Palo Alto Online Database last updated: Monday, May 6, 2013.|
Charter High Schools
Alta Vista High School
1325 Bryant Ave., Mtn. View.
A district continuation program that offers a program focused on building academic and functional skills, as well as basic work habits. Students must meet the same rigorous graduation credit requirements and competency standards as all other students in the Mtn. View-Los Altos Union High School District. As a continuation high school, Alta Vista provides students a second chance to succeed. Students speak 12 languages, and 25 percent are English-language learners.
Principal Bill Pierce.
Class Size: 20.
Board of Education: Mtn. View-Los Altos Union High School District
* Phil Faillace, president; 650-941-5579; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; term expires December 2012. * Judy Hannemann, vice president; 650-968-5578; email@example.com; term expires December 2014. * Debbie Torok, clerk, 650-269-7958; firstname.lastname@example.org; term expires December 2014. * Joe Mitchner; 650-888-0553; email@example.com; term expires December 2014. * Susan Sweeley, 650-941-0476; firstname.lastname@example.org; term expires December 2012.
Henry M. Gunn High School
780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Built: Built in 1964; new pool and athletic fields in 2008-09; new Career Technical Education building in 2009; groundbreaking fall 2011 on new gym, two-story classroom building and new World Languages building..
Principal Katya Villalobos.
Class Size: Average 9th grade English and math class size: 22. Other subjects average class size: 28-30.
Los Altos High School
201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.
Los Altos High School is a comprehensive high school offering a full spectrum of subjects. Traditional departmental offerings are augmented by thematic programs and special classes. Students speak 32 languages, and 5.3 percent are English-language learners.
Principal Wynne Satterwhite.
Class Size: 28.
Menlo-Atherton High School
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Ethnic/racial percentages (2011-12): Caucasian, 43; Hispanic, 39; Asian, 5.7; African American, 5.1; Pacific Islander, 3.6; other (or declined to state), 3.5.
Principal Matthew Zito.
Middle College Program
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
An alternative high school program for juniors and seniors located at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. It combines high school and college classes in a collaborative effort between the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, the Palo Alto Unified School District and Foothill College.
Admission: Two letters of recommendation, application and essay. Foothill placement tests if accepted..
Mountain View High School
3535 Truman Ave., Mtn. View.
Academic program is tailored to meet the needs of a diverse student body. It provides a broad range of options including vocational courses for students who seek employment after graduation, post-high school training in technical institutes, community college classes and Advanced Placement programs that engage students in college-level work while still in high school. Students speak 31 languages, and less than 10 percent are English-language learners.
Principal Keith Moody.
Class Size: Freshman English and math classes: 20; all others: 29.
Mtn. View-Los Altos Union High School District Administration Office
1299 Bryant St., Mtn. View .
Ethnic/racial percentages (2011-12): Caucasian, 50; Latino, 22; Asian, 21; African American, 2; Filipino, 3; Pac. Isl., 1.
Principal Superintendent: Dr. Barry R. Groves.
Notre Dame Belmont High School
1540 Ralston Ave., Belmont.
An all-girls, Catholic college preparatory school (Grades 9-12) that actively supports the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social growth of its students. Academic program, extra-curricular activities, and competitive sports teams attract a wide cross-section of girls from the Peninsula.
Principal Rita Gleason.
Tuition: $18,200 + $650 registration.
Admission: Applications for 2013-14 admission due on Jan. 9, 2013; admission test and recommendations required. Open house on Nov. 4, 2012, for prospective students and parents..
Class Size: 21.
Call 650-595-1913, ext. 320.
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palo Alto High School
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Built: Built in 1918; new athletic fields 2008 and 2011. Fall 2011 groundbreaking on new media arts center and two-story classroom building..
Principal Phil Winston.
Class Size: 9th grade English and math: 22; all other classes: average 28.5.
Sequoia Union High School District
480 James Ave., Redwood City.
Operates four high schools, a continuation school and a Middle College program in partnership with Canada College for students living in the southern and central portion of San Mateo County. Board members: Chris Thomsen, president, 650-387-8269; term ends December 2013. Carrie DuBois, 650-766-9069; term ends December 2013. Olivia Martinez, 650-323-7311; term ends December 2015. Alan Sarver 650-592-6129; term ends December 2013. Allen Weiner, 650-724-5892; term ends December 2015.
Principal Superintendent: Jim Lianides.
Woodside High School
199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.
Ethnic/racial percentages (2011-12): Hispanic, 56; Caucasian, 32; African American, 4; Pacific Islander, 2; Asian, 2; other (or declined to state), 4.
Principal Diane Burbank.
Private high schools
1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
All-girls, grades 6-12. Preparing students for the wider world, Castilleja infuses a challenging college-preparatory curriculum with a global program that fosters awareness, compassion and engagement. Uniforms.
Principal Head of School: Nanci Kauffman.
Admission: Upper School open houses Nov. 1 and Dec. 2, 2012. Applications due in January; standardized testing required..
Class Size: 15.
Crystal Springs Uplands School
400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough.
Coed. Grades: 6-12. An independent, college-preparatory school that promotes self-discovery and independent thinking. Emphasis on community building through mutual trust and respect and personal intellectual development.
Principal Head of School: Amy Richards.
Admission: Deadline Jan. 16, 2014. School visit, interview, recommendations, written application and standardized testing required. .
Class Size: Averages 14; student/teacher ratio is 9-to-1.
Harker School, The
500 Saratoga Ave., San Jose.
See Private Elementary and Middle Schools.
Principal Head of School: Chris Nikoloff.
Admission: Entrance exams, school records and character evaluations.
Class Size: Upper School: 16.
Call 408-249-2510 (9-12).
Kehillah Jewish High School
3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
A college-preparatory high school for boys and girls in grades 9-12 open to students and families from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds, including those with no prior Jewish education. Modern science and computer labs, art and music studios, drama room; regular, honors and AP classes; many sports teams and free membership in the Oshman Family JCC across the street.
Principal Head of School: Lillian Howard.
Tuition: $33,600; $400-$800 for books.
Admission: Admissions test, transcripts, teacher and administrator recommendations and a written personal statement..
Class Size: 12.
King's Academy, The
562 N. Britton Ave., Sunnyvale.
A Christ-centered college preparatory junior and senior high school, grades 6-12. Focus on spiritual life and relationship building, distinguished performing arts and athletics, annual retreats and missions trips, excellent individual college counseling. ACSI & WASC accredited.
Principal Bob Kellogg.
Tuition: Grades 9-12: $14,080; $900 student fee.
Class Size: 24.
Enrollment: Grades 9-12: 576.
Call 408-481-9900 .
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
High school for Orthodox Jewish girls. Both Judaic and general studies are covered. Judaic topics include studying Jewish texts, Hebrew, Jewish history, ethics and the role of women in Judaism. General studies cover math, science, history, language arts, computer science, visual and performing arts and gym.
Principal Penina Noy.
Admission: Application and personal interview.
Class Size: 15.
50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
An independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades 6-12.
Principal Head of School: Norman M. Colb.
Tuition: $36,400 for all grades. Financial aid is available.
Admission: Applications due in January; standardized testing required..
Class Size: 15.
Enrollment: Grades 9-12: 562.
Mid-Peninsula High School
1340 Willow Road, Menlo Park .
Coed for grades 9-12. A community for learning, the school is designed for students with academic potential who can benefit from a smaller environment and a flexible, individually focused academic program. Accredited by CAIS and WASC. College-prep curriculum approved by UC/state university systems.
Principal Head of School: Douglas C. Thompson.
Admission: Year-round enrollment. Contact the school to arrange an information interview and to receive an application packet.
Class Size: 12.
Mountain View Academy
360 S. Shoreline Blvd. , Mtn. View.
A coeducational, college-preparatory, Christian high school operated by the Seventh-day Adventist church, Mountain View Academy provides quality, personalized education in a contemporary Christian environment.
Principal Dan Meidinger.
Admission: Application form, transcript, recommendation letters, standardized test scores, interview required..
Class Size: 20.
Palo Alto Adult School
50 Embarcadero Road, Room 8, Palo Alto.
Variety of classes offered quarterly in this Palo Alto Unified School District program, from English as a Second Language to woodworking. Classes available across Palo Alto. Complete schedules are inserted in the Palo Alto Weekly in mid-August, November and March and are also available in area libraries and community centers. Office hours: Mon-Thu 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Fri 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Principal Kara Rosenberg.
Tuition: Course fees range from free for English as a Second Language to $195 for woodworking and are the same for residents and nonresidents..
Class Size: 12-25.
Palo Alto Prep School
2462 Wyandotte St., Mtn. View .
Grades 8-12. The school's purpose is to provide a college-prep alternative for academic and social success. Summer school offered in all subjects. WASC accredited.
Principal Director: Christopher Keck.
Tuition: $25,000 includes registration, books and materials fee.
Admission: Open enrollment; interview and student shadow.
Class Size: 8-10.
Call 650-493-7071, ext. 102.
26800 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
This college preparatory school teaches grades 7-12. Dress code in place.
Principal Mark Gardner.
Tuition: Grades 7-8 $25,520; grades 9-12 $26,570. Annual supplemental fee of $900 (grades 7-12) for art supplies, workbooks, textbooks and field trips..
Admission: Applications accepted Oct-mid Jan. Waiting lists. Testing, academic records, and teacher recommendations are required. Student interviews and shadow days are required for grades 4-12. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis..
Class Size: 7-10.
Enrollment: 7-12: approximately 300.
Sacred Heart Schools/Preparatory
150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Grades 9-12. A private, independent Roman Catholic school, a division of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, and a part of the International Network of Sacred Heart Schools.
Principal James Everitt.
Admission: Applications due in January; admissions tests required. Interview. Waiting list.
Class Size: 15.
Call 650-473-4006 for admissions.
Saint Francis High School
1885 Miramonte Ave., Mtn. View.
A diverse, coeducational, Catholic, college-preparatory school focused on educating the whole person in the Holy Cross tradition. Comprehensive academic and extracurricular programs promote spiritual, intellectual and social development.
Principal Patricia Tennant.
Class Size: 29.
Waldorf School of the Peninsula (High School)
180 N. Rensgstorff Ave. , Mtn. View.
Grades 9-12. Students explore complex issues across academic disciplines, conduct practical experiments, engage in abstract mathematical reasoning, gain proficiencies in a broad range of art forms and experience learning in the natural world. Teachers present challenges that encourage students to observe, compare, analyze, synthesize, create, question and imagine alternatives. This process builds confidence for setting and accomplishing goals in adult life.
Principal School Administrator: Stephanie Rynas .
Tuition: $24,400 + activity fees.
Admission: Application and interview required.
Class Size: 15.
Woodside Priory School
302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
High school grades 9-12; Coed Catholic/Benedictine school. College preparatory. Casual dress code.
Principal Head of school: Timothy Molak.
Tuition: Comprehensive tuition and fees: $36,500 for day students; $53,925 for boarders; financial aid available.
Admission: Application for 2013-14 school year due Jan. 17, 2013; entrance exam required..
Class Size: 15-18.