California Bay Area – Selected High Schools & School Districts




Accountability Progress Report

01 Alameda URL APR
07 Contra Costa URL APR
38 San Francisco URL APR
41 San Mateo URL APR
43 Santa Clara URL APR


School District


Accountability Progress Report

Cty #

D01 Dublin Unified URL APR 01
F01 Fremont Unified URL APR 01
L01 Livermore Valley Joint Unified URL APR 01
P01 Piedmont City Unified URL APR 01
P02 Pleasanton Unified URL APR 01
A01 Acalanes Union High URL APR 07
M01 Mt. Diablo Unified URL APR 07
S01 San Ramon Valley Unified URL APR 07
S02 San Francisco Unified URL APR 38
F02 Fremont Union High URL APR 43
G01 Gilroy Unified URL APR 43
L02 Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union URL APR 43
M02 Milpitas Unified URL APR 43
M03 Mountain View-Lost Altos Union URL APR 43
P03 Palo Alto Unified URL APR 43


High School



SD #

California High School
880 S01
Dougherty Valley High School
Academic & Career Center
905 S01
Monte Vista High School
Counseling and Career Center
897 S01
San Ramon Valley High School
Counseling & Guidance
Career Center
885 S01
Amador Valley High School
877 P02
Foothill High School
Career Center
889 P02
Dublin High School
Career Center
842 D01
Irvington High School
College/Career Center
830 F01
Mission San Jose High School
Career Center
948 F01
Granada High School
Academic Counseling Center
Career Center
830 L01
Piedmont High School
College Center
904 P01
Acalanes High School
Counseling & College/Career
902 A01
Campolindo High School
Counseling & College/Career
919 A01
Las Lomas High School
Counseling & Career Center
858 A01
Miramonte High School
Counseling & College/Career
Counseling Office
927 A01
Northgate High School
College & Career Center
855 M01
Lowell High School
949 S02
Cupertino High School
Guidance & Counseling
College & Career Center
879 F02
Homestead High School
Guidance & Counseling
College & Career Center
853 F02
Lynbrook High School
Guidance & Counseling
College & Career Center
926 F02
Monta Vista High School
Guidance & Counseling
College & Career Center
935 F02
Los Gatos High School
College/Career Center
874 L02
Saratoga High School
College & Career Center
933 L02
Milpitas High School
784 M02
Los Altos High School
College/Career Center
825 M03
Mountain View High School
College and Career Center
865 M03
Henry M. Gunn High School
College & Career Center
915 P03
Palo Alto High School
College and Career Center
899 P03
Gretchen Whitney High School
College Center
988 (#1 in CA)

Note: All APRs are linked to 2008-09 Accountability Progress Reporting available on CA Department Education API website.

A Guide to California’s School Finance System

California’s system for funding public schools has been in place for 35 years.

1968-78: California moves to a state-controlled finance system
1968 Serrano v. Priest
Lawsuit challenging the fairness of California’s system for funding K-12 education.

1972 SB 90
Established revenue limits, a ceiling on the amount of general purpose money each school district may receive.

1976 Serrano v. Priest
The California Supreme Court ruling that the school finance system was inequitable.

1978 Proposition 13
Constitutional amendment limiting property tax rates and increases.

Sources of Funding for Schools

  • Federal government: about 11%
  • State’s budget (business, corporate and personal income taxes, sales taxes, and some special taxes): about 61%
  • Local property taxes: about 21%
  • Miscellaneous local revenues (include such items as fees on commercial or residential construction; special elections for parcel taxes; contributions from parents, businesses and foundations; cafeteria sales; and interest on investments by local school districts): about 6%
  • The smallest amount at the bottom is the California Lottery: 1.5% or about $125 per student annually

Public schools have no other revenue sources.

Distribution of the Money

  • General purposes: two-thirds of total funding
  • Special purposes or categories of students: other third

Each district’s income is based on:

• the average number of students attending school during the year (average daily attendance, or ADA)

• the general purpose (revenue limit) money the district receives based on ADA

• special support (categorical aid) from the state and federal governments, earmarked for particular purposes.

The California Legislature set revenue limits for each district in 1972.

The other large portion of a school district’s income is categorical aid from the state and federal governments. It is based on categories of children, such as students with disabilities; characteristics of the district, such as low-income families; or programs, such as class size reduction (CSR). The program can be voluntary, such as CSR for grades K-3, or required, such as Special Education.

Categorical aid can be a very small portion or more than one-third of a district’s budget, depending on the population of students served. The money must be spent according to the state or federal guidelines for the qualifying program.

Miscellaneous income is a small percentage of most districts’ budgets, but (with a few exceptions) districts have discretion over how to spend the money.

A State Centralized System

Proposition 13 (1978) effectively removed school districts’ ability to exert substantial control over their revenues.


Last Updated: January 16, 2009
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