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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
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Palo Alto High School is a top rated, public school located in Palo Alto, CA. It has 1,993 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
50 Embarcadero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Telephone
(650) 329-3701
Website

Palo Alto High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1370
603 responses
Average ACT
31
280 responses
AP Enrollment
40%
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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
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
66%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 120 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    18%
  • Prom and Grad Night
    15%
  • ...Spirit Week
    15%
  • Seniors wearing camouflage
    13%
  • Senior cut day
    12%
  • The Turkey Trot
    12%
  • Streak week
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,993
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$106,604
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.7%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.51 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.51 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.51 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
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.55 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.55 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.55 responses
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Palo Alto High School Reviews

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Palo Alto High School has great facilities and a lot of very cool classes and opportunities; the most notable of these is probably our Glassblowing program. The campus is located in a great place, but the proximity to Stanford makes a really weird environment. Town & Country is a great place to get lunch and it's very convenient, but be careful about spending too much money. Also, the Palo Alto High School culture is pretty toxic, and there are a lot of questionable things about our school.
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Good academics, rigorous coursework. However, it depends on the classes you take and the mindset that you have. Teachers are generally good and dedicated to their jobs, although not always interesting/insightful. Student culture can be a bit competitive/toxic at times, but it also depends on the people you associate with. Resources for mental health are growing, which is good for the students that have trouble with reconciling schoolwork and personal lives. Club presence on campus is fairly lacking, with only a few major clubs. Administration has made some questionable decisions. Access to Town and Country marketplace across the street, which is what many people do for lunch. In terms of diversity, there is a significant lack of non-Asian minority students, and a lack of socioeconomic diversity. In terms of college readiness, as a college freshman at an "elite" college, I feel that I have been over-prepared by Paly.
The teachers of Palo Alto High School ate very welcoming and kind to every student. They attend to the specific needs of each student and give their full attention and care to each individual. They are also very good at communicating with their students reguarding assignments, re-takes, and etc.. They put in a lot of effort to relieve stress for the students. Overall, the teachers of Palo Alto High School make the high school experience for many students much better.