A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
50 Embarcadero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Telephone
(650) 329-3701
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Palo Alto High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
78%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1360
460 responses
Average ACT
31
225 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
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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
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 112 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    16%
  • ...Spirit Week
    16%
  • Prom and Grad Night
    14%
  • The Turkey Trot
    13%
  • Senior cut day
    13%
  • Seniors wearing camouflage
    13%
  • Streak week
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,943
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.7%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
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.52 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.52 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.52 responses
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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.
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I went to Palo Alto High School, for four years, and I think that it's a great community. Big stress on academic readiness for colleges. Grades are dependent on which teacher you get. Counselors are there to support, but only if you approach them. There are small traditions like the senior deck or spirit week that make the school student culture great. With the construction of the new buildings, Palo Alto High School additionally provides a numerous amount of the latest designs and technology to assist its students in succeeding throughout their career in high school and to continue off into college.
Palo Alto High School (Paly) is a very accepting high school, full of talented and intelligent individuals. We have received lots of criticism in the past in regards to the competitive nature at our high school, but I believe that the teachers and administration are doing there best to support the students. All the teachers and administrators are very accessible and helpful, and they provide any support, academic or emotional, when needed. The competitive nature at our school arises from the students themselves because everyone is so motivated to succeed, so everyone is doing their best, be it in classes, athletics, or clubs. Another thing that surprised me was the amazing school spirit. Our football and basketball games have a decent student attendance, but regardless of the number of people in the crowd, the crowd still goes wild. Our spirit is especially portrayed during our spirit week where all the classes compete against one another.