Los Altos High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Mountain View-Los Altos Union High
Type Public
 Phone (650)968-6571
 Location 201 Almond Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94022
Charter School No

Los Altos 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 27th in the best public high schools in California.



The Los Altos High student body is predominantly White with a sizeable Hispanic population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific23.3%447
Native American Indian0.1%1
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.4%7
Two or more races2.1%41

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 14.8%

17.4% 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, Los Altos High students are largely upper income and rank 188th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 49th in California

Students at Los Altos High scored an average 76% 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 4.8% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls70% to 74%*85% to 89%*
Boys70% to 74%*75% to 79%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indian--
Asian & Pacific Islander85% to 89%*90% to 94%*
Hispanic30% to 34%*55% to 59%*
Multiracial50% or more*50% or more*
White80% to 84%*85% to 89%*
With Disabilites20% or less*20% to 29%*
Limited Englishless than 50%*less than 50%*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Los Altos High students in 2016 was 1257.

College Admission Test Participation

9 out of 10

Rank: 88th in California

543 out of 887 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (61%). College admission testing participation is significantly above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 10% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

9 out of 10

Rank: 81st in California

Los Altos High offers 23 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 88% percentile and well above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Los Altos High had 590 taking AP exams with a 500 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 91% percentile and significantly above the state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 85% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 35% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 10%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 12%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 28%
AP Courses Offered 23

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate10%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate11%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate8%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0%0
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.2%4


Los Altos High
201 Almond Ave.
Los Altos, CA

10 out of 10 1


Mountain View-Los Altos Union High
Mountain View, CA