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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 Union High School District is a top rated, public school district located in Lafayette, CA. It has 5,662 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 84% in reading.

Acalanes Union High School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
84%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1320
1,413 responses
Average ACT
30
741 responses

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
5,662
Free or Reduced Lunch
3.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,874
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.5%

Finances

Total Expenses
$77,622,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,539/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    57%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$157,453
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,019
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,302,900
National
$184,700

Acalanes Union High School District Reviews

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My experience as a student at Acalanes High School is nothing but great. I have met great friends that have added to great memories at Acalanes. My favorite memory as a student is the homecoming spirit rally. Each grade competes against each other by doing a skit and whoever wins, wins the spirit cup. My 2018 class won both junior and senior year. Another great memory will be the football games. It was a place to cheer on our friends and being surrounded by schoolmates that were as spirited as you were. Not only were the school activities great, but so is the amazing staff. They want to see their students succeed and learn something from the class that we can put into our everyday lives. I wouldn't change a thing about my school. Go Dons!
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Acalanes school district benefits from the support of a very active community. In general, students are very driven and focused on a balance of academics, athletics and/or other extracurricular activities like band, performing arts or STEM clubs.
My mother always believed that education is the key to growth. She moved mountains for me to become an interdistrict transfer student at Acalanes after my father died due to a sudden heart attack when I was 12 years old. His death cemented the fact that our only path to stability and prosperity would be through my education.
Being a student at Acalanes, I was thrust into a world of blessings. From the impressive library to the rigorous classes with great and invigorating teachers, the educational opportunities of Acalanes dwarfed those that I would have had if I were to remain in the Martinez - a lower middle class community where we live.
With these blessings, I did all I could to make the most of my time at Acalanes, both academically and extracurricularly. I created two clubs, took part in Mock Trial, swam, wrestled, and worked to create relationships with my teachers that will last beyond high school.