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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  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 1,338 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 78% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.
Address
1200 Pleasant Hill Rd
Lafayette, CA 94549
Telephone
(925) 280-3970
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Acalanes High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
78%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1310
321 responses
Average ACT
30
155 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
    C+
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$152,609
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,940
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,214,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
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
1,338
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
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
$81,874
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
$14,539/ 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 is an academically challenging high school and thrived in preparing students for college. While there could be stress associated with the work load, it most definitely taught students good study habits and how to utilize resources to succeed. AP Classes allowed for a peek into the level of rigor college classes would later present. The teachers were always eager to help explain material in and out of class. Football games were always fun, as were the activities the school put on like Prom and Ball. Though it felt that the school lacked some diversity, I feel that there was a place for everyone, whether that be clubs, sports, academics, or leadership activities. Overall, I had a good experience at the school and I felt prepared going into college.
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I graduated from Acalanes in 2007. I took for granted the strength of their educational programs that really pushed me to succeed in college. When I entered college, I was able to skip to sophomore English thanks to passing the AP English exam, and in sophomore english, I realized there were students at a UC school that were unable to format an essay correctly. This was extremely shocking to me as most everyone from Acalanes was able to do so.

Additionally, as someone who now works with private high schools throughout California, I now know that the facilities offered at Acalanes are on par with or better than those at privately funded high schools. This shows the amount of support and involvement of the local community in investing in Acalanes.
Acalanes is a very academic school with plenty of options for rigorous course work. There are numerous activities on campus and a lot of resources are put into extracurricular activities, social events, and academic materials. There are great resources to help prepare for college or a career. However, Acalanes is not the most diverse school, and some teachers are less effective than others.