Los Altos High School is located in the Silicon Valley, the world's technology capital. Los Altos High School, built on the site of an orchard in 1954, is one of two high schools in the Mountain View – Los Altos Union High School District. Los Altos High School, along with its sister school, Mountain View High School, serves a rich diversity of students living in both Los Altos and Mountain View. The district is situated between the cities of San Francisco and San Jose in the northwest corner of Silicon Valley within four miles of Stanford University. Initially, Los Altos High School served the mostly white, middle to upper class populations of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. In 1982, the district closed its third and oldest high school, which was located in the heart of downtown Mountain View, and established new attendance boundaries that cut from the hill communities of Los Altos in the west through the valley community of Mountain View to the San Francisco Bay in the east. The two remaining district high schools now draw equally from professional and working-class families and have a similar demographic population. Links to more detailed information are below.
LAHS School Accountability Information
2010-2011 School Profile
Los Altos High School has completed a five-year total site renovation project financed by the passage of a local bond measure. Built in the mid-fifties, the school was badly in need of architectural and technological improvements. The library was small and antiquated, classrooms were not equipped or designed to accommodate high-tech instruction, the school lacked the infrastructure for delivering the Internet to the campus, and most of the staff were not proficient in the application of technology to their academic fields. The school now has a modern Library Media Center, a Teacher Resource Center, modern classrooms wired to accommodate high-tech instruction, access to on-line technology in all sectors of the campus, and a technology-proficient staff trained to increase student achievement.
You may examine Los Altos High School's Vision and Expected School Wide Learning Results (ESLRs) that have been woven into the fabric of every course.