exit examinations in
academic year 2011 had a pass rate of 91% in English, which
led the County, and 89% in Math, which ties for the highest
score. Both figures were well above the county averages
(80%; 79%) and state averages (82%; 83%)
Post-Secondary Education Institutions
Rancho Cucamonga is home to Chaffey College, one of
California’s fastest growing campuses. Founded in 1883, it
is the oldest community college in the state. In spring
2010, the full time equivalent enrollment was 19,842. The
college is one of six in California with a AA bond rating
from Standard & Poors, the highest rating given. Within a
one-half hour drive of Rancho Cucamonga, residents and
business leaders have access to an extraordinary array of
private and public colleges & universities. Altogether,
there are 24 campuses that had a combined enrollment of
204,261 students in the spring of 2011.
• The Claremont Colleges and the University of Redlands are
nationally known and among the top rated private, liberal
arts schools in the United States.
• Impressive scientific work is being conducted at Harvey
Mudd College (nation’s top rate undergraduate school of
science) and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life
• California State Polytechnic University at Pomona
graduates the largest number of engineers west of the Rocky
• The University of California, Riverside had the largest
number of 1999-2011 Fellows admitted to the American
Association for the Advancement of Science.
• Loma Linda University has one of the top medical schools
in the world and the Western University of Health Sciences
in Pomona produces 15% of new primary health care physicians
in the Western United States.
• California State University San Bernardino is the fastest
growing state university campus. The Peter Drucker Graduate
School of Management Claremont Graduate University is well