Livermore is an affluent city located in the Bay Area outside of San Francisco in northern California. It is the farthest East Bay community before the Central Valley starts. Livermore is known as an upper-income community with good public facilities and excellent schools.
The Livermore schools are very well regarded for their academic excellence and all-rounded curriculum, and offers good educational choices for its residents. The public school district in Livermore is the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. With oversight over all Livermore public schools, the district operates a total of 11 elementary schools from kindergarten to fifth grade. There are four middle schools from sixth to eighth grade, and a total of three high schools.
There are also two charter schools in Livermore for parents and students who are looking for alternatives within the public schools. Attendance is by choice at charter schools and often allotted by lottery due to the popularity and limited space available. Livermore Valley Charter School offers education to children from kindergarten to eighth grade in a public school-charter school format. Another well-known charter school is Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory.
Those seeking higher education in Livermore can also attend colleges here. Local colleges and universities include Las Positas College and the University of Phoenix.
Las Positas Community College is a fully accredited comprehensive institution and an independent college. Las Positas College currently enrolls nearly 8,500 day and evening students. The College offers curriculum for students seeking career preparation, transfer to a four-year college or university, or personal enrichment. Students can choose any of occupational associate degrees, associate degrees, and certificate programs. The College also offers community education courses for personal development and cultural enrichment.
The University of Phoenix offers accredited technical training for health administration, management, and information systems. Its campus, the Livermore Learning Center also offers certificates for teachers, security systems and degree programs for psychology and business administration.
Elementary Schools in Livermore are Altamont Creek Elementary, Arroyo Seco Elementary, Croce Elementary, Emma C. Smith Elementary School (listed as Smith Elementary), Jackson Avenue Elementary School, Joe Michell Elementary and Middle School, Junction Avenue K - 8 School, Marylin Avenue Elementary School, Rancho Las Positas Elementary School, Sunset Elementary School, and Vineyard Elementary and Middle School.
The Middle Schools are Christensen Middle School, East Avenue Middle School, Joe Michell Elementary and Middle School, Junction Avenue K - 8 School, Vineyard Elementary and Middle School, and William Mendenhall Middle School.
High Schools serving the Livermore community are Granada High School, Livermore High School, and Vineyard High School.
There are two educational institutions that cater to an adult population. They are Del Valle/Phoenix Continuation High School and Livermore Adult School.
Some parents prefer a private school education which often translates to smaller class sizes, smaller teacher-student ratio and a wider curriculum. In Livermore the private schools are Holy Cross Lutheran School from pre-K-8th grade, St. Michael’s Elementary and Middle School from K-8th grade and Valley Montessori from pre-K-8th grade.