A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Henry M. Gunn High School is an elite, public school located in Palo Alto, CA. It has 1,897 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
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
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1410
391 responses
Average ACT
32
255 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
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.29 responses
Poll
66%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 94 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    22%
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    22%
  • Turkey Feast
    15%
  • Dances
    11%
  • 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%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.37 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.37 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.37 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
13%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 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.57 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.57 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.57 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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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.
The environment is competitive and will prepares students well for whatever pathway they choose to pursue later, especially in STEM. It is not uncommon for students to feel academic pressure from peers, parents, and the community. Therefore, it may be hard for students transferring into PAUSD to adjust to the academic rigor of our school. As a student in PAUSD since elementary, I am grateful for the high quality education, safe environment, and challenging classes because I feel that it has helped shape me into an intelligent and well-rounded student.