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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Los Altos High School is a top rated, public school located in Los Altos, CA. It has 2,088 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
Address
201 Almond Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022
Telephone
(650) 968-6571

Los Altos High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1340
484 responses
Average ACT
31
230 responses
AP Enrollment
42%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$208,309
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,891
National
$949
Median Home Value
$2,000,001
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 77 responses
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  • Dodgeball
    22%
  • Homecoming week
    18%
  • Diversity Week
    16%
  • Prom
    12%
  • Football games
    6%
  • 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
2,088
Free or Reduced Lunch
16%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$119,633
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.5%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.42 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.42 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$20,626/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.50 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.50 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.50 responses
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The teachers at LAHS are great! My main complaint is that there is so much pressure. Academics definitely come first. Also, many of the students are very separated into distinct social groups. Sports teams are a good way to meet people and you go to a lot of competitions but it is not too intense overall. The campus itself is nice and the classroom are good as well. Food in the cafeteria is definitely not great but most students bring their own food or go off campus to eat.
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The academics are overall very strong and some great teachers (but there are of course some bad ones in the mix). I would say the English department is consistently very strong, and the science department is generally strong too. The math department can go either way and can be challenging, but I've learned a GREAT deal from my math courses at LAHS. Now in college and having met people from all different sorts of high schools across the country, I've come to realize that LAHS offered a lot of resources (for example, I've met people who've never done PCR in high school, but we often did that in my biology classes). I would just say that there is generally a huge disparity between the regular vs AP/honors courses.
This is overall, a pretty good school. However, if you aren't in an honors or AP class, the environment is much different. The teachers aren't as passionate and overall, the quality of the class is poorer when it's a regular grade level class. Counseling services are okay. The college and career center is amazing and extremely helpful! This school gives a little too much money and attention to sports as compared to other programs.