A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Address
780 Arastradero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Telephone
(650) 354-8200

Henry M. Gunn High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1400
328 responses
Average ACT
32
223 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 81 responses
Report
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    25%
  • Homecoming
    23%
  • Turkey Feast
    16%
  • Dances
    10%
  • International day
    10%
  • 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
1,897
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
13%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$18,795/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.55 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.55 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.55 responses

Henry M. Gunn High School Reviews

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I really liked attending Gunn High School as the academic rigor is very high, and the school manages to prepare students well for the future. Although, the school does expect a lot from students, and the students expect a lot for themselves. This contributes to a competitive environment, which may not be suitable for everyone. I would also suggest that experiencing the Palo Alto School district from a young age, proves to be an advantage. Directly coming to Gunn High Schoo from a previous district may result in a sudden pressurized environment for the student. Therefore, the Palo Alto School district =, and more specifically Gunn, expects a lot from students and contains and creates several intelligent, well-rounded students, who will take their knowledge and apply it elsewhere. Gunn also offers several sports for those who are interested in them, and many of them have won several tournaments and competitions.
Review Henry M. Gunn High School
Most teachers are friendly and pretty lenient about tardies and absences (students still do well in school because they're self-motivated). Some teachers are awful, though.
The administration is okay, although they've made some unpopular decisions. Last year, they didn't follow the AP testing set-up guidlines, prompting college board to cancel the scores of over 400 students for 11 tests. Many of these students (including me) retook the tests to get AP credit. They've also taken a few months to decided whether or not to report students' weighted GPAs on transcripts (which I think is an easy decision: report them to level the playing field for college applications). I know that some of the admins have good intentions (lower student stress to preserve mental health), but they have a problem with listening to the students' opinions, which I think is a big problem because most of their decisions directly affect us.
Gunn High School was an amazing experience, albeit meeting a few bad teachers along the way. The campus is super clean and although it takes a while to walk from one end of the school to another, the openness of the campus feels nice. The academics are strong- the core teachers are experienced (Dunbar)!