Palo Alto 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)329-3701
 Location 50 Embarcadero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Charter School No

Palo Alto 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 12th in the best public high schools in California.

Data Citation: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this page is retrieved or calculated from data reported to the the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data and Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2014/2015 school year.

Racial Demographics

The Palo Alto High student body is mainly White with a significant Asian Pacific population and has high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific30.2%587
Native American Indian0.6%11
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander1%19
Two or more races4.7%91

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 4%

5.6% 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, Palo Alto High students are largely wealthy and rank 50th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

Proficient Students
Rank in California
10 out of 10

Students at Palo Alto 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 3.4% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls75% to 79%*85% to 89%*
Boys75% to 79%*75% to 79%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander90% to 94%*90% to 94%*
Blackless than 50%*50% or more*
Hispanic21% to 39%*21% to 39%*
Multiracial50% or more*50% or more*
White80% to 84%*85% to 89%*
With Disabilites20% or less*21% to 39%*
Limited Englishsuppressed*suppressed*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Palo Alto High students in 2016 was 1328.

College Admission Test Participation

Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT
Rank in California
9 out of 10

653 out of 982 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

AP Class Enrollment Rate
AP Pass Rank in California
AP Pass Rate Rating
10 out of 10

Palo Alto High offers 20 AP courses. 35 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 89% percentile and well above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Palo Alto High had 594 taking AP exams with a 572 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 98% percentile and significantly above the California state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 96% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 35% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 13%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 19%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 29%
AP Courses Offered 20

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate18%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate20%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate17%

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%0


Palo Alto High
50 Embarcadero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA

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