Henry M. Gunn High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Palo Alto Unified
Type Public
 Phone (650)354-8200
 Location 780 Arastradero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Charter School No

Henry M. Gunn High has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 11th in the best public high schools in California.



The Henry M. Gunn High student body is predominantly Asian Pacific with a significant White population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific44.6%846
Native American Indian0.1%2
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.2%4
Two or more races6.2%117

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 4.9%

6.1% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Henry M. Gunn High students are largely wealthy and rank 61st in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 35th in California

Students at Henry M. Gunn High scored an average 80% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 3.5% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls70% to 79%*80% to 89%*
Boys80% to 84%*70% to 74%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indian--
Asian & Pacific Islander90% or more*80% to 89%*
Hispanicless than 50%*less than 50%*
Multiracial50% or more*50% or more*
White80% to 89%*80% to 89%*
With Disabilitesless than 50%*less than 50%*
Limited English50% or more*less than 50%*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Henry M. Gunn High students in 2016 was 1367.

College Admission Test Participation

9 out of 10

Rank: 62nd in California

618 out of 943 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (66%). College admission testing participation is significantly above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 7% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 12th in California

Henry M. Gunn High offers 23 AP courses. 38 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 92% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Henry M. Gunn High had 632 taking AP exams with a 617 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 99% percentile and significantly above the state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 98% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 38% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 20%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 25%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 32%
AP Courses Offered 23

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate11%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate12%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate11%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.2%4
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.5%10


Henry M. Gunn High
780 Arastradero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA

10 out of 10 1


Palo Alto Unified
Palo Alto, CA