PALO ALTO HIGH SCHOOL

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50 EMBARCADERO RD
PALO ALTO, CA 94301
School Information
  • School Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 15:1
  • Students/Grade: 500
  • Number Students: 2000
  • Number Teachers: 120
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 9582
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Kim Diorio
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (4882 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (115 Reviews)
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    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2017-05-01
    "The art program is simply amazing. It has a fully equipped glassblowing program, and the visual arts program has a wonderful teacher, as well as a wide opportunity to be able to experiment with different arts."
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    Posted 2017-04-01
    "What I enjoyed most about my four years at Palo Alto High school, was the sense of community that is felt throughout campus. While the courses are demanding and rigorous, the student body works together in a strong and productive way, that always took me by surprise. There were always student-led activities going on somewhere on campus, and there was not one moment when I was bored or felt disconnected from my peers. My high school experience was special enough, that if I was offered a fifth year to continue living the high school life, I would take it in a heartbeat."
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    Posted 2017-03-01
    "Palo Alto High School was a tough school in my opinion. It emphasized a lot on academics but did not focus on the health of the students and the impact school has on a student. Teachers expected the most out of their students which can be dangerous to students because students are still learning to adapt to schedules of their personal and academic life."
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    Posted 2017-03-01
    "As a minority PALY was a very interesting school, it was very fit towards a specific group of students and because of that some students slipped through the cracks. I did love the school spirit and culture around specific sports being on the soccer team you were already into a brotherhood that was very special so PALY had its ups and its downs. I believe they should change the way they find diversity, get more colored or diverse teachers so the diverse students feel they have someone they can connect to and really just speak to about problems they may have."
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    Posted 2017-01-01
    "Palo Alto High School (Paly) is a very accepting high school, full of talented and intelligent individuals. We have received lots of criticism in the past in regards to the competitive nature at our high school, but I believe that the teachers and administration are doing there best to support the students. All the teachers and administrators are very accessible and helpful, and they provide any support, academic or emotional, when needed. The competitive nature at our school arises from the students themselves because everyone is so motivated to succeed, so everyone is doing their best, be it in classes, athletics, or clubs. Another thing that surprised me was the amazing school spirit. Our football and basketball games have a decent student attendance, but regardless of the number of people in the crowd, the crowd still goes wild. Our spirit is especially portrayed during our spirit week where all the classes compete against one another."
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