Palo Alto High School

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Average 3.91 based on 2,514 teacher ratings
Palo Alto High School is a public high school located in Palo Alto, California and part of Palo Alto Unified. Palo Alto High School is ranked 1,311 in California. Learn More
50 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto CA 94301
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Ms. Wixsom or "Wix" as no one but herself calls her, is one of the worst teachers I have ever had, she doesn't know...
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Mr. Rapaport is the best history teacher I have ever had. He is excellent at pressing upon his students the...
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In her American Literature Honors class, your grades on writing assignments are (for the most part) predicated on how...
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I don't understand all these comments about a horrible reputation where he makes people cry. Yes, he gets stressed...

Gul Eris

Department Physics
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All I can say, this teacher is better than Geller.
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can be intimidating at times (especially during ASL 1) but is truly a nice person. There is a lot of free time in the...
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I looooove Ms. Sylvestri! She's incredibly sweet and cares about students. However, sometimes I felt I wasn't really...

Mimi Park

Department English
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Super chill. Give yourself a pat on the back if you get her cuz you're in for a good time
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Mr. Duran always made block periods for PE fun. Since I, as well as most of my classmates that period, hated running...
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Make sure you remember everything from 7th grade bio because she doesn't teach anything. I sit in class the whole...
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It is impossible to get a good grade in his class since you always have to go 'beyond' for an A. He also only does...
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great dude, loves what he does

Kathi Bowers

Department Math
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Ms. Bowers is THE BEST math teacher I have ever had. I wish I could've had her all four years of high school. She's...
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Mr. Geller is one of my favorite teachers. I've had him for multiple honors classes. He does a bad rap, but honestly...
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Funny nice but horable theacher And keeps on saying maybe you should be downlaned and never teachs anything expects...
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Mr. Griffith, is a great teacher. Some times he can go on long tangents but he really knows what he is talking about.

David Peters

Department Math
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He is the GOAT. Best math teacher ever!
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He's the best teacher I've ever had, and his class is great.

Cynthia Chen

Department Math
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Ms. Chen is a great teacher and a great person. She is very helpful and supportive and her notes/lectures are super...
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Clearly takes favorites. I was one of them so I obviously have a biased experience but I had a lot of fun in his class.

Judy Choy

Department Math
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I had her for Geo H, and all in all she isn't bad, but the tests are HARD. She teaches the curriculum well, but...
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Great teacher. Enjoyed his class very much. Nothing to worry about if you do the work.
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Great teacher. She's hilarious and gives the right push for those who need it. I really had a passion to learn with...
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I don't personally love her teaching style, because its easier for me to learn in a total emersion class, and she...
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She is a kind person who cares about English and her students, but when it comes to making class engaging, she s not...
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Arrogant and unclear content on tests is not covered
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I had Mr.Friedland for Functional Programming and Objected-Oriented Programming and he was a great teacher. He...
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Overall, he is very knowledgeable. And he teaches us in a very effective way. He allows us flexibility to turn in...
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On the down side, I didn't really learn anything with Ms. Harris and had to rely on myself most of the time. On the...
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Picks favorites from the beginning of the year, and sticks to them. If he doesn't like you, or you are a member of...
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Bio H great teacher never plays fvorites. the body systems test was hard but that's it. good at explaining, easy to...
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His class just took the AP exam, however he thought it would be appropriate to assign them a massive project...
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He clearly knows the material well and is a good teacher but could be better when it comes to helping students he...
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Very knowledgeable teacher, really knows what he's talking about. Sure, his grading system is confusing, but he was...
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Bolanos genuinely cares about his students' wellbeing. I'm forever grateful to have had him for both freshman year...
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actually pretty chill dude

Ruby Ibanga

Department Math
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She is a good teacher, but she's weirdly sensitive to sound, "It must be absolutely SILENT!!!". When a student asked...
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I had her for sophomore year (English 10A). Best English teacher I've ever had. Very professional, organized, clear,...
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Stephanie knows what hes doing, hes chill, take art spectrum and u will get an A-

Ronnie Farrell

Department Science
Former Teacher
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A capable teacher, which makes his transgressions all the more appalling. His offenses are inexcusable, and I am...
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She is definitely a good teacher like you actually get information and understand in her class, though she grades...
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Ms. Fillpu is the sweetest person ever! That last review is totally wrong. Her class was that class I had junior year...
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She has been the best teacher I've had this year by far. Fun class. Hard but not ridiculous. Most people get A's...
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great teacher! I recently saw coulomb's law (attractive forces of chemistry) and I was like Ms szebert lol
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Mr. Shelton is an amazing teacher who is obviously passionate about what he does. He makes a class I usually hate...
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Super nice and approachable! Class is always enjoyable and we learn a lot every week. She uses French in class a lot,...
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Best English teacher ever!!! If you get her, you're really lucky. I've never had a teacher that cared so much about...
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Mr. Vuong is one of the best teachers i've ever had. He's super nice and is always willing to help you if you need it.
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She is an extremely chill teacher *in the first semester*. She is fine if you turn stuff in late, however she grades...
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She is SUCH A sweetheart!! Don't be intimidated by the previous low ratings. She might come off as very enthusiastic,...
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she was the best i miss her very much
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She is super chill, nice and helpful. She is a harsh grader though, she won't give you points for no reason.
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I completely understand why she's a divisive teacher, but I know for a fact she made me a better writer. College...
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Mr. T is really really nice and a really cheery person. His class is really easy if you just keep up with the reading...

Michael Stern

Department Physics
Former Teacher
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Mr. Stern is probably the best teacher I've had. He loves what he does, cares about the students, and often makes the...
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I am in his AP LIT class and he is hilarious. He could not care less about the PAUSD distrcit rules and that's what...
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Ms. Alonso is a horrible teacher. She gives extremely vague questions on tests and gets angry at anybody who doesn't...
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She is nice and seems to really care about the students. She is trying to improve the school and has succeeded in...
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Humiliates students, grades solely on if she likes you or not. All-around aggressive and hostile to students. And she...
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This man deserves to have a biography written about him
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I honestly really loved Ms. Garrison. She is such kind person and is very approachable. She's always smiling and has...

Arne Lim

Department Math
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BEST TEACHER EVER!!! He's so funny and is amazing an teaching lessons that are interesting!!!! Wish I could have him...
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Mr. Foug is the goat. The funniest man out there. I actually looked forward to going to History every day with him....
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I was in his Spanish 2 class and he expected way too much from his students. He marked some students absent when they...
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Blackburn is pretty good and funny, and class is usually interesting (even if we are talking about things unrelated...
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She's nice. She knows what she's talking about but her explanations are beyond awful. She often makes no sense and...
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While Ms. Antink teaches math well, I didn't particularly care for her. She's a hard grader, and she doesn't seem to...
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She's not TERRIBLE per-say, but seriously she can make you feel like a tiny little kid sometimes. She gets flustered...

Michelle Steingart

Department Science
Former Teacher
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one of my all time favorite teachers at paly, mrs. steingart is awesome
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shes a great teacher!
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Like others stated, mr mo made the tests the same as the practice tests. people cheated in his class, and i cant say...
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I had Mr. Eggert last year, and appreciated that he broke down the most important material from each unit, and...
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Mr Bocksnick is one of the best teachers I've ever had. He makes math enjoyable and is great at explaining concepts...

Erik Olah

Department Biology
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Really chill and doesn't really care what you do. Marine bio with him was one of the easiest classes I took and he...
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Super nice teacher, great class!
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Ms. Chute is hands down the best math teacher at PALY. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
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She's a nice teacher but her cooking class sucks so much. Her class actually made me hate cooking.She's really nice...
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He is extremely helpful, kind and knowledgeable and makes the class very enjoyable.
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Not helpful, not very knowledgeable, complacent.
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Great teacher! Very interesting and is concerned about your well being and grade in the class. As long as you do your...
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Best counselor ever! very helpful, always smiling! very nice person, always willing to help!
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Not a hard teacher but is SUPER LAZY when it comes to grading. He waits until the last minute to grade things so you...

Kenyon Scott

Department Physics
Former Teacher
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Rest in peace, Mr. Scott. You were one of the best teachers Paly has had.
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He is very knowledgable
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Great teacher...knows what he's doing
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I LOVE MELINDA MATTES. I knew I wanted to major in Psychology prior to taking this class, but her passion for the...
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Knowledgeable teacher, just can't really get it across to the students well. Though I didn't learn much of the...
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Sra. Alvarado is a great person overall, just not as a teacher. She gives way too many tests (every friday) and...
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Awesome, friendly if you make any sort of effort. Skip this class if you're just taking it for the credit.
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Yes, he is super chill and easy teacher. But as a student who wants to learn, he doesn't really know his stuff. If...
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Favorite teacher in the world. I hate english but loved it when I was in his class.
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Be prepared for him to attempt to be funny for the whole period. If you don't like people who are overly enthusiastic...
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One of my favorite teachers of all time. I'm in his astrophysics class, and even though I already know most of the...

Radu Toma

Department Math
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Had Toma for AB Calc back in 2011-2012. One of the best educators I've ever had. Hilarious in class and a one of my...

Sharla May

Department Math
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She assigns homework as a video of her giving a lecture and has you do problems based off of the videos in class....

Brenda Chen

Department Math
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the best math teacher in Palo Alto.
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Ms. Tokheim is the best!! She truly cares about students and is a fantastic person to talk with. She also cares about...

John Rowe

Department Math
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Mr. Rowe is a great teacher. He is super patient and explained everything really clearly. He made it easy to get an...
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he's sooooo nice and i feel kind of bad for not putting more effort into the class. it's really easy to slack off in...
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He laoshi is sooo, soo soo, much better
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