The Soquel Union Elementary School District serves approximately 1,700 students in the communities of Capitola, Soquel, and Santa Cruz, California. The scenic and historic area is known primarily for its tourism. The natural beauty of the redwood forest meeting the seashore provides the backdrop for our five schools:
TK-5 Main Street Elementary School
TK-5 Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School
TK-5 Soquel Elementary School
6-8 New Brighton Middle School
TK - 8 Opal Cliffs School (Home Based Learning Model)
Santa Cruz County is located 75 miles south of San Francisco on the northern end of Monterey Bay. The terrain ranges from redwood forested mountains to seashore to open farmland. The climate is temperate year-round. Picturesque Santa Cruz offers many of the amenities of a larger city with less of the accompanying congestion, with many restaurants and attractions and the beaches and beautiful coastline of Capitola and Santa Cruz rounding out the recreational aspects of our community. Within Santa Cruz County are nine state parks and a year-round small craft harbor. Our community enjoys the benefit of a campus of the University of California and a community college.