Cypress High School

John Rice
John Rice
Senior Director, Alternative Education Program
(831) 466-5724
Matt Levy
Principal, Cypress High Scholl
(831) 477-0302

Cypress High School Mission/Vision

Cypress High School, home of the Sea Otters, is a public high school focusing on small classroom size, inclusivity, and college preparation, serving students in grades 10 -12 from all over Santa Cruz County. 

We encourage students to aspire to greater heights through our whole-student approach to teaching with the support of social and emotional growth through compassionate, human interaction while driving toward mastery of the fundamentals of social studies, math, language, art, and science. Teachers bring passion and real-world applications to core subject matter in student-centered learning environments.


Santa Cruz County Cypress High School will seek to support students in achieving the following outcomes:

  • Attainment of a high school diploma
  • Completion of A-G University of California High School requirements
  • Successful transition to community college or a 4 year college or university

Instructional Program

Cypress offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. Our course work is approved by the University of California and aligns with the Common Core Standards (CCCS), California State Standards (CSS), and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)  We offer an innovative, integrated approach to education –one that helps students, teachers, and our school community thrive. Cypress provides the environment, tools, and techniques that engage and motivate students to complete high school and continue their education at Cabrillo College or a 4-year college or university. Cypress focuses on essential areas for student success: California State standards-based curriculum, integrating academics and technology; collaboration among teachers, support staff, and administrators; and extensive support to keep students engaged beyond graduation to college and career.


Santa Cruz County Cypress High School serves students in grades 9-12 from all corners of Santa Cruz County. For enrollment information, please contact Cypress at 831.477.0302 or complete this form.

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