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
Palo Alto High School is an elite, 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
520 responses
Average ACT
31
251 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$137,043
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,283
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,702,100
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
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.33 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 113 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    17%
  • ...Spirit Week
    16%
  • Prom and Grad Night
    14%
  • The Turkey Trot
    12%
  • Senior cut day
    12%
  • Seniors wearing camouflage
    12%
  • 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
1,993
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$106,604
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.7%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.49 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.49 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.49 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.53 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 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 like Palo Alto High School because of the unique backgrounds that the students have and the school's climate. There is always lots of activity taking place through clubs and organizations that are interactive and engaging to the entire school. The campus is very clean and in a nice location allowing for a better learning environment. While there is lots of competition to succeed, there are lots of resources to help those experiences challenges academically or emotionally. Thus, despite the stressful nature of the school, Paly has a history of being an open community welcome to all people.
My time at Palo Alto High School has been a very positive experience. One of the things I love most is the amount of spirit and pride that the students have. Our annual Spirit Week brings the students together and shows just how dedicated we are to our class. The students compete to see who can dress up the best and I have received so many comments from people that go to other schools wondering how we have such a high participation. It is not often that you find a school with such spirit and I am proud to have been a part of it.
In addition, the education at Palo Alto High School has definitely prepared me for the future. The teachers and administration provide all of the resources necessary to figuring out what each student wants to do with their lives and the path they want to take. While the school is pretty competitive, it acts to drive students to be the best they can be. For most students, being with their peers at school is an enjoyable experience and I have to say the same.