Quality Education Provides a Solid Foundation to
Laguna Niguel’s Students.
Consistent, committed learning opportunities are a big deal in Laguna Niguel, and students of all ages have plenty of options on which to build a solid foundation. With access to a number of positive learning environments, residents can gain knowledge, increase job skills and, together, build a stronger community. From pre-K to career and workforce development, Laguna Niguel’s residents have high expectations, and the area’s schools more than deliver.
Many area students get their start at the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD). The District has an unwavering commitment to student success and works to prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. CUSD is one of the top-performing large school districts in California and is ranked number one in its size category in exceeding English language arts and mathematics standards by the California Dept. of Education. Fewer than 4 miles from Laguna Niguel’s city center, Alisa Niguel High School in 2020 earned an overall A+ from Niche, with A marks in both Academics and Diversity, and an additional A+ for its College Preparatory program.
CUSD is home to nearly 55,000 students, with six elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools serving Laguna Niguel students. Students can apply to attend any school in the district with available space through the School of Choice program. Laguna Niguel is also home to these established public charter schools:
Orange County Academy of Sciences and Arts
Capistrano Connections Academy
Community Roots Academy
CUSD has authorized four other area charter schools.
For families seeking a private education, there are plenty of excellent options. With 16 private schools in the area, students from preschool through high school have their choice of faith-based and specialized instruction. McDowell School is a popular choice for many and has been offering residents exceptional infant through private elementary care and education for more than 35 years. St. Anne School, an independent Catholic School, is another popular choice for those who value a multi-faceted education, and is known for its rigorous academic, artistic and athletic programs.
Several nearby colleges and universities are also available for consideration. SOKA University of America (SUA) in adjacent Aliso Viejo is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. It was ranked by US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2019” as one of the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges (#22), and one of the Best Value Schools (#11). Saddleback College in nearby Mission Viejo also offers residents more than 300 Associate degrees, certificates and occupational skills awards.