Henry M. Gunn High School

219 reviews
  1. Palo Alto Unified School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Address
780 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Telephone
(650) 354-8200
Website

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
1390
291 responses
Average ACT
32
190 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
  • School Productions, Turkey Feast, Club Day
    26%
  • Homecoming
    25%
  • Turkey Feast
    17%
  • Dances
    10%
  • International day
    10%
  • Football +Basketball + Waterpolo+ Volleyball games
    7%
  • Club day
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,904
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$102,888
Teachers in First/Second Year
13%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$20,600/ year
National
$11,890
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses

Reviews

219 reviews
  • Excellent
    33
  • Very Good
    103
  • Average
    73
  • Poor
    9
  • Terrible
    1
The Gunn High campus is incredibly accepting and an altogether caring community. Although I do believe that there is more stress being placed on students in our district (mostly perpetuated by parents and all around popular local culture) than other districts, I know the school is taking steps to assure students that it is okay to not be the absolute best. One of my favorite events at Gunn is Homecoming Week! It is the one week of the year where I can physically see students coming together in the spirit of good-natured fun and teamwork.
  • High School Junior
  • Jan 2 2016
Located in the center of Silicon Valley and in the same town as Stanford University, Gunn prides itself in academics. At Gunn, I had the opportunity to take high level core classes, along with courses such as automotive technology, art, Spanish, and psychology. I have played on the softball team for four years, an experience which made me a more outgoing person. However, Gunn can be stressful. My sophomore year, Gunn had its second suicide cluster, a tragedy that sparked the administration to change many aspects of the school in an attempt to prevent future suicides. While some of the changes have benefitted students, such as the addition of a center for mental wellbeing, other changes, such as the banning of many school traditions, only served to anger and confuse the student population. Overall, I have had a positive experience at Gunn, a school I believe should not only be known for its academics, but for its message of community and inclusivity that extends to all students.
  • Senior
  • 3 months ago
I think that overall the staff at this high school is incredibly qualified. They are all willing to meet with those who are struggling, and very much want to see their students succeed. Even though they want to see all of their students succeed, I do believe that they can be intimidating because of their extensive knowledge of their subjects. Many of the teachers who are passionate about the subject they teach also have very engaging presentations and curriculum, but of course not all schools are perfect and not all teachers are either. Some teachers may speak only from a Powerpoint presentation and read from it, these can be the worst kind of teaching style depending on the type of learner the student might be. Despite their teaching styles, if you put in the work needed for your classes you're bound to succeed, and they truly prepare you for the world outside of High School.
  • Niche User
  • 7 months ago