API Scores: School By School in Los Altos / Hills

Looking for scores? Los Altos Patch compiled a list of the school districts and schools where Los Altos and Los Altos students may attend


Here's a table of the Academic Performance Index (API)  scores for all schools and school districts where Los Altos and Los Altos Hills students may attend.

You can search for any school or district at the California Department of Education's website containing the new API results.

School or District API Score Los Altos Elementary 969 Cupertino Union  955 Palo Alto Unified  926 Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School Dist.  859 Fremont Union High School District 866 Almond School - LASD 966 Covington School - LASD 983 Gardner Bullis - LASD 964 Loyola - LASD 964 Oak - LASD 983 Santa Rita - LASD 957 Springer - LASD 946 Ardis Egan Jr. High -LASD 978 Georgina Blach - LASD  971 Bullis Charter School - SC County 984 Montclaire Elementary - CUSD 960 Cupertino Middle School - CUSD 935 Nixon Elementary - PAUSD 966 Terman Jr. High - PAUSD  915 Los Altos High School - MVLAUHSD 873 Mountain View High School - MVLAUHSD 860 Homestead High School - FUHSD 866


Analysis From the Santa Clara County Office of Education: 

2011 Base API, Districts in SCC Achieving Scores of 800 or Higher*


2011 Base API

Los Altos Elementary


Saratoga Union Elementary


Lakeside Joint


Cupertino Union


Los Gatos Union Elementary


Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary


Palo Alto Unified


Union Elementary


Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union


Fremont Union High


Evergreen Elementary


Moreland Elementary




Mountain View-Los Altos Union


Milpitas Unified


Berryessa Union Elementary


Campbell Union


Mountain View Whisman




Santa Clara Unified


Oak Grove Elementary


lasd resident June 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Joan, why are you assuming that they don't enter the lottery? How do you know?
Joan J. Strong June 17, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Who are "those involved" and why would they know my real name? Anyhow, I agree I do lose some credibility by not using my real name--so you have to take my information here on face value, and be sure to follow my factual references. This gives me a higher bar to clear, which is fine with me. I'm not here to make my fortune as an Internet education pundit. I'm a parent trying to save my children's school from shutdown, nothing more.
Doug Smith, LASD Trustee June 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Lasdresident has cited my presence at the lottery as a way of confirming its validity. Unfortunately I cannot do that. I requested from BCS the complete statistics (not student names- just the statistics) about the number of applicants in each category by grade level. Despite the fact that I watched Wanny Hersey call out the number of students in each category from a piece of paper, BCS declined my public records request for the statistical data, saying that no such records exist. There is not yet enough transparency for me to feel comfortable that someone would invoke my name as a way to show that nothing fishy is going on.
Bill June 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
@lasd resident. I was taught to never argue with someone being an idiot because they will beat you with experience. But I'll make one exception in your case. -CDE lists exactly ZERO economically disadvantaged kids at BCS. If BCS prefers to not participate in FRL program to save those kids the stigma of being poor, then by definition there must be very few of them attending BCS! Perhaps you could provide the number attending on this website and end the charade. -if you think populations cannot change, you are ignorant as to migratory patterns etc. According to Payán and Nettles (2008), the ELL population doubled in 23 states between 1995 and 2005. It happened in your backyard too. ELL classified children also are reclassified or "promoted" once they reach profficiency, sometimes the same year. So your unfounded money accusation is pointless and false, and as you said "with out evidence". -18 out of 408 Learning Disabled in LASD attend BCS -Are you seriously trying to equate class trips to foreign countries that have a high rate of poverty as a burden on these poor kids? Since public schools are non sectarian by law, they cannot be doing "gods work". Are we to believe they are strolling the slums of Shenzhen? again, BCS is a semi-private public school......
LASD resident June 18, 2012 at 04:47 PM
To Doug I understand your hesitation to use your name here but let me ask if you have any reason and information to suggest that something fishy is going on? To Bill, You claim BCS is a semi-private public school. What is the definition of this term? I know LASD is now also trying to claim this too but sometimes I think you guys are just making stuff up because it sounds good. Please describe and then give examples of other schools in California that are classified this way and or please stop using the term.
Bill June 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
and for those of you who like to "follow the money"....use www.guidestar.org to look at BCS finincial records. Public documents show revenue, expenses etc. I have yet to find anything referrring to meals for the disadvantaged. I did find one small ~$500 expense for "meals and entertainment" that was itemized. Also interesting was the $62k "personal loan" to the Principal Wanney. Did the school make that loan with public money? What interest rate was charged? I was unaware public schools were able to make loans..... So no record that I can find providing lunches for the disadvantaged that attend BCS, and personal loans to the principal. Perhaps someone could explain that? It would be much appreciated.
Joan J. Strong June 18, 2012 at 06:27 PM
How about, "a school which obtains the majority of it's revenues privately"? I think that's a pretty reasonable definition anybody could agree with... As for other schools in California like BCS? You won't find one. That's kinda the point, I bet...
Doug Smith, LASD Trustee June 18, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Without the records which BCS has withheld, I have no way of knowing.
lasd resident June 18, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I was at the lottery this year. They explicitly said how many spots they had open and than ran the lottery for each group for each grade. What I found most interesting and hadn't realized before then is that they actually run a lottery first for which grade they accept first. Doug should have been able to gather the info on how many were in each group from just listening. I was only keeping track of Kindergarten. And honestly all I remember right now is 22 spots open with 38 having gone to siblings. But I'm still not sure how the statistical data of how many there were in each group would help Doug. Either they're monkeying somehow with the bingo balls or they are not. It looked entirely legitimate to me.
lasd resident June 18, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Joan... so are you suggesting that the charter schools that the Gates Foundation largely funds are "semi-private." Also a school like Summit Prep that gets a huge amount of money from grants? What about places like Woodside Elementary who's auction consistently nets over $1 million annually? The reality is that California does not fund schools adequately and charter schools get the lowest. The fact that BCS is able to raise additional funds is because of the great programs it offers.
lasd resident June 18, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Meals for disadvantaged students are paid for out of the PTA funds. You're not going to find it in the BCS documents.
Community Member June 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I find the constant "rumors" and inferences about BCS incredibly distasteful. Maybe we should start posting the rumor/inferences about LASD, and perhaps people can respond to them. I've heard that Loyola will have one less Kindergarten this year than last? Is that true? I've heard the same is true for Almond? I've heard that only 1/2 the GB kinders actually are from the GB attendance boundary. Could the declining enrollment that the demographer was projecting actually really be happening? I've also hear that LASD will have a $1.7 million deficit the year after next. What else will the board cut out of our programs?
Bill June 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I have found 2010 "revenue" from school lunch program to be $112k and "hot lunch costs" found on IRS form 990 to be $73k. ALL PTAs are 501(c)3 organizations, and as such have to file tax returns. All this is found at www.guidestar.org So are we to believe that BCS actually MAKES money off of the lunch program while at the same time touting how it has a fair representation of disadvantaged kids?? That is ponzi-esque. The (very) few are being subsidized by the many? How long can that last....as JJS has pointed out in the past. Amazing.
Community Member June 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Bill, I think you'll find that MOST school lunch programs are fundraisers for their schools. The profits from the schools go the PTA. PTAs spend their money on different things but all of that money goes back to the school. I know that within LASD the PTA funds much of the things like papers/pens/etc. for the LASD. I don't know if it's the same at BCS or not. But what it means is that the profit from the school lunch goes back to the school (and also pays for those children that would otherwise participate in the federal/state free and reduced lunch program). It's hardly a ponzi scheme.
Joan J. Strong June 19, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I'm very happy for BCS. Being rich is great. The question was whether a privately controlled entity which selectively controls it's customers and is funded mostly by its own customers is "semi-private" or not. The "semi" part is charitable.
Joan J. Strong June 19, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Please do what we do and cite evidence in the form of county records and other factual sources. I also didn't hear that Loyola was suing our District and trying to close a school.
Bill June 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Of course the funds go back to the school, they legally have to. The ponzi reference was not to the financial implications, but to the constant insinuation by BCS that there are disadvantaged children at the school and the BCS does not participate in the national FRL program so as to not make those kids feel "different". i.e., so long as BCS only has a limited number of SED kids, this ruse will succeed......but if a large % kids at BCS were economically disadvantaged, the financial house of cards would crumble. Hence the semi-private reference because that model is unsustainable.
BCS Parent June 19, 2012 at 02:42 PM
It is impressive that BCS achieves high API scores while teaching so much more. In the last year my son has learned to sight read music, mix it up in dodgeball, project his voice on stage, and build some pretty amazing lego robots. I’d trade top-notch scores on the API just for the joy I see on his face when he comes home from school and the fact that he is taking responsibility for his own learning.
Community Member June 19, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Bill, census numbers show that there is not a large percentage of SED kids in the district as a whole. The reason I've heard that they don't participate in the FRI program is because of the paperwork involved. As a small school, the overhead involved just makes it not worthwhile.
Bill June 19, 2012 at 07:40 PM
@ Community member....according to the CDE there are 97 disadvantaged elemen. kids. That may seem insignificant to you, but try telling that to those families. As for the paperwork effort, you don't really expect the public to believe that, do you? Given the enormous legal budget afforded (and spent) BCS, as documented on the IRS forms 990, are we expected to believe "its not worth it"? I understand if thats what "you've heard", but lets not pretend like that heresay is fact. Is there anyone big enough to actually disclose the number of SED students at BCS. LASD educates 97 according to the recent data.....HOW MANY does BCS educate?
Community Member June 19, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I have no idea how many BCS educates. But if they had their "share", it would be 10 or less students. And if you've ever dealt with state and federal paperwork, I can assure you that it's FAR cheaper to just pay for those lunches than to do the administrative work that's required for to participate in the program. Why on earth would you spend more money to participate in a free program than it costs to just pay for the lunches. You keep saying BCS has none... they've disagreed with you and have claimed that the number has varied from 1-3% of their population in different years. Sounds like hearsay to me that you continue to claim that they have no SED students.
Bill June 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM
You say that you have no idea how many BCS educates? ....clearly that number could be ZERO. Which by the way is the exact number that the CDE reports for BCS. So, unless you, or anyone capable of providing the exact number of Socio-economic Disadvantaged children being educated by BCS, then the public will know that number to be ZERO. As I said in my first post, Congratulations to BCS for helping to educate exactly ZERO of the 97 classified Socio Economic Disadvantaged elementary aged children in LASD!! Thank you for allowing us to disclose that fact.
Bill June 20, 2012 at 01:25 PM
There seems to be a pattern here...BCS educates 18 out of a total of 408 Learning Disabled elem students in LASD. I wonder if anyone would be able (willing) to providethe attrition rates for BCS. Meaning: how many of the disabled or disadvantaged actually matriculate to the later grades at BCS......or do they eventually get weeded out.... It will come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that a new report out from the GAO has hit all the major newspapers....."a report released late Tuesday confirms a flaw that charter critics have raised over the last two decades: charter schools don't enroll students with disabilities at the same rate as traditional public schools, despite federal laws that require all publicly funded schools to serve disabled students." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/19/charter-schools-disabilities-_n_1610744.html (this link to a Huff Post/Patch article to avoid hijacking)
Ron Haley June 20, 2012 at 04:51 PM
It's widely believed at BCS that Joan J. Strong is funded by the CTA and LASD. Her "talking points" are now showing up in LASD legal briefs.
Ron Haley June 20, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Did Randy include the $1 million for BCS legal fees in his budget? I didn't see it. Does this push the deficit out to $2.7 million. What about the current bond measure? By my calculations, https://dl.dropbox.com/u/33202778/debt%20service.xlsx It comes up $20 million short.
Ron Haley June 20, 2012 at 05:26 PM
LASD looks good until you take a closer view. Here is the 2010 comparison of Cupertino and LASD schools. https://www.dropbox.com/s/00gzhpakwzitci0/school%20comparisons_Page_06.jpg As you can see, the best LASD school comes in equal 10th. Not a great result when you realize that if LASD ran at the same cost per student, it would have a $10 million annual surplus!
Ron Haley June 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
It would have been nice if Patch sorted them by API scores so that Bullis was at the top!
Bill June 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Does anyone know if BCS offers a "founding parent" preference in the lottery? Some charter schools offer preference in the lottery to parents who commit money or time and bill them as "founders" each year. Often times it is over, and occasionally it is secretive....but it exists.
Jay N June 20, 2012 at 08:47 PM
BCS does not offer a founding parent preference in the lottery. Please stop trying to float rumors. There is enough misinformation floating around out there already.
Bill June 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM
No rumors created. That was a genuine question. Thank you for answering it. Founding Parents preference is a very real issue and yet another loophole in the law used by Charter schools like BCS. http://www.laweekly.com/2011-11-10/news/charter-schools-do-over/ Now I just wish someone would answer the question, honestly and with documentation or ability to verify, how many socioeconomically disadvantaged kids does BCS help educate each year? The CDE website says ZERO.


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