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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Acalanes High School is a top rated, public school located in Lafayette, CA. It has 1,403 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 71% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.
Address
1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
Telephone
(925) 280-3970

Acalanes High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
71%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1300
277 responses
Average ACT
30
130 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$142,977
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,816
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,127,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Sports, junior prom and senior ball
    32%
  • Instrumental music concerts
    18%
  • Homecoming Hall Decorating
    13%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • School plays
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • School dances
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,403
Free or Reduced Lunch
3%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$82,164
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,114/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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Acalanes High School Reviews

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The classes were very challenging and mentally stimulating; I was constantly challenged by my classmates and peers to deliver exceptional work. The school also prepared us for college extremely well by demanding high-quality work and instilling great study habits in us. The teachers were all extremely approachable and supportive.
It is quite a competitive school as most students go on to study at top colleges. If you are looking for a school that promotes low stress amongst its students, then you might want to look elsewhere.
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There are some major issues with the culture and diversity at this school, but I generally found a great group of artists and theater students who I've become friends with. The sports are heralded to a problematic extent, but there are definitely spaces for other interests within the school. Award-winning school newspaper, great teachers in english, science, and the arts.
The academics itself are great! If you are more studious, there are a lot of AP classes to choose from, but they are primarily math, science and history. Unfortunately because the school isn't huge, there are not a plethora of classes to choose from.

Some of the teachers are truly inspirational. I would say the strongest departments are history, and the sciences. Many students love physiology, and physiology.

The workload is really dependent upon the student. It can either be very difficult or family easy depending on how much work you want to put in. Most students take at least 2 honors of AP classes during their time at Acalanes. Some even students take all weighted classes. Overall, the workload is quite a bit- I would even say too much. I am a student who challenged myself in high school, and I can say there were several times were I was too tired to function.

My advice would to find a balance and participate in fun extracurriculars that you enjoy.