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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Henry M. Gunn High School is a top rated, public school located in Palo Alto, CA. It has 1,896 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
About Henry M. Gunn High School...
Address
780 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Telephone
(650) 354-8200

Henry M. Gunn High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1410
549 responses
Average ACT
32
344 responses
AP Enrollment
42%
Living in the Area
NG
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    NG
  2. Good for Families
    NG
  3. Housing
    NG
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$174,583
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,338
National
$949
Median Home Value
$2,000,001
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
Poll
65%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 113 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    23%
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    19%
  • Turkey Feast
    17%
  • Dances
    10%
  • International day
    9%
  • Football +Basketball + Waterpolo+ Volleyball games
    6%
  • Club day
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,896
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$115,981
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.2%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.55 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.55 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.55 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$18,599/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.65 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.65 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.65 responses
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I miss registering for and attending classes at Gunn. Registration was so stress-free (especially with the Jacoubowsky's assistance). Classes were engaging--almost every teacher was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and willing to learn if they were new to a subject. Just remembering them brings a smile to my face. They were so quirky!

There were some horrible teachers. If they were better, this school would be excellent. One was outwardly dismissive of certain political views. One never returned assignments and was rumored to pick course grades out of hat--she got fired. One admitted she was crushing our dreams by giving low grades. One would not post course material online. One gave only one lecture.

Many of my peers made up a group of the most inclusive, intelligent, and accomplished individuals I know. The administration should listen to students more. These students are experts about their own mental health and their personal lives and concerns.
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I love Gunn! Every aspect is perfect. The teachers are world class and actually care about their students, the campus is beautiful, and life in general at the school is excellent.
As a black student, I had a rough time. Gunn High school being in Palo Alto, the only goal that the staff has in mind is making sure the "smart' and rich students excel and the rest get left behind. Minority students are often targeted academically by staff. There is a race issue that no one wants to talk about. This school believes that it is diverse when there is only a handful of minorities around a bunch of white and Asian students and that is a problem. They talked about mental health but never had any real solutions on how to make it better for the students. This school excels in academics because it needs to uphold its image in this city. Athletically, no one really cared about sports for whatever reason. The women's basketball team received hate just because of their girls.