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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
497 responses
Average ACT
32
311 responses
AP Enrollment
42%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$147,537
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,379
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,989,300
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
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.34 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 110 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    23%
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    19%
  • 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%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$106,604
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.2%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.52 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.52 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.52 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
$18,795/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.62 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.62 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.62 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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As a current junior who has moved around the country a lot but attended Palo Alto middle schools and Gunn through my sophomore year, I can say that it's a really challenging school, but I loved studying there. I found that students are incredibly kind and hardworking, and the school is a lot less cliquey than just about every other school I know. I learned so much in my classes and from being around equally motivated people. Teachers and students care a lot about mental wellness, a balanced life, politics, etc. It's also really well-funded and diverse in students/teachers, clubs, course offerings, and sports. Moving away made me appreciate it more, for sure.
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.