PROFICIENCY 81% 111% higher than state average
School Rankings Proficiency Averages
82%Palo Alto Unified
78%Palo Alto

Palo Alto High is a school servicing grades 9 to 12 and is located in the district of "Palo Alto Unified" in Palo Alto, CA. There are a total of 1,943 students and 115 teachers at Palo Alto High, for a student to teacher ratio of 17 to 1. There are a total of 108 free lunch students and 51 reduced lunch students.

Palo Alto High has an average proficiency test score (in mathematics and languages) of 80.5%, which is 111% higher than the California average.


Student/Teacher ratio17:1
Free lunch108
Reduced lunch51


Advanced Placement
AP enrollmentn/a
Taking some coursesn/a
Taking some courses (not tests)n/a
Passing some coursesn/a
Passing no coursesn/a

Advanced placement (AP) is a program that offers high school students the ability to take college level courses and exams. These programs were created to be at the same level of most first year university courses. If the students were successful in the AP programs, they could potentially receive advanced placement, credit or exemptions when they go on to university. At Palo Alto High, there are a total of n/a students enrolled in advanced placement courses, with n/a taking some courses.

Proficiency in mathematics comparison

Proficiency in languages comparison

Proficiency in mathematics by grade

High School75-79%

Proficiency in languages by grade

High School80-84%

The proficiency in math and languages tables represent the percentage of students that scored at or above the proficiency level on their standardized state assessment tests. Although these tests are standardized within each state, the tests may vary from state to state. Comparing the results of one state to another may not always be an accurate or fair comparison.

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Palo Alto High race/ethnicity breakdown

Caucasian 52.7% 45.3% 24.1% 51.1%
African American 3.5% 2.6% 6.2% 15.9%
Asian 27.4% 34.9% 11.1% 4.7%
Hispanic or Latino 10.3% 9.8% 54.1% 23.6%
American Indian and Alaskan 0.4% 0.3% 0.7% 1.2%
Hawaiian 0.7% 0.6% 0.8% 0.4%
Multiracial 5.0% 6.5% 3.1% 3.1%

Other schools nearby

Addison Elementary78%0.7Palo Alto, CA
Walter Hays Elementary84%0.9Palo Alto, CA
Escondido Elementary78%1.2Stanford, CA
David Starr Jordan Middle School81%1.3Palo Alto, CA
Duveneck Elementary88%1.6Palo Alto, CA
Willow Oaks Elementary15%1.6Menlo Park, CA
Lucille M. Nixon Elementary86%1.6Stanford, CA
El Carmelo Elementary87%1.8Palo Alto, CA
Ohlone Elementary86%1.9Palo Alto, CA
Oak Knoll Elementary87%1.9Menlo Park, CA
Menlo-atherton High58%2.0Atherton, CA
Hillview Middle School79%2.0Menlo Park, CA

Palo Alto demographics profile

StatisticPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Population density (sq mi)2,79323291
Median age41.836.037.7
Male/Female ratio1.0:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)64%52%55%
Speak English60%56%79%
Speak Spanish6%29%13%

Education level achieved in Palo Alto

IndexPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade97.3%81.1%84.3%
Completed high school97.1%79.8%83.0%
Completed some college91.8%61.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree83.8%39.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors80.0%32.0%30.3%
Completed masters51.5%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree22.3%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate13.8%1.6%1.3%
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Source: The Palo Alto High data displayed above is derived from the 2016 National Center for Education Statistics and from the U.S. Department of Education.
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