Palo Alto High
Best High School in California#12
|Rating||10 out of 10|
|Grades||9 to 12th grade|
|School District||Palo Alto Unified|
|Location||50 Embarcadero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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.
The Palo Alto High student body is mainly White with a significant Asian Pacific population and has high racial diversity.
|Native American Indian||0.6%||11|
|Hawaiian Pacific Inlander||1%||19|
|Two or more races||4.7%||91|
vs. other California high schoolsUpper 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
State Standardized Test Performance
Rank in California30th
Rating10 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|
|Girls||75% to 79%*||85% to 89%*|
|Boys||75% to 79%*||75% to 79%*|
State Test Proficiency by Subgroup
|Subgroup||Math Proficient||Reading Proficient|
|Asian & Pacific Islander||90% to 94%*||90% to 94%*|
|Black||less than 50%*||50% or more*|
|Hispanic||21% to 39%*||21% to 39%*|
|Multiracial||50% or more*||50% or more*|
|White||80% to 84%*||85% to 89%*|
|With Disabilites||20% or less*||21% to 39%*|
*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.
College Admission Test Scoring
Average SAT Score1328
The average SAT score for Palo Alto High students in 2016 was 1328.
College Admission Test Participation
Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT66%
Rank in California59th
Rating9 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 Rate35%
AP Pass Rank in California15th
AP Pass Rate Rating10 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.
|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|
|Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate||18%||14%|
|Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate||20%|
|Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate||17%|
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Palo Alto High
50 Embarcadero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto Unified
Palo Alto, CA