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Montclaire Elementary School
1160 Saint Joseph Ave, Los Altos, CA 94024

Montclaire is a K-5 elementary school, one of 25 in the Cupertino Union School District, and a 2010 CaliforniaMore Distinguished School.

It has a base Academic Performance Index score of 973.

It has been in existence since the 1950s, and is actively supported by the Montclaire Educational Foundation and Parent Teacher Association. The school site council combines staff and parents to foster community, create a team enviroment and increase shared decision-making based on mutual respect.

Loyola Elementary School
770 Berry Ave, Los Altos, CA 94024

Loyola Elementary School has been praised for the high caliber of its classroom instruction and strongMore parent participation, including many fundraising and non-fundraising opportunities.

Loyola had a 2009 base Academic Performance Index score of 966.

Distinctive features include The Loyola Secret Garden, three separate playgrounds (K, 1-3 and 4-6) and an outdoor stage. Choices for before- and after-school care include Children's House, located on the Loyola campus, which is a privately owned child care center for children in grades K - 6.

Santa Rita Elementary School
700 Los Altos Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022

This K - 6 school is one of seven elementary schools in the Los Altos School District, and it has been named aMore California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School.

It has a distinguished Academic Performance Index ranking of 10 out of 10 for the 2009-10 year. Its 2009 base API was 966.

Its 520 students are from neighborhoods located between Foothill and Central Expressways in the cities of Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto. The "Bobcats" have many grade-level and school-wide events and traditions, including the Science Fair and the International Picnic.

Gardner Bullis School
25890 W Fremont Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Gardner Bullis School is one of seven elementary schools in the More href="http://www.losaltos.k12.ca.us/schools/index.html">Los Altos School District. The school opened in 2008 on the site of the former Bullis Purissima School, which the district closed in 2003 due to budget cuts. The closure of the only public school left in Los Altos Hills was marked by controversy, and the opening of the new school on the old site was celebrated by residents eager to see a school there once more.

Gardner Bullis had a 2009 base Academic Performance Index score of 968.

Los Altos Hills residents currently in the Palo Alto Unified School District are allowed to transfer their students to Gardner Bullis.

The school offers "Grizzly Academy," enrichment programs before and after school hours, for a fee. Programs range from chess, science, Mandarin, Spanish, chorus and theater, among others.

Oak Avenue School
1501 Oak Ave, Los Altos, CA 94024

Oak Avenue School is one of seven elementary schools in the Los Altos School District.

It has a high rankingMore of 983 in the 2009 Academic Performance Index.

Some of Oak Avenue's enrichment activities owe to the facility's proximity to Mountain View High School: The high school choir teacher works with grade-schoolers here in the morning. Oak Avenue has a Science Fair and Geography Bee each year.

The school features a Creative Play and Educational Garden, built with the idea that children integrate what they learn in the classroom through exploration and play in a natural setting. Nesting bird boxes were placed around the campus as part of the California Bluebird Recovery Program.

Egan Junior High School
100 W Portola Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022

Egan Junior High School, located in the northern part of the city, is one of two in the Los Altos School District. ItMore was selected a California Distinguished School in 1988 and is designated a Sustained Distinguished School. 

It had a 2009 Academic Performance Index base score of 954.

Egan has an active PTA and provides information for parents to get involved to help the school in a variety of ways on its Web site. There is also a Los Altos Special Education PTA to foster communication and share information. Its leadership committee sponsored the adoption of a completely new special education curriculum for all grades for the Fall 2010.  

The principal is Brenda Dyckman.

Los Altos High School
201 Almond Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022

Los Altos High School is one of three schools in the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District.

The highMore school had a 2009 base Academic Performance Index of 825.

The mid-century campus, built on orchard land in 1955, was extensively renovated with publicly approved bond money to modernize the technological and infrastructural capacities of the school.

These improvements include a library media center, teacher media center and classrooms capable of handling high-tech instruction.

The school serves students from Los Altos Hills on the west side to Mountain View to the east, and represents a wide cross-section of the area's population.

The school's Main Street Singers have been one of the school's most visible ambassadors, garnering international attention and traveling to 54 countries, performing in 24 languages. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2009-2010 season.

The school holds Writers Week, an annual program that brings in novelists, short story writers, poets, journalists and technical writers to speak about their lives, the work they do and the process of writing itself. It was founded more than 25 years ago by the family of Tracey Cullinan and is supported by the Parent Teacher Student Association.

School policies spell out expectations on everything from dress code to cheating.

Bullis Charter School
102 W Portola Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022

Bullis is a K-8, independent, public charter school that began in 2003. Its mission is to offer "a collaborative,More experiential learning environment that emphasizes individual achievement." It achieved California Distinguished School status in 2008, and is committed to small class sizes, individualized learning through focused learning goals and hands-on projects. 

It had a 2009 base Academic Performance Index score of 971.

The school employs a random lottery for new students when oversubscribed. Preference for 50 percent of the slots is given to those living in the attendance area of the old Bullis-Purissima school, where the charter movement began after that school was closed. Currently, Bullis has a full K-6 program, and is scheduled to enroll grade 7 in fall 2010 and grade 8 in 2011.  

The school, which serves students in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities, is situated on the Egan Junior High School campus. Its charter was approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Education and is not part of the Los Altos School District, nor is it one and same as Gardner Bullis School, which opened in 2008 on the site of the old Bullis-Purissima School by LASD.