Welcome to Acalanes High School
ACALANES MISSION STATEMENTThe mission of Acalanes High School is to develop responsible, productive, informed citizens who appreciate and respect their own and others' uniqueness and worth.ACALANES HIGH SCHOOL EXPECTED SCHOOL WIDE LEARNING OUTCOMES (ESLRs)Acalanes students will:be creative and complex thinkersdemonstrate curricular knowledge and skillsdemonstrate communication skillsbe purposeful and reponsible learnersbe positive and productive citizensOUR HISTORY
In 1938 local voters approved to build Acalanes High School District. Built in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration, Acalanes was the first of four comprehensive high schools in the Acalanes Union High school District (AUHSD). Heralded for its unique architecture design for its time, the Museum of Modern Art selected Acalanes for its "Built in the USA" exhibit in 1945 as "an important early showcase of Modern buildings in the United States".
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and recognized by the state of California as a Distinguished School, Acalanes High School has a long and decorated history of excellence. Today, the school primarily serves the suburban community Lafayette, California. Of the roughly 1350 students enrolled at Acalanes, a majority live in Lafayette, with the remainder coming mostly from the surounding communities of Moraga, Orinida, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek. Most students come from highly educated families, are motivated to do well in school and have parents and families who value and support education. Over 95% of students at Acalanes continue their education at post-secondary institutions.
Acalanes High School offers a strong college prepartory program supported by expansive elective and school-sponsered, co-curricular opportunitites. Students may take from five to seven classes per year. The school day runs on a block progam with a Monday ancher day where students attend all of their classes in a forty-five minute class with Tuesday-Friday serving the 90 minute block preiods.