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50 Embarcadero Rd

Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 329-3701

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Grades: 9 - 12

School Type: Public

Student Enrollment: 1,933

Students Per Teacher: 16

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29 Parent Reviews for Palo Alto High School

Academically competitive, accepting community but sometimes cliquey, nice course variety and mostly caring teachers. There is a lot of peer pressure to get into a "good" college, and teachers are most accessible when students personally email them and set up an appointment. It can sometimes be difficult ...  Read more

Posted by a student on 08/12/14

Blatantly put, Palo Alto High School is academically challenging. All the students in the top lanes are extremely driven, and a "B+" is not considered an acceptable grade by many. Stanford University is right across the street, and it is a constant reminder of the importance of academic success. Moreover, ...  Read more

Posted by a student on 09/19/13

As a 1961 Paly grad reading the comments below, not much has changed through the years. The postings of July 12, 2012 by a student, July 14, 2011, Oct. 27, 2010 could have been taken out of the anals of 1961. When we attended our 50th Class Reunion in Sept. 2011 one thing seemed to be uniform: we looked ...  Read more

Posted by a other on 03/10/13

Some teachers are great, some not so much. The student community here is grouped up into exclusive groups (cool here nerds there etc.) Some are nice some are not. Because of this, its hard to make new friends if u are new. School campus is great and the school has lots of money so the resources are ...  Read more

Posted by a student on 07/12/12

When you see the school, meet the teachers, and interact with the highly motivated students you would never guess this is a public school. The teachers are Palo Alto High school (Paly) work hard to ensure a wonderful education for the students as well as a friendly atmosphere. Over Paly offers a well ...  Read more

Posted by a student on 07/14/11

Some teachers are ok but most are terrible and don't teach. My daughter has been told repeatedly she is not smart enough by one.

Posted by a parent on 11/08/10

Great school, great teachers, great leadership, and bright kids. A winning combination.

Posted by a other on 10/17/10

We have a number one football team! All of my siblings and my children have gone to PALY and graduated. They have a great monthly flea market to support the music program. Please vote for PALY so they can build a new theatre and keep the sports programs going

Posted by a parent on 10/04/09

Palo Alto High School recruits and retains excellent teachers who light the fires of the intellect rather than just trying to stuff information into the students' heads. The kids at Paly learn material and explore ideas I never heard of until I was at University. Also, cliquishness is minimal and individual ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 09/17/09

In alot of ways Paly is more like college. The course offers are diverse and the teaching staff are enthusiastic and highly qualified. There are extensive foreign language offerings and exchange student programs are done every year. If you put out the effort you can avoid all the sports/school competativeness/clique ...  Read more

Posted by a student on 09/17/09

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Test Year: 2012
Palo Alto High School
Palo Alto Unified School District
* In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

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Palo Alto schools — Palo Alto High School is located at 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto CA 94301. 50 Embarcadero Rd is in the 94301 ZIP code in Palo Alto, CA The school district for Palo Alto High School is the Palo Alto Unified School District. Palo Alto High School is a Public school that serves grade levels 9 - 12.
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