Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    1,904
  • Type
    Public, Coed
  • Reviews
    204 3.7
  • Ranking

Henry M. Gunn High School is a public coed school in Palo Alto, California. It has 1,904 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 93% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 204 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

780 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 354-8200

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 204 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 4
    Health & Safety: I think that the personal safety in the school is incredibly prominent, and they all have a system in place which is practiced at least twice a year for all different kinds of emergencies; including Earthquakes, or threats to the school. Although I think that this school is very susceptible to bullying due to the competitive nature of the school.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: There is a lot of variety in the kinds of clubs that are on campus, but I don't think that they engage enough students. I would say that although we have many the quality of these clubs are quite poor. I also think that clubs and organizations should be more involved with the community, because the school doesn't get involved with the other organizations and companies that are around.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: What makes this school unique is the fact that the culture and the people around you, constantly push you to want to be better and successful, but it may be to the point where there is too much pressure on the students. Although I think that overall they create students who know how to reach for success and are prepared for the difficulties of college.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Teachers: 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
    • 3
    Academics: The school is good academically, but some teachers can be hard to deal with. Additionally, it can be hard to change schedules, since there is a strict policy. The workload depends on the difficulty of classes, though I find some students overbook themselves.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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4.33 Mountain View High School 5 mi. 1,838
4.00 Homestead High School 6 mi. 2,382

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity

Gender

Gender
Female 47%
Male 52%

Student Diversity

Henry M. Gunn High School United States California Homestead High School Los Altos High School Menlo-Atherton High School Mountain View High School Palo Alto High School
Asian 42.0% 4.8% 11.3% 39.0% 22.0% 5.0% 24.0% 27.0%
White 40.0% 51.0% 24.8% 34.0% 46.0% 40.0% 49.0% 52.0%
Hispanic 9.0% 25.0% 53.3% 17.0% 26.0% 42.0% 20.0% 10.0%
Multiracial 5.0% 2.8% 3.3% 6.0% 1.0% 5.0% 2.0% 4.0%
African American 1.0% 15.0% 6.1% 1.0% 1.0% 2.0% 1.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0.6% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0.5% 0% 0% 2.0% 0% 0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
Grade 9 24.3%
Grade 10 26.3%
Grade 11 23.8%
Grade 12 25.5%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 36 responses

  • 61% Yes
  • 19% Not sure.
  • 19% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 37% The focus on higher education
  • 15% The diversity of classes.
  • 14% The push to do well from others
  • 11% Caringness of students and teachers
  • 8% Teachers like teaching.
  • 8% Homecoming week
  • 6% Some people that I have met.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 43% The stress put onto the students
  • 15% Academic stress
  • 15% Focus on grades
  • 9% Groups are exclusive
  • 7% Everyone's always talking about academics\
  • 4% Some very bad teachers
  • 4% Lack of social involvement
  • 2% Pressure of success

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 34 responses

  • 47% Excellent preparation for post high school
  • 24% We are very diverse and accept everyone.
  • 24% Both of the above and excellent class choices
  • 3% We get caught up in the ratrace.
  • 3% Not diverse its hard for minoritites to succeed

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 35 responses

  • 34% Competitive
  • 31% Successful
  • 29% Intense
  • 6% Interesting

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 26% All of they above
  • 22% Don't think your best is not good enough
  • 22% Work hard and know your limits on homework
  • 9% It's is big, but easy to make friends.
  • 4% Be aware of your limitations
  • 4% Make friends early before the cliques form.
  • 4% All of the above +communicate with your teachers
  • 4% It's big. You'll know people in passing.
  • 4% Get involved in extracurriculars

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 26% I love everything about this school.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 16% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.