Los Altos High School is an elite, public school located in Los Altos, CA. It has 1,920 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
Los Altos High School Rankings
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.46 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.46 responses
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Los Altos High School Reviews
Los Altos High School is a really a supportive institution that cares about meeting the needs of its students and creating a socially and mentally healthy environment. It can be intimidating at times when so many students are academically successful (and competitive), but at the end of the day, students are only expected to apply themselves challenge their personal limits, not those of others. The campus is safe, the resources available to students are extensive, and I am certain that my time at Los Altos High will prepare me for the rest of my educational journey.
Despite the excellent academics, Los Altos High has a toxic social environment that effects almost every aspect of school life. If you are not wealthy, do not send your kid here as the school is heavily segregated based on socioeconomic status. The "popular" kids who run the school have known each other since childhood as all of their parents are apart of the same country club. If you want your children spending their formative years at a school with spoiled and wealthy children that don't work very hard but get into Ivy league schools because they are coached by 200$ per hour tutors and have parents that make obscene donations, then by all means send your child here. Just know that they will be surrounded by phony people with no morals and ethics who only care about money and status. The ONLY reason I gave this school 2 stars was because of the academics.
Not only was the education system great, but the school community was very welcoming and encouraging of work ethic. This school was very STEM oriented which inspired many students to pursue and apply for careers that correspond to STEM. Teachers were very involved and dedicated to students success, which overall helped us as students for motivation. Extracurriculars including sports and clubs were also very well organized and funded as a district and fundraising .