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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
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Los Alamos High School is a top rated, public school located in Los Alamos, NM. It has 821 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.
Address
1300 Diamond Dr
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Telephone
(505) 663-2230

Los Alamos High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1310
161 responses
Average ACT
28
145 responses
AP Enrollment
33%

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A+
Median Household Income
$101,399
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$989
National
$949
Median Home Value
$291,800
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
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 35 responses
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  • Homecoming
    34%
  • Pep rally
    20%
  • Prom
    14%
  • Homecoming Parade
    9%
  • Senior event (different each time)
    9%
  • All school hosted things were bad
    3%
  • Basketball state tournament
    3%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
821
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,351
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.9%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.31 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.31 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.31 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,935/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.32 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.32 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.32 responses
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Los Alamos High School Reviews

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Thus far, my experience at Los Alamos High School has been very academics focused. The school is in a laboratory town, so everyone is focused on STEM centered jobs. Some might consider this a good thing, but many would agree with me that the school is to academics focused, and it takes a toll on many students mental health. The school also lacks diversity, which is not anyone's fault, but it can be difficult for students of color like me to feel comfortable, at home, and safe. Aside from these issues, there is a multitude of resources to prepare you for college and an incredible ballroom dance program-the only one in New Mexico.
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Los Alamos High School may be ranked as one of the top public high schools in the nation, but it is only a good fit for a small number of over-achieving, self-motivated students. The high school is highly influenced by Los Alamos National Laboratories. Most students have at least one parent that works at the Lab, and the correlation between the two has led to a stressful, competitive outlook of both students and their parents. The pressure put on students, even if not directly by their own parents, is insane. To graduate with honors, students must have over a 4.0 cummulative GPA of a 4.0 scale. Straight A's mean nothing unless at least one of those A's is in an AP class. For students who are not meant for college, Los Alamos High School offers nothing. No manual skills like woodshop. Just advanced math and science classes.
Challenging school but great academics and preparation for the future! The teachers are (for the most part) wonderful and engaging. I’ve definitely encountered a lot of stress overall, but I do feel fully prepared for college and the real world