Education – Public

In Los Altos, the Los Altos elementary district runs six elementary and two junior high schools. Cupertino Union School District operates Montclaire Elementary. The only public high school in Los Altos is Los Altos High, although many students from the city also attend Mountain View High in Mountian View, and Homestead High in Cupertino.

The public elementary schools regularly score in the 900s on the state’s Academic Performance Index, the 200-to-1,000 scale used for measuring academic achievement. In fact, four elementary schools score in the top 25 in the state, and both Egan and Blach junior high score in the top 15 middle schools.

Moreover, the schools’ success isn’t the result merely of favorable demographics – wealthy families, educated parents, low mobility and English spoken in the home. Los Altos elementary schools do well even against schools with similar demographics.

Los Altos School District (K-8)

201 Covington Rd.Covington School
Los Altos CA 94042
Phone: (650) 947-1154

Every year since the California standardized test scores have been published, the Los Altos School District has ranked #1 or #2 out of approximately 1000 school districts statewide. The District is an elementary school district in northwest Santa Clara County serving students in grades kindergarten to eighth (K-8). The district boundaries include most of the City of Los Altos, half of Los Altos Hills, parts of Mountain View, Palo Alto and some unincorporated county lands.

Montclaire Elementary School (K-5)

1160 St. Joseph AvenueMontclaire Elementary
Los Altos, CA 94024
Phone: (650) 967-9388

Montclaire, located in Los Altos, is 1 of 25 schools in the Cupertino Union School District. The school serves a population of 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, primarily from the southwest area of Los Altos. Montclaire School has been a Los Altos neighborhood school for over fifty years. The school, like the Cupertino School District at large, celebrates diversity as its strength and is committed to developing an inclusive, caring educational community in which each individual has an equal opportunity to achieve his or her potential.

Bullis Charter School (K-8)

102 W. Portola AvenueBullis Charter School
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone: (650) 947-4939

Bullis Charter School (BCS), located in Los Altos, is 1 of 8 schools chartered by the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  Therefore, BCS operates independently of the Los Altos School District.  The school emphasizes individual learning plans, and hands-on projects.  Since Bullis Charter School is a public school, there is no tuition.  However, BCS receives less public funding than other Los Altos public schools.  In order to make its full program possible, BCS depends on its entire parent community to make generous donations each year to help cover a funding gap of $5,000 per student.  BCS has twice been named a California Distinguished School (2008 & 2014), and is also a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.

Mountain View-Los Altos High School District (9-12)

1299 Bryant Ave.Los Altos High School
Mountain View CA 94040
Phone: (650) 940-4650

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. The District recently completed a five-year total site renovation project financed by the passage of a local bond measure.