St. Francis student earns perfect AP exam score


Los Altos resident Ryan Chandra, a senior at St. Francis High School, earned a perfect score on his AP English Language and Composition exam, taken last spring.

Advanced Placement tests are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 equivalent to an A grade in the corresponding college course.

Local student earns accolades for science project

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Los Altos student Maya Shukla, right, and her Harker School classmate Aarzu Gupta present their science project on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

After placing first at the Santa Clara County Synopsys Championship and earning several awards at the California State Science Fair, a Los Altos student’s science project reached the semifinal round of the Broadcom MASTERS national science competition last month.

Los Altos resident Maya Shukla, a freshman at The Harker School in San Jose, partnered with classmate Aarzu Gupta on the project “A Test of the Mutagenic and Carcinogenic Potential of Nicotine-Free Electronic Cigarette Additives.”

MVLA students named semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program’s list of semifinalists includes 25 students from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, 26 from St. Francis High School, two from Pinewood School and four local students from Homestead High School.

Only the top 1 percent of applicants in the nation receive National Merit semifinalist recognition. Each year, approximately 1.5 million entrants participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a program co-sponsored by the College Board. The standardized test measures critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills.

St. Nicholas Catholic School adds transitional kindergarten

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St. Nicholas Catholic School added its inaugural transitional kindergarten class this school year.

St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills began the school year with a new transitional kindergarten program at its Los Altos Hills campus. The program is the first step in a two-part kindergarten program established by the state’s Kindergarten Readiness Act.

Transitional kindergarten serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, providing students time to develop fundamental skills needed for success in school.

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