• Welcome to Acalanes High School



    The mission of Acalanes High School is to develop knowledgeable, responsible, productive, and empowered global citizens who appreciate and respect their own and others' uniqueness and worth.


    AHS students will be creative and complex thinkers.

    • Analyze and synthesize information from various sources to make predictions, draw logical conclusions, and produce a finished project. 

    • Solve complex problems with critical thinking skills. 

    • Produce work that reflects creativity and original thinking.

    AHS students will demonstrate curricular knowledge and skills.

    • Meet or exceed current curricular standards in all subject areas.

    • Effectively utilize executive functioning and study skills

    • Effectively use technology to collect, synthesize, and deliver information.

    • Be prepared for life after high school and are college and career ready.

    AHS students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

    • Listen, speak, and write effectively.

    • Collaborate with others to produce quality work.

    • Appropriately communicate using technology.

    AHS will prepare its students to be purposeful, responsible, and healthy learners.

    • Establish priorities and use time effectively.

    • Practice habits of mental and physical well-being.

    • Display academic integrity and honesty.

    • Balance academic drive with personal wellness

    AHS will prepare its students to be positive and engaged citizens.

    • Respect and celebrate diverse cultures, lifestyles, and ideas. 

    • Contribute time, energy, and talents to improve the quality of life in their local and global community. 

    • Exhibit positive citizenship at school and in the community. 

    • Create an inclusive and empowered community.

     Acalanes HS 1941


    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".





    WASC and CA Distinguished Schools badges



    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 surrounding communities of Moraga, Orinida, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek.  Lafayette prides itself on being a community that values and supports education.  Over 95% of students at Acalanes continue their education at post-secondary institutions.  


    Acalanes High School offers a strong college preparatory program supported by expansive elective and school-sponsored, co-curricular opportunities.  Students may take from five to seven classes per year.  The school day runs on a block program with a Monday anchor day where students attend all of their classes in a forty-five minute class with Tuesday-Friday serving the 90 minute block periods.  Links to Acalanes' bell schedule and campus map are posted below for your convenience.    



    Bell Schedule                     Campus Map