Palo Alto High

Public 9-12

 50 Embarcadero Rd.
       Palo Alto, CA  94301-2321


(650) 329-3701

District: Palo Alto Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
31st of 1,290 California High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,583 Help

Feeder schools for Palo Alto High:

Elementary:    Addison Elementary
    Duveneck Elementary
    Escondido Elementary
    Walter Hays Elementary
Middle:    Frank S. Greene Junior Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  17.7
Number of students:  2,085

Racial breakdown:

White:
41.7%
Asian:
35.4%
Hispanic:
12.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  8.2%

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We updated the 2020-21 rankings and test scores for this school on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

*Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on standardized testing and the number of schools reporting results are lower.


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Compare Details Palo Alto High ranks better than 97.6% of high schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.05. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Palo Alto High is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (41.7%), Asian (35.4%), Hispanic (12.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 8.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palo Alto High is 17.7. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palo Alto High is $15,583.
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Schooldigger 2021 Rankings:

Palo Alto High:

SchoolDigger ranks Palo Alto High 31st of 1290 California public high schools. (See Palo Alto High in the ranking list.)

Palo Alto Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Palo Alto Unified 28th of 706 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palo Alto High

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 91.99 11th 1653 99.3%
2005 90.21 26th 1901 98.6%
2006 86.59 54th 1968 97.3%
2007 92.01 19th 2063 99.1%
2008 90.82 18th 2117 99.1%
2009 83.48 67th 2238 97.0%
2010 82.85 98th 2281 95.7%
2011 83.28 98th 2367 95.9%
2012 83.27 98th 2354 95.8%
2013 85.19 75th 2426 96.9%
2015 96.32 44th 1994 97.8%
2016 97.08 30th 2039 98.5%
2017 95.24 71st 2021 96.5%
2018 94.77 89th 2017 95.6%
2019 97.82 39th 2133 98.2%
2021 97.05 31st 1290 97.6%

Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: California Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Palo Alto High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1204 66 112 33 2 n/a n/a 0 1417
1989 1067 57 124 29 2 n/a n/a 0 1279
1990 979 48 130 28 1 n/a n/a 0 1186
1991 936 42 120 23 4 n/a n/a 0 1125
1992 928 50 125 37 2 n/a n/a 0 1142
1993 918 53 127 35 3 n/a n/a 0 1136
1994 960 58 137 41 3 n/a n/a 0 1199
1995 965 64 159 50 7 n/a n/a 0 1245
1996 965 64 159 50 7 n/a n/a 0 1245
1997 1018 60 180 56 6 n/a n/a 0 1320
1998 1043 67 204 63 10 n/a n/a 0 1387
1999 1112 80 218 64 15 n/a n/a 0 1489
2000 1138 76 230 76 10 n/a n/a 0 1530
2001 1143 70 229 86 10 n/a n/a 3 1541
2002 1158 89 256 110 3 n/a n/a 10 1626
2003 1158 89 256 110 3 n/a n/a 10 1626
2004 1123 94 282 111 4 n/a n/a 48 1662
2005 1091 89 304 120 5 n/a n/a 89 1698
2006 1072 83 351 117 4 n/a n/a 101 1728
2007 990 66 328 102 4 n/a n/a 200 1690
2008 973 67 343 112 5 n/a n/a 0 1500
2009 991 81 368 113 3 9 207 0 1772
2010 1062 76 384 176 2 5 145 0 1850
2011 1071 66 419 161 2 9 124 0 1852
2012 1035 65 462 172 1 10 142 0 1887
2013 1072 66 500 195 2 17 105 0 1957
2014 1030 67 539 199 8 14 87 0 1944
2015 974 67 587 194 11 19 91 0 1943
2016 976 66 622 187 13 21 109 0 1994
2017 926 61 650 206 9 17 123 0 1992
2018 952 51 689 218 6 19 137 0 2072
2019 964 44 711 252 5 14 134 0 2124
2020 933 46 765 270 6 15 142 0 2177
2021 869 28 738 270 7 14 159 0 2085

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Palo Alto High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1417 75.0 18.8 n/a
1989 1279 67.2 19.0 n/a
1990 1186 68.2 17.3 n/a
1991 1125 63.5 17.7 n/a
1992 1142 64.5 17.7 n/a
1993 1136 67.0 17.0 2.1
1994 1199 60.7 19.8 1.4
1995 1245 68.2 18.3 2.7
1996 1245 68.2 18.3 2.7
1997 1320 65.9 20.0 2.5
1998 1387 71.4 19.4 3
1999 1489 77.0 19.3 3.6
2000 1530 84.1 18.2 3.7
2001 1541 82.9 18.6 4.2
2002 1626 85.7 19.0 3.5
2003 1626 85.7 19.0 3.5
2004 1662 91.2 18.2 3
2005 1698 90.6 18.7 4.1
2006 1728 96.3 17.9 4.6
2007 1690 102.2 16.5 5
2008 1500 120.4 12.5 6.7
2009 1772 105.3 15.0 6
2010 1850 99.8 18.5 6.5
2011 1852 n/a n/a 6.4
2012 1887 104.3 18.0 n/a
2013 1957 108.0 18.1 7.1
2014 1944 110.6 17.5 6.8
2015 1943 115.0 16.8 8.2
2016 1994 106.0 18.8 6.8
2017 1992 127.5 15.6 8.9
2018 2072 127.8 16.2 10
2019 2124 117.0 18.1 7.9
2020 2177 n/a n/a 8.1
2021 2085 117.6 17.7 8.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Palo Alto High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1417 75.0 18.8 n/a
1989 1279 67.2 19.0 n/a
1990 1186 68.2 17.3 n/a
1991 1125 63.5 17.7 n/a
1992 1142 64.5 17.7 n/a
1993 1136 67.0 17.0 2.1
1994 1199 60.7 19.8 1.4
1995 1245 68.2 18.3 2.7
1996 1245 68.2 18.3 2.7
1997 1320 65.9 20.0 2.5
1998 1387 71.4 19.4 3
1999 1489 77.0 19.3 3.6
2000 1530 84.1 18.2 3.7
2001 1541 82.9 18.6 4.2
2002 1626 85.7 19.0 3.5
2003 1626 85.7 19.0 3.5
2004 1662 91.2 18.2 3
2005 1698 90.6 18.7 4.1
2006 1728 96.3 17.9 4.6
2007 1690 102.2 16.5 5
2008 1500 120.4 12.5 6.7
2009 1772 105.3 15.0 6
2010 1850 99.8 18.5 6.5
2011 1852 n/a n/a 6.4
2012 1887 104.3 18.0 n/a
2013 1957 108.0 18.1 7.1
2014 1944 110.6 17.5 6.8
2015 1943 115.0 16.8 8.2
2016 1994 106.0 18.8 6.8
2017 1992 127.5 15.6 8.9
2018 2072 127.8 16.2 10
2019 2124 117.0 18.1 7.9
2020 2177 n/a n/a 8.1
2021 2085 117.6 17.7 8.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Palo Alto High

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $15,583

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Palo Alto High

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Ranks 39th of 2133 High schoolsRanks 31st of 1290 High schools
 0.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
10th Grade Science (Palo Alto High)60.860.5
 0.3%
   10th Grade Science (Palo Alto Unified)64.474
 9.6%
   10th Grade Science (California)23.234.8
 11.7%
11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palo Alto High)84.889.1
 4.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Palo Alto Unified)85.689.5
 3.9%
   11th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)57.359.2
 2%
11th Grade Mathematics (Palo Alto High)76.785.9
 9.2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Palo Alto Unified)8087.4
 7.4%
   11th Grade Mathematics (California)32.234.4
 2.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students21242085
 1.8%
African American4428
 36.4%
American Indian57
 40%
Asian711738
 3.8%
Hispanic252270
 7.1%
Pacific Islander1414
Two or More Races134159
 18.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients7.9%8.2%
 0.3%




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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