Bayarea777,  in San Jose, CA

LA hills Home with Los Altos school

Asked by Bayarea777, San Jose, CA Thu Apr 22, 2010

Need some advice on buying in Los Altos Hills with Los Altos High School - this school seem to have a API score of 792 -why is this low compared to Palo Alto,Cupertino ,Saratoga schools .
the homes are pricey in LA hills -how does the price not reflect the school district? Many Thanks !

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Anne Arjani’s answer
The best way to evaluate an API report is to drill down into the specifics of the report, and look at what percentage of students are scoring high and lower. Looking at the overall score is not a good measure of a school's performance.
Example: Menlo Atherton High School has a relatively low score, but every year sends many of its students to Ivy Leage schools and Stanford. The overall score would not suggest this.
Mon Dieu! It appears that there is a somewhat larger proportion of non wealthy students at LA high vs Palo Alto, Cupertino and Saratoga Schools.
Essentially you have a bifurcated score, with about 1/2 of the students scoring comparably to PA, Cup and Sar. and another sector of our community.....more middle class and less affluent students.
To summarize: when ALL of the student body is wealthy, the scores are higher. When there is some financial diversity.....the "average" score of a High School could be somewhat lower.
I would gladly trade some financial diversity any day for a slightly lower school score. My children learned that not everyone is as privileged as they were by attending Mountain View High School.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
First of all you are not even looking at the right thing:
Los Altos High 895 889

Sam Shueh
Keller Williams Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 26, 2014

I am an agent in Los Altos for over 2 may want to consider Mountain View HS area of Los Altos. or perhaps the northern Los Altos locations that would be Gunn HS.....

Please contact me for further discussion....I was a HS teacher for 8 years in the Cupertino District before I became a Realtor and did work at Los Altos HS for a short period.

Best of Luck,

Charlene Sawe
Sereno Group Real Estate
Los Altos, Ca
Mobile: 650.704.7596
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 22, 2010
Your question has pretty much the same answer as the question of why as you move from elementary to middle school to high school, the scores tend to get lower and lower. Basically, as you start including a wider and wider region, you start picking up neighborhoods that have families that are less fortunate from a socio-economic standpoint, and thus put lower priority on academics.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 11, 2014
Many of the homes in Los Altos Hills are in the Palo Alto School District and the prices reflect that.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 5, 2013
It's a better school than the Palo Alto and Cupertino high schools. Teachers are better and the percentage of students getting into top colleges is higher. A portion of the students at LA High come from the apartments in east mountain view, who are apparently less academic. But overall, your chances of getting you kid into a top college are actually higher from Los Altos High. Palo Alto and Cupertino parents are nuts.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 12, 2012
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