SOCES is a California Distinguished School at which students can stay from 4th through 12th grade. SOCES is listed as a national gold rated school and is one of the "Best High Schools in America" according to US News and World Report. The school is also listed in the Washington Post's "America's Most Challenging High Schools". The school was named a national Magnet School of Distinction by the Magnet Schools of America in 2008. As of July 2007, the school was issued a full six-year term of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges' accreditation process. SOCES has a three year average Academic Performance Index score of 888 as of September 2014.