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
316 responses
Average ACT
32
213 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
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 74 responses
Report
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    26%
  • Homecoming
    24%
  • Turkey Feast
    16%
  • Dances
    9%
  • International day
    9%
  • Football +Basketball + Waterpolo+ Volleyball games
    7%
  • 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.34 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$102,888
Teachers in First/Second Year
13%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$20,600/ year
National
$11,890
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.54 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses

Henry M. Gunn High School Reviews

229 reviews
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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.
Review Henry M. Gunn High School
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)!
Great experience so far! Diverse opportunities and great, caring teachers. Community is very open and accepting, and campus is large and accommodating.