Top 10 Best California Alternative Private Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 159 alternative private schools serving 14,923 students in California.
The top ranked alternative private schools in California include Redlands Christian School, Accelerator School OC and Katherine Michiels School.
The average tuition cost is $19,747, which is higher than the California private school average tuition cost of $16,832.
31% of alternative private schools in California are religiously affiliated (most commonly Christian and Baptist).

Top Ranked California Alternative Private Schools (2024)

School
Location
Grades
Students
Accelerator School OC
Accelerator School OC Photo - Accelerator School DC Metro. Our new home!
Alternative School
(3)
8000 Great Park Blvd, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92618
(984) 235-6609
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Katherine Michiels School
Katherine Michiels School Photo
Alternative School
(1)
1335 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 821-0130
Grades: PK-5
| 80 students
Brightworks School
Brightworks School Photo
Alternative School
(5)
682 Schofield Road
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 701-8700
Grades: K-12
| 115 students
Fusion Academy Anaheim Hills
Fusion Academy Anaheim Hills Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher. Teachers personalize content and act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
3111 N. Tustin Street, Suite 240
Orange, CA 92865
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Berkeley
Fusion Academy Berkeley Photo - Each Fusion campus has a state-of-the-art music studio with professional-grade tools. Students can explore instruments, vocals, songwriting, DJ performing arts, and more.
Alternative School
811 University Ave, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94710
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Los Angeles
Fusion Academy Los Angeles Photo - Each Fusion campus has a state-of-the-art music studio with professional-grade tools. Students can explore instruments, vocals, songwriting, DJ performing arts, and more.
Alternative School
1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| 101 students
Fusion Academy Los Gatos
Fusion Academy Los Gatos Photo - Each Fusion campus has a state-of-the-art music studio with professional-grade tools. Students can explore instruments, vocals, songwriting, DJ performing arts, and more.
Alternative School
(1)
50 University Ave., Suite A300
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Marin
Fusion Academy Marin Photo - Each Fusion campus has a state-of-the-art music studio with professional-grade tools. Students can explore instruments, vocals, songwriting, DJ performing arts, and more.
Alternative School
1600 Los Gamos Drive Lobby D, Suite 380
San Rafael, CA 94903
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| 58 students
Fusion Academy Miracle Mile
Fusion Academy Miracle Mile Photo - Each Fusion campus has a state-of-the-art music studio with professional-grade tools. Students can explore instruments, vocals, songwriting, DJ performing arts, and more.
Alternative School
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Promenade One
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| 37 students
Fusion Academy Mission Viejo
Fusion Academy Mission Viejo Photo - Each Fusion campus has a state-of-the-art music studio with professional-grade tools. Students can explore instruments, vocals, songwriting, DJ performing arts, and more.
Alternative School
23456 Madero, Suite 140
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Newport Beach
Fusion Academy Newport Beach Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher. Teachers personalize content and act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
(3)
18881 Von Karman Ave., Ste. 900
Irvine, CA 92612
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Palo Alto
Fusion Academy Palo Alto Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. Students have different teachers for different subjects, and teachers act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
2191 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Palos Verdes
Fusion Academy Palos Verdes Photo - Students get to be up close to everything in our science lab. In the one-to-one classroom students are always involved in experiments and have a hands-on approach to learning. We have college-level tools available and the world can be their classroom if they choose to venture out of the science lab.
Alternative School
550 Deep Valley Dr. Suite 250
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Pleasanton
Fusion Academy Pleasanton Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher. Teachers personalize content and act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
4301 Hacienda Drive, Ste. 120
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy San Diego
Fusion Academy San Diego Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. Students have different teachers for different subjects, and teachers act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 130
San Diego, CA 92122
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy San Mateo
Fusion Academy San Mateo Photo - Students get to be up close to everything in our science lab. In the one-to-one classroom students are always involved in experiments and have a hands-on approach to learning. We have college-level tools available and the world can be their classroom if they choose to venture out of the science lab.
Alternative School
2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, Suite 128
San Mateo, CA 94403
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy San Mateo - Foster City
Fusion Academy San Mateo - Foster City Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher. Teachers personalize content and act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
1840 Gateway Dr., Ste. 100
San Mateo, CA 94404
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Santa Barbara
Fusion Academy Santa Barbara Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. Students have different teachers for different subjects, and teachers act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
510 State Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Solana Beach
Fusion Academy Solana Beach Photo - Each Fusion campus has a state-of-the-art music studio with professional-grade tools. Students can explore instruments, vocals, songwriting, DJ performing arts, and more.
Alternative School
512 Via De La Valle, Suite 201
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy South Bay
Fusion Academy South Bay Photo - Each Fusion campus has a state-of-the-art music studio with professional-grade tools. Students can explore instruments, vocals, songwriting, DJ performing arts, and more.
Alternative School
1601 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 260
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| 50 students
Fusion Academy Walnut Creek
Fusion Academy Walnut Creek Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. Students have different teachers for different subjects, and teachers act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
3003 Oak Road, Suite 150
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| 52 students
Fusion Academy Walnut Creek Downtown
Fusion Academy Walnut Creek Downtown Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher. Teachers personalize content and act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
(1)
101 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 150
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Fusion Academy Westlake Village
Fusion Academy Westlake Village Photo - Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher. Teachers personalize content and act as mentors in the one-to-one setting.
Alternative School
30700 Russell Ranch Rd., Ste. 175
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(877) 673-8893
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Global Village School
Global Village School Photo - Accredited Distance Learning with a secular curriculum.
Alternative School
(2)
P. O. Box 480
Ojai, CA 93024
(805) 646-9792
Grades: K-12
| 100 students
Marin Christian Academy
Marin Christian Academy Photo - Kindergarten celebrating Thanksgiving
Alternative School (Assembly of God)
1370 S Novato Blvd
Novato, CA 94947
(415) 892-5713
Grades: NS-12
| 268 students
The Open School
The Open School Photo - Our student-created ramen week was a hit!
Alternative School
(3)
2625 N. Tustin Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 326-9736
Grades: K-12
| 80 students
READ Academy of Sacramento
READ Academy of Sacramento Photo
Alternative School
2565 Millcreek Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 258-2080
Grades: 2-9
| 45 students
Acton Academy Silicon Valley
Acton Academy Silicon Valley Photo
Alternative School
201 Arch St
Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 204-0304
Grades: NS-8
| 55 students
Beacon Hill Classical Academy
Beacon Hill Classical Academy Photo - Partnering with Parents to Raise up a Generation of Wise, Eloquent, and Imaginative Disciples of Christ.
Alternative School (Christian)
(1)
2304 Antonio Ave
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 389-6581
Grades: K-12
| 317 students
Blue Oak School
Blue Oak School Photo - Hands-on learning activities help create meaning and motivate our students.
Alternative School
(1)
1436 Polk Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 261-4500
Grades: K-8
| 143 students
Khan Lab School
Khan Lab School Photo
Alternative School
(3)
1200 Villa Street, Suite 100
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 489-0071
Grades: K-12
| 295 students
Kolbe Academy
Kolbe Academy Photo - Kole Academy is an authentically Catholic and customizable home education. Our programs allow parents to tailor your children's formation in the Catholic tradition, with a classical approach.
Alternative School (Catholic)
1600 F Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 255-6499
Grades: NS-12
| 1,597 students
Our Redeemer Preschool
Alternative School (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (formerly AELC, ALC, or LCA))
721 Doris Ave
Oxnard, CA 93030
(805) 983-0619
Grades: PK-K
| 342 students
Redlands Christian School
Alternative School (Christian)
(1)
1145 Church Street
Redlands, CA 92374
(909) 793-0601
Grades: PK-12
| 1,007 students
Rivendell Academy of Fremont
Rivendell Academy of Fremont Photo
Alternative School
32108 Alvarado Blvd #328
Union City, CA 94587
(510) 489-5687
Grades: K-12
| 61 students
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked alternative private schools in California?
The top ranked alternative private schools in California include Redlands Christian School, Accelerator School OC and Katherine Michiels School.
How many alternative private schools are located in California?
159 alternative private schools are located in California.
How much do alternative private schools cost in California?
The average tuition cost is $19,747, which is higher than the California private school average tuition cost of $16,832.
How diverse are alternative private schools in California?
California alternative private schools are approximately 51% minority students, which is same as the California private school average of 51%.
What percentage of alternative private schools are religiously affiliated in California?
31% of alternative private schools in California are religiously affiliated (most commonly Christian and Baptist).

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