The Patterson Unified School District includes 5 elementary, 1 middle school and 2 high schools. Also located in Patterson is Sacred Heart Catholic School, a private facility offering classes from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Apricot Valley Elementary is on the southwest side of Patterson.
Located in neighboring Modesto is the Modesto Junior College, an accredited public community college that offers both transfer and 2-year degree programs. California State University, located in neighboring Turlock, offers B.A., B.S., and M.A. degree programs.