Palo Alto High School is a top rated, public school located in Palo Alto, CA. It has 1,992 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Palo Alto High School Rankings
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.53 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.53 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.53 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.57 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.57 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.57 responses
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Palo Alto High School Reviews
It has a huge name (tons of students are admitted to top-tier colleges), and students do really well. The academics are rigorous, though decidedly less so than its sister school, Gunn, but because its name holds, students don't necessarily suffer any disadvantage, at least on paper. Sports are respected, the campus is unique and beautiful. The administration underwent various scandals these past years over sexual assault in the student body, and they don't do an amazing job in general. The culture is pretty cliquey, though probably less so than the average American school. There is substantial diversity, although in terms of gross family income, it's without a doubt much higher than average, as median homes likely cost 2-3mil in PA neighborhoods.
Considering I spent four years at this school you would think that I would have grown to like it a bit. Well, I haven't. For a school that's in a neighborhood where the houses cost millions of dollars, you would think the schools would be amazing. To be fair the school has amazing computers and state of the art equipment but the overall environment of the school is awful. Not only are the teachers mediocre at best but they don't treat the students fairly and they don't think they have to do their job. The teachers are constantly complaining about how bad the students do but don't teach the material well or even make an effort to teach better. They also complain about how they have to grade work, even though most of the teachers actually have assistants that do the work for them. While there are a few teachers who do really care about their students the chance of you getting one of them is pretty rare. Overall, not too happy with my experience at this school.
Overall I have enjoyed my time at Paly, but it's definitely not for everyone. It has an outstanding reputation and we get amazing opportunities from speakers to teachers. We're fortunate to have a beautiful campus and some stunning facilities, such as the Media Arts Center. We also have a large range of classes, clubs, and other activities so everyone is involved in some type of activity with the school. Our journalism program, for example, has many resources and we have over 10 publications. However, with a rigorous school comes competition; however, that's not to say other students won't help each other. Additionally, it is a fairly large school and it's easy to feel overwhelmed.