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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 2,008 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.

Henry M. Gunn High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1410
618 responses
Average ACT
32
381 responses
AP Enrollment
42%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    NG
  2. Good for Families
    NG
  3. Housing
    NG
Median Household Income
$176,094
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,344
National
$949
Median Home Value
$2,000,000
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.42 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.42 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 126 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    25%
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    18%
  • Turkey Feast
    18%
  • Dances
    9%
  • International day
    8%
  • Football +Basketball + Waterpolo+ Volleyball games
    6%
  • Homecoming
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,008
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.50 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.50 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.50 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$124,742
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.2%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 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
$21,626/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.70 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.70 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.70 responses
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I have had two kids attend Gunn and I have also coached there. At first you see highly motivated (mostly Asian) kids and all the high scores and successful clubs and teams... then over time you begin to see talented, caring students get burned up by the pressure and uncaring structures of the school, teachers and arrogance... avoid this place if you have a chance. All the parents I know either "hate" Gunn or would rather not talk about it. Very sorry to write this... but something has to change to really support, help ALL kids!
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Gunn High School is an academic-oriented high school that provides students with the means to help them succeed. The teachers are hardworking, interesting people that strive to teach and become companions. There are a myriad of resources on campus for students to utilize (e.g. Wellness Center). Every single department provides help with outside programs as well such as summer immersion programs or internships. All in all, Gunn prepares students for college life and for their future careers in the real world.
Gunn is not for everybody. The location and shape of Gunn is not ideal especially compared to Paly. In addition, Gunn's culture is not spectacular. The spirit is only average at best and new ideas for spirit-related activities (dances, homecoming, etc.) are mediocre. Every year is the same. Gunn is a competitive environment rather than collaborative. Everyone wants to succeed, so people will only really help those close to their own friend group. Cheating may also occur at times.
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.