Los Altos School District 201 Covington Rd, Los Altos, CA94024 The Los Altos School District serves grades K-8 and covers Los Altos, half of Los Altos Hills, parts of Mountain View…More and unincorporated Santa Clara County. Superintendent Jeffrey Baier, who was appointed in 2010, attended Los Altos schools and is a lifelong resident. The district's seven elementary schools and two junior high schools have consistently ranked #1 or #2 in state tests. Each has merited California Distinguished School status, with some attaining national Blue Ribbon status –the highest honor a school can reach. Residents have been willing to support this achievement by approving a parcel tax of $597 per property in 1982. Voters have renewed it periodically in subsequent years. The economic recession that began in 2008, however, has resulted in state funding shortfalls that continue to challenge the district.
Los Altos Parent Preschool 201 Covington Rd, Los Altos, CA94024 This cooperative was formed in 1954 by mothers who saw a rapidly growing community and wanted to form a…More nonprofit school with high standards. The school operates from the philosophy of providing an enriching environment through parent education and involvement and mutual support. In 2011, the school moved from its decades'-long home at Los Altos High School, and into brand-new digs the Covington School campus. LAPP offers age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate classes on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday schedule for young 3-year-olds, 3-to-4-year-olds, and 4-to-5-year-olds. The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District supervises the program through its Adult Education. Parents work one day a week in their child's classroom and share obligations related to the school.
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.
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.