Schools continue to rank among the best

Posted on October 24, 2012 by  
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The 2012 Academic Performance Index results are out, and Los Altos public schools continue to rank among the state’s best.

The Los Altos School District tied as the top-scoring district in California and Bullis Charter School ranked seventh among the state’s elementary schools on the 2012 API, released last week.

The mandated tests measure a school’s composite academic achievement based on a variety of statewide assessments. API calculations encompass the content areas of English/language arts, mathematics, science and history based on Standardized Testing and Reporting results.

California schools and the districts receive an annual API score between 200 and 1,000. The state’s goal is for all its schools to score higher than 800.

The Los Altos School District earned a score of 968, down one point from last year.

Bullis Charter School was the top-scoring school in Los Altos, fourth in Santa Clara County and seventh in the state with a score of 994, a 10-point increase from last year. In addition to earning the highest-ranking API score in Los Altos, Bullis is the top-ranked charter school in the state.

All of the Los Altos School District’s elementary and intermediate/junior high schools posted high scores: Almond earned 954; Covington, 981; Gardner Bullis, 958; Loyola, 965; Oak Avenue, 983; Santa Rita, 956; Springer, 961; Egan Junior High, 979; and Blach Intermediate, 968.

Oak ranked eighth among county elementary schools and 23rd in the state. Covington ranked ninth in the county and 29th in the state. Egan ranked fourth among the county’s junior highs and eighth statewide. Blach ranked sixth in the county and 14th in the state.

“Due to the dedication of our teachers, staff and administrators, and the much-needed support of LAEF (Los Altos Educational Foundation) and our PTAs, we continue to see impressive academic performance by our students,” said Jeff Baier, Los Altos School District superintendent.

“The Los Altos community should rightfully be proud of its public schools. While the API is only one indicator of success, we are proud of our ability to maintain excellence even in tough financial times.”

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District boosted its API score to 870, an 11-point gain over last year.

Mountain View High School scored 865 and Los Altos High 889, five- and 16-point gains, respectively.

Alta Vista High, the district’s alternative school, scored 694, a 76-point jump, ranking sixth in the county among high schools with the biggest gains.

According to an MVLA district report, Latino students recorded an annual improvement of 10 points to 727, a cumulative 186-point gain over the past 10 years.

Montclaire Elementary School, located in Los Altos but part of the Cupertino Union School District, scored 963. Homestead High School, which serves part of Los Altos, scored 874. Cupertino Middle School, which serves some Los Altos families, scored 935. Gunn High School, which includes students from Los Altos Hills, scored 920.

For a comprehensive report on California’s 2012 API results, visit


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Posted on October 14, 2012 by  
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Pop-up park in Downtown

Posted on October 1, 2012 by  
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In celebration of the international PARK(ing) Day Friday, three parking spots adjacent to the 359 State Street bike shop and Peet’s Coffee & Tea transformed into a green oasis for multipurpose community use.

The temporary installation – sponsored by Passerelle Investment Co. and furnished with donations from local businesses – gave Los Altos an unexpectedly youthful vibe, attendees reported.

“This is fabulous. … It’s very current and hip to what today is,” said Grail Nitsch of Los Altos Hills. “People want to be outside and to be able to bike downtown.”

Beneath the canopy of a large pistache tree, children arranged magnetic letters into words on planter walls and cyclists checked the air in their tires at a bright-orange parking stand and fix-it station as curious bystanders chatted with friends seated at tables eating lunch.

“What a beautiful way to celebrate the weather, the town – and such a creative use of space,” said Tim Jahnigen, a businessman from Berkeley who hosted three business meetings at the installation while visiting Los Altos. Even as evening approached, Jahnigen and his colleagues continued to linger.

By Saturday morning, the usual cars replaced the tables and turf, and not a trace of the installation remained.

Los Altos resident McKenna Smith, 10, said she hopes the park returns soon and thinks the Farmers’ Market and First Friday events would be ideal times for a reappearance.

“Just being able to sit down, grab a coffee for my dad … it’s so fun,” she said.