Acalanes High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Acalanes Union High
Type Public
 Phone (925)280-3970
 Location 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
Charter School No

Acalanes High has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 20th in the best public high schools in California.



The Acalanes High student body is mostly White with a smaller Asian Pacific population and has low racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific12.3%172
Native American Indian0%0
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.1%2
Two or more races7.8%109

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 1.7%

1.9% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Acalanes High students are largely wealthy and rank 21st in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 42nd in California

Students at Acalanes High scored an average 78% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 4.2% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls75% to 79%*90% to 94%*
Boys70% to 74%*75% to 79%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indian--
Asian & Pacific Islander90% or more*90% or more*
Hispanic40% to 59%*60% to 79%*
Multiracial80% to 89%*90% or more*
White70% to 74%*80% to 84%*
With Disabilites20% or less*40% to 59%*
Limited Englishsuppressed*suppressed*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Acalanes High students in 2016 was 1252.

College Admission Test Participation

9 out of 10

Rank: 82nd in California

400 out of 646 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (62%). College admission testing participation is significantly above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 9% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 31st in California

Acalanes High offers 13 AP courses. 35 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 89% percentile and well above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Acalanes High had 468 taking AP exams with a 434 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 97% percentile and significantly above the state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 93% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 35% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 12%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 13%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 25%
AP Courses Offered 13

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate9%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate9%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate9%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0.1%2
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0.1%2

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.3%4
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students1.8%24


Acalanes High
1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Lafayette, CA

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Acalanes Union High
Lafayette, CA