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Shasta County is the home to 26 school districts. This includes more than 75 public schools and in excess of 20 private schools, from elementary to high school. Shasta County is dedicated to the success of their schools and invests in the education system. Each school district expends an average of more than $8,000 financing on each student per school year, within the average for the state. The financial backing of the county gives each student a great opportunity for success.
The average graduation rate for Shasta County high school students over a five-year period (2005-2009) is 86.8%, 5% higher than the state average of 81.5%.
An analysis of test scores shows Shasta County schools outperforming several metropolitan counties in California. The Academic Performance Index (API) is a statistic based upon test scores of students in each school district. Each school is rated on a scale of 200 – 1000. The average API score in California is 767. Conversely, the average API score in Shasta County is 807, nearly 6% higher than the state average.
Shasta Community College is located just five minutes from downtown Redding. The 39-building campus is located on 337 acres serving the students as well as the community. A diverse array of occupational programs is offered at the college, two of the most significant are the Electronics Vocational Training Program and the Nursing Program. 12,000 students are enrolled.
Simpson University is one of America's fastest growing accredited private universities. Programs are offered in psychology, business, missions, ministry, music, education and a wide variety of liberal arts. Simpson offers an innovative Degree Completion Program (evenings), and 13 outstanding graduate and educational credentialing programs, giving an enrollment of around 1,200 total students.
CSU, Chico is located just 75 minutes southeast of Redding. University extension classes are also offered in Redding for those not able to commute. Enrollment at the University is 16,900.
A California career-focused college. The Redding location offers courses in the medical field.
National is a private university offering a range of four-year and graduate degrees in business and technology; education and human services; and arts and sciences. Classes are designed toward working adults.