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Overall Niche Grade
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  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 1,918 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 93% 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
93%
Percent Proficient - Math
91%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1410
456 responses
Average ACT
32
289 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$137,043
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,283
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,702,100
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
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.31 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.31 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 101 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    23%
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    21%
  • Turkey Feast
    16%
  • 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
1,918
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$106,604
Teachers in First/Second Year
13%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.49 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.49 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.49 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$18,795/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.59 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.59 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.59 responses
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Henry M. Gunn High School Reviews

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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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As a rising senior, I have had the opportunity to watch my school and fellow classmates grow over the years. Gunn High School allows students to have a voice in issues ranging from the quality of our school lunches to protesting nationwide issues in 2018. The Gunn community has dealt with its own fair share of problems, but the administration has helped the school to overcome these challenges and evolve into an overall better school.
While there is a semi-competitive nature, students at Gunn remain supportive of each other. Most, if not all, are able to find people who share similar interests with them. This can be through the numerous clubs that Gunn High School offers, its award-winning musical programs, or even its outstanding academics.
Being a student at Gunn has its fair share of pros and cons. While the constantly competitive environment and rigorous coursework tends to prepare you very well for further studies, it can also be extremely mentally and socially draining. There are times when all people talk about are their test scores, and that puts an incredible amount of stress on the students. And yet, by finding the right support system; students, parents, and teachers who are genuinely friendly, care for you, and willing to talk for the sake of talking and laugh for no apparent reason, you can navigate through the sophisticated milieu that is Gunn High School.