A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
201 Almond Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94022
Telephone
(650) 968-6571

Los Altos High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1320
247 responses
Average ACT
30
125 responses
AP Enrollment
37%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
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  • Dodgeball
    23%
  • Homecoming week
    20%
  • Diversity Week
    14%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Football games
    7%
  • Senior Ice Cream
    6%
  • Rallies hosted by ASB
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,920
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
10%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$19,343/ year
National
$11,890
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.46 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.46 responses

Los Altos High School Reviews

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As a current senior at Los Altos High School I have been able to view the school from each grade level. The academics here are rigorous, each student being expected to take at least a few AP and/or honors classes before graduating. The teachers, knowing this unspoken expectation, try their hardest to make the classes as enjoyable and easy as possible, while still covering all the material needed. However, despite this, and much alike many other high schools, students can stumble upon teachers that are, well, not pleasant. Other than the academics, Los Altos has okay sports programs, not being the best but also not the worst. The only downside of this high school I would have to say, is the lack of school spirit. Contrary to the traditional high school experience, students here do not take school pride seriously, and rallies, as well as dances, tend to be bland.
Review Los Altos High School
I had a fairly good high school experience.
Things I didn't like:
The way the coaching for my sport was regulated, hired & rehired
The food in the cafeteria
Lack of funding to the arts/lack of emphasis on the arts
Lack of spirit at games

Things I like:
Strength of english program
Emphasis on STEM
Increasing emphasis on mental health
Certain arts teachers
Open campus for lunch (so you don't have to eat campus food)
Campus theater program (Broken Box)
Choir program (Main Street)
Large variety of clubs
The atmosphere at Los Altos High School can be intimidating to some but when students arrive throughout the school they are immediately accepted. The students that come directly from Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are relatively very well off financially, however about 30% of the students derive from Mountain View, CA the neighboring city which consists more towards minority families. The Associated Student Body works hard to incorporate everybody in school events and are very accepting of the differences between people. My favorite experiences were football games, homecoming week and fairs because everybody was equally included. This school is tucked away in a more residential area and makes for a quiet atmosphere. Los Altos has good funding for the Arts Department which is awesome because they were able to expand an entire new department building and were able to then expand the Mathematics and Science Department. Los Altos also has plenty of funding in the extracurricular activities such as sports and theme weeks, allowing for students who can't afford deposits and uniforms to also be involved with scholarships.