The education system in the state of California is based on a public education model supported by the states taxes. The California Department of Education oversees public education in the state.
This agency is responsible for the governance and policy regulation of all public education institutions in the state. The California Education Department aims at providing the citizens adequate support in terms of education, access to educational resources, assistance to the institutions and leadership to the local agencies involved in public education. 2009-2010 data shows that over 6,190,425 students have enrolled in public schools across California. The state also has a number of excellent private schools and it is estimated that about one-tenth of the state's children attend private schools.
Since the year 1907, the state has seen the introduction of two-year junior colleges also known as community colleges into the education system. These community colleges provide vocational education and also offer transfer programs. As of 2009-2010, about 2,759,107 students had enrolled in the 116 community colleges across California. The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office governs and regulates these colleges. After their two-year program at one of the community colleges students are often able to transfer to the four-year colleges and higher education institutions in the state.
Public higher education is further provided by the University of California, four-year state colleges and a number of private colleges. The University of California has ten campuses. The first campus at Berkeley was set up at 1855. The campuses at Santa Cruz and San Diego have a number of colleges affiliated with them. Other campuses at Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Davis, Merced, and Irvine serve as centers f higher education in the state. The University of California enrolls the top 12.5% high school students in the state.
The California State University is another premier university in the state. It is the third largest university system in the USA. Its branches at Long Beach, San Jose, and Fullerton and the Fresno State University and San Francisco State University enroll the top one-third high school students every year.
Over ten percent of the state's college students attend the prestigious private institutions such as the California Institute of Technology, the Mills College, the University of Southern California, Stanford University, the Occidental College, the St. Mary's College, Santa Clara University, the University of the Pacific, the Claremont Colleges, Touro University, Thomas Aquinas College the Westmont College, and the California Institute of Arts.
California presents a variety of education options and is a coveted destination for foreign students. A number of film schools, vocational education institutions, and art and music schools have come up offering the students a variety of education options.
|City College of San Francisco||50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States|
|University of California-Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA, United States|
|California State University-Fullerton||800 North State College Boulevard Fullerton, CA 92831, United States|
|California State University-Long Beach||1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA, United States|
|San Diego State University||5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA, United States|
|California State University-Northridge||18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330, United States|
|University of California-Berkeley||2200 University Avenue University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-4206|
|American River College||4700 College Oak Dr Sacramento, CA 95841, United States|
|Santa Ana College||1530 West 17th Street Santa Ana, CA 92706, United States|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA, United States|
|San Jose State University||1 Washington Sq San Jose, CA 95112, United States|
|Mt San Antonio College||Bldg 61 1100 North Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789, United States|
|University of California-Davis||1 Shields Avenue Davis, CA|
|Santa Monica College||1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, United States|
|East Los Angeles College||1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez - Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099 -|
|California State University-Sacramento||6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA, United States|
|Palomar College||1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA, United States|
|University of California-San Diego||9500 Gilman Dr San Diego, CA 92093, United States|
|Pasadena City College||1570 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, California 91106, United States|
|University of California-Irvine||Irvine, CA 92697|
|Santa Rosa Junior College||1501 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401, United States|
|Sacramento City College||3835 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento, CA, United States|
|Orange Coast College||2701 Fairview Road Costa Mesa, CA 92626, United States|
|De Anza College||21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard Cupertino, CA 95014, United States|
|Cerritos College||11110 Alondra Boulevard, Norwalk, CA 90650, United States|
|Santa Barbara City College||721 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93109, United States|
|Fresno City College||1101 East University Ave, Fresno, CA 93741|
|California State Polytechnic University-Pomona||3801 W Temple Ave Pomona, CA 91768, United States|
|San Diego Mesa College||7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, CA, United States|
|University of California-Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara, CA 93106|
|Fullerton College||321 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832, USA|
|Southwestern College||900 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91910, United States|
|California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo||San Luis Obispo, California 93407|
|Diablo Valley College||321 Golf Club Road Pleasant Hill, California 94523, United States|
|Los Angeles Pierce College||6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91371-0002, USA|
|Sierra College||5000 Rocklin Road Rocklin, CA 95677, United States|
|Chaffey College||5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States|
|San Joaquin Delta College||5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA, United States|
|Modesto Junior College||435 College Ave Modesto, CA 95350, United States|
|Saddleback College||28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, USA|
|Foothill College||12345 El Monte Road Los Altos Hills, CA, United States|
|College of the Canyons||26455 Rockwell Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91355, United States|
|Grossmont College||8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA, United States|
|Los Angeles Valley College||5800 Fulton Avenue Van Nuys, CA 91401, United States|
|California State University-Chico||400 West 1st Street Chico, CA 95928, United States|
|Cypress College||9200 Valley View St Cypress, CA 90630, United States|
|Golden West College||15744 Goldenwest Street Huntington Beach, CA 92647, United States|
|Antelope Valley College||3041 West Ave K Lancaster, CA 93536, United States|
|Ventura College||4667 Telegraph Road Ventura, CA 93003, United States|
|College of the Sequoias||915 Mooney Boulevard Visalia, CA 93277, United States|