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Acalanes Union High School District is a top rated, public school district located in Lafayette, CA. It has 5,502 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 84% in reading.
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1212 Pleasant Hill Rd
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 280-3900

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Percent Proficient - Reading
Percent Proficient - Math
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Average SAT
1,290 responses
Average ACT
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Free or Reduced Lunch
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Teachers in First/Second Year


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Expenses Per Student
$14,539/ student
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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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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.
The Acalanes Union School District is arguably the one of the most competitive districts in California, and even in the nation. While both students and staff alike strive to create an environment without judgement, biases, and bullying; it seems that they can never quite conquer this feat. I do have to say that I have been and continue to receive an amazing education which I am thankful for everyday, however going to school everyday is not so pleasant. Respect is not a core value at my school, which troubles me. Also, the district strives to grow the schools to have a diverse environment that welcomes everyone from every walk of life, however I have seen terrible hate crimes happen in our school constantly. The staff attempt to teach students about the importance of respect and acceptance, however those messages never seem to come across strong enough to the students.