School Details

Los Altos High School

15325 East Los Robles Avenue, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
(626) 934-5400
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2053 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • California state average

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Los Altos High School is a public high school in Hacienda Heights. The principal of Los Altos High School is Willa McReynolds, whose e-mail is cmcreynolds@hlpusd.k12.ca.us. 2,053 children attend Los Altos High School and are mostly Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Los Altos High School students have "limited English proficiency." 65% of the 2,053 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Los Altos High School is 23:1. Puente Hills High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 82% 78%
Asian 8% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Filipino 0.7% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 20827%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.1% 0.8%
Multiracial 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65% 62%
Limited English proficiency 6% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm currently a senior at Los Altos and I must say that I had a great experience at this school. I may not have been one of the top students at this school but I managed to keep my grades in check while still going out to parties and hanging out with friends. This school helped me grow academically socially and emotionally. Looking back at my four years at this place I realized how much I've grown up and also changed for the better. The teacher quality is great if you take the right classes. Of course every school has their sub-par teachers and phenomenal teachers. And in my personal experience the teachers here were wonderful. I may have had a few duds but for the most part they kept me inspired and guided me in my life beyond stone cold academics. They helped me grow emotionally and socially as a young adult. Los Altos may not be the "perfect" school but it is exactly those imperfections that made this school such an interesting and amazing experience. It wasn't just school it was a home. I am proud to graduate from Los Altos and I am proud to be a Conqueror and a future UCR student. Thank you Los Altos High School Once a Conqueror Always a Conqueror.

  • (1 year ago)

    Curently A senior.. I have to say that i have learned so much from attending this school. Many might say they dislike it here but the honest truth is that it depends on your attitude. This school is full of school spirit and encourage others. our homecoming queen this year has special needs . we all love her dearly and she is also a cheer leader. we dont discriminate. the staff is amazing super nice and more than helpful. the programs are amazing. i am on the dance team and its like my second family. i love all of them . im sad to graduate but ive had a great experience at los altos

  • (1 year ago)

    As a freshmen last year for summer school this school just to say is not awsome you would not like this school at all because the teachers at this school don't really give you that one on one your child needs and plus when in class you can't concetrate that much because you got kids in thier don't know how to thier filthy mouth up and just to say do not send your child to this school at all thanks.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a freshman in LAHS i would say that my experience was terrible the staff and the police guard there is terrible but the teachers are amazing when I first when to summer school they signed me up for a course that said they'll review everything in middle school i learned when i went there i noticed it was a class that i didn't need so the next day i went to the office and they told me that algebra 1 was full so i asked what i can do and they said either take the course or no summer school so i went back to the class and then i asked if i can use the vending machines cause i saw other kid in my class and the teacher said yes when i was out to buy something i heard the school cop yelling at me to go to back to class so i bought the snacks and Gatorade when suddenly the cop started to come my way. It gives no right for a police officer to yell at students that done nothing wrong it even say in the bill of rights and i didnt even break the law finally this school a joke the staff and people don't care about student concerns and also i saw 80 % gangs members so im telling you dont go to los altos

  • (2 years ago)

    As a senior at LAHS I would say that your experience at Los Altos is pretty much what you make of it. There are plenty of great opportunities available to students; however at the same time there are many things that the school is lacking in. There aren't as many AP classes as there really should be (due to lack of funding and interest) and no IB or National Honor Society programs but the school does have an engineering program that many other schools in the area lack. The ASB and Renaissance programs at the school are great and are a highlight of the school. Like I said earlier there are opportunities available to students if they look for them but students really need drive at this school. There isn't a huge number of motivated students on campus and the environment is not that academically competitive but if you have motivation you'll find your niche. There really are some great people here. The administration here is inefficient and frustrating at times. As far as teachers go there are a few really good ones on campus. Almost all of them are in the honors/AP classes. A lot of them don't really do anything however.

  • (2 years ago)

    Principal needs to engage more with the students. The bathrooms need to be cleaned better and the lunch lines are too long. I wish the CHP would patrol during the morning rush and afternoon.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child is beginning her sophomore year. The staff and teachers have been amazing. The administration has been supportive to any concerns that i may have had during the past year. The counseling department has listened to both myself and my daughter as to what we feel her educational needs are. My child is an honor student and i truly feel her educational needs will continue to be met by the administration and staff

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a senior at Los Altos High School and the teachers and the administration are superb!

  • (3 years ago)

    First and foremost I am grateful my child is a Sr. at this school. Since her Freshman yr. the school continues to plummet in its desire to provide a quality education. There is a handful of teachers that deserve to call themselves teachers. Look at the stats you can see where most fail. The admin. treats parents as a bother rather than being helpful. The office personnel forget it unless you want to be treated like a student. Trying to get info. about anything is a nightmare! If you don't have access to a computer forget being informed no more notes home. Now lets talk about books they cannot seem to provide the students with much needed books to use and they must share. Appar. it is more imp. have a new pool and Marquise rather than an education. Classrooms are either freezing or burning hot. My student won't use the restroom due to the filth wich is probably a health department issue. Food has been served moldy and lunch lines are horrible. If you're a parent dropping your student off what a nightmare. Serious inj. have occured due to lack of patrol. This school only cares about student numbers for money not education. Think twice before attending here!

  • (3 years ago)

    This administration is worried more about numbers than the students. They wanted new pools so they over populated the school. Guess what kids are now attending Los Altos all the rejects from Bassett La Puente and El Monte. You wounder why the violance at Los Altos has more than tripled in the last few years. My son's freshmen year they had 8 arrests in one day at the school. All those rejects from the other areas also involved in gangs do you know what happens when you mix multi gangs at the same school. What I just told you multi arrests per day. A good example of that is those eight arrests matched the that one day matched the total for the year the year before. Keep your kids away from this school it really is worse than Workman and La Puente High.

  • (4 years ago)

    I really like this school and have many good friends. The environment is extremely safe we have nothing to worry about the campus is clean and we have nice things. We have a new pool and new labs it's very nice. However I have barely seen the principal or heard her say anything that was motivating. We really get no communication from her whatsoever. Sometimes we wonder what she's even doing I've probably only seen her twice or a little more.

  • (4 years ago)

    Los Altos High School is great. I don't understand some of th comments being made except that change is always hard for some. The API has increased over the last three years AP scores have improved there is a new Medical Academy as well as a young energetic staff. The principal is focused on academics and not athletics but is highly active and involved in the student activities. The counselors are great and have switched to an alpha system so they follow the students each year.

  • (5 years ago)

    While some of the teachers and staff look out for us there are still many problems at LAHS. Our school needs better principal leadership because this year many student nor have I even seen our principal more than maybe a couple of times previously i have learned from past students and teachers were very praiseful of previous principals like mr. roberts who they say was always there and involved which is all the students really want

  • (5 years ago)

    Of course we've had so many changes - a new principle block scheduling budget cuts. But if you (or your child if you are a parent reading this) actually take your education serious you would realize it's not half bad at all. Our library recently opened up after a year of thinking seniors had seen the last of it. Some of the staff or administration even other students (those who have been here long enough) can actually help you with whatever it is you need. Sure we need improvement in principal leadership and parent involvement but if you're really going to blame the school for your bad grades or the little fights that go on think again. Most of the student body is great but those who aren't so much are really what's making you think this school looks bad.

  • (5 years ago)

    Hi there! I am a parent of two children who currently attend Los Altos. One is a sophmore and one is a senior. When my children began Los Altos I was very excited because Mr. Roberts was dedicated to the students and school. Now the new principal allows the students to disrespect her and there is no interest in the students education. It is very unfortunate because you have a handful of 'excellent' teachers but 90% at Los Altos basically just want a pay check...and that is it. As for the counselors they are definitely not there to help you. Its evident that they too are there to get paid. There's a lot of favoritism with teachers and counselors. I am just very happy my senior will be graduting this year and my sophmore will be removed and place elsewhere. Its sad and unfortunate!

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a current student here and I must say that if given a choice I wouldn't go here. Sure some teachers are wonderful but that's just some. Although the school is highly known I do have to point out that it is no longer a glorious place and those of you that graduated back when the schools was a top notch place would be very disappointed if you went back there. Trash is a major issue and the student body is hardly disciplined. The counselors try to help but they go about helping in the wrong ways. They do not help a students well-being at all. The former principle Mr. Roberts has since retired and the current principle has done nothing productive or inspirational and in my opinion is unable to motivate like Mr. Roberts. Overall the staff does not inspire nor motivate me at all although some teachers are phenomenal.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am going to be a sophmore next year and im highly disapointed in this school i expected it to be better than any other school i rather go to wilson than here and all the teachers dont care about their students education except for a few awsome teachers that teach here. All the school cares about it money and getting more students

  • (5 years ago)

    i'm currently a sophomore there and extremely disappointed in the school. although it was a few amazing teachers that truly stand out most of the teachers are rude careless and only seem to care about there API and star test scores. the school has a very bad atmosphere and huge tension between races. the school itself is nothing to boast about. back in the 70s-90s it was a great place to be but not anymore. the sports are even going down hill. there was at the least 8 fights that broke out in between the middle of the yr! not good.

  • (6 years ago)

    I've attended 3 different high schools and Los Altos High School is by far the worst one I've gone to. I deeply regret spending any time there. My biggest regret is graduating from this poor excuse of a 'California Distinguished' high school. Teachers are unhelpful counselors are uncooperative and it seems no one cares about your education; only how you can improve their test scores. Don't send your child here!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is a freshman this year and coming from a private school I was concerned. However his experience has been a great one. He's gotten involved made great friends. Teachers have always been available for comment and most communicate regularly via email and are very responsive. This whole budget situation I'm sure is causing a strain but thus far experience is very good.

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