Los Altos, incorporated as a general law city in December of 1952, is located 37 miles south of San Francisco. Los Altos covers 7 square miles and is bordered by Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Cupertino. The Town of Los Altos Hills, incorporated in January of 1956, is located adjacent to the City of Los Altos. The primarily residential community of Los Altos Hills is 8.4 square miles in area. As of 2013, the population of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills combined is about 38,000. The average home cost about 2.8 million dollars. The median family income ranges from $158,000 – $200,000.
Air transportation is available via the San Francisco International Airport, one of the world’s major air terminals, is just 27 miles north via Bayshore Freeway. San Jose International Airport, also a terminal for major flights, is just 20 miles to the south. Public transportation within the city is provided by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which also connects the Los Altos area with other cities in the Santa Clara Valley, as well as with BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).
Local public school districts are all highly regarded for their fine academic programs. Most elementary students in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills attend schools in the Los Altos School District which serves students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade and is comprised of seven elementary schools-Almond, Gardner Bullis, Covington, Loyola, Oak, Santa Rita, and Springer-and two junior high schools-Egan and Blach.
The Los Altos School District (LASD) is a premier school district in Santa Clara County and has provided an exemplary education to the children of our community for more than 100 years. LASD is passionate about providing the best education possible for our students — one that shapes them into creative thinkers, collaborative problem solvers, and responsible young citizens. They achieve this through a rigorous academic program, a nurturing environment and a commitment to good character.