API Scores: School By School for Los Altos/Hills

Looking for scores? Los Altos Patch compiled a list of the school districts and schools that Los Altos and Los Altos students may attend. Look for our analysis story later, when we talk to education experts about what the scores mean.


The growth scores for the Academic Performance Index (API) , some of the most widely anticipated scores by parents and realtors alike were released Thursday morning.

Here's a table of the Academic Performance Index growth scores for all schools and school districts where Los Altos and Los Altos Hills students may attend. In June, Patch ran the API base scores of local schools, and the points change are reflected below.

You can search for any school or district at the California Department of Education’s website.


School or District

API Growth Score

Points Change

Los Altos Elementary (LASD)



Cupertino Union (CUSD)



Palo Alto Unified (PAUSD)



Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District (MVLA)



Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD)


 + 5

Bullis Charter School 



Almond School – LASD



Covington School - LASD


- 2

Gardner Bullis – LASD


- 6

Loyola School – LASD


+ 1

Oak Ave. – LASD



Santa Rita – LASD


 - 1

Springer – LASD



Ardis Egan Jr. High - LASD


+ 1

Georgina Blach Intermediate - LASD


 - 3

Montclaire Elementary – CUSD


+ 3

Cupertino Middle - CUSD



Nixon Elementary - PAUSD



Terman Jr. High - PAUSD


+ 2

Gunn High School - PAUSD



Mountain View High – MVLA 


+ 5

Los Altos High – MVLA 



Homestead High School - FUHSD


 + 8

JJ Strong October 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Joan sweetheart, Thanks for that note-rather than congratulate all of LASD and BCS you manage to continue your hate and vitriol, further stoking issues in our town. Your buddy Dave C. has been very quiet on these boards since he launched his run for the board seat, so you definitely need to increase your negativity to fill in where he is missing. Whereas my thought was-wow amazing scores all around, how can we all work together to do even better, work together to raise everyone's scores whether it's LASD or other Santa Clara county schools. But your approach of using standard 'anti-charter school' techniques by bashing any positives is interesting,but rather irrelevant since you can observe their public, double blind lottery. If you cared about our town (the one you claim to live in) you'd be a bit more constructive, rather than de-structive. But let's hate people who are challenging themselves and us to improve--that has always worked well. As for me I like that school choice and the #1 charter school in the state attracts people to our town. Love you Joannie-as always you're so cute and entertaining.
Joan J. Strong October 11, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Will do. Here's my positive solution to this Bullis Charter School crisis: Bullis Charter School should curtail its new enrollment to siblings only while we all work together to build another school campus here. This will hurt nobody and resolve this crisis.
Heather Rose October 11, 2012 at 08:21 PM
The kids at Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis and Santa Rita went into their STAR testing week on the heels of the announcement that one of their schools could be closed. Bravo for grace under pressure kids! These are all good schools. We're very fortunate to live in such an education rich community.
Your neighbor October 11, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Great scores all around! If I might respectfully recommend that parents not burden their elementary school children with possible, undetermined, future scenarios regarding the schools they attend. The history of this area seems to be that the only certainty is change. Telling kids that their school is going to be shut down (when that wasn't even decided and certainly not an immediate thing) seems to be a heavy trip to lay on an 8 year old IMHO.
Los Altos Resident October 12, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Ms. Joan Strong, All the Los Altos schools did great. How did any one "shoot fish in a barrel and still miss"? -Los Altos Resident
momlosaltos October 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Heather, The mature, nuturing thing to do is to keep the facilities discussion at an adult level keeping our children free from it. Our kids are scouts together, play sports together and attend church together. Shame on any parent that uses their kids to create more division. Kids need to learn resiliance and, as shown in the past reboundaring, have adapted beautifully to change. But let's wait and see what the change may be. Congratulations to ALL the schools. Let's hope that we can all work together to help those students in California who are not as fortunate as the kids at LASD and BCS.
Heather Rose October 12, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Sorry "momlosaltos" and "Your neighbor" but I have no idea what you are talking about. I have spoken to zero kids about the facilities issues. My own child is too young to take API tests anyway. I think facilities for all the kids is something that we adults need to work through and model good civic behavior for our kids to both see and benefit from in an Open Forum with Public Visibility and Public Input. I am very encouraged by the Forum that LASD is starting to put together which will be made up of major stake holders. I hope that we can elect public representatives that help us move as a community to find the best solution for all our kids.
Bill October 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Congrats to all the hard working schools and students....the similar debate over "creaming" is raging in Marin County as they fight to close the achievement gap. Their charter school has .01% EL kids versus >15% for the district.......I see a pattern here...for more info, see www.SaveOurNovatoSchools.com
DavidCourtsright October 19, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I think momlosaltos was responding to your comment above that LASD kids did well despite the announcement about school closings. Obviously you think someone is talking with their kids about facilities issues if they are overshadowing testing success. Also, for your information, the joint press release went out May 7th, after the STAR tests were already administered so your comment above doesn't make any sense.
Joan J. Strong October 19, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Bullis Charter School's threats to close our public schools has an ongoing negative effect on all of our schools. First, long-term investment in our campuses is curtailed. No parent wants to work hard or spend their hard-earned money on improving a campus which may be taken away by a bunch of rich people and their lawyers. In like fashion, the looming threat of a charter take-over of your school is bound to demoralize many of the parents there. Yes, many--even most--parents manage to go forward regardless, there is a noticeable negative effect. The threat of your community being destroyed is a constant negative drag on the morale of parents and staff. In short, the litigious BCS leadership drags our schools here downward across the board, negatively affecting the lives of every LASD student, and the property values of every home here.


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